Bursting with tart fresh cranberries and zesty orange, these orange cranberry muffins are moist, light and perfect for Christmas, or anytime of the year!
One of my personal favorite Christmas traditions is to bake something special for my family to eat with breakfast on Christmas morning. It usually consists of something that doesn’t require a lot of time in the kitchen and can be prepared the night before and simply baked in the morning. Last year I whipped up these cranberry orange muffins on a whim and they were a huge hit!
The combination of cranberries and orange just says “holidays” so well, and has always been a favorite combination of mine. The tartness of the cranberries and the sweetness of the orange balance each other out so perfectly.
Not to mention these will also make your house smell divine!
In fact, even if you’re not a fan of of orange and cranberry, I highly recommend baking these muffins simply to make your home smell like Christmas morning.
Then spread some holiday cheer and invite your neighbors over to eat them. They’ll be jealous that your home smells like Santa’s workshop!
I chose to use fresh cranberries in this recipe because I like how they burst with tart flavor when baked, it’s the perfect contrast to the sweetness of the orange juice. But if you’re not a fan of sour cranberries or simply can’t find fresh ones, I’m sure fruit sweetened dried cranberries would work as well.Print