Fresh Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins // The Speckled Palate

A random list of things I am currently loving for no apparent reason:

The Les Misérables movie soundtrack. (I don’t care if y’all didn’t like it. I was impressed, even if Amanda Seyfried’s voice does sound like, uh, bird-y. And then the combination of Bellatrix and Borat? Don’t even get me started, y’all.)

Good health. (Because getting a flu shot AND a migraine on the same day is a health doozy.)

Researching celebrity baby names… then feeling incredibly grateful to my parents for giving me a normal name.

Kolaches. (If you haven’t had one, you need to get to a Czech bakery pronto to check them out. My favorite flavor combo? Raspberry and cream cheese. Oh so delectable.)

Fresh cranberries in anything and everything I can get my hands on, including these lovely little muffins.

Cranberry Muffins // The Speckled Palate

This recipe is an older one of mine that came into fruition after I randomly purchased a few bags of cranberries around Christmastime… and then didn’t make cranberry sauce.

I’ve tinkered with it over the years, and it is delightfully tart with a nice texture from the oatmeal flour.

Cranberry Muffins // The Speckled Palate

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Fresh Cranberry Muffins
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Fluffy, tart muffins to start the day off right with fresh cranberries.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 cup oatmeal flour
  • ⅔ cups granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups fresh cranberries, chopped

  • Wet Ingredients
  • ⅔ cups fresh orange juice (do not use reduced sugar OJ)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix all wet ingredients together.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into the dry mix until just combined.
  5. Bake for 18 minutes, or until muffins are cooked through and light brown on the top.
These muffins freeze well. Store in freezer bags, then reheat in aluminum foil at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes.


Cranberry Muffins // The Speckled Palate

I made you a muffin. It’s delicious.

Happy Friday, friends!

What are you randomly loving today?


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  • AlliJanuary 25, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Yum! I love all things involving cranberries.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 25, 2013 - 6:07 pm

      You and me both, Alli! What’s one of your favorite recipes involving cranberries?ReplyCancel

  • Angie@Angie's RecipesJanuary 26, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Love these muffins! They look wholesome.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 26, 2013 - 5:15 pm

      Thanks, Angie! They are pretty delicious.ReplyCancel

  • SarahJanuary 26, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    I LOVE cranberry muffins. Mom does tooReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 26, 2013 - 5:15 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! Glad you and your mom are big fans of cranberry muffins, too!ReplyCancel

  • Amy TongJanuary 26, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    I love your list of favorite thing…especially the cranberries part. 😉 These muffins look perfect for breakfast or anytime as snack. I know I’ll love them! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 27, 2013 - 9:44 am

      Thanks so much, Amy! I hope you love these muffins AND that you have a lovely rest of the weekend, too!ReplyCancel

  • NatalieJanuary 27, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Amazing pictures of these muffins! What a delicious muffin to have in the morning 🙂ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 28, 2013 - 4:58 pm

      Thank you, Natalie. I had fun photographing them… and they are equally fun to eat!ReplyCancel

  • JayneJanuary 27, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    We only just discovered fresh cranberries as they are not native here. I love how tart they are. Much to my mother’s chagrin. haha… she cannot handle anything sour. But I so loved it in crumble. If I ever get my hands on more, I want to try them in your muffin recipe. I might like them even more.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 28, 2013 - 5:05 pm

      Oh wow! Where’d you find the fresh cranberries? And it makes me so happy that you love their tartness. I love them so much, and I certainly hope that you can find them sometime in the near future to try these muffins… or fresh cranberry scones… or just a plain cranberry glaze because they are all DELICIOUS.ReplyCancel

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