Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe

Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe

This go-to breakfast or brunch muffin recipe fits in well with the colors and flavors of fall. Fresh cranberries are often available in late summer and around Thanksgiving and freeze well for making this recipe any time of year.  This muffin recipe is very loosely adapted from The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book (Oxmoor House, 2009). I like to add a simple glaze with a bit of extra orange extract or orange juice for an extra tangy kick of citrus flavor.


This Cranberry Orange Muffin recipe is great for an easy grab-and-go breakfast or healthy afternoon snack.  Serve for brunch or make them in batches as a portable mid-day pre-gym carb.Makes 20 muffins. Pairs well with a marmalade, warm honey butter, or eaten as-is.


Cranberry Orange Muffin Recipe

Cranberry Orange Muffin Recipe

September 22, 2020
: 20
: Easy

This easy Cranberry Orange Muffin recipe makes a quick and easy breakfast or afternoon snack. Makes 20 muffins. These muffins pair well with a marmalade, warm honey butter, or eaten as-is.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 cups cranberries, rough chopped
  • (optional) 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Step 2 Grease 20 standard muffin cups with butter or use cupcake liners (as seen here).
  • Step 3 Stir the dry ingredients: flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and orange zest.
  • Step 4 In another bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter, milk, and orange juice until blended. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, stir.
  • Step 5 Fold in the cranberries and nuts just until evenly distributed. Don’t overmix.
  • Step 6 Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them level with the rim.
  • Step 7 Bake 20 to 25 minutes until the muffins are golden, dry and springy to the touch An inserted toothpick should come out clean.
  • Step 8 Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes.
  • Step 9 Add a glaze if desired
  • Step 10 Serve warm or at room temperature.


MUFFIN BAKING TIP: Does your muffin pan have empty cups when baking? Fill the unused cups one-third full with water to prevent warping.

Serve for brunch, breakfast or as a portable mid-day pre-gym carb.
Serve for brunch, breakfast or as a portable mid-day pre-gym carb.

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