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Orange Cranberry Muffins

Marlene Bremer of Medford, Wis., was the second-place winner in our February 2008 “Berry Best Cranberry Muffin” recipe contest. Cranberries and oranges compliment each other in many recipes, including this one!

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, sliced


  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease two muffin pans or line pans with cupcake liners.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oatmeal and orange juice; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar; mix well.

To the oatmeal mixture, add the vegetable oil and beaten eggs.

In the center of the dry ingredients, make a well and add the oatmeal mixture. Stir only until all ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in the cranberries.

Spoon the batter into muffin tins, filling about three-fourths full. Prepare topping and sprinkle over the top of the batter.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 2 dozen standard-size muffins.

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4 Responses to “Orange Cranberry Muffins”

  1. Rosie says:

    This recipe yields a dry muffin that is not sweet enough. The topping falls right off, and the cinnamon seems misplaced, as there is no spice in the batter at all. If you’re entertaining, use a different recipe. This one is no good.

    • Emily Brach says:

      We’re sorry that your muffins didn’t turn out well! Our test kitchen and home bakers have had excellent results with this recipe, so we’re not sure what to tell you. Maybe give it another try paying special attention to the recipe just to be sure it’s followed correctly? Good luck and sorry again you were disappointed!

  2. Ann says:

    Sounds yummy. But the oil is way too much. Perhaps some applesauce could be substituted if more moisture is needed.

    • Emily Brach says:

      Ann, that sounds like a great idea! We love healthy substitutions, to be sure. Please let us know how they turn out when you try it!