Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins Recipe -
Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
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Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

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"I have been making these for years. I used to make them in bread form, but having 7 children it was just easier to dole out a muffin than cut up the messy loaf. I also began giving these out as Christmas food gifts. This was requested by my 17-year-old son for our dessert we have to bring to his football banquet. My 21-year-old daughter who moved to Ogden, Utah with her husband and 2 kids wants to make these muffins for her in-laws who will be spending the Thanksgiving holidays with them."

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Original recipe makes 24 muffins Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin, corn oil, and orange zest in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  3. Mix flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl with a fork. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour pumpkin mixture into the well; stir until the dry mixture is just moistened into a batter. Fold cranberries into the batter.
  4. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 27, 2012

I cut the amount of oil back and added in additional pumpkin puree. I also didn't want to mess around with cutting a bunch of cranberries in half, I just threw them in the food processor and pulsed them a few times for a rough chop. Right before baking, I sprinkled each muffin mound with a little sugar. Baked at 350*, these were done at a little over 20 minutes. We all thought this muffin was fantastic, especially me. I really loved the combination of the pumpkin, cranberry with the hint of orange. Very, very good.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 06, 2014

I made these muffins this week with some differences. I cut the recipe in half and substituted applesauce for the oil. I added 1/2 a cup of milk otherwise the batter is too thick. I found I couldn't taste the pumpkin much, so next time will add more.


31 Ratings

Nov 10, 2012

Used applesauce instead of oil. They came out great!!!

Oct 31, 2012

These muffins have great can taste the pumpkin, orange, and cranberries in each bite. I didn't have fresh cranberries, so I used chopped dried cranberries and it came out great (~1/2 cup dried cranberries for the full batch should be enough). Also, I cut the recipe in half, but it only made 10 muffins; next time I'll make the full batch, and perhaps also add chopped walnuts.

Dec 27, 2012

Awesome recipe! Interesting mix of flavors- I made it a bit healthier by subbing the oil with applesauce and a I used a full can of pumpkin. It was VERY moist! Also, as someone else suggested I let the fresh cranberries "pop" in a simple syrup on the stovetop (1/2 c water, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 c fresh cranberries. Made lovely swirls when folded in! I also cut the sugar to 1 1/2 since I used 1/2 cup of brown sugar in the cranberries. Kids LOVED these.

Nov 20, 2012

These are awesome! I replaced 1/2 cup of white flour with 1/2 cup of wheat flour because I used an entire 15 oz can of pumpkin instead of 8 oz. Also, I only used 1/4 cup of olive oil. Also added 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts with the cranberries, that I just burst quickly in the food processor instead of cutting in half. I love the tart taste of the cranberry mingled with the sweetnest of the muffin...different and great combination! This will be a great hit at the Thanksgiving table!

Dec 23, 2012

I made these muffins with a few alterations. I used melted butter rather than oil, and used less than 1/2 c. so that I could use more pumpkin. I only used one egg (I was short) and reserved a Tbsp of sugar for the cranberries. Instead of cutting each cranberry, I cooked them with the reserved sugar and a Tbsp of water until they burst, then folded them into the batter. The added syrup (from the juices, sugar and water) sufficiently loosened up the batter to muffin consistency. They were pretty delicious if I do say so myself. As an added bonus, the cranberries folded into the pumpkin batter have a really nice Autumn swirl effect. I'll make these again and again!

Dec 01, 2012

I made the recipe exactly as it was written and it was super delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 166 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 131 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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