When my dad brought home a bag of cute little tangerines, I needed a way to use them up quickly, so I composed this yummy, crumbly muffin recipe filled with loads of tangerine sweetness and just enough cranberry tartness!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 dozen muffins
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners.

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  • Simmer dried cranberries and tangerine juice in a small saucepan over medium heat; remove pan from heat and set aside to cool.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Mix butter, tangerine zest, and 1 cup sugar in a separate large bowl, using an electric mixer, until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat eggs into butter mixture, one at a time, until thoroughly combined.

  • Gently fold flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating with milk in two additions, until batter is just mixed. Fold cranberries and juice into batter. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and top with 1 teaspoon sugar.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until muffins are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack.

Cook's Note:

2 small tangerines yield about 1/4 cup juice. 2 tablespoons tangerine zest is about 1 tangerine, zested.

Nutrition Facts

260 calories; protein 3.7g 7% DV; carbohydrates 42.7g 14% DV; fat 8.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 52.1mg 17% DV; sodium 147.1mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2013
This is a great recipe. I didn't do anything with the "basics" meaning the flour sugar baking powder...however I didn't have tangerines but had a few blood oranges left that I wanted to use up. I microwaved the cranberries and juice for about 90 seconds instead of simmering on the stove and then let them cool. After everything was mixed in I on a whim threw in about 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips and omitted the sugar sprinkle on top. Theses are amazing just a little sweet and probably because I added the chocolate. Next time I would go with 3/4 cup sugar. Just as an afterthought...I might also reduce the temp to 350 for myself. 375 browned them quite quickly and the inside wasn't quite ready. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/15/2019
The bottom of the muffin burned when baked at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. I used half whole wheat flour and half unbleached flour. I added 1 tsp of vanilla. Also topped with streusel topping with chopped toasted walnuts for added flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2013
This is a great recipe. I didn't do anything with the "basics" meaning the flour sugar baking powder...however I didn't have tangerines but had a few blood oranges left that I wanted to use up. I microwaved the cranberries and juice for about 90 seconds instead of simmering on the stove and then let them cool. After everything was mixed in I on a whim threw in about 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips and omitted the sugar sprinkle on top. Theses are amazing just a little sweet and probably because I added the chocolate. Next time I would go with 3/4 cup sugar. Just as an afterthought...I might also reduce the temp to 350 for myself. 375 browned them quite quickly and the inside wasn't quite ready. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2015
This was great! I used regular oranges just because I didn't have tangerines on hand. I would like to use them next time. I also only used one tablespoon of orange zest. I wish I had used 2 tablespoons as written in the recipe. It was lacking a bit of the orange flavor. I baked at 350 degrees on convection setting for 25 minutes and came out perfect. I was able to fill 12 regular sized muffin tins and 12 mini muffin tins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2019
Absolutely delicious!! I modified the recipe slightly. I used 1 cup of the leftover homemade cranberry sauce from thanksgiving and added about of 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed tangerine juice with pulp. We have our own tangerine tree and they re oh so sweet and juicy! I microwaved the cranberry sauce with the tangerine juice & the pulp until bubbly. Boy I m a master chef but everyone agreed these were the best cupcakes I have ever made! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2013
Raves at a potluck brunch! I substituted orange juice and was fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2014
Delicious! I will be making these again for sure. I made 2 small changes I didn't have any fresh tangerines so I used orange juice and orange extract in place of the tangerine juice and zest. Aside from that I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2013
What a great tasting simple recipe. I used fresh whole cranberries simm ered in the tangerine juice. Also adding 1/4 tsp of rum extract to the batter. Lastly for a crispy top before baking I sprinkled raw sugar over the tops. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2013
What a happy accident - bought ruby grapefruit instead but decided to use it anyway. boiled the juice down w/honey to taste which will tone down the bitter bite. Use only the berries in the batter & keep the reduce juice as a syrup when serving instead of sugaring the muffin top. added some crushed pecan nuts - optional. Great basic recipe. simple & delicious. I especially liked boiling down the dried berries with the juice. Nice touch - a big thanks of appreciation for sharing! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/14/2019
The bottom of the muffin burned when baked at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. I used half whole wheat flour and half unbleached flour. I added 1 tsp of vanilla. Also topped with streusel topping with chopped toasted walnuts for added flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2018
I made this recipe today. Excellent baked at 350 for recommended time broiler for 2 min to brown tops. Added one tangerine chopped to juice and cranberries while simmering wonderful texture. Highly recommend. Read More