Hello! Today’s recipe is a delicious muffin recipe that’s full of orange and cranberry flavours! A lovely treat that’s easy to whip up! Perfect to serve friends and family or just to enjoy on your own.
Seriously, I could snack on these muffins all day, but to prevent myself from doing so, I made my husband bring them into work to share with his colleagues.
I hope you like this recipe for Easy Cranberry Orange Muffins!
How to make these muffins?
Zest and juice navel oranges. Full recipe ingredients and instructions listed in the recipe card down below.
In a large bowl, combine together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the vanilla extract and eggs before mixing in the orange juice and half the zest. Whisk in the dry ingredients and stir in the cranberry sauce.
Scoop the batter into a lined muffin pan and top with remaining orange zest. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-24 minutes.
All done! Let these muffins cool slightly before eating. Enjoy!
Here Are Some Helpful Recipe Tips:
Remember to use soften butter for this recipe. What’s soften butter? It’s commonly referred as room temperature butter as well. The butter should be soft enough that your finger easily leaves an impression when gently pressed, but it should not be melted at all.
It’ll usually get to the right consistency if you leave it out on the counter for 30-60 minutes, depending on the temperature of the room.
But let’s face it, who remembers to? I place it in the microwave at a lower heat setting and warm the butter at 10 second intervals until I get the right texture.
For zesting the oranges, I always recommend using a microplane zester/grater to zest citrus fruits as it’s the easiest method and you’ll get the most zest using one.
If you don’t have a zester, you can use the smallest holes on a box grater or use a vegetable peeler to carefully remove the orange skin (not the white pith underneath) and then finely mince the skin up.
To juice the oranges, roll the oranges on a flat surface using the palm of your hand before using a citrus juicer or reamer to get the most juice out of the fruit.
Remember to either line (I like to use silicone liners) or grease using cooking spray the muffins pan so the muffins come out of each cup easily.
If you choose to grease the pan using cooking spray, the outside of the muffin will be a darker brown and a little crispier on the outside than using a liner.
Overall, these Cranberry Orange Muffins:
Are tasty: Full of the delicious combination of cranberry and orange. The flavour is sweet, citrus-y, and slightly tart. The majority of the cranberry sauce will “melt” into the muffin leaving an even flavour of both star ingredients.
Have a soft, fluffy texture that’s easy to eat.
Use simple ingredients that are probably in your kitchen pantry or are easy to find at most grocery stores.
Are easy to put together: It takes about 15 minutes to prepare these muffins before baking them until they are done.
Are a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce.
Are perfect to have for breakfast, as a snack, or dessert. It tastes great for days and is fantastic to have with coffee, tea, or with milk.
Are so shareable and portable: Great for sharing with friends and family during the winter holidays!
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