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Baked cranberry muffins topped with streusel.

Cranberry Muffins with Orange Glaze

These light and tender cranberry muffins are filled with fresh berries and orange zest, then topped with streusel and a simple orange glaze. A delicious treat that's perfect for breakfast or after school snacks, and also makes a festive holiday dessert.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 303kcal
Author Sara Welch


For the muffins

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries coarsely chopped
  • cooking spray

For the streusel

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter cold, cut into small pieces

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice


  • For the muffin batter. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter, orange zest, vanilla extract and egg.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the cranberries.
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin tins.
  • For the streusel. Place the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir to combine. Add the butter and use two forks or a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture until a crumbly dough forms.
  • Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the tops of the muffins.
  • Bake the muffins for 16-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove muffins from pan; cool on a wire rack.
  • For the glaze. In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and orange juice. Drizzle the glaze over the muffins, then serve.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1.3mg