These spicy muffins are moist and full of flavor. The cranberry perfectly complements the pumpkin flavor while hints of orange keep the muffins tasting light. The white chocolate chips are optional if you want to make these more of a yummy dessert. The perfect fall treat!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 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). Grease 3 muffin pans or line with muffin wrappers.

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  • Mix flour, white sugar, salt, baking soda, and allspice together in a bowl. Whisk eggs in a separate large bowl. Add vegetable oil, pumpkin, orange juice, vanilla extract to eggs; whisk until smooth. Stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until just combined; fold in white chocolate chips and cranberries. Pour batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle each muffin with brown sugar.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; protein 2.6g 5% DV; carbohydrates 40.1g 13% DV; fat 8.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 21.7mg 7% DV; sodium 182.5mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2012
LOVED this recipe!! These muffins are awesome! I did change 2 things. I added some orange zest to the batter and used cinnamon instead of the allspice. I'm going to make this recipe into loaves and give them to my daughters teachers for Thanksgiving: ) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/01/2017
The combination of white chips with cranberry and pumpkin is right up my alley so I just had to try this recipe. Followed the recipe as written but unfortunately these muffins just didn't work out for me. All the chips basically melted into the batter so the were crazy sweet and the plain brown sugar sunk into the top and the result was very wet and unappealing. Tossed the whole batch out. Read More
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2012
LOVED this recipe!! These muffins are awesome! I did change 2 things. I added some orange zest to the batter and used cinnamon instead of the allspice. I'm going to make this recipe into loaves and give them to my daughters teachers for Thanksgiving: ) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2012
I thought this recipe was really delicious. It was moist and full of rich flavors. I did not alter the recipe at all except that I made mini muffins instead of regular size and they baked for 17 minutes but I have an oven that runs very high. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2013
I went a little crazy on the substitutions both because of what I had and to make it what I consider "breakfast worthy". This usually involves a bit more fiber and protein and less sugar. I used pineapple juice instead of orange because that's what I had and a cup of whole wheat for one of the white flours. I used 2 1/2 cups of sugar to lighten the sweetness and also added a few table spoons of wheat germ and 2/3 cup of whole oats into the flour mixture. I added a cup of chopped pecans with only 2/3 cup of craisins and 1/3 cup minced white chocolate bar. I always set the timer for less time than advised so I can check it with a toothpick and not overcook. I recommend the cupcake papers for regular muffins and cooking spray for minies because it's a little stickier. I may try it again with even less sugar but it was deicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2014
The main thing I like about this recipe is the addition of the orange juice and suggest adding orange rind to taste. I omit the white chocolate chips because they are sickenly sweet and as it is cut sugar to half. Of course we do not like overly sweet muffins and otherwise it is a grand recipe for my files. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2012
This recipe was a hit with my extended family and my husbands' co-workers around Thanksgiving this year. I used the 3 dozen version to make 4 giant 20 medium and 12 mini muffins with paper wrappers in the tins and they baked up beautifully. I did add 1/3 cup of wheat germ and 1/3 cup of bran buds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2014
These were good although a little too sweet for me. My family loved them but the only thing is the white chocolate chips melted so you couldn't tell they were in there. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2014
These muffins turned out great! I substituted 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 of the oil. I cut the sugar to 2 cups. They were still very moist and just the right amount of sweet. I followed other reviewers and used 2/3 cup white chocolate chips. Was out of craisins so I used a mix of regular raisins and golden raisins. Also only had one cup of OJ so melted a fruit popsicle and added enough water to equal 1 cup. Could not tell in the final result. Added one teaspoon of cinnamon in addition to the allspice and it was barely enough spice for such a large recipe. It made 19 regular size muffins and 48 mini-muffins. 4 boys and one husband ate them right up! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2018
They fell apart even when I used my silicon cupcake liners. I tried spraying the liners it did nothing. If it wasn't for that it would have been perfect. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/24/2016
I had high hopes for this recipe. I haven't tasted the actual muffin yet but the batter was overwhelming with orange. I only had an 11 oz. bottle of orange juice and used water for the other 5 oz. If it had the full two cups I cannot even imagine. I substituted 1/2 c cinnamon applesauce for 1/2 c of oil. Based on other reviews I added 1 tsp of cinnamon to the 1 tsp of allspice. I didn't have a full cup of dried cranberries so I added fresh cranberries halved to fill the cup. I really wanted to use just fresh but I wasn't sure how that would affect the outcome. Once everything was blended in I tasted the batter again. I added a lot of pumpkin pie spice not even sure how much but at least a tablespoon I would estimate. Still the orange was overpowering the pumpkin. I did like the spice level better. The only other change I made was to add some walnut pieces on top of the brown sugar. The total production was 24 standard muffins 3 large muffins and 6 giant muffins. My brother is taking these to work tomorrow. I will update with the reactions from there. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/01/2017
The combination of white chips with cranberry and pumpkin is right up my alley so I just had to try this recipe. Followed the recipe as written but unfortunately these muffins just didn't work out for me. All the chips basically melted into the batter so the were crazy sweet and the plain brown sugar sunk into the top and the result was very wet and unappealing. Tossed the whole batch out. Read More