Winning Cranberry Muffins

sweet treats your kids will adore
Sweet treats your kids will adore
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1 cup Cranberries quartered
8 tbsp Sugar divided
1 ¾ cups All-purpose flour
2 ½ tsp Baking powder
¼ tsp Salt
1 Large eggs at room temperature
¾ cup Whole milk
⅓ cup Vegetable oil
1 tsp Lemon zest grated
1 tsp Cinnamon sugar for sprinkle

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Winning Cranberry Muffins


These Winning Cranberry Muffins are great to make as a lunchbox treat when the kids go back to school. Cranberries are very sour to eat them on their own, but when they are baked into sweet treats, they bring a nice tart element. To remove some of the sourness from the cranberries in this recipe, I sprinkle them with sugar before mixing them into the muffin batter.

I start these muffins by sprinkling the cranberries with sugar and setting them to one side while I prepare the rest of the little cakes. Next I sift the dry ingredients together in one bowl and combine the wet ingredients in another. I mix both of these together and add the cranberries and some lemon zest. Bake in the oven for about 18 minutes and there you have it! Simple sweet treats your kids will adore!

To make Winning Cranberry Muffins, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Winning Cranberry Muffins


Heat the oven and prepare a muffin tray


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease or line a 12 cup muffin tray with paper cups.


Sprinkle cranberries with sugar


Place 1 cup of cranberries in a bowl with 2 tablespoons sugar. Mix well and leave to rest for a few minutes.


Sift sugar, flour and baking powder


In a separate large bowl, sift 6 tablespoons of sugar, 1 ¾ cups of flour, 2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt together.


Combine wet ingredients


In another large bowl, beat an egg with ¾ cup of milk and ⅓ cup of oil.


Mix wet and dry ingredients


Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk and egg mixture and stir just until moistened.


Add berries and lemon zest


Add the cranberries and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest.


Place the mixture in the muffin tray


Spoon the muffin mixture into the paper cups.


Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar


Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with cinnamon sugar.




Bake for 18 minutes. Once cooked, transfer to a wire rack.



Serve these muffins as a healthy school snack.

These Winning Cranberry Muffins are so easy to make and your kids will love to see them when they open their lunches at school. Try them soon and make sure you tag #cookmerecipes in your baking posts!

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Total Reviews: 21
Deanna Octave

Obsessing over how tasty these are thanks again for this amazing recipe!!!

Melinda Heeg

No thanks the apple spice muffins are still number one, my kids are the only ones who liked these.

Analia Trautz

Kinda expensive to make these but they are better than box cupcakes for sure.

Whitney Oalmann

Took a bite and fell in love these are heavenly!

Maren Lepre

Love the lemon zest in this you can taste a slight lemon flavor it was super smart.

Estefania Possemato

Too much baking powder I'd say go with 1 1/2 instead of 2 unless you're going to make double the muffins.

Annelise Rolloff

Lilly has the best types of food going to be making these tonight but I already know it's going to taste so freaking good.

Emilee Didio

Made some frosting for the top of them though if you aren't a fan of cupcake frosting i'd recommend making a glaze from some lemon juice, powdered sugar and a little bit of milk then mix it :)

Ailani Zenker

Would recommend adding a little bit more cinnamon sugar other than that its fine.

Bryn Harris

Dry and crumbly for me i think I messed something up though?

Briar Dibitetto

Amazingly simple to make and totally delicious I recommend even adding some nuts to the inside of these.

Raylynn Hoffstadt

Slightly sour so not too big of a fan I actually like the berry muffins much more cause blueberries aren't too sour like these are.

Anneliese Feigelson

Instead of whole milk I used almond milk instead and replaced the normal sugar with brown sugar.

Leilah Gauze

Baked the muffins but chocolate ones with crainberries.

Estelle Derra

Total crowd pleaser made a few of these bad boys for my daughters birthday.

Ireland Kernan

Winning cranberry muffins are the perfect name for these, they win everyones heart lol!

Natalya Longo

I might be the only one but I actually loved the sour after taste for these crainberry muffins.

Elianna Gehlen

My kids and I gobbled these up right after some veggie waffles, best website for recipes.

Izabelle Callanan

Accidently went with olive oil instead of vegetable oil but not too bad.

Audree Savich

OH MY GOD PERFECTION!! These are sooo freaking delicious.


I love it! Yummy!

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