Spiced cranberry muffins

    45 min

    These muffins are delicious and a cinch to make. They are flavoured with orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon, cranberries and ginger and served with a hot cranberry spread. They are perfect over Christmas time.

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    Makes: 18 muffins

    • 250g plain flour
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 100g margarine
    • 175ml orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 165g chopped cranberries
    • 175g chopped walnuts
    • 225g wholeberry cranberry sauce
    • 2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 50g margarine

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease or line enough muffin tins to make 18 muffins.
    2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.
    3. Cut in the margarine; stir in juice, vanilla, eggs, cranberries and nuts. Pour into muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes or until brown.
    4. Meanwhile, prepare the spread in a saucepan over low heat by mixing together the cranberry sauce, dark brown soft sugar and margarine. Cook until heated and smooth. Remove from heat and serve as a spread for the muffins.

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    I Added 1/2 cup of sour cream to try and help with the texture. I also added a cup of white chocolate chips. The recipe made 24 good side muffins and while I liked the taste I found even with the sour cream these were a little on the dry side, ok recipe but not a keeper for me.  -  12 Jan 2013


    Well, with the suggestions and comments of others I made a few changes and LOVED these muffins! I used dried cranberrys, added 1/2c packed brown sugar to the batter along with 3/4c sour cream for moisture. I also dirzzled them with frosting made from orange juice and powdered sugar in place of the cranberry sauce. These are sinful and should be made in moderation! THANK YOU!  -  04 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are the best cranberry muffins I've ever eaten. The addition of all the spices makes them very flavorful. My son loved them. I used 1/3 cup of canola oil in place of the shortening, decreased orange juice to 1/2 cup and added 1/3 cup of buttermilk. In addition I added 1/2 tsp. of salt and sliced the cranberries in my food processor instead of chopping them.  -  27 Mar 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)