Cranberry Tangerine Muffins

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  • I went to Panera Bread earlier this week and got coffee and a cranberry orange muffin. Yum! It got me thinking about how excited I am that Thanksgiving is next week and how, to me, that was a true “Thanksgiving” muffin!! I immediately started creating my own “Thanksgiving” muffin and this is what I came up with.

    Cranberry Tangerine Muffin

    Luckily, my grocery store had fresh cranberries, so I bought a few bags with intention of freezing some. I love the colors of the fresh fruit that went into these!

    Beautiful, right? I have used dried cranberries in baked goods before and it is always great, but these fresh cranberries gave the muffins such a great tartness! Love at first bite!


    3/4 C whole wheat flour
    3/4 C all purpose flour
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    Pinch of salt
    1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    1 egg
    2/3 C milk (I used skim)
    1/4 C vegetable oil
    1/2 C sugar
    1 1/2 T fresh tangerine zest (about 3 small tangerines)
    Juice from 1 tangerine
    Splash of cranberry juice (optional, I just had some on hand)
    1 1/4 C Fresh cranberries, cut in half

    “Toptional” (Optional Topping)

    1/4 C flour
    1/4 C oats
    1/8 C brown sugar (I used Splenda brown sugar)
    1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    2 T canola oil

    Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, sift or mix the dry ingredients together. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Add the wet to the dry and stir only to combine; do not over mix. In the bowl that you used for your wet ingredients, mix together the 5 “toptional” ingredients, if desired.  Spray your muffin pan with Baker’s Joy,* and pour the batter evenly into the 12 cups; sprinkle on the “toptional.”
    Bake for 17 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. :)

    *Baker’s Joy is the best stuff ever! It is a non-stick spray with flour in it. Sounds crazy, right? But for baking it is a MUST! It can be found at your local grocery store. It has 0 calories and it’s so easy! Now you don’t have to brush the inside of your baking pans with butter, or take two steps and spray them with non-stick and THEN coat them with flour. Baking made easy!

    I hope you all have a GREAT Thanksgiving and give these a try!
          xoxo Cookin’ Cowgirl.

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    • Mere

      These muffins are SERIOUSLY so delicious. Thank you for sharing!

    • Steph Hann

      Thanks Meredith!