Christmas Morning Muffins

Ah, a warm muffin and a hot cup of coffee.  That’s a near perfect winter breakfast!

We think you’ll love these Cranberry-Orange Streusel Muffins. The sweetness from the drizzled icing nicely balances the tartness of the fresh cranberries and the orange flavor comes shining through. The beautiful red of the cranberries makes these muffins especially pretty for Christmas morning.

Cranberry-Orange Streusel Muffins

(makes 8 muffins)

Streusel Topping:

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons softened butter or margarine


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2/3 cup  milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 cup cranberries (whole or coarsely chopped)


1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons orange juice

– Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease 8 muffin pan cups.

– Prepare streusel topping:  In small bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Add butter, stirring, until coarse crumbs are formed. Reserve.

– Prepare muffins:  In large  bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder,  baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  In small bowl, using wire whisk, lightly beat egg, milk, oil and orange peel.  Stir into flour mixture just until combined.  Stir in cranberries.

– Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.  Sprinkle reserved streusel topping evenly over muffins. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from muffin cups.

– Meanwhile, prepare icing:  In small bowl stir together confectioners’ sugar and orange juice.
Drizzle over warm muffins. Garnish muffins with extra grated orange peel if desired.


Filed under Berries, Breads, Breakfast, cranberries, Holidays

12 responses to “Christmas Morning Muffins

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  2. Lori

    Absolutely delicious – a very luxurious muffin and the glaze just takes it to another level… heavenly. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe.

  3. Melissa

    just made these with some frozen cranberries i found in my freezer and they are delicious!!!! about to have a second…

  4. Rhea

    I’m looking up recipes for Christmas goodies, these look delicious!!! Also where’d you get that bowl?! It’s super cute!!!

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  6. McKenzie

    I just made this recipe at home. It was DELICIOUS! *highly recommended* However i switched up the icing a tad….because i don’t really like the taste of powdered sugar icing…but other than that..VERY worth the time, fast and easy!
    Thank you so much for the recipe!

  7. Those are interesting facts that ML posted. These muffins sound delicious. I love anything with glaze on it!

  8. this sounds like the perfect Christmas morning breakfast!

  9. ML

    Great recipe – just read cranberries are the number one healthy food and cinnamon, number two that one should eat during the holidays or anytime of the year. Apparently they both lower blood pressure and minimize numerous other problems.
    Merry Christmas

  10. Kate

    What a lovely gift to bring to a Christmas Eve celebration…the host family can enjoy them in the morning!

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