Best Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins


These muffins are a great way to use leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving! They are so soft and fluffy and so delicious with the roasted pecans on top. The sugar amount needed depends on how sweet your cranberry sauce is. You can go up to 1/2 cup if the leftover cranberry sauce is on the tart side.

close up view of Cranberry Sauce Muffins with nuts on top, in muffin liners
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
12 muffins


  • ½ cup milk

  • cup olive oil

  • 1 ¼ cups leftover cranberry sauce

  • cup brown sugar, or more to taste

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup oatmeal

  • ¼ cup chopped pecans, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line cups with paper liners.

  2. Combine milk, olive oil, leftover cranberry sauce, brown sugar, and egg in a bowl and mix together using an electric mixer. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually add flour and oatmeal and mix everything into a smooth batter.

  3. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 21 minutes. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
9g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 321mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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