Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Muffins

Monday, November 12, 2007
These were the best muffins I've ever baked, according to my Grandma and her husband.  Full of chopped fresh apple, cranberries & pecans.  

Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup whole milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 cup coarely chopped peeled apple, coated with 1 heaping teaspoon of flour
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
3 tablespoons turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 6 Texas-sized muffin cups with paper liners or line a standard 12 cup muffin pan.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in granulated sugar.
In a large bowl, whisk together butter, milk, egg, and orange zest, until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the liquid ingredients, and stir until just combined. Gently stir in apples and cranberries.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Divide the pecans evenly between each muffin cup, and sprinkle on top, followed by the turbinado sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees F, for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the muffins comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. (This really depends on what muffin size you're going for) (I think mine were done at about 28 minutes)
Cool muffins in pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack, to cool completely.

Yield: 6 big muffins, 12 small

11 comments on "Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Muffins"
  1. Yum! These sound like a perfect muffin for a fall morning!

  2. You're so sweet to bake for your Grandma. That's a good granddaughter who has enough sense to do that. If I liked cranberries and anything with orange in it I would probably try these. But alas...


  3. That is one pretty muffin. I can never get mine to look that nice. I love cranberry anything. These look great!

  4. These look so good and I have all the ingredients. Might try with fresh cranberries, think it will work?

  5. Deb- That they are!

    Julie- I'm not sweet. I'm mean.
    I'm sorry you don't like cranberries or orange. We all have different tastes.

    Anj- Thanks! These muffins were quite handsome.

    Emily- Good question. I like the idea. I don't see why not. The berries will be tart, but if you don't mind...
    Let me know if you try it.

  6. They look yummy! Soft, tender and crumbly! Your grandma must have been overjoyed that you baked for her. Grannies are so cute!

  7. Those look delicious! I need to start eating more breakfast.

  8. That is a good looking muffin! I'm just trying to get back into your good graces again, but those muffins sound excellent...AND you actually called them what they were...Oh, I just can't help myself, can I?

  9. Mmmm, I haven't made homemade muffins for a long time. These look really good!

  10. They look like they had a really nice texture! And those flavors are so cozy and autumn-y. Yum...

  11. Val- Thanks!

    Kelly- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

    Sue- Thanks. I will accept your compliment. Watch yourself in the future.

    Jenny- Homemade is the way to go.

    Mallow- Thanks!