Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Seeing as tomorrow is December and the flavors are changing from apple and pumpkin to peppermint and cinnamon, this will probably be my last pumpkin recipe until next fall.  But if you've still got a can of pumpkin kicking around your pantry, this would be a great way to use it.  I wanted something quick and easy for a Sunday morning breakfast with Dave. I thought I'd make regular muffins, but then I spotted my jumbo muffin tin and figured if I was going to make an oversized muffin, it might as well be one with good for you ingredients like pumpkin and cranberries.  These have a very strong pumpkin flavor and an excellent sweet flavor from the cranberries.  Perfect for Sunday brunch or just a lazy morning with the newspaper.

This is an original recipe I whipped up staring at the cranberries leftover from my Orange Cranberry Cookies and Cranberry Apple Walnut Pie.  This Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin recipe could easily be adapted to make 12 regular sized muffins or mini loaves by adjusting the cooking time.  I might spice up the pumpkin a little more next time, but otherwise these are a perfect muffin.  They're moist and flavorful and big enough to be breakfast.

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins


1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking spice or pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking spice.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, yogurt, vanilla and pumpkin.

Pour pumpkin mixture into flour mixture and stir to combine.

Add cranberries and stir to incorporate.

Distribute batter evenly among greased jumbo muffin tins.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  (If making regular sized muffins, bake for 20-25 minutes.)

Cool in pan for about 15 minutes them move to wire rack to complete cooling.

Makes 6 jumbo or 12 regular muffins.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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