Cranberry Orange muffins
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Tea Time

There is nothing like the smell of homemade muffins baking to give rise to even the most sleepy heads.  Ok, maybe not as much as bacon can, but you can still work your magic by getting people up out of bed by making these tangy,  traditional cranberry-orange muffins.

Cranberry Orange muffins have a sweet yet tangy taste that will delight your taste buds. These muffins have a moist texture and are slightly crunchy on top just like you would find at your favorite cafe or bakery.  A perfect combination.  Cranberry orange muffins have always been a favorite of mine,  so I decided to create my own bakery-style recipe.  I hope you enjoy them!

Why not host an afternoon tea with friends? Try pairing these scrumptious muffins with Twinings Orange & Cinnamon Spice Tea – 20 ct (1.41 oz) and you will have a perfect tea time duo!


  1. 1 cup milk at room temperature 
  2. 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  3. 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries 
  4. ½ cup softened unsalted butter 
  5. 2 cups self-rising flour 
  6. ½ cup sugar
  7.  1 zest of 1 large orange 
  8. 1 tsp orange emulsion or extract 
  9. 1 ½ tbsp turbinado sugar ( for topping)

This recipe makes six jumbo muffins if using a regular 12 muffin tin, only bake muffins for 20 minutes.


Homemade buttermilk
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  • Preheat oven to 400℉
  • Mix milk with lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside for 15 minutes.
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  • Pour 1 cup boiling water over dried cranberries and let soak for 15 minutes.
Mixing flour and butter
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  • Mix flour with sugar and softened butter in a large mixing bowl until you have a coarse mixture.
Egg milk
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  • Add egg to milk and beat with a fork
Orange zest and cranberries
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  • Drain excess water from cranberries and then add orange zest and orange flavoring. Mix well.
Stir in milk and egg
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  • stir the milk and egg mixture into the flour until moistened.

*Do not over mix the batter, it should be somewhat lumpy.

Fold into
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  • Fold the cranberries into the batter
spoon batter into a prepared muffin tin or use baking cups
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  • spoon the batter into a prepared muffin tin or use baking cups
Sprinkle sugar over top of each muffin
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  • Sprinkle turbinado sugar on top of each muffin.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
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  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. 

* you can use a 12 muffin tin by decreasing total bake time to about 20 minutes or until golden.

Cranberry Orange Muffins
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Cranberry-Orange Muffins

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Hello, I am Susan and creator of I live in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. I love to cook and all that it entails, including finding that perfect recipe, gathering the ingredients, then adding my personal flare. I have many passions and cooking is one of them. I also enjoy hiking, biking, trail running and travel but most of all spending time with my family and friends in that all time favorite place to gather, the kitchen. Preparing food for the ones I love is pure joy!

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