Cranberry orange muffins recipe

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Cranberry orange muffins
  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins plus 2 hours soaking
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories155 Kcal8%
Sugar16.6 g18%
Fat3.5 g5%
Saturated Fat1 g5%
Salt0.08 g
Protein2.1 g4%
Carbohydrates28.3 g11%
Salt0.08 g

These lightly spiced cranberry orange muffins are moist, sweet, and perfect with a cup of tea.

These mouthwatering cranberry orange muffins are baked in just 25 minutes. The mixed spice and sharp flavour from the cranberries pair perfectly together. A hint of orange and a dash of vanilla essence, and you’ve got one delicious batch of cranberry muffins (opens in new tab).


  • 150g dried cranberries
  • 175ml milk
  • 175g plain flour
  • 2tsp ground mixed spice
  • 75g soft brown sugar
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter, melted and cooled
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • Grated rind ½ small orange




  1. Place the cranberries in a bowl and cover with the milk. Leave to soak for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Fan 170°C/Gas Mark 5. Place paper muffin cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and spice into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour. In a separate bowl, using a fork or a balloon whisk, whisk the eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla, orange rind and cranberries until well combined.
  4. Add the liquid to the well in the flour and spices. Using a large metal spoon gently mix the ingredients until they are just combined. It is important not to over-mix the mixture in order to achieve the classic muffin texture.
  5. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 mins or until golden and springy to touch. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm or cold.

Top tips for making cranberry orange muffins

For a more intense, citrus flavour swap the vanilla extract for freshly squeezed orange juice.

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