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Cranberry Muffins Recipe

Cranberry Muffins Recipe

There's an abundance of cranberries in our area during the fall, and this recipe is one of my most favorite ways to use them. I've often given these fresh-baked muffins as a small gift to friends, and they're always well received.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:18 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, salt and orange peel. Cut in shortening until crumbly. In a small bowl, the orange juice, eggs, and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and nuts.
  • 2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack. Serve warm. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 231 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 141mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Cranberry Muffins

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juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 239036
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"Pretty good."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 36304
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"I love cranberry and orange flavors together. I followed the recipe exactly and the muffins turned out beautifully. They were everything a muffin should be, fluffy. spicy and delicious."

arioddity User ID: 6992054 38528
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"Followed recipe...Too much orange flavor...The worst part was the lack of a crown and no color. Won't make again without modifications. Moist and very flavorful. Not what I wanted, though."

Nuclearfamilyblog User ID: 6963191 39023
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"My wife made a subtly different version based on this, read about it here."

kshea User ID: 2698812 14267
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"These are our favorite cranberry muffins."

redplover User ID: 4305514 36303
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"Delicious rainy day Spring project. I too, used butter vs. shortening and I used 1/2 brown and white sugar. Prep time was about 1/2 hour for me. Enjoy!"

Kasha User ID: 179140 14266
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"forgot the stars!"

Kasha User ID: 179140 40534
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012


angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 40533
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"I have to admit, I did use butter in place of shortening and omitted the spices. They were amazing!"

bethsylvester User ID: 2252351 26066
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"I had an extra bag of cranberries that I've been wanting to use and this was the way to do it! Makes a dozen and a half muffins so I can freeze some! If they'll last that long! The flavor on these muffins is amazing, and they are so light and fluffy! The perfect time of year to make these is between Thanksgiving and Christmas when you have the ingredients lying around. Five stars and then some!"

kullstarla User ID: 4772648 14803
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"So yummy...the whole family loved them. I didn't have fresh cranberries, so rehydrated dried ones and used them. Delish!"

oneFitzy User ID: 5803125 39022
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"These muffins are so tasty and moist. I didn't have enough cranberries, so I added chopped apples."

micheldiane User ID: 6125280 36301
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"very good. instead of orange juice, I chopped in the food processor an whole orange....definetely a favorite"

Flenner User ID: 2160342 14116
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"I am making these again! People said these are so good, I should open a bakery!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 35157
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"Not a bland muffin at all. Did use whole wheat flour and dried cranberries. Cut back on sugar."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 22039
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"Really good. I also used 1/4 c. canola oil and 1/4 c. plain applesauce in place of the shortening. It did not taste like a low-fat muffin at all. Overall, the taste and texture were excellent. I'll chop up the cranberries a little finer next time since they're so tart."

RR73 User ID: 5546071 201508
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"Five star all the way! For a healthier option changed it up a bit with 1 cup or all-purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. I also substituted the shortening for 1/4 cup of canola oil and 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce and instead of 2 eggs I substituted with 6 tablespoons of egg whites only. Excellent and moist!"

mfrances User ID: 4363889 14265
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I did make some changes using 1/4 cup canola oil & 1/4 cup plain yogourt instead of butter. I only had dried cranberries which have alot of sugar, so I cut the sugar amount to 1/4 cup. I really enjoyed them."

annacalifornia User ID: 5363527 7459
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"wow, this is delicious. i added a little extra milk, consistency is thick but it turns out great. i have been trying to find the "perfect" muffin recipe and this is it!"

Louise.Hooper User ID: 1042332 13643
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"YUM! These are absolutely perfect, came out exactly like the picture and taste fantastic, even without the orange peel which I didn't have so just skipped. These will make a perfect breakfast or morning tea treat with a cup of tea."

redplover User ID: 4305514 14802
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"Excellent recipe. I used 1/2c of canola oil instead of shortening and just mixed wet with dry. Will definitely make again!"

mggfamily User ID: 4234830 10613
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"I did not have many of the ingredients and did not do a great job with substitutes today. My muffins did not rise at all, but they taste so good that I will definitely be repeating this it is written!"

moisarah User ID: 1155009 26065
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"The muffins were very tender! I only had a cup of pecans on hand, so I substituted the rest with chocolate chips. Yummy!"

bon appetit User ID: 100542 50931
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2008

"Cranberry muffins are my favorite and this recipe is one of the best. The spices just intensifies the taste even more."

marp18 User ID: 967560 50929
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2008

"One bowl, easy to make. Very tasty and moist with just enough spice."

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