Cranberry-Orange Muffins


These cranberry-orange muffins are not overly sweet, and big on flavor. Lots of tart cranberries and sweet orange juice/zest kick the flavor up. Best when made with fresh cranberries, fresh orange juice, and lots of pulp! My family loves them without the glaze, but some of my sweet-toothed friends prefer it with, as the muffins are only slightly sweet on their own.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
12 muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ⅓ cups fresh cranberries

  • ¾ cup orange juice

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • cup butter, melted, cooled

  • 1 egg

  • 1 orange, zested


  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice, or more as needed

  • 1 pinch grated orange zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in cranberries.

  3. Whisk together orange juice, sugar, melted butter, egg, and orange zest in a separate bowl. Add orange juice mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened; do not overmix. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned and firm to the touch, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool, about 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, mix together powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon orange juice, and orange zest for glaze. Add more orange juice, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over cooled muffins.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
6g Fat
38g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 232mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 11mg 56%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 76mg 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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