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Cranberry Upside-Down Muffins

Fresh cranberries are readily available here, so I cook with them often. The sweet-tart taste of these pretty muffins adds a festive touch to special-occasion suppers. —Michele Briasco-Brin, Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1-3/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a small saucepan, combine cranberries and sugar. Cover and cook over low heat until juice forms. Uncover; cook and stir over medium heat for 10 minutes or until berries pop. Stir in nutmeg; cool slightly. Spoon into 12 paper-lined muffin cups; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, oil and lemon extract; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in walnuts. Spoon over cranberry mixture.
  • Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Carefully remove paper liners and serve muffins warm, cranberry side up.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 221 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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