Tender muffin batter with blood orange juice, cranberries, and chocolate chips baked in. These Blood Orange Cranberry Muffins are a great breakfast to take with you for a portable breakfast or snack!
Blood Orange Cranberry Muffins

Its been a long time since I’ve made muffins for the blog.  Back when I first started this blog, I made them all the time!  As a matter of fact, that is what the kids at Clarkson used to look for in the office, was muffins!  Well, in my search of recipes on allrecipes.com, I came across a new recipe called Cute Cranberry Tangerine Muffins.  After reading the recipe, I decided it was one that I was willing to try.  However, since I still had blood oranges I decided to use them since in place of the tangerines.  Then, at the last minute, right after I stirred in the cranberries, I decided to grab the bag of mini chocolate chips in the cupboard and put about 1/3 cup in the mix.

Blood Orange Cranberry Muffins

These muffins are tender on the inside with a crispy top – and I love them that way!  I just have a few things I might do different next time.  I’d probably reduce the heat to between 350 and 375.  Original recipe calls for 375 and I felt that they were getting a little dark around the edges before the inside was completely cooked.  I also think I would reduce the sugar to start – to at least 3/4 cup and if still too sweet for me, drop to 2/3 cup.  I think they were sweet to me because of the chocolate chips, but even without them I would probably cut the sugar just for my own taste.  I also added a teaspoon of vanilla to the milk mixture.  The recipe didn’t call for a flavoring and maybe it didn’t need it, but after tasting the batter, I figured it wouldn’t hurt.  All in all, this is a great muffin recipe to try if you have blood oranges!

Blood Orange Cranberry Muffins
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 12
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup blood orange juice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • blood orange zest from 3 oranges (or 3 tbsp if you want to measure)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (if your worried about too dark muffins, reduce heat to no less than 350 degrees F). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Place dried cranberries and blood orange juice in a glass 1 cup measure then microwave for 90 seconds; remove from microwave, stir, and set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Using hand mixer, mix butter, blood orange zest, and sugar in a separate large bowl, until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat eggs into butter mixture, one at a time, until thoroughly combined.
  4. Gently fold flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating with milk in two additions, until batter is just mixed. Fold cranberries and juice into batter. Fold in chocolate chips.  Using large cookie scoop, scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.Bake in the preheated oven until muffins are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then remove and place on rack to finish cooling (if you can wait that long before eating one!)

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. bellini February 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I love them crispy on the top too Shelby. Blood oranges are in season so I will have to get going.

  2. Pam February 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    My two flavors I love together orange and cranberry. The blood oranges even sound better. You can never go wrong with chocolate….yum

  3. Jersey Girl Cooks February 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Orange and cranberry is such a great combination. Yum!

  4. My Brave True Hero February 11, 2013 at 3:18 am - Reply

    It looks yummy and the combinations or orange & cranberry are unusual. I better try this recipe for a change.

  5. Aggie February 13, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Muffins always steal my kids hearts!! I don't make them enough. These flavors are my favorite!

  6. Joanne DiPalo May 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I always make muffins and like trying new flavors. I love the blood orange, cranberry and chocolate chip combination. I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing.

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