Festive spiced cranberry muffin recipe

Cranberry orange muffins


These mouthwatering cranberry orange muffins are baked in just 25 minutes. The mixed spice and sharp flavor from the cranberries pair perfectly together. A hint of orange and a dash of vanilla essence, and you’ve got one delicious batch of cranberry muffins.


  • 150g dried cranberries
  • 175ml milk
  • 175g plain flour
  • 2tsp ground mixed spice
  • 75g soft brown sugar
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter, melted and cooled
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • Grated rind ½ small orange


  1. Place the cranberries in a bowl and cover with the milk. Leave to soak for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5. Place paper muffin cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and spice into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour. In a separate bowl, using a fork or a balloon whisk, whisk the eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla, orange rind and cranberries until well combined.
  4. Add the liquid to the well in the flour and spices. Using a large metal spoon gently mix the ingredients until they are just combined. It is important not to over-mix the mixture in order to achieve the classic muffin texture.
  5. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 mins or until golden and springy to touch. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm or cold.