Cranberry-Citrus Muffin Tops

These soft and fluffy muffins tops are tart and sweet and require no special equipment. Chilling is a must to ensure the proper 'puffing[' of the dough.]

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
20 min
1 hr 5 min
20 min

12 muffin tops

  • Pan spray, for greasing
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cranberries, or thawed frozen
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange or lemon juice
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and adjust 2 oven racks to the top and bottom halves of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with greased parchment paper.

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda together in a medium bowl.

  • Whisk the buttermilk, orange zest, vanilla and egg together in a separate bowl. Toss the cranberries with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sugar.

  • Beat the butter and remaining 1/2 cup sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer), scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  • Adjust the speed to low and add the dry and wet mixtures in alternating batches until just combined. Add the cranberries and fold in using a spatula.

  • Spray a 1/4 measuring cup lightly with pan spray. Scoop a level 1/4 cup of batter and scrape out with a rubber spatula onto the baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining batter, spacing the muffin tops about 2 inches apart. Pat the dough into rounded mounds using wet or greased hands. Chill 30 minutes.

  • Bake until the muffin tops are slightly golden and can be easily lifted from the baking sheets with a spatula, 18 to 20 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on these and rotate the baking sheets top to bottom about every 5 minutes or as needed to ensure even baking.

  • Let cool in the pan 3 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack until cool to the touch. Stir together the confectioners' sugar and orange juice and drizzle over the muffin tops.

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