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Orange Cranberry Muffins

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Orange cranberry muffins are packed with cranberries and flavored with fresh orange juice and orange zest! They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a quick snack. They’re filled with warm flavors and are delicious for fall.

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The best cranberry orange muffins

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These hearty and flavorful orange cranberry muffins are packed full of fresh orange zest and dried cranberries. They’re simple to make and absolutely delicious. Plus, they freeze well so you can make an extra batch to freeze and easily defrost for a quick breakfast on the go!

These orange cranberry muffins are so simple to make with just a handful ingredients!

cranberry orange muffins on a cutting board.
Cranberry orange muffins with dried cranberries

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Big on flavor and bursting with cranberries in each bite!
  • Made by hand with everyday ingredients.
  • They’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as an afternoon snack.
  • They’ll make your house smell like the holidays!
  • Tastes just like you got them from a bakery!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Granulated Sugar and Brown Sugar – you’ll need these for added sweetness.
  • Eggs – acts as a leavening agent, helping the muffins rise.
  • Plain Yogurt – replaces sour cream. You can also use Greek yogurt.
  • Vanilla Extract for delicious vanilla flavor.
  • Orange Zest – infuses these muffins with flavor.
  • Flour – all-purpose flour works best!
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder – leavening agents, which help the muffins rise so they are light and fluffy.
  • Ground Cinnamon a little cinnamon for added fall flavor.
  • Salt – sea salt works too.
  • Orange Juice – for bold orange flavor.
  • Milk – whole milk or 2% is best.
  • Dried Cranberries you’ll want these to be frozen.

How To Make This Recipe

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Orange cranberry muffins process

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin.

Step 2:

In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy, about a minute.

Step 3:

Add eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Beat for another minute until everything is mixed well. Mix in orange zest.

Step 4:

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk.

Step 5:

Add orange juice and milk, gently whisking until combined.

Step 6:

Fold in cranberries.

Step 7:

Spoon batter into cupcake liners, filling all the way to the top.

Step 8:

Bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees, then lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for additional 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

bakery style cranberry orange muffins on a table
Bakery style cranberry orange muffins

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure eggs are at room temperature so they can incorporate fully into the batter.
  • Stir until just combined. If you over-mix, your muffins could end up tough.
  • Fill the baking cups all the way up with the batter.
  • You can use cupcake liners or just bake right in the muffin tin. Just make sure to grease the muffin tin well.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the muffin tin cups.

Variations

  • Try adding a 1/2 cup chocolate chips or toasted nuts to the batter before baking!
  • Add an orange glaze on top! See the FAQ’s below.
  • Sprinkle the batter with coarse sugar before baking to give the top a bit of crunch and texture.
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Inside of a orange dried cranberry muffin

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freezing: Place the muffins in a freezer safe container or zip top bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

FAQ

Can I use fresh cranberries to make orange cranberry muffins?

Absolutely! Freeze the cranberries and add them to the batter in place of the dried cranberries.

Would an orange glaze on top taste good?

Yes! In a medium mixing bowl combine 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1 teaspoon orange zest, and 2 teaspoons milk; whisk until smooth, adding more milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over the muffins right before serving.

Yield: 12 Servings

Orange Cranberry Muffins

cranberry orange muffins on a cutting board.

Orange cranberry muffins are packed with cranberries and flavored with fresh orange juice and orange zest! They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a quick snack. They're filled with warm flavors and are delicious for fall.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of two oranges
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1 /2 cups dried cranberries, frozen

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy, about a minute.
  3. Add eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Beat for another minute until everything is mixed well. Mix in orange zest.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk.
  5. Add orange juice and milk, gently whisking until combined.
  6. Fold in cranberries.
  7. Spoon batter into cupcake liners, filling all the way to the top.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°, then lower the temperature to 350° and bake for additional 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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