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Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins

Moist and chock-full of colorful berries, these marvelous muffins are a seasonal specialty of Mrs. Leonard Keszler, Bismarck, North Dakota. "They are light and tasty, and they freeze very well," she says.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and pecans.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • Combine confectioners' sugar and milk; drizzle over muffins.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 105 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Christine
    Dec 21, 2020

    I cut this recipe out of the magazine years ago and it is still a favorite. I especially love them for Christmas morning! They also freeze well if there are leftovers!

  • Shannon N
    Dec 1, 2020

    I just made these for The Husband to take to work tomorrow. I substituted fresh home milled whole wheat flour (pastry grind) and sifted the flour before folding in. These are amazing and I am sure they will be a hit at the office!

  • workinmomTX
    Sep 8, 2019

    These are awesome! I love that they aren't too sweet because of the cream cheese. It makes a lot, great for a crowd or to freeze.

  • Farah
    Aug 31, 2019

    best cream cheese muffin i have ever baked. been baking these for years!!!! big hit at work and home. the whole kitchen smells so good when its baking. thank you so much for sharing this perfect recipe.

  • Elina
    Oct 9, 2017

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  • pammystill
    Apr 12, 2017

    Excellent mini loaves for Christmas gifts.

  • dbeauche
    Feb 6, 2016

    These are great for brunch or dessert!

  • manga
    Dec 8, 2015

    This is the exact recipe in an old cookbook I found called, Sophie's Cranberry coffeecake. It is baked in a tube or bundt pan at 350 degrees for 65 mins.

  • mggfamily
    Dec 6, 2015

    We love it even WITHOUT the glaze yummy and plenty sweet.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Oct 31, 2015

    Very good. Moist and creamy tasting. I omitted the nuts.