December 2, 2015

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Cranberries - love them or hate them?  This was my first time ever baking with cranberries and I thought the results turned out great.  The tart berry mixed with the sweet muffins was a great combo.

  I used the same recipe I use for The Best Blueberry Muffins and swapped out blueberries for cranberries, orange zest for lemon and added some almond extract.  The almond extract really brings all of the flavors together and you must add it in this recipe.  Without it, you will feel like something is missing, trust me. 

   This base recipe is a family favorite, but be careful not to over bake.  You will want that tender crumb of a perfectly baked muffin, not an over baked muffin.  These muffins would also be incredible with an orange glaze.  

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Orange Cranberry Muffins
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1/4 c. sugar
grated zest of 1/2 an orange


2 1/2  c. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/8 c. sugar
2 large eggs
4 Tbl. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
grated zest of 1/2 an orange
1 1/2 c. fresh cranberries, divided

For the Topping: Stir the sugar and orange zest together in a small bowl until combined and fragrant; set aside.

For the Muffins: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and spray with cooking spray.  Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl; set aside.  In a separate medium bowl whisk together the sugar and eggs until thick and lemon colored.  Slowly whisk in the butter and oil until combined.  Whisk in the buttermilk, vanilla, almond extract and orange zest.  Pour wet ingredients into dry along with 1 1/4 cups of the cranberries.  Fold together until just combined; do not over mix.

Fill muffins cups full with batter, mounding slightly.  Press the remaining 1/4 cup of cranberries into the top of the muffins and sprinkle with orange sugar topping.  Bake for 16-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Makes 12 muffins.

Base recipe adapted from: America's Test Kitchen


  1. Cranberry and orange muffins sound and look really delicious! Really great combination!

    1. They are delicious, I use apple sauce instead of eggs. You don't know what your missing.

  2. These are some of the prettiest muffins I've ever seen!! Great flavor combo too.

  3. These look delicious! Wonderful combination of flavors!

  4. I made these earlier today and they are Scrumptious. The measurements are exactly perfect for 12 muffins. the topping is yummytoo. I didn't have almond extract so I used a tspn of juice from the zested orange. I also didn't have fresh cranberries, so I used Craisins and they turned out Great!!!! Thanks for sharing. I have another GO TO RECIPE. :)

    1. I am so glad you liked it!! Thanks for letting me know.

  5. Replies
    1. I've never tried it, but that is a great idea. I think it's worth a try. I would reduce the baking temperature to 350 degrees. I would use a 9x5-inch loaf pan and when you add the batter, make sure it doesn't fill the pan more than halfway full. Usually a quick bread recipe takes around 45 minutes or so to bake, so I would keep an eye on it and check it with a toothpick for doneness. Let me know if you try it.

  6. These look so beautiful! I love orange and cranberry together! Definitely will save to try these :)