The Speckled Palate
January 25, 2013

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

Fluffy, tart Fresh Cranberry Muffins start the day off right! These muffins, made with fresh cranberries, make any day a celebration.

Fresh Cranberry Muffins

Fluffy, tart Fresh Cranberry Muffins start the day off right! These muffins, made with fresh cranberries, make any day a celebration.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 24 muffins
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 cup oatmeal flour
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries , chopped

Wet Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups fresh orange juice (do not use reduced sugar OJ)
  • 1/3 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.

Recipe Notes

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?



  1. Alli

    Yum! I love all things involving cranberries.

    • Erin

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

    • Erin

      Thanks, Angie! They are pretty delicious.

  2. Sarah

    I LOVE cranberry muffins. Mom does too

    • Erin

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

  3. Amy Tong

    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.

    • Erin

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

  4. Natalie

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

    • Erin

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

  5. Jayne

    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.

    • Erin

      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.

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