Cranberry-Orange Muffins

Total Time
10 mins
22 mins

These muffins always turn out moist and delicious with a wonderful orange flavor, because of the lovely red cranberries it makes a wonderful Christmas brunch muffin --- cranberries can be replaced with frozen or fresh blueberries if desired :)

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  1. Set oven to 400°F.
  2. Line muffin cups with paper baking cups.
  3. In a bowl, blend together melted butter and brown sugar using a wooden spoon.
  4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
  5. Stir in vanilla, milk and orange juice.
  6. In another bowl, combine the flours, orange peel, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  7. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour in orange juice/milk mixture.
  8. Blend JUST until combined.
  9. Gently stir in cranberries.
  10. Divide batter between prepared muffin tins.
  11. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until muffins test done.
  12. Turn out on a cooling rack.
  13. Note: These muffins freeze beautifully.
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5 5

Very yum. I used veg oil instead of butter (just being lazy), also added 1 1/2 cups frozen cranberries, which I didn't defrost. For me, 20 was more than enough (18 was likely best) and I got 12 regular and 12 mini muffins from the batter. Will make again for sure, as they were tender and moist, but may sprinkle with brown sugar next time. Thanks

5 5

I love these, reduced the brown sugar by 1/4 cup, used whole wheat flour once and now use all white flour. Forgot to put the OJ in one time and they were fine without it. I'm keeping a bag of frozen cranberries to make more. I do spray my paper liners because they tend to stick. Now I did depart from Kittencal's recipe because I decided I wanted a streusel topping and found a nice oatmeal one as follows: 1-1/4 cups old fashioned oats, 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour (use any), 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into chunks; 1 tablespoon honey - worked with my fingers but will try softened butter and a fork, then work in the oatmeal and honey. I saved out 2 cranberry halves to put in with the streusel on top, cut side up is prettier. Next time I am going to end with sprinkling with a little sparkley baker's sugar. Am also going to try some cut up candied orange peel I made, lots of little variations you can do.

5 5

Super!!! Easy to make. The only thing I did different is I pre-heated the oven to 400, then turned down to 375 because with a dark baking tin, muffins tend to burn. I baked for 23 minutes and they were perfect! I also cut the cranberries in half to spread them more evenly throughout the muffins. What a great combination of sweet and tart...great with coffee! Thanks Kitten for a wonderful recipe!