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Cranberry Orange Muffins

These buttery cranberry orange muffins are wonderful served for breakfast with freshly brewed coffee.  I adapted this recipe from my cranberry nut bread

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Muffins

 

How to Make Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Muffin Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus one tablespoon)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
  • one tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • Two tablespoons soften butter
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 cups cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)

Orange Sugar

**See the recipe card for more information**

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
Cranberry muffin ingredients

Cranberry muffin ingredients

Supplies and Tools

 

Dry Ingredients

Measure dry ingredients into a large bowl.

Dry muffin ingredients

Dry muffin ingredients

Using a pastry blender (this is the one I use), blend softened butter into dry ingredients. 

Incorporating butter into flour mixture

Incorporating butter into the flour mixture

Wet Ingredients

Stir wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir by hand just until combined. 

Add wet ingredients

Add wet ingredients

Gently fold in chopped nuts with a wooden spoon

Add chopped pecans to mixture

Add chopped pecans to the mixture.

 

Rinse cranberries and pat with paper towels to remove most of the moisture. Place 1 1/2 cups of cranberries in a bowl and coat with 1 tablespoon. Adding the flour to almost dry cranberries prevents pockets of flour in the muffins. 

Mix flour into cranberries

Mix flour into cranberries

Using a spatula, gently stir cranberries to coat with flour.

Flour coated cranberries

Flour coated cranberries

Gently fold cranberries into the muffin mixture.

Fold in cranberries

Fold in cranberries

 

Use a zester and zest 1 1/2 teaspoons of orange from a clean orange (I used a navel orange).

Zesting the orange

Zesting the orange

Orange sugar

Mix orange zest in 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl.

Add orange zest to sugar

Add orange zest to the sugar.

Fill Muffin Tins

I like to line the muffin tin with these liners, or I use this spray to grease the tin. 

Muffin mix, cranberries for tops, orange sugar

Muffin mix, cranberries for tops, orange sugar

Use a muffin scoop (this is the one I used) to measure out muffin batter and fill liners. 

Muffin scoop with muffin batter

Muffin scoop with muffin batter

Sprinkle the muffin batter with orange flavor sugar. The addition of a sugar topping balances the tart cranberries. 

Topping muffins with orange sugar

Topping muffins with orange sugar

Add a few cranberries to the top of the muffins. I like to cut the large ones in half.

cranberry orange muffins ready for the oven

cranberry orange muffins ready for the oven

Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes. I was checking for doneness with a toothpick (see how here). 

Topping option:

If you like a drizzled glaze topping, then omit the orange sugar before baking.

Orange glaze topping 

3/4  cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)

1/4 teaspoon orange zest

3/4 to 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice (start with 3/4 tablespoon, then add more if needed)

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. 

Drizzle over cooled muffins (room temperature).

Enjoy😊

Cranberry muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins

These buttery, moist muffins have a burst of zesty cranberries in every bite. The fresh orange juice and zest are the perfect pairing with the zesty cranberry flavor. Easy and delicious!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: bread, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Muffin Recipe, Cranberry Muffins, Cranberry Orange Muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour (plus 1 tablespoon to coat berries)
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup Orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Mix the dry ingredients, then use a pastry blender to incorporate the butter.
  • Using a zester, zest one tablespoon of an orange.
  • Add egg, orange juice, and zest in flour mixture.
  • Rinse and dry cranberries. Place 1 ½ cups of the cranberries in a bowl with one tablespoon of flour. Coat the cranberries with flour.
  • Fold in chopped nuts and flour coated cranberries
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners or butter the pan.
  • Using a muffin scoop, fill the muffin tins.
  • Sprinkle orange sugar (see recipe in the notes) over the tops and add cranberries to the top of the muffins. Cut large ones in half.
  • Bake until the muffin tops are golden and just firm, 17 - 20 minutes.

Orange Sugar Topping

  • In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 ½ teaspoon orange zest

Equipment

Muffin tins
Wire cooling rack
Zester
Pastry blender

Notes

Topping option:
If you like a drizzled glaze topping, then omit the orange sugar before baking.
Orange glaze topping 
3/4  cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
3/4 to 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice (start with 3/4 tablespoon, then add more if needed)
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. 
Drizzle over cooled muffins.
Enjoy😊

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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These light and fluffy muffins deliver a tart and sweet flavor that will delight even the pickiest of taste buds. Cranberries add a zesty pop of flavor, while the fresh orange juice and zest add sweetness. 

Fresh baked cranberry orange muffins

Freshly baked cranberry orange muffins

Can You Freeze Fresh Cranberries?

Absolutely. I measure out the amount I will need for recipes and note that on the date’s freezer bags. Then I place all those individual bags into one 2-gallon freezer.

You can freeze fresh cranberries for up to 12 months. Freezing them ensures you will have whole cranberries all year.

Note: Cranberries are harvested from mid-September to early November.

Cranberry orange muffins with orange zest sugar topping sitting on a wood tabel

Cranberry orange muffins

 

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Sandy Arnold

Monday 24th of January 2022

I made theses this morning for the first time. They were amazing. This will be a regular in our home.m

Libbie

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

These look so good! Pinned for the weekend!

Kimberly Snyder

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

these look delicious! thanks for the recipe!

Meegan

Monday 25th of October 2021

We love muffins on Holiday mornings. These will be perfect for Thanksgiving treats.

Sean O'Hern

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Delicious muffins!!

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