Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

This week I’m going to be highlighting some pumpkin recipes. Similar to the cupcake week I did back in August, I’m kicking off A Week of Pumpkin. Be sure to check back every day this week for a new pumpkin recipe.

I’ve been out of the habit of making muffins. I used to do it on a weekly basis so Hubby and I would have something to take into work for breakfast. In honor of A Week of Pumpkin, I wanted to do at least one pumpkin muffin. I searched for a recipe and stumbled upon this one. I like the addition of the cranberries.

I opted to leave the struesel topping off. I’m not a big fan and the muffins were great without it. I did sprinkle some cinnamon sugar and some freshly ground nutmeg on top of the muffins prior to baking them. Hubby said these were the best muffins I’ve ever made!

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Pumpkin Streusel Cranberry Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries

For streusel topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions:

Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.

For the streusel topping: in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, spices, and brown sugar. Add the butter pieces and combine the mixture with a fork until the topping resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. (I skipped this step)

Mix the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl.

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, spices, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture and dried cranberries until just combined.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with streusel mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

Recipe from Lindsey's Kitchen

And don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

Check out my week of pumpkin here.

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14 Responses to “Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes”

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    theblogisthenewblack — October 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Yum! And festive… I’m glad there’s another Boston blogger out there that loves making cupcakes as much as I do!!!! 🙂

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    Lauren — October 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing!! I love white chocolate, and the tart cranberry flavor sounds like a fantastic accompaniment :).

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    While I adore pumpkin, I think it is great that you did something different from the norm. The cranberry sauce filling looks really good!

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    Carrie — October 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    These look great! I have some cranberries I have been debating what to make.

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    We Are Not Martha — October 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    These are so beautiful! I love the idea of white chocolate cupcakes…. and cranberry sounds just perfect. Yum!

    Sues

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    Dani — October 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    They’re beautiful and sound amazing!!

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    Aimee — October 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Those look delicious! Love the flecks of color, and it is nice to step outside of pumpkin paradise once in awhile. Yum!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    These look amazing! I like that you did a recipe with cranberries…delicious! I have two frozen bags in my freezer calling my name 🙂

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — October 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    What a great idea! I love this flavor combination. I agree that this is the best way to fill a cupcake…I’ve used it a few times now!

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    Megan — October 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    These cupcakes look gorgeous! Now I want to order Fiori di Sicilia from KAF. I did so good not letting myself buy it when we were there!

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    Evan @swEEts — October 26, 2010 at 1:27 am

    How fun! These cupcakes look delicious.. I don’t know why but I would have never thought about cranberry and cupcakes!?

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    Shannon — October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    these sound fabulous, love the flavor combo!!

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    Cara — October 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Great pics! These sound delicious 🙂

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    Gia — November 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    For some reason I am not seeing the recipes for the cranberry filling or mousse. Can you help me find them? Thank you!

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