Stupid-Easy Recipe for Cranberry Orange Muffins (#1 Top-Rated)


Tart cranberries, zesty citrus, crunchy walnuts, and a touch of spice add up to a perfect breakfast treat during the holidays.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Cranberry Orange Muffins.

1. Info for Cranberry Orange Muffins

  • Cook Time: 31 min
  • Total Time: 31 min
  • Servings: 12
  • Calories: 266.45 kcal

2. Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Muffins

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 1 3/4 cups (210g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 heaping cup (180g) fresh cranberries (or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) walnuts

3. Directions:

3.1 Preheat

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

3.2 Prep

Line a 12-cavity muffin pan with muffin/cupcake liners.

In large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract on medium-high speed until smooth and combined, for 1-2 minutes.

Add the eggs and beat for a minute longer, until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add the sour cream, milk, orange juice, and orange zest. Continue to beat until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt to the bowl. Beat the mixture on medium-low speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed, until just combined. Do not over-mix.

Finely chop the walnuts, and coarsely chop the cranberries.

Add the cranberries and walnuts to the mixing bowl. Use a rubber spatula to fold them into the batter until they are well distributed.

Spoon an even amount of batter into each muffin liner.

3.3 Oven

Bake the muffins on middle rack of oven for 5 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Continue baking until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 14-16 minutes.

3.4 Check

Check to see that muffins are done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.

3.5 Serve

Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing and serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, or refrigerate for 3 days.


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