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Winning Cranberry Muffins Recipe
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Winning Cranberry Muffins Recipe

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Our town is the hub of all the area's large cranberry bogs, which are beautiful year-round. I've had this particular recipe for quite a while and have modified it over the years. These muffins are my husband's favorite, and my friends like them, too. It's a typical, hearty New England muffin! —Dorothy Bateman, Carver, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, quartered
  • 8 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, optional
  • Cinnamon sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 171 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Sprinkle cranberries with 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside. Sift remaining sugar, flour, baking powder and salt into large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg, milk and oil. Make a hole in center of dry ingredients; pour in liquid ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Add berries and, if desired, lemon peel. Fill 12 greased standard or 6 greased jumbo muffin cups. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  3. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes for standard-size muffins or for 22 minutes for jumbo muffins. Yield: 12 standard-size or 6 jumbo muffins.
Originally published as Cranberry Muffins in Country February/March 1991, p47

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 171 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015 Edited Mar. 31, 2015

"The muffins are not sweet. I feel like they are missing something to give it more moisture. Not sure if I would make again. I may try them again with butter instead of oil."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Good muffins. Not overly sweet so don't expect a cupcake. :) Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack!

I followed the recipe to a T, with the exception of using reconstituted dried cranberries (by soaking for 20 minutes in hot water)."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"Love this recipe but made some changes. Omitted the lemon zest. Didn't have milk so used sour cream instead. Added a teaspoon of orange extract and a handful of chopped pecans. Used a crumb topping instead of the cinnamon sugar. Fabulous!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Excellent recipe. I used frozen cranberries instead of fresh ones. They turned out beautifully - light, moist and delicious. This is definitely a winning recipe. It?s a keeper."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"This is an excellent recipe! Rather than quartering the cranberries, I just briefly food-processed them. I was so happy to find a recipe that tasted this good without being high in sugar and fat. Thank you very much."

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