Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe

Megan Myers | Stetted

Cranberry Orange Muffins taste like seasonal flavors. Tart, sweet, and perfect for a holiday brunch!

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Even though I live in Texas and it doesn’t normally get too cold here, winter is still when I want to hunker down and just bake all day. And eat, of course.

This year I’ve managed to not give in to the temptation too much, simply because we’ve been too busy with work and life and everything else that goes with it. But we do still need to eat, and that’s enough excuse for me to load up the kitchen with muffins.

One of the reasons we love muffins so much is that it’s so easy to keep them seasonal. Blueberry muffins in the summer, whole wheat apple cinnamon muffins (my kid’s fave) in the fall, and of course, cranberry orange muffins in winter.

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Now, for some people Thanksgiving is when they pull out the cranberries, and that’s the end of it. But those tart little jewels are more versatile than people think, and are perfectly wonderful in all sorts of breakfast items. I always make sure to buy enough cranberries so I can freeze the extras and experiment with recipes all winter.

Cranberries do well when paired with orange, which makes sense considering many cranberry sauce recipes include orange juice and zest. That citrus finish with the tart cranberries just screams winter to me.

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I like to make sure the tart flavor shines through, so these muffins might have less sugar than you’re used to putting in. I finish them off with a sprinkling of sparking sugar on top, just to add a little bit of extra sweetness and a bit of crunch.

These cranberry orange muffins are a quick breakfast fix, so as long as you have the ingredients on hand (and cranberries thawed, if you’re working from frozen) you can have a whole pan full of warm muffins on the table in under an hour. They’re the perfect thing to make while the kids are outside playing or your spouse is shoveling the latest layer of snow.

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If you have cranberry sauce on hand rather than whole cranberries, try my cranberry breakfast bread instead!

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Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Fresh Cranberries, Frozen or thawed
  • Sparkling Sugar, Optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and put paper liners in a 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, then stir in milk, orange zest, and vanilla.
  4. Pour flour mixture into wet mixture and stir until combined, but do not overmix. Fold in cranberries.
  5. Fill muffin pan wells about 3/4 full. Sprinkle sparkling sugar over the tops of the muffins, if using. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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Author: Megan Myers
Recipe Yields: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 muffin
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 40
Calories 170

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 58mg
Total Carbohydrate 26g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Megan Myers

About Megan

Megan is known for her commitment to eating local, fresh food and leading a well-fed life, as documented on her blog, Stetted. Around these parts, though, she's known for her commitment to phenomenal breakfast recipes.

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