Cranberry Orange Muffins

Are you ready for one of the BEST muffins you’ll ever taste? Cranberry Orange Muffins are spectacular and certainly one of my favorite comfort foods. These sweet muffins are filled with loads of fresh cranberries, pecans, orange juice and orange zest. The streusel topping has pecans and brown sugar, then the glaze includes powdered sugar and more orange juice. These fruity, juicy muffins are moist and delicious, and so worth making. Not only that, they have humongous muffin tops, plumping up and puffing up so beautifully–not caved in or flattened out due to too much sugar or improper baking temperatures. They are so special.

For years, I never bothered making muffins or cupcakes. I made lots of sweet breads and lots of cakes, but never the smaller version. I’m not sure why. But I’ve been fixated on making muffins for the past year and a half ever since I finally found out the key to making muffins that raise properly. Since then, I’ve posted over 30 different kinds of muffins, much to my own enjoyment. 🙂 And, hopefully to your enjoyment, too, blogging friends and fans.

For this lovely recipe, I started with an old favorite: Cranberry Fruit Nut Bread. I wanted to make it in muffin form. This one had a whopping 2 cups of sugar contrasted with 3 cups of flour. I knew they would fall flat if I baked them that way, so I decreased the sugar in the muffin and added a little back to the streusel and glaze to keep them sweet enough. I also started the temperature at 425 for 5 minutes. Then I reduced the heat to 350 for the remainder of baking time. That allows the muffins to raise beautifully, then they hold their shape while cooking at the reduced temperature. Topping it off, I added a simple pecan streusel and orange glaze that really made these muffins pop with flavor and texture.

I will admit I love a really high topper on a muffin. I also enjoy making muffins in my extra large enameled muffin tins, too. That makes for one substantial muffin. Certainly enough for any breakfast. The nice thing about these muffins is they can easily be frozen until you need them (which is what I did). I like to make muffins in advance of when I need them to give away to friends, family or folks I’m taking a meal to. If you choose to make the muffins in the larger tins, you won’t have quite the yield as with the regular sized muffin tins, but they’re so substantial one will be enough!

If you want a spectacular, festive and beautiful muffin for the holidays, then look no farther than Cranberry Orange Muffins. I guarantee you’ll want and eat more than one!

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Cranberry Orange Muffins have humongous toppers. They’re beautiful for company breakfasts.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Cranberries and orange flavoring work superbly together in this recipe.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

My husband’s not a huge muffin fan, but he enjoyed these because they were moist due to all the fruit.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

I love muffins, and Cranberry Orange Muffins are some of the best!

 

Here’s what I did.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

I used these ingredients for the muffins.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Rinse cranberries. Combine cranberries, part of the sugar, orange zest and chopped pecans.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Stir to combine and set aside.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Combine UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods), remaining sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender until well blended.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Add cranberry mixture and orange juice.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Stir ingredients just until moistened.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Grease muffin tins. Spoon cranberry muffin mixture into muffin tins almost to the top.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

I used these ingredients to make the streusel topping.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Combine flour, brown sugar and finely diced pecans. Stir to combine.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender until well blended.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Here the streusel topping is ready.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over top of all the muffins.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake an additional 15-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

I used these ingredients for the glaze.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Whisk ingredients to combine.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Drizzle glaze over top of muffins.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Cranberry Orange Muffins are some of the best muffins you’ll ever eat!

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Are you salivating yet?

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Cranberry Orange Muffins are so beautiful and festive. Perfect for the holidays.

 

Here’s the recipe.

CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS

(My own concoction)

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These lovely muffins have super humongous muffin tops and are incredibly festive and beautiful. Filled with cranberries, orange juice and zest and pecans, with a delightful streusel and orange glaze, they make an amazing holiday breakfast.
Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MUFFINS:
STREUSEL TOPPING:
GLAZE:
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MUFFINS:
STREUSEL TOPPING:
GLAZE:
Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
MUFFINS:
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Wash and rinse cranberries.
  3. Place in large bowl.
  4. Add nuts, orange peel, and ½ cup sugar.
  5. Stir well to combine.
  6. Set aside.
  7. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, remaining ½ cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  8. Cut in butter with pastry blender.
  9. Add orange juice, eggs, and cranberry mixture.
  10. Stir with wooden spoon to combine.
  11. Grease muffin tins very generously to avoid sticking.
  12. Pour muffin batter into prepared muffin tins to the top.
  13. Add streusel topping.
  14. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes.
  15. Reduce heat to 350° and bake muffins an additional 15-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  16. Cool muffins in pans about 10 minutes before removing to wire rack.
  17. Drizzle glaze over top.
  18. Yield: 18 muffins.
STREUSEL TOPPING:
  1. Combine flour, brown sugar and pecans in a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender.
  3. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over each muffin.
  4. Press down lightly with fingers so topping adheres to batter.
  5. Bake as directed above.
GLAZE:
  1. Combined powdered sugar and as much orange juice as needed to make a glaze.
  2. Drizzle glaze over top of each muffin when cool.

 

[b]Cranberry Orange Muffins[/b]
Recipe Type: Breads, Rolls and Muffins
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra – my own creation
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 18
These lovely muffins have super humongous muffin tops and are incredibly festive and beautiful. Filled with cranberries, orange juice and zest and pecans, with a delightful streusel and orange glaze, they make an amazing holiday breakfast.
Ingredients
  • [b]MUFFINS:[/b][br]
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp. freshly grated orange peel
  • 12-oz. bag fresh or frozen Ocean Spray cranberries, rinsed
  • 3 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 cup sugar (divided use)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. cold unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup Tropicana orange juice
  • 2 eggs, well beaten[br]
  • [b]STREUSEL TOPPING:[/b][br]
  • ½ cup Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup finely diced pecans
  • 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold[br]
  • [b]GLAZE:[/b][br]
  • 1 ½ cups Imperial powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. orange juice
Instructions
[b]MUFFINS:[/b][br]
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Wash and rinse cranberries.
  3. Place in large bowl.
  4. Add nuts, orange peel, and ½ cup sugar.
  5. Stir well to combine.
  6. Set aside.
  7. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, remaining ½ cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  8. Cut in butter with pastry blender.
  9. Add orange juice, eggs, and cranberry mixture.
  10. Stir with wooden spoon to combine.
  11. Grease muffin tins very generously to avoid sticking.
  12. Pour muffin batter into prepared muffin tins to the top.
  13. Add streusel topping.
  14. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes.
  15. Reduce heat to 350° and bake muffins an additional 15-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  16. Cool muffins in pans about 10 minutes before removing to wire rack.
  17. Drizzle glaze over top.
  18. Yield: 18 muffins.[br]
[b]STREUSEL TOPPING:[/b][br]
  1. Combine flour, brown sugar and pecans in a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender.
  3. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over each muffin.
  4. Press down lightly with fingers so topping adheres to batter. Bake as directed above.[br]
[b]GLAZE:[/b][br]
  1. Combined powdered sugar and as much orange juice as needed to make a glaze.
  2. Drizzle glaze over top of each muffin when cool.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Cranberry Orange Muffins are great for holiday baking.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Cranberry Orange Muffins are great to make for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day breakfasts when fresh cranberries are in season.

Cranberry Orange Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are the BEST #muffins and so great for the #holidays! These have huge muffin tops and are filled with #Cranberries #orangezest and #pecans. Love them!

Every bite of Cranberry Orange Muffins will have you drooling!

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12 Replies to "Cranberry Orange Muffins"

  • comment-avatar
    Karen January 19, 2017 (11:49 am)

    Well I guess I’ll just use the same temp & time as your glassed apple cinnamon muffins..they are enjoyed here so I’m sure these will be too! Thnx

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa January 19, 2017 (12:00 pm)

      Thanks, Karen. Every oven is different, but the muffins puff up a lot better if you start them at a high temperature for about 5 minutes, then decrease temperature to 350 for the remainder of the cooking time. The higher temperature allows the muffins to raise properly while the lower temperature enables the muffins to set without caving in. (Unless there is too much sugar and insufficient flour). Hope you enjoy them. These are some of our favorites.

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    Anonymous December 24, 2016 (2:12 pm)

    Tried the cranberry muffins today, yum! Love this recipe. Going to try it with blue berries and lemon next!

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa December 24, 2016 (7:45 pm)

      Love those ideas! So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  • comment-avatar
    Kersten December 19, 2016 (2:14 pm)

    These were so festive for a holiday break breakfast!

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa December 19, 2016 (2:58 pm)

      So glad you enjoyed them, Kersten. They were certainly some of my favorites!

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    Kobobel December 2, 2016 (1:29 pm)

    The recipe didn’t call for vanilla.Will definitely add vanilla to the batter and a little bit to the glaze next time otherwise really good and very pretty for the holidays

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa December 2, 2016 (3:40 pm)

      So glad you enjoyed them. I think those additions sound scrumptious.

  • comment-avatar
    Brenda Rodriguez December 1, 2016 (8:24 pm)

    Made them and were great! My glaze was a little too much and looked taste too much like powered sugar. I left the glaze off and the muffins were great.

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa December 2, 2016 (3:42 pm)

      Hi, Brenda. I think these muffins are great either way. So glad you enjoyed them.

  • comment-avatar
    Jennifer December 15, 2015 (12:52 pm)

    These look amazing! I especially love the idea of the orange juice in the glaze. Found you on the Food I Love community board

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa December 15, 2015 (12:55 pm)

      Thanks so much, Jennifer. They really were delicious. Even my husband who doesn’t like cakey-kinds of things, loved these muffins. 🙂 I hope you give them a try. They’re certainly with sharing with family and friends.

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