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The Best Ever Cranberry Orange Muffins

9:21 AM

Once in awhile, my kitchen will be clean enough to bake for fun -- not for work. I look in my fridge and see what needs to be used up. That's when I feel bad for whatever lonely fruit is sitting in there, and I start looking for recipes to use it in so that I don't have to throw it out to the chickens and guilty for wasting food.  This past month, I found a bag of fresh cranberries FROM THANKSGIVING.

Yes, they still looked amazingly good.  A little dry, but not bad or anything.  I washed them up, picked out a few squishy ones, and set to making this mouthwatering muffin mix!  It is inspired from the Taste of Home's Winning Cranberry Muffins Recipe.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, quartered 
  • 8 tablespoons sugar, divided 
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 egg 3/4 cup milk 
  • 1/3 cup liquid coconut oil 
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
Sprinkle the cranberries with 3 tablespoons of sugar, mix and let sit while you make the rest of the recipe.  Combine the dry ingredients well in a bowl before adding in the liquid ingredients.  Mix again until no longer lumpy and add the grated peel a little at a time until mixed in very well.  Finally, fold in the sweetened cranberries, being careful not to smush them.

Bake these in the oven at 400 degrees until fully baked, or about 17 minutes (they should puff up and the top should be golden brown.)  You can make jumbo muffins or mini muffins, adjusting the time until done.  These are also really good with walnuts or pecans!

My kids, who are not normally big cranberry fans, LOVED these muffins. They are perfectly sweet, just a little tart, and great for a breakfast or snack.

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  1. Did you know that you can stick the whole bag of cranberries in the freezer when they are fresh? I do that each fall as they aren't available all year long. These muffins look delicious; I'll have to thaw out some berries and try them.
    Welcome to the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

  2. That's a great idea -- I hadn't thought of freezing them!