This recipe is the best! These muffins are accompanied with a hot cranberry spread and we have them every Thanksgiving in place of dinner rolls.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray or grease a 12 cup and 6 cup muffin tin.

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  • Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

  • Cut in shortening; stir in juice, vanilla, eggs, cranberries and nuts. Pour into muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes or until brown.

  • Prepare the topping in a saucepan over low heat by whisking together the cranberry sauce, brown sugar and margarine. Cook until heated and smooth. Remove from heat and serve as a spread for the muffins.

Nutrition Facts

273.2 calories; 3.8 g protein; 31.9 g carbohydrates; 20.7 mg cholesterol; 116.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2004
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2003
very dry muffins Read More
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109 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 63
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2004
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! Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
Very good muffins. Will make again. I used more orange zest and I used 1 cup pecans instead of the 1 1/2 cups walnuts. I also made bigger muffins 12 instead of 18 and I baked them 30 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2003
These muffins were really tasty. I didn't have any dried cranberries, so I used 3/4 cup of cranberry sauce. The muffins were moist and delicious. I will definitely make this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2009
These are the best!!!! The cranberry spread is great on them I agree cook and watch or they are dry but definitely a keeper! My family raved about them. ADD: I added extra orange juice to make it 1 c. That made all the difference!!! They are moist and delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2012
I needed these for company was coming in less than an hour and had a bag of cranberries left over from thanksgiving. I did have to make a few changes though since partly into mixing I realized I didn't have everything! I mixed all my "wet" ingredients first along with oil (no shortening...) and then dumped the dry ingredients on top. (I do this with every single muffin recipe and it works perfectly every time no need for 2 bowls ever). When I then noticed I was out of nutmeg to:( I found some all spice and threw that in. No orange zest to be had so just skipped that. I also added 4 tbsp sour cream just to be sure they would be super moist and then FOLDED THE BATTER WITH A FORK GENTLY TURNING THE BOWL AS I CONTINUED TO BRING THE BATTER INTO THE CENTRE until it was just mixed. After spooning into the muffin pan I sprinkled with a crumble topping of brown sugar oats flour and butter. PERFECT MUFFINS EVERY TIME... BE GENTLE. (also no need to cut the cranberries up. They are wonderful whole as well. This is where people mess up their muffins. By beating the batter too hard with a fork (or worse a mixer) you are removing the air from your muffin which is what makes them so moist and rise perfectly when cooking. Keep it simple. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2009
These are the bomb! I put the dry ingredients in a zip lock bag a week before the holiday to allow the spices to melt into the flour. Then I grind the cranberries add the orange juice and orange zest. I freeze that on Thanksgiving day I then assemble these so they are fresh out of the oven. We love these muffins. I always do a double batch and bake them in jumbo muffin tins. We really like them for breakfast with a simple omelet too. THanks for sharing!!!! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2004
These muffins were great. I used half brown sugar and half white just because I like brown sugar in everything. I made 6 giant muffins and cooked them about 40 min. I may try them without the ginger next time. Love em! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2003
I used chopped dried cranberries - they were excellent. Even my picky boyfriend loved them! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2003
very dry muffins Read More
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