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BEST Cranberry Orange Muffins

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: breakfast, snack
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American


Brighten up your day with these amazing cranberry orange muffins. They are packed with delicious tangy cranberries and fresh orange flavor.


  • 2 & 1/2 cups (310g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp (15g) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125ml)) vegetable oil
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (250g) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • zest of one orange (about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (62ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 &1/2 cups (150g) fresh cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, sugar, eggs, milk, orange juice, vanilla and orange zest. Slowly add to the dry ingredients. Mix until JUST combined, then fold in the cranberries. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin cups.
  4. Bake at 425°F for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temp to 375°F and bake for another 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you store them in the fridge, you can warm up the muffins in the microwave for about 30 seconds or in the oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes.

To freeze: Place the muffins in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Don’t forget to label and date. When ready to consume, thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter for an hour. Then reheat in the oven at 350F for 10 minutes to freshen up the muffins.

How to substitute with frozen or dried cranberries:

  • Frozen – Do not thaw. Add the frozen cranberries into the batter as if you were using fresh cranberries and bake for a few minutes longer until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Dried – Soak the dried cranberries in hot water for 10 minutes to soften. Pat them dry with a paper towel and add to the batter as instructed. Please note that the taste and texture of dried cranberries are not the same as fresh. They are a bit sweeter and a bit chewy.

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