Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins

Hello friends!

IT SNOWED!!!

IT SNOWED! IT SNOWED! IT SNOWED!

Most of the snow then promptly melted and now it’s raining but still, it finally snowed!

Now when I listen to “Winter Wonderland” for the umpteenth time I can truly sing it with feeling.

Though I’ll have to sing it in between bites of these glorious muffins!

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins (recipe) - On Sugar Mountain

I’ve realized how neglectful I’ve been of muffins recently. After seeing those adorable little mounded tops of crumbs on the Eggnog Muffins last week, I knew I needed to make more.

But if not eggnog, then what?

I stumbled upon some fresh cranberries the other day at the grocery store, and since I’ve never eaten one before….

*sound of car coming to screeching halt*

“YOU’VE NEVER HAD A CRANBERRY BEFORE?!”

Strange right? I’ve had that terrifying jelly that comes out of a can around Thanksgiving, but up until recently I’ve never experienced fresh cranberries before.

They are LOVELY! We should really promote them more.

C’mon Alton Brown: I’ve seen you chatting about grapes and how they are tiny burst of amazing antioxidants. Why not spread some love to cranberries?

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins (recipe) - On Sugar Mountain Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins (recipe) - On Sugar Mountain

So that’s what I’m going to do today: spread my new-found love of cranberries to all my lovely readers with these slightly sweet, slightly tart, perfect-for-breakfast Cranberry Muffins.

Filled with fresh cranberries, white chocolate chips, and a healthy bit of orange zest, these Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins will wake you up in the morning with a burst of fresh flavor.

Not much of a fan of over-the-top, tons of work required, decadent Christmas breakfasts? Just leave a freshly baked batch of these on the counter while you open presents Christmas morning. They’ll disappear just as quickly as the presents do! :)

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins (recipe) - On Sugar Mountain Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins (recipe) - On Sugar Mountain

Oh and did I mention your home will smell absolutely amazing? Cranberries and orange mesh together for the perfect flavor AND scent combo.

How I missed muffins!

They are just so incredibly simple and can brighten up any morning. I think I may go eat one right now!

I’ll be back on Wednesday with more festive sweet treats!

Happy Baking!

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Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins

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Filled with cranberries, white chocolate chips, and orange zest, these Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Muffins will wake you with a burst of fresh flavor.

Yields: approximately 12 muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest (from approximately one orange)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line one 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners. Add sugar and orange zest to a large bowl and rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Whisk in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, egg, and milk. Pour over flour mixture and stir until a few streak of flour remain, then fold in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  3. Fill muffin cups 3/4 way full with muffin batter and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out nearly clean. A few crumbs are okay. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Comments

  1. says

    I honestly have never had a cranberry either. I always thought I didn’t like them because of that very same cranberry jello-ish stuff in a can. But these muffins look delicious and festive and a million times better than canned cranberry blobs. :) More muffins!
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  2. says

    Oh, friend! I am so so so glad you’re back. And I am so so so glad that you brought insanity muffins with you! Cranberry + white chocolate rules on its own, but adding that brightness of orange? Totally loving it! And OMG, SNOW?! So jealous!! We had “snow” over the weekend, but for Sacramento that basically means it whispered “snow” for about 5 minutes and the “snow” was more like someone sprinkled salt on your head from a very tall building. It was super anticlimactic.
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    • says

      Thanks so much Hayley! And the snow is fun at first until your jerk neighbors don’t shovel or salt and you find yourself waddling to work on ice patches. >_< But it was pretty at first, I’ll give you that. :) I just like any excuse to stay in and bake!

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