We use cranberries in many dishes this time of year and there is always some leftover. Making these muffins is a great way to use up the last half cup of cranberry sauce.
The chunky cranberry sauce would be best but you can use the jelly style if that’s all you have.
This is really a basic muffin recipe with added fall spices for the flavors we crave this time of year.
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk (low fat is o.k.)
- ⅓ cup avocado oil (or your preferred flavorless oil)
- ½ cup apple sauce
- ½ cup chunky cranberry sauce (homemade or leftover, jelly style o.k. to use)
- grated orange peel (optional) I forgot to use it
- 2 oz. of Bakers White Chocolate (2 squares)
- OR Make a Sugar Glaze with confectioners sugar and orange juice from the fresh orange
- In large bowl combine dry ingredients - flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, & salt.
- In a small bowl beat the egg, milk, applesauce and oil until well blended. Add to the flour mixture and gently stir just until blended.
- Add batter to muffin cups filling only half full. Add 1-2 tsp. of cranberry in center of batter.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or just until the tops spring back when touched or an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and remove to wire rack to continue to cool.
- Break up the white chocolate squares and place in a small microwavable dish.
- Microwave for 20-30 seconds and remove, stirring until the chocolate melts. If it's still chunky microwave for 7-10 second intervals, stirring well until chocolate is smooth.
- Using a fork dip in the melted chocolate and drizzle the chocolate over the cooled muffins.
- If making a glaze, drizzle the glaze over the cooled muffins.
I decided to drizzle white chocolate over top for a festive muffin to serve for a holiday brunch. You can always make a sugar glaze which is easy to do if you prefer.
Prepare your homemade cranberry sauce in advance and use a little of it to add to these yummy muffins for a special Holiday breakfast.