Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Rarely do I need a reason to bake, but the 3 lb bag of cranberries I picked up at Costco last week gave me plenty of them. That’s a lot of cranberries! I adore the pairing of cranberry and orange and most of the cranberry baked goods I’ve made in the past play off of this combo. Since it is November and I had a few cans of pumpkin in the cupboard, I decided to take it another direction. Glad I did!

These muffins are sweet, but not overly so. I’d recommend them as a breakfast treat or afternoon snack. We liked them as is, but you could add a light glaze or powdered sugar dusting if you prefer a sweeter result. You could also substitute Craisins for the cranberries, add nuts or white chocolate chips. Hmm…so many possibilities, I might just have to whip up another batch.

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
Yield: 18 Muffins
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. Beat together the eggs and sugar until well blended. Add pumpkin and oil, mix well.
4. Stir in the flour mixture until just moistened. Fold in the cranberries.
5. Line muffin tins with foil or paper baking cups and fill 3/4 full.
6. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick/cake tester comes out clean.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

71 Responses to Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
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    November 8, 2010 | 9:36 pm

    I’m trying to imagine what 3 lbs of cranberries look like…..

    hold on

    okay I have it….like a bag of dog food?

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    • Sarah
      November 9, 2010 | 9:44 am

      Well, maybe a small bag of dog food…but much more appetizing!

  2. Christine Jensen
    November 9, 2010 | 7:38 am

    These sound so good, gonna have to go pick up some cranberries!

  3. Rachel
    November 9, 2010 | 8:03 am

    PERFECT — I have tons of frozen pumpkin puree and TONS of cranberries — soo making these today.

    Quick question — if I don’t have pumpkin pie spice, what spice blend do I use? Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger? Ground cloves?
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    • Sarah
      November 9, 2010 | 9:42 am

      For a close approximation, use 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg and 1/8 tsp ground cloves. So basically all of the above. :)

      • Rachel
        November 9, 2010 | 2:32 pm

        Awesome! Thanks. :)

        Oh, and if you check your stats today and see some random person who has been on ALL DAY . . . yeah, that’s me. I keep meaning to actually stop sometime today and make this . . . lol.
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  5. Rachel
    November 9, 2010 | 8:30 pm

    Ok — FINALLY have these in the oven — they’re almost finished and they look AMAZING. Can’t wait to taste one!
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    • Sarah
      November 9, 2010 | 8:57 pm

      Hope they taste amazing too – let me know what you think!

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    those look delicious!

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