Last month it was my turn to bring a snack to share at my church’s monthly MOM’S CHAIR meeting. I wanted to get in the holiday spirit but didn’t want to go all-out chocolate or gingerbread. I decided on mini cranberry-orange muffins. The cranberries had just the right amount of holiday punch and the mini version made it easy to share with a lot of people. This recipe would also make a great loaf of bread.
I have three kids and I homeschool them. Every morning we wake up, have breakfast, pray, say the pledge of allegiance, read the Bible, fill out our calendar, practice writing, practice reading, and squeeze in some math. We take a break for some exercise and art. If I’m feeling up to it and my two-year-old hasn’t flushed an entire roll of toilet paper down the toilet (like he did last week!), then we’ll do science and history. As rewarding as it is to see my kids begin to read and learn, it is a tedious cycle that takes a lot of discipline. That is why I love the second Friday of every month when I get to go to the MOMS CHAIR at church. It’s kind of like my church’s version of MOPS. Us moms get together, chat, eat yummy food, listen to encouraging speakers, and occasionally make a craft or two. The kids get to hang out with their friends in the “homeschool room,” learning new things and playing games with friends. I always come away refreshed on these Fridays. It’s just what I need to recharge.
So here’s how I made these delicious cranberry orange muffins:
I started by mixing 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon each of baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Then I threw in 2 cups of frozen cranberries and coated them in the flour mixture. This recipe works best if the berries are frozen.
Next I zested an entire orange and mixed it all together. I think the combo of cranberries and oranges is just heavenly, don’t you? It’s so bright and cheery!
In a separate bowl, I creamed 2 eggs, 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. I poured in a smidge of vanilla extract too.
Then I whisked it altogether so it was nice and smooth.
I poured the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
I mixed the batter just enough, until there were no remnants of flour and the batter was nice and sticking.
Then I greased my muffin tin with cooking spray and evenly divided the batter. This recipe should make either 12 regular size muffins or 24 minis. It would also work well in a bread loaf. If you do decide to try a loaf of bread, you will have to cook it a bit longer. You’ll know it’s done when the edges are browned and a knife stuck in the center comes out clear. Wrap it in red cellophane and a ribbon and you’ll have a great gift!
I baked them in a 400 degree oven for about 20-22 minutes.
The group of ladies really seemed to like them because there weren’t any left! And I can say, from personal experience of course, that these muffins are simply delightful warmed for a few second in the microwave with a little butter. Give them a try if you have a gathering coming up this holiday!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups frozen cranberries
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup vanilla greek yogurt
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix all dry ingredients together.
- Add cranberries and coat with flour mixture.
- Add zest of 1 orange.
- Cream eggs, yogurt, oil, and vanilla until smooth.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients.
- Grease muffin tin and divide evenly.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes.