Baking/ Bread/ Breakfast/ Holidays/ Recipe

Cranberry Orange Muffins

November 14, 2015 (Last Updated: October 16, 2020)

This post may contain affiliate links, see my Privacy Policy.

Cranberry Orange Muffins filled with fresh cranberries with a burst of fresh orange! 

A stack of muffins filled with cranberries.

Fresh cranberries are in the stores.  I had to make these cranberry orange muffins.  Instead of just a plain muffin though, I made an orange sugar to sprinkle on the top.

The crunchy, sweet orange topping makes these ordinary muffins extra special.

Muffins with red berries on a small white plate.

I always buy cranberries this time of the year.  I usually buy several bags.  I bake all my favorite recipes and then I throw a couple of bags into the freezer.

The berries freeze well right in the bag.  When I need them, I just pull out what I need and use them frozen.  They last a few months in the freezer…my biggest challenge, remembering how many bags I have squirreled away in the freezer!  I tend to lose track.

A muffin with cranberries and orange zest on the top.

I add a mixture of coarsely chopped cranberries and whole cranberries!  I love biting into whole cranberries in these muffins.  It’s a big bite of tartness.  You can chop your cranberries to what ever size you like!

Baked muffins in a muffin tin.

For the orange sugar, simply mix sugar and grated orange peel together.  I used my fingers to really mash the sugar into the orange peel.  The sugar will feel damp and wants to stick together.  To sprinkle over the muffins, I pinched a bit between my fingers and then let it sprinkle.

Cranberry orange muffins on a baking rack.

There’s nothing better than freshly baked muffins!

Muffin batter topped with orange zest in a muffin tin.

If you are looking for a little variety, here are some other muffins to make –  banana muffins and oatmeal banana muffins. Some of our other favorites include blueberry muffins,  raspberry lemon muffins,  poppy seed lemon muffins and chocolate zucchini muffins.

You might also want to check out this collection of The Best Muffins!

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Cranberry muffins arranged on a baking rack.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

If you loved this recipe you’ll LOVE all the others in this category. Check out all my baking recipes here!

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Muffins made with cranberries and orange
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 164 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 whole egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cranberries (lightly chopped)

Orange Sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon granted orange peel


  • In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder and sugar
  • In a separate bowl mix butter, orange peel, orange juice, egg, and milk.
  • Add liquid mixture to flour mixture.
  • Fold in chopped cranberries
  • Put into muffin tins sprayed with oil or lined with paper.
  • Mix orange sugar. Sprinkle over muffins.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes


Use fresh or frozen cranberries in these muffins.


Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 39mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 5.3mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1.1mg
Keyword cranberry muffins, cranberry muffins with orange, cranberry recipes, how to make cranberry muffins
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.





You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Fred. Gaudet
    January 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    Interesting combination of ingredients.

  • 1 2

    Leave a Reply

    Recipe Rating