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

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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!

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Patsyk wrote:

    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!

  • farida wrote:

    Delicious looking muffins! They would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

    Congrats to the winners!

  • Adam wrote:

    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 🙂

  • Christine wrote:

    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)

  • Bren@Flanboyant Eats wrote:

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

  • CookiePie wrote:

    Yummy-looking muffins!!

  • Katrina wrote:

    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!

  • Aimée wrote:

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

  • silverdot wrote:

    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!

  • Grace wrote:

    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. 🙂

  • Cora (Cora Cooks) wrote:

    Thanks for feeding my cranberry obsession – these look delicious!

  • Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor" wrote:

    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.


  • Stacey Snacks wrote:

    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!!!!

  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    BEYOND gorgeous muffins.


    Congratulations to the winners!!

  • Emily wrote:

    Mmm, what lovely muffins. I love cranberries!