Glazed Lemon Cranberry Muffins

Glazed Lemon Cranberry Muffins

Fresh, frozen, or dried, cranberries are not only for the holidays.  We love baking in this house and happened to find some fresh cranberries at the local grocer.  If you can’t find them fresh this time of year, you can simply modify the recipe with dried cranberries for a really delicious baked treat for the family.  Hints of lemon are the perfect compliment to these sweet glazed lemon cranberry muffins (or cranberry bread if you prefer).  This is a family favorite and can be made to be enjoyed any time of the year.

easy glazed cranberry muffin loaf

So Wisconsin is home to the largest production of cranberries in the United States.  I say, why not celebrate these little beauties all year round since they have a great storage life in the fridge or freezer.  Of course, this is a great recipe to use during the holidays too, but why limit ourselves.  My kids like the sweet flavor that the glaze offers, while my husband enjoys how hearty these are.

Loaf Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

⅔ cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped (or dried cranberry)

4 Tbsp. melted butter or ¼ cup margarine

⅔ cup milk

1 tsp. orange or lemon rind

1 large egg

½ tsp. vanilla extract

Cooking spray

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream or milk

1 tsp. lemon extract

easy cranberry muffin bread ingredients

How it’s made:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.  For cranberry muffins, line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or coat with nonstick cooking spray.  For cranberry bread, coat bread pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir well.  Add the chopped cranberries to the dry mixture and continue stirring.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine butter, milk, rind, egg and vanilla extract.  Mix well with a wire whisk.  Add to the dry mixture making sure to stir until moist.

cranberry muffin bread ingredients

Bake:

For muffins:  Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups and bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes.

For loaf: Spoon batter into prepared bread pan and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from pans to cool on cooling rack.  Cool completely before adding glaze.

Glaze: In a small bowl mix together glaze ingredients until smooth.  If your glaze seems too thick, add a pinch more milk until it becomes a nice consistency.  Drizzle the glaze over the loaf/muffins and let it set before slicing.

cranberry muffin bread

5 from 2 votes
easy glazed cranberry muffin loaf
Glazed Cranberry Loaf
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

A sweet treat that incorporates sweet with tangy.  You'll love these as a loaf or as muffins.  A snack, or a breakfast item.  

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries chopped
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp orange or lemon rind
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cooking spray
Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. For cranberry muffins, line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or coat with nonstick cooking spray. For cranberry bread, coat bread pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir well. Add the chopped cranberries to the dry mixture and continue stirring.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine butter, milk, rind, egg and vanilla extract. Mix well with a wire whisk. Add to the dry mixture making sure to stir until moist.

Bake
  1. For muffins: Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups and bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes.

  2. For loaf: Spoon batter into prepared bread pan and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from pans to cool on cooling rack. Cool completely before adding glaze.

  3. Glaze: In a small bowl mix together glaze ingredients until smooth. If your glaze seems too thick, add a pinch more milk until it becomes a nice consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the loaf/muffins and let it set before slicing.

I hope your family these Glazed Lemon Cranberry Muffins.  What is your favorite muffin or baked treat?

Enjoy!

 

          
 

 

9 Comments

  1. This looks so good! I’m not much of a cook but could probably make this. Haha

  2. Oh my goodness!! This looks delicious! I have been eating waffles for breakfast every morning for the past two weeks, this would be a very welcome break to the routine!!

  3. These look sooo good! I love cranberries any time too. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I love cranberries! They have the perfect tart punch to cut the sugar. This looks so tasty!

  5. I love glazed cranberry scones and this looks just as good! Love it!

  6. I’m so saving this recipe for next Thanksgiving. Will be more liked than cranberry sauce and just as easy to make!

  7. This looks delicious. I am a huge fan of bread with icing. I mean… how does one say no to that?

  8. Yes please! I actually think my 2 year old would love these. She really enjoys lemon!

  9. Oh my goodness this looks scrumptious I wish I had a slice now to enjoy with my coffee! Love that you included cranberries those are my fav too!

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