California Orange Muffins Recipe
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California Orange Muffins Recipe

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There are many orange groves in this area, so I attempted to create a muffin recipe using the fruit. I think it turned out very well, and everyone who's tried it agrees with me.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 322 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 285mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Combine the orange juice, peel and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with juice mixture.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold in to creamed mixture.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as California Orange Muffins in Country Extra July 2001, p51

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ralakin User ID: 7361873 32359
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"We added dried Cranberries and they were fantastic!"

fayecox User ID: 3481684 204375
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"these muffins are delicious, my 5 yr. old granddaughter ate 3,and I could have eaten the rest. but calories do show up.Thank you for sharing this recipe."

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