Cranberry Orange Muffins [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

Breads and Muffins Breakfast Thanksgiving Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Cranberry Orange Muffins are the perfect fall flavor combo. Sweet, fluffy, juicy, with an amazing orange aroma and tart cranberries in every bite. Watch the short video tutorial below and see how simple they are to make!

Muffins are a specialty in our kitchen, and we love making them puffy and delicious like Ube Purple MuffinsChocolate Chip Ricotta Muffins, and Blueberry Lemon Muffins.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins are the perfect way to start a crisp fall morning. During this time of the year, I am ready to add cranberries to anything and everything! These Cranberry Orange Muffins are so fluffy, sweet, tart, juicy and refreshing!

They are pretty to look at and very tasty that they are hard to resist. Nothing like having a combination of sweet, tart and citrusy all in one bite! Did I mention that they are ready in about 30 minutes? Yes, that too!

Also, they are perfect for any occasion. Whether you want a nice birthday dessert or something delicious on the Thanksgiving tables, this is the dessert to go!

Tips to Make the Perfect Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe:

  • Don’t skip the orange zest, it will add the most amazing, citrusy, refreshing flavor!
  • I prefer to use fresh cranberries in this recipe, frozen will work too.
  • Make sure you don’t over bake them, start checking at the 20 minutes mark.
  • If you don’t have yogurt on hand, you can use full-fat sour cream.
  • The Orange Glaze is optional, can be skipped if you want to cut on sugar.
  • The muffins are great served warm with butter!

How to make Orange Zest

  • First, rinse the orange.
  • Set your tool over a cutting board. A microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. Also, if you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Then, grate the skin of the orange only. Grate just enough to get through the orange skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the orange and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the orange and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make these Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe:

  • Regular Muffin Pan – I use this pan to bake muffins and regular size cupcakes, I had it for many years and absolutely love it.
  • Cupcake Liners – when it comes to cupcake/muffin liners the sky is the limit, I like to keep them in a wide range of colors so I can use it based on the recipe or event.
  • Whole Nutmegs – one of my favorite spices, I LOVE the flavor and I add it to savory and sweet recipes, I also prefer the whole ones as they pack more flavor.
  • Cinnamon – love adding it to bake goods and it works so well with the purple yams.
  • Cinnamon Sticks – I always keep some on hand, in case I want to make fresh cinnamon powder.

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5 from 5 reviews

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins are the perfect fall flavor combo. Sweet, fluffy, juicy, with an amazing orange aroma and tart cranberries in every bite.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 muffins
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins


Orange Glaze



Nutrition information

Calories: 174 Carbohydrates: 37 Protein: 3 Fat: 1 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 28 Sodium: 160 Potassium: 139 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 22 Vitamin A: 115 Vitamin C: 4.5 Calcium: 66 Iron: 1.4 g
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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

These are mouth watering!



That sounds like fall in a muffin paper. I'll have to make these. They sound delicious.



I love the flavors of cranberry and orange. I think these look so darn good!


Brianne Tursi Manz

Cranberries and oranges to signify Fall. These look delicious and perfect for Fall. I can't wait to make them!


Tara Pittman

I have a freezer filled with fresh cranberries. I need to make these muffins.



These look so good. I have never had a cranberry orange muffin before either. I can't wait to try out your recipe. I think this could be great for the holidays too.



I love different types of muffins for breakfast in the morning. These will definitely make it into the rotation. Thanks for sharing!


Ruth I

What a delicious and healthy treat! I love cranberry so this will surely be on my list.


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