Monday, December 17, 2012

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Since she was born, Liv has had quite a penchant for sugar.  As a matter of fact, when asked her favorite food she will often respond, "Sugar!", and she does indeed like it straight from the sugar bowl.

Usually I do my best to tailor recipes to reduce this sweet ingredient, but baking for my carpool girls today, I felt the need for something special.  I went full out, and Darla at Bakingdom provided us with a most ideal recipe not skimping on the sugar.  Not only do her muffins use a full cup of sugar in the batter, but the tops of the tender muffins are not only dipped into a sugar glaze, but then dipped again into a fabulous orange flecked sugar which provides a perfectly delectable topping.

Cranberry Orange Muffins in Muffin Tin
Pulling out my rarely used over-sized muffin tin, 6 extraordinarily generous muffins lent an aroma of heavenly orange to my kitchen as they baked.  Dried cranberries provided the perfect tart foil to the muffin sweetness, but I have to admit that the orange flecked sugar topping won our hearts.

For your sugar fiend, these muffins are sure to be a hit.  As I made the recipe exactly as printed on Darla's blog, I'm going to send you there for the recipe... let her know we sent you, and then let us both know what you think of your own version.  We call ours irresistible.

Cranberry Orange Muffins
Cranberry Orange Muffins ~ Click these words to see the recipe at Bakingdom!


  1. Yummy! I love the orange and cranberry combination and I usually make mine as scones with fresh cranberries. And, of course, the orange sugar! :) I'm glad your girls enjoyed them.

  2. Oh, those look amazing. I think I need to find me some over-sized muffin tins. Those turned out so gorgeous. What is it with our skinny girls and their sugar love? I guess it turns into pure energy at their age. :)

  3. I will hop over to look at the recipe. One of my favorite muffins. These look so moist and tender I bet the girls loved them! Happy Holidays!

  4. I want orange flecked topping! Hmmm, I have all the ingredients including the large muffin tin and liners to boot. Guess what I'll be baking in the morning? Terrific work Kim!

  5. Yum! Love orange and cranberry together. Might have to make to bring to work after the long weekend.
    Happy Holidays


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