Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins

Start your holiday mornings right with these super soft, sweet and tart cranberry-orange muffins with an orange glaze!

Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins – Super soft, sweet and tart cranberry-orange muffins with an orange glaze! |

First of all, I just wanted to extend my most heartfelt, big-grandma-squeeze of a “thanks” to the lovely readers who shared in our cheer over Friday’s big announcement! Your congratulations and kind words made both Mark and I smile ‘til it hurt! We couldn’t be more excited and glad to have you along for the ride. You really are the sweetest readers ever!

Oh god. I think this is where the “hormonal” part kicks in! *Sob*

Let’s move on to the muffins, shall we…

Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins – Super soft, sweet and tart cranberry-orange muffins with an orange glaze! |

Though I’ve been lucky that baby hasn’t hit me with a stomach bug (knock on all the wood surfaces EVERYWHERE), I’ve definitely been bit by the baking bug! Something about this little one has reignited the love for sweets in me, and my friends certainly aren’t complaining. They’re getting regular goodie bags of pie, muffins and cookies left on their doorsteps!

Yup, I’m a regular Santa Claus. Bearing lots of sugar.

Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins – Super soft, sweet and tart cranberry-orange muffins with an orange glaze! |

Maybe it’s the whole “nesting” thing, or that I just want everyone to go down with me if I’m bound to get round – ha! Kidding. Kinda.

But truly, ‘tis the season of giving, and it’s my mission to churn out some really irresistible baked goodies for you. And my friends. And this baby that seems possessed by the need for flour, butter and sugar. And piles and piles of dishes.

One of the REASONS that I cook is because I love to share. From an idea on paper to a mixing bowl to the oven to your family and friends, creating a recipe is an addictive cycle… and I can’t get enough!

Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins – Super soft, sweet and tart cranberry-orange muffins with an orange glaze! |

To give to those you love as little reminders of how special they are, or just for breakfast on a lazy, cozy winter morning, these cranberry orange muffins will hit the spot! They’re super simple to make, full of juicy cranberries and orange zest, and the perfect crumbly treat alongside a hot coffee. Tart and sweet, these muffins are made even better with a 3-ingredient orange glaze, but omit it if you’d like.

If you’re hosting family for Thanksgiving, or any upcoming occasion, treat them to these easy and absolutely delicious cranberry orange muffins. One bite will get any morning started off right!

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Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins


For Cranberry Orange Muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
2/3 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 cup fresh/frozen cranberries, chopped*

For Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons orange juice
1/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper muffin cups and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate small bowl, lightly beat egg and add oil, orange juice and zest; blend well. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, just until moist; do not to over-mix. Fold in chopped cranberries. Evenly divide batter between muffin cups.

Bake for 25 minutes, until muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

To prepare glaze, mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. If you prefer a thinner glaze, add more milk. Dip tops of cooled muffins into glaze and set on a wire rack.

Store muffins in an re-sealable container at room temperature or in your refrigerator.



You can chop the cranberries (carefully) by hand or process for about 1 minute in your food processor, until they have a rough, “grated” consistency.


41 Responses to “Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins”

  1. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 25, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    Gorgeous muffins, I love the cranberry-orange combo!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 25, 2013 @ 2:28 am

    Adorable! And I have a ton of cranberries to use up too!

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    Becki's Whole Life — November 25, 2013 @ 4:47 am

    You’re too funny. Be glad your baby wants sweets and flour and not dill pickles all the time! Mine wanted Mexican food! I love love love cranberry orange – that sweet tart flavor can’t be beat in a muffin form. Love the glaze on these, too!

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    Ashley — November 25, 2013 @ 5:29 am

    Ha! “I just want everyone to go down with me if I’m bound to get round” – you’re cracking me up! And these muffins sound delicious – I can’t get enough of the orange cranberry flavor combo these days!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 25, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    These are so pretty Georgia! Also, cran-orange is such a fabulous combo! Love!

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    Eileen — November 25, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    These are definitely festive little devils. I always find comfort in baking so maybe it’s just a nice way for you to deal with all the changes you’re expecting. And hey, you’re friends get to reap the rewards of it :)

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — November 25, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    I love these muffins! They are so cute and I’ll bet they taste terrific.

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    Philia Kelnhofer — November 25, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    These look absolutely adorable, and sound amazing! I love the citrus-cranberry flavor combination, so i’ll definitely be making these asap! thanks for posting!

  9. #
    Alyssa — November 25, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    YUM! This seem perfect for the holidays–I love that they feel like a treat for breakfast!

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    Liz — November 25, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    These muffins are gorgeous, Georgia! It was a thrill to meet you this weekend and hear your marvelous news in person!!! I wish we had more time to talk…but hope we will run into each other many more times over the next few years.

    PS…you are SO young, beautiful and glowing!!! xo

    • Georgia — November 25th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      It was very nice to meet you too, Liz! Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish we had more time, too, but hopefully I’ll make it out to more blogger events before baby comes! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Kellly — November 25, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Hehe, you’re so cute Georgia, I love how you think with getting everyone else round too:) Love that you have the baking bug since we get to see all these yummy goods that you are making! These cranberry orange muffins sound wonderful and that glaze looks amazing!

  12. #
    ashley - baker by nature — November 25, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Well aren’t these just the cutest lil muffins ever!

  13. #
    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — November 25, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Ooh these are perfect for Thanksgiving week. I love the orange zest too, I bet it really brightens up the whole cupcake :)

  14. #
    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — November 25, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    These are so sweet and pretty. And, just the perfect festive flavors too!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — November 25, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Georgia, your cranberry muffins are stinkin’ cute! Love the way you glazed them and I just love the orange and cranberry combo. In fact, a recipe is coming soon to my blog. Thanks for sharing, girl!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — November 25, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    These flavors are perfection! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Georgia! xo

  17. #
    Marcie — November 25, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Now those are some gorgeous muffin tops, perfect for all that luscious glaze! This is such a great flavor combo, Georgia, and they look amazing!

  18. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 25, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    I missed the pregnancy announcement the other day! Congrats!! These muffins are so festive and pretty! Love them!

  19. #
    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — November 25, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    These muffins don’t only look delicious but beautiful too! I love that glaze on top, it makes me want to lick the screen ;D

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    Choc Chip Uru — November 25, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    These are so cute and delicious, the glaze is perfect :D


  21. #
    val — November 25, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    I’m pretty sure I could eat my weight in these.

  22. #
    Gaby — November 25, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    How cute! Love the cranberry and orange combination, perfect for fall.

  23. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 25, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    These muffins are so pretty, Georgia!

  24. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — November 25, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    How cute are these!! love the sugared cranberry ontop and the speckles of red in the muffins!

  25. #
    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — November 26, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    I love cranberry and orange! These muffins are the perfect holiday breakfast/brunch item. Delicious! Have a great week Georgia and a happy Thanksgiving!

  26. #
    Joanne — November 26, 2013 @ 5:45 am

    It gives me such joy to gift my baked goods also and see how happy they can make someone else, especially when I’ve already enjoyed the process so much! The cranberry infusion into these is perfect for the holidays! I especially love that red pop on top!

  27. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — November 26, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Look at all that tenderness going on in that muffin. And that glaze…yum! These are stunning, Georgia.

  28. #
    Teresa Blackburn — November 26, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Beautiful, just beautiful muffins with so much seasonal goodness. Thanks for the recipe.

  29. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 26, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    I agree that baking is a way of showing love! And these muffins can certainly communicate a lot of love :)

  30. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 26, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    These are so purdy!!!! :) Gorgeous muffins! Almost too pretty to eat :) ALMOST.

  31. #
    honeywhatscooking — November 26, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    OMG Georgia, CONGRATULATIONS! I missed your Friday’s post, will go back and read it. So happy for you! Now this is a muffin, I love it, I’m gonna bookmark. I love that you didn’t add all that butter, but some oil. :-)
    Love how you worded it… from a paper to the oven to friends and family.

  32. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 26, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    These are gorgeous! I need to do more baking with fresh cranberries!

  33. #
    Ramona — November 27, 2013 @ 5:56 am

    Now these are some fun cranberry muffins… love the added orange. :) Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!! :)

  34. #
    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — November 27, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Congrats, Georgia! So excited for you and Mark. And these muffins look delish! Wish I was one of your neighbors. :)

  35. #
    Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking — November 27, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Oh dear, those look so so so good! I love the recipe and pics are as always mouthwatering. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Georgia!

  36. #
    John@Kitchen Riffs — November 27, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    The baking bug is definitely better than the stomach kind! These look wonderful – I love the combo of cranberry and orange (in fact I just finished making cranberry and orange relish!). Super nice – thanks.

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — November 29, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    I love how pretty the inside of these muffins looks Georgia! Funny what pregnancy does to moms-to-be. Looking forward to seeing all the baked treats you come up with while you’re going through your baking bug.

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    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — November 29, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    These are stunning, Georgia! I bet they’re delicious!

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    Eat Good 4 Life — November 30, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    These look super yummy. I am loving all of the cranberry recipes every where. Congrats to you both by the way. How super exciting :-)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — December 1, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    I love opening up the muffins and seeing all these lovely specks of color, absolutely beautiful!

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