Pumpkin Spice-Cranberry Muffins

These autumn- inspired muffins are perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch. Loaded with dried cranberries, pumpkin, and bright orange[ flavors, they're extra delicious split and topped with cream cheese or your favorite jam or fruit butter.]

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
12 muffins
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Juice from 1 large orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
Directions
  • Special equipment: a 12-cup muffin pan and muffin liners

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin liners and lightly coat with cooking spray.

  • Combine the cranberries and orange juice in a small microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke a small hole to vent. Microwave until the orange juice is warm, about 1 minute. Set aside to let the cranberries plump, about 5 minutes, then drain off the juice.

  • Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

  • Whisk together the butter, plumped cranberries, pumpkin puree, milk, eggs and orange zest in a large bowl. Add the flour-spice mixture to the pumpkin mixture and gently fold the batter together until it is just combined (it's ok if there are a few lumps).

  • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle the top of each muffin generously with the turbinado sugar. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Cool the muffins in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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