Cranberry Citrus Muffins arranged on a cooling rack and a kitchen towel, ready to eat.

Simple Sundays | Cranberry Citrus Muffins

These Cranberry Citrus Muffins are flavored with lemon and clementine zest—a recipe that will bring you sunshine and coziness in the middle of winter!

Cranberry Citrus Muffins arranged on a cooling rack and a kitchen towel, ready to eat.
Simple Sundays | Cranberry Citrus Muffins

Filled with fresh cranberries and the zest of clementines and a Meyer lemon, Cranberry Citrus Muffins are my way of finding winter cheer!

Cranberry Citrus Muffins arranged on a cooling rack and a kitchen towel, ready to eat.

The rain is pouring outside, and the kids are marveling at how it’s raining sideways. “It’s a carwash!” Meanwhile, Elf is playing in the background, and we are all content to be indoors. A morning movie is a cozy way to spend an extended sleepover. Plus we have two napping pups to keep us company.

Yes, two.

Our little family grew by one yesterday. And we are in love. Even Wilbur.

I’ve never been so happy to stay indoors, in my sweats. It’s that feeling I love this time of year, when you are ready to wind down the year, and spend it with the family playing games, watching movies, working on puzzles and baking. Lots of baking.

Glass bowl filled with halved fresh cranberries.

Cranberry Citrus Muffins in a muffin tin.

The oven has been running non stop. Cookies, muffins, and roasts keep it busy. And on a day like today, it brings in a little sunshine with some Cranberry Citrus Muffins.

Muffins with Meyer lemons and clementines in the background.

These muffins really came about thanks to a special request from one of you on Instagram for cranberry orange muffins — I’m often making muffins on the weekends, so I was happy to make these to share with you! May it bring a little sunshine and coziness this winter! They’re almost as good as puppy cuddles.

A close up view of Cranberry Citrus Muffins.


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Cranberry Citrus Muffins

Cranberry Citrus Muffins bring a little sunshine and coziness on winter weekends!
Course Bread, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 18 muffins
Calories 177kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 clementine or mandarin oranges
  • 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups halved fresh cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 1 1/2 muffin pans by lining with cupcake liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt, and set aside. Zest the clementine/mandarin oranges and Meyer lemon and stir into the flour mixture. Set aside the citrus.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla and egg, mix well. Squeeze the juice of the citrus and add 1/4 cup of the citrus juice into the buttermilk. Add the buttermilk and flour mixture in batches, alternating. Stir in the cranberries.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin pans, filling to about 2/3 full. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake is springy to the touch.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Find some sunshine in the winter with these Cranberry Citrus Muffins! Cranberries add a little zing and a bit of clementine and Meyer lemons add brightness!


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  1. Brian+@+A+Thought+For+Food

    I have no more words to describe how adorable your little addition is. What a cutie!!! And I’m sure he’s getting into trouble… but just enjoy it. They grow up so fast (and then they want to have nothing to do with you). Parenting is hard. ;-)

    I am very excited for a weekend at home. Between Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving and Hawaii, we haven’t had a weekend where the two of us have had nothing to do (and no one staying with us). Not that Hawaii wasn’t relaxing… could just use a little more downtime. You know what I’m talking about.

    Love these muffins so so much. Cranberry is my go-to if I ever get one at a cafe. I adore that tanginess. 

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