Orange & Cranberry-Nut Muffins

"Delicious and easy to make. One of my favorites!"
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12 muffins




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
  • In a bowl, stir together cranberries, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and orange peel.
  • In a larger bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and the rest of the sugar.
  • Add oil, orange juice, and eggs all at once to the flour mixture and stir until moistened.
  • Fold in sugared cranberries and nuts.
  • Pour batter into muffin pan, evenly dividing batter between cups.
  • Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Questions & Replies

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  1. bernard.joanie
    Number of calories in orange cranberry muffins


  1. phosman646
    Also found this to be just like Dunkin Donuts..used homemade cranberry sauce from christmas dinner, just cut back on the sugar and zest (which was already in the sauce)..grandkids couldnt get enough..Thanks
  2. bollingshoose
    I love Dunkin' Donuts' cranberry orange muffins and had hoped these would be similar. I wasn't disappointed! Great muffins.
  3. Suzie
    Made for June, 2010 Orange Tag Game. Very nice (and easy to make) muffin. Not sweet at all, and with just enough hint of tart to give it a nice "zing." Mine turned out a tad dry, but I believe I baked them too long. I hit 23 mins. and forgot to check after 20. Twenty minutes in my oven would have been enough; but...there's always next time to correct MY error! Thanks for a great cranberry/orange recipe.
  4. jusme
    Oh my gosh, I'm definitely going to be making these muffins a lot!! I used chopped pecans, but I'm sure they are good with any kind of nut. I took made these to take to Christmas brunch, and they were a hit. Thanks for posting the recipe!
  5. The_Swedish_Chef
    I have a standard muffin recipe that I've used for over 30 years but it requires buttermilk and I had none at home. Time to try something NEW, I thought, so I searched for a much reviewed Cranberry-Orange Muffin recipe and saw this one. It turned out delightfully light and flavourful; very easy to make. I added 1 tsp. of ground ginger to the batter, used melted butter rather than oil and left out the nuts; topped muffins with an orange zest/sugar/cinnamon dusting. Fifteen minutes after they were cool enough to eat, there was NO evidence of their existance...they were completely gone! Wonderfully fast and easy to make; another classic to add to the recipe file. Saves me from having to buy buttermilk just for muffins!


  1. SrtaMaestra
    This is a great muffin recipe! I've made it twice now, with good results. The first time, I was in too much of a rush and forgot to put the 1/2 cup sugar in with the other dry ingredients. Those were a bit tart! The second time, doubled the recipe and replaced 1/2 the flour with whole wheat flour. The texture was not as good as the first batch. I think that doubling the recipe may make one more prone to over-mixing. Both batches rose nicely, though. I think that perhaps the reviewer who gave the low score had expired baking powder. I was all out of nuts, so we made these without nuts, but I'd like to try them with sliced almonds. My kids love these muffins! Thanks for posting!
  2. Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    Very similar to the recipe I use. (Mine has butter instead of oil and a tad more salt and zest in it) They are incredibly yummy! They are they type of muffin that when you haven't had them for a while you start to crave them. I've used dried cranberries when out of fresh but cut the amount in half. Once I omitted the cranberries and added 1 tsp. cinnamon instead, also good.


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