Lemon Zest - Cranberry Muffins

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

I found this recipe somewhere a few years ago; it's pretty much my favourite muffin recipe. Besides being relatively low calorie (especially when compared to anything you're going to buy in a cafe), it's absolutely delicious! I'll warn you that it's not a super-sweet muffin, and that the cranberries are the real stars - I usually add more than the recipe calls for. Without the lemon zest, these lose their great texture, so don't leave it out.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine first 4 dry ingredients in a small bowl, sifting well.
  2. Combine egg, milk, oil honey, and lemon rind in a large bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients.
  4. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in cranberries.
  5. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins. Bake at 400 F for 20-25 min or until golden.
Most Helpful

Since we do love lemons (not to mention the cranberries, as well!) I took Mikekey's suggestion & upped the amount of lemon zest to a full tablespoon AND added a bit of lemon extract as well! Lemon & cranberry make a very satisfying combo, & these muffins were wonderfully satisfying! Many thanks for sharing this great recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this Spring's round of Pick A Chef]

Sydney Mike April 05, 2012

These have a nice, chewy texture and are not too sweet, but need more lemon flavor. I will try more zest and perhaps some lemon extract next time. Made for Spring 2008 PAC.

Outta Here April 13, 2008

I used maple syrup. And didn't change the amount of lemon zest. But after reading the reviews now I wish I had use more lemon zest. Because it's true that the muffins didn't taste a lot of lemon. But overall they were great. The texture was perfect. Thanks candaceshaw :) Made for Cookbook tag game

Boomette October 21, 2013