Cranberry-Orange Muffins

‘Tis the season for baking…and for citrus! Here in the desert southwest, winter means trees chock-full of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangerines, & more! We’ve got three orange trees at our house and have already started harvesting a few! So, I’m all about making some batches of cranberry-orange muffins. I first made these muffins for Christmas morning two years ago and they are SO good!!!

Cranberry-Orange Muffins with Streusel Topping


– 2 C flour
– 3/4 C sugar + one extra tablespoon
– 1 t bak­ing powder
– 1/2 t bak­ing soda
– 1/2 t salt
– 1 1/4 C fresh cran­ber­ries (slightly chopped)
– 1 egg
– 3/4 C orange juice
– 1/4 C veg­etable oil
– 2 t grated orange rind
  1. Chop cran­ber­ries just a bit. Place in small bowl, mix with 1T sugar & set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, com­bine all dry ingredients
  3. Stir in chopped cranberries.
  4. In the small bowl,in a small bowl, beat egg, add orange juice, oil, & orange rind.
  5. Add to dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Pour into greased muffin tin or cupcake liners.
For streusel topping:
– mix together 2 T flour, 1/4 C sugar and cut in 1 T but­ter until mix­ture resem­ble course crumbs.  Sprin­kle on top of each muf­fin.  Add some tur­binado or dec­o­rat­ing sugar sprinkles for extra “sparkle”.
Bake at 400 for 15–20 minutes.


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  1. Carol Dee says

    This recipe is very close to the one on the Ocean spray Cranberry bags. My all time favorite quick bread. Love the idea of making it into muffins. Mmmm.

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Hahaha! And I hadn’t thought to make it bread! I might have to try that this year! 🙂 Either way, SO good!!!

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Amy, you definitely could! The only difference would be that the cranberries wouldn’t be quite as tart. But, I’m sure the muffins would still be delish! If you try it that way, I’d love to know how they turn out! 🙂

  2. Trina says

    These are wonderful. I made them but substituted the egg with flax seed. They are nice and fluffy with an aromatic smell of the oranges and tastiness of the tart cranberries.

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Awesome, Trina! Thanks for letting us know that the flax seed substitution works well! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

  3. Ann says

    Oh wow! I MADE THESE! (Does drive me crazy to read through comments and no one has made them) I substituted dried cranberries as Sara suggested. They were excellent. I’m not sure the streusel adds enough to bother with it-just should try some of the sparkle sugar and should be fine. I just ate 2!


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