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Cranberry Orange Muffins

November 14, 2015 (Last Updated: September 19, 2019)

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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 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 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.

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5 from 3 votes
Cranberry Orange Muffins
Cranberry Orange Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
38 mins

Muffins made with cranberries and orange

Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry muffins, cranberry muffins with orange, cranberry recipes, how to make cranberry muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder and sugar
  2. In a separate bowl mix butter, orange peel, orange juice, egg, and milk.
  3. Add liquid mixture to flour mixture.
  4. Fold in chopped cranberries
  5. Put into muffin tins sprayed with oil or lined with paper.
  6. Mix orange sugar. Sprinkle over muffins.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes
Recipe Notes

Use fresh or frozen cranberries in these muffins.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 155mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 5.3mg6%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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

    5 stars
    Interesting combination of ingredients.

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    November 18, 2015 at 9:14 am

    These muffins look super yummy, Kathy. Cranberries and orange sounds like an awesome combo.

    • Reply
      November 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      They are so perfect for breakfast or snacking…and yes, they are super yummy!

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    Manali @ CookWithManali
    November 17, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    these 2 flavors are so together! In fact I used exactly the same flavors in a recipe today šŸ™‚ These muffins look perfect!

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    November 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    5 stars
    These look amazing! Also, great mind must think alike because I have a cranberry orange muffin recipe going up Wednesday! I love the tartness of the cranberries too, and I love how you made the orange sugar for the tops!

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      November 16, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      The orange sugar is so yummy on these muffins!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    November 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I adore fresh cranberries and I always grab a bunch of bags as soon as they’re in store too! These cranberry orange muffins look so amazing and I love that you added orange sugar on top.

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      November 16, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      You’ve got to stock up on cranberries while they are in season!

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    Linda@ Today She Loves
    November 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    These look yum! I’d love to sink my teeth into one of these muffins with some white chocolate drizzled on top.

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      November 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Ooohhhh! That would make a perfect topping!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    November 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I love fresh cranberries in muffins! I have a bag of fresh cranberries ready to be used in my fridge and definitely need to try these muffins with orange.

    • Reply
      November 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      I think you’d better get baking!

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    David @ Spiced
    November 15, 2015 at 8:32 am

    We were both channeling the orange cranberry vibe, Kathy! These muffins look perfect for breakfast…and then we can have a biscotti for dessert, yes? šŸ™‚

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      November 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm


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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    November 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    5 stars
    Oh I love orange sugar Kathy, the absolute best. Cranberry season is here in full swing and I can’t wait to try these gorgeous muffins. Scrumptious with a cup of tea on a chilly afternoon.

    • Reply
      November 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      You are right! Around here all we have is chilly weather right now!

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    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    November 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Oooh I love muffins! And cranberry and orange is such a beautiful flavour combination – perfect for the holidays!

    • Reply
      November 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      These are perfect for the holidays!

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    November 14, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I love cranberry orange muffins. Such a great flavor combination. This look so tender! Great recipe!

    • Reply
      November 14, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Amanda! There is something so great about that combo….

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