Cranberry Orange Muffins

Total Time:
55 min
30 min
25 min

12 muffins

  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for preparing the muffin tin
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar, plus up to 1 tablespoon for topping the muffins, if desired
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk
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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the cranberries and orange juice in a small saucepan, and bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Remove berries from the heat, and set aside to cool and plump. Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.

Lightly brush a 12-muffin tin with butter. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with an electric hand-held mixer in a large bowl, cream the butter, orange zest, and 2/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Remove the bowl from the mixer.

Fold the flour in 3 parts into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk in 2 parts, until just combined. Fold in the cranberries. Do not over mix. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool muffins in the pan on a rack. Serve warm.

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Great recipe! I did make a few adjustments though. I simmered the cranberries in 1/2 cup of orange juice instead of 1/4 of a cup. This worked well as the cranberries absorbed all of the extra juice. I also used about 3 or 4 tablespoons of orange zest which deffinitely kicked up the orange flavor. Finally I added about a tablespoon of cinnamon to the flour mixture. I would also be careful about the baking time because my muffins were down after 20 minutes, and an extra five minutes in the oven would have really dried them out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love it, it was simple and easy to follow. This one's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Agree w/those who said the muffins are good but needed more orange flavor and some cinnamon and/or nuts. I took some as a gift and my friends raved - I don't think they were bad but did need some additions. I left the OJ in too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Orange flavor is lacking. The muffins are kinda bland. I use suggestions and put the orange juice from the cranberries into the mixtue. Making another batch now. Going to try to lessen the milk and put more OJ. Also, add walnuts and cinnamon for additional flavor. I also only cooked them for 20 minutes and they are super moist. Good easy recipe just needs a few extra ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The orange flavor does not shine through...needs much more orange zest and perhaps an Ora ge glaze. Needs tweaking. Just ok item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought they were good! I did not discard the orange juice after, but added it to the batter. I found them to be moist, but I also only baked them 20 minutes. They could have benefitted from chopped walnuts or pecans, and maybe a little more orange zest. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not quite 5 stars but better than 4. After softening the cranberries, I did not discard the juice. I left it in, hoping to avoid the dryness mentioned by others. Added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Used fresh squeezed orange juice. I thought these muffins were very tasty and had a nice firm texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A little dry, but overall pretty good. Crumbles easily... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I sprinkled chunky decorative sugar over the tops before baking. They looked amazing but I was disappointed that they were so dry. I'll have to play with the recipe to try to fix that. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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