Cranberry Whole- Grain Muffins with Sweet Orange Glaze (and some winners!)

Oh, Fresh Cranberries…

I love you.

You’re so seasonally colorful and blogable. You freeze well and make dishes and baked goods worthy of photographing. And although you’re generally tart and inedible on your own, you pair well with sweets to create a blend of sweet-tart that is quite unique and delicious.

I loved you in these: Cranberry Whole-Grain Muffins with Sweet Orange Glaze.

Ok, enough about my love affair with this seasonally gorgeous fruit.

Since I have a 7 year old muffin-maniac living in my house, I’m always on the hunt for muffin recipes that are a tad bit on the healthier side. The kid can down two or three for breakfast, so they might as well be less like cake and more like a nutritious meal. While these have plenty of sugar, at least they’re made with whole wheat flour and oats and minimal fat.

The muffin tops are dipped into an orange glaze, which adds a sugary sweetness to every bite. Cranberry + orange = yummy.

These muffins baked up perfectly with a nicely raised muffin top. The flavors were great… tart, sweet, and moist too. The kiddo ate his usual allotment and begged for more. I’d say they were a smashing success.

Don’t forget to pick up extra bags of cranberries this season to throw into the freezer for later. They’ll keep for a looooong time, and you can enjoy them now and then for several months to come.

This recipe can be found here:  Cranberry Whole Grain Muffins

And now for the winners of the Gourmet Giveaway!
Many of you were inspired by my husband’s Starbuck’s experience, and let me just say that I was completely touched by all of the stories of random acts of kindness that you shared as well. My husband has contacted the hotel where that RAK happened to see if they would locate this woman and let her know of this blog post and all of the nice things that were shared. I’m not sure if they bothered to find her (she’s apparently a regular at that Starbuck’s), but I like to think they did. If you need a boost to your day and would like to hear about all of the good that is happening around us, read the comments here. I wish I could give more, but the random number generator chose:

Two Winners:
#1: The Spice Gift Basket: Comment #84: Deborah of Taste and Tell who shared…
My husband actually started a new job about a month ago, and things have been better than expected. He came home yesterday to let me know that he didn’t charge a customer and decided to pay for it himself because he could tell they needed it. It’s not something I’ve done, but I was happy that my husband did that!

#2: The Olive Sampler: Comment #128: Reeni of Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice who shared…
I helped an elderly lady at the grocery pick up a huge bag of kitty litter and put it in her cart even though my arms were full of groceries, and there were 3 or 4 other people around who pretended to be oblivious to her struggling.Please use the contact form in my right side bar and send me your email address… and your gifts will be on their way!

Thanks to everyone who participated… I hope to do some more great giveaways sometime soon!

35 Responses to “Cranberry Whole- Grain Muffins with Sweet Orange Glaze (and some winners!)”

  1. postedNov 22, 2008 11:14 AM

    Congrats to the winners!

    Lori – your muffins look yummy! I haven’t made muffins in so long now people may be forgetting I am a muffin fanatic! he he.

  2. postedNov 22, 2008 12:07 PM

    Congratulations to the winners. How generous of you. Those muffins look lovely. I have loads of cranberries in the freezer so make give this a whirl.

  3. postedNov 22, 2008 12:38 PM
    Jennifer Hamilton

    I’ll be honest I’ve never dipped a muffin in a glaze before, I love this idea 😀 very festive flavours going on as well!

    Congrats to the winners!

  4. postedNov 22, 2008 1:56 PM
    Snooky doodle

    these muffins look so good. Splendid colour and so yummy. Pity cranberries are rare here and i find only dried ones.

  5. postedNov 22, 2008 2:07 PM

    Amazing! These muffins sound so great. I am crazy about cranberries and the whole grain makes them even better in my book. So great!

  6. postedNov 22, 2008 2:53 PM

    Thanks so much. It’s so sweet of you! Your muffins are so yummy, I love the orange glaze.

  7. postedNov 22, 2008 3:01 PM

    I love the glaze on these muffins. Cranberry and orange are my favorite holiday flavors. Yahoo for the winners!

  8. postedNov 22, 2008 3:22 PM

    These look delicious, I’m so glad that cranberries are back in the store!

  9. postedNov 22, 2008 3:53 PM

    I love the look of cranberries and cranberry muffins are my favorite muffins.

    The story of Starbucks IS inspiring. That is so cool. I wish I were like the lady.

  10. postedNov 22, 2008 3:59 PM
    The Food Librarian

    Yum! I love cranberry and orange muffins. And those stories are so inspiring.

  11. postedNov 22, 2008 5:38 PM

    I’m so excited – both that I won and to try out this recipe!

  12. postedNov 22, 2008 6:16 PM
    noble pig

    A 7 year old muffin maniac…that’s hysterical but good. You can a lot of hidden nutrients in there! These sound like the perfect treat and I love the orange glaze.

  13. postedNov 22, 2008 6:55 PM
    That Girl

    I’m always so sad that fresh cranberries aren’t around year-round.

  14. postedNov 22, 2008 8:31 PM

    Congrats to the winners! I'm not a huge cranberry fan, but I love them in breads. This looks like a tasty & healthy fall treat!

  15. postedNov 22, 2008 10:39 PM

    these muffins are beautiful!!! i love the orange glaze you put on top. these must have been addictive. i can’t stop eating the muffins i make until they are all gone.

  16. postedNov 23, 2008 2:09 AM

    Those muffins look so yummy! My kind of treat. :-)

  17. postedNov 23, 2008 3:25 AM

    Really looks delicious. No kidding, I will make this.


  18. postedNov 23, 2008 3:50 AM
    Nina Timm

    The muffins will me a winner in this house too. The glaze must change the taste completely.

    I wanted to leave a comment on your soccer ball cookies post, but at the time I was busy with a huge catering job….I can relate to what you said. I am also a former teacher and my children are also put through my critical test….clean fingernails? …toenails……. no, that T-shirt is too old, etc. So whenever you talk about your son, I see the picture of my own son!

  19. postedNov 23, 2008 3:54 AM
    Proud Italian Cook

    Lori I love your muffins here! I need some healthy sweets!!! Thank You!

  20. postedNov 23, 2008 4:17 AM

    Oh man, I keep passing the fresh cranberries in the grocery store and regretting not having a reason to buy them! But these muffins look perfect – hopefully I’ll have a reason to make them next week.

  21. postedNov 23, 2008 7:22 AM

    Mmm, what lovely muffins. I love cranberries!

  22. postedNov 23, 2008 12:27 PM

    BEYOND gorgeous muffins.


    Congratulations to the winners!!

  23. postedNov 23, 2008 2:15 PM
    Stacey Snacks

    This was a nice post, I am sorry I missed participating in the RAK posts.

    After the holidays, I expect a week of salad recipes!!!!

  24. postedNov 23, 2008 2:23 PM
    Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor"

    I too am a cranberry nut, and love the versatility of this locally grown fruit. It finds a home in lots of my baked goodies year round.


  25. postedNov 23, 2008 3:13 PM
    Cora (Cora Cooks)

    Thanks for feeding my cranberry obsession – these look delicious!

  26. postedNov 23, 2008 3:40 PM

    a thought has occurred to me–why haven’t i always glazed every muffin i make? it’s easy, adds another layer of flavor, and makes them beautiful! great idea. and “blogable” should totally be added to the dictionary. :)

  27. postedNov 23, 2008 4:01 PM

    oh! these muffins look divine. i’m a cranberry freak – i love all things cranberry. thanks for the recipe! congrats to the winners. i love your blog!

  28. postedNov 23, 2008 6:04 PM

    Congrats to the winners. It was an honor to participate. Love these muffins–glad I saved so cranberries in my freezer.

  29. postedNov 23, 2008 6:34 PM

    Oh Recipe Girl, Oh Recipe Girl–just how amazing are you? Songs and kidding aside, I am about to open a bag of cranberries and only need a few right now, so I thought I’d make the cranberry bread recipe on the bag. Before I get started, because I’m already making some cookies, I took a break and checked out your blog. Lo AND behold, you post these muffins. Now, instead of the recipe on the bag, I’ll be making these tasty looking muffins! (I’d rather make muffins than bread, they are ready so much sooner than a loaf of bread!) I’m excited for the orange glaze!

  30. postedNov 23, 2008 10:13 PM

    Yummy-looking muffins!!

  31. postedNov 23, 2008 11:27 PM
    Bren@Flanboyant Eats

    ay Dios mio que delicioso! geesh! how nice… congrats to the winners. woo hoo!

  32. postedNov 24, 2008 5:20 AM

    I have used so many of your recipes and just love it over here!
    Thank you for the pictures and the wonderful recipes and ideas you share with all of us over here! I have something for you on my blog today, so when you get a chance come over and see! Have a great Thanksgiving with your family. =O)

  33. postedNov 24, 2008 8:57 PM

    Beautiful post! I get pretty excited whenever cranberries take the center stage, they are just such a multipurpse fruit.

    Nice job putting the kids to work too, my mom always got us to do that fun stuff :)

  34. postedNov 25, 2008 3:51 AM

    Delicious looking muffins! They would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

    Congrats to the winners!

  35. postedNov 25, 2008 6:08 PM

    Congrats to the winners!!

    Those muffins would be gobbled up by my oldest son… he loves anything that is a muffin or quickbread. They look wonderful to me, too!

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