Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

Canned mandarin oranges give a delightful citrus flavor to these delicious spiced muffins which are topped with cinnamon sugar. They are perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. Source:

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Place muffin papers in muffin tins or spray tins with vegetable oil.
  2. Drain oranges and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and sugar. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Whisk together egg and milk. Pour into flour mixture and stir with a fork just until combined. Do not overmix. Batter will be thick. (If your batter is crumbly, you may add a SMALL splash of milk). Carefully fold in mandarin oranges.
  5. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until center tests done and muffins are lightly golden.
  6. While muffins are baking, place melted butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, whisk together sugar and cinnamon.
  7. When muffins are done, dip each hot muffin first into the butter and then into the cinnamon sugar. Let cool.
Most Helpful

Excellent muffins! I love the spice/mandarin orange combo. I had a big jar of mandarins and had no idea how much 11 ounces amounted to, so I used a cup and it worked great. I might chop up the mandarins next time so they spread out more. I subbed butter for the shortening but otherwise followed to a "t." Loved the topping! There isn't much sugar in the recipe so the topping rounds it out nicely. I didn't use the full 1/3 cup of butter, so next time I may try 2-3 tbs. Thanks for the great recipe Munchkin Mama!

lolablitz August 06, 2010

I used 1/2 cup milk, instead of 1/3. Next time I would substitue some of the milk with mandarin orange juice. I also used butter instead of the shortening. The cupcakes were to hot to hold, so I used a pastry brush to brush the butter on the cupcakes & I sprinkeled the cinnamon & sugar on the cupcakes December 02, 2011