Cranberry Orange Muffins

This cranberry orange muffins recipe is loaded with fresh cranberries, orange juice and orange zest, so you get a great combination of sweet and tart.

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Christmas is almost here! Are you hosting or going to your family’s house? It really doesn’t matter when it comes to these cranberry orange muffins. You may recall last month I shared a story about some good friends of ours, Kate and Brian, moving out to California and Lauren and I making some snacks for the road trip. While one was pumpkin spice granola, the other were these cranberry orange muffins. Lauren had asked Kate what her favorite muffin was and it was an instant response. I’ll admit I was a little nervous about this cranberry orange muffins recipe as I had never actually made muffins like these.

I did quite a bit of research and combined what I thought was the best of two different recipes – one from Sally’s Baking Addiction and Genius Kitchen. Luckily for me, the first batch turned out great which is why I’m sharing today! Obviously if you have ever bought cranberries, you know that they aren’t available year-round but you can easily use frozen or dried for this cranberry orange muffins recipe. And no you don’t need upcoming Christmas as an excuse to make these. They’re good no matter when you eat them. Hope you enjoy!

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What Ingredients are in this Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe?

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Cranberries
  • Egg
  • Orange juice
  • Greek yogurt
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Orange zest

How do I Make Sure My Muffins are Light and Fluffy?

The key with baking is DO NOT OVERMIX. It’s the death of any baking recipe and with muffins, it can lead to something that is dense and just not very appetizing. So what does not overmixing mean? Well you mix all of your ingredients right until you see the flour disappear. Obviously the other issue can be baking too long. To combat this, you just insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin until it comes out clean.

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5 from 1 vote
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Cranberry Orange Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This cranberry orange muffins recipe is loaded with fresh cranberries, orange juice and orange zest, so you get a great combination of sweet and tart.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Orange Muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 179 kcal
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or milk
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir in cranberries. In another medium bowl, beat the egg, orange juice, yogurt, butter, vanilla extract and orange zest until everything is combined.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Spoon into muffin pan and fill 3/4 full. Sprinkle tops lightly with some sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.


  1. Not the biggest fan of cranberries but these look pretty good!

  2. Citrus and berries are always a good combination.

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