Orange Mini Muffins

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These Orange Mini Muffins are unique in flavor and preparation!

orange mini muffins

This muffin recipe was part of a cookbook collaboration that I took part in several years ago with the Junior League of San Diego. The cookbook published was called, California Sol Food. I contributed several recipes to the book, and I tested a ton of recipes when we were putting the book together. Orange Mini Muffins made it to the breakfast section of the book. They were triple tested way back then, and all testers gave rave reviews!

batter for orange mini muffins

How to make Orange Mini Muffins:

Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to print out the complete recipe so you can make these at home. The batter for the muffins is a combination of flour, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, sour cream and orange zest. There are NO EGGS in this recipe. And there is an option to add-in raisins and walnuts, if you’d like. The batter for the muffins is very thick. This is normal!

orange mini muffins in pan

Can you make this recipe as regular-sized muffins?

These are made as mini muffins for a good reason. They will taste better that way. You can try baking them as regular-sized muffins, but I don’t think as much of the orange flavor will come through because of what you do to the tops of the muffins (keep reading for that info). You can buy a super cheap mini muffin pan on Amazon.

orange mini muffins

The unique part of making these Mini Orange Muffins is that when they are still warm, you will dunk the tops in orange syrup. The orange syrup is an easy-to-make mixture of sugar and orange juice. This gives them an extra pop of orange flavor. And if they’re made into larger muffins, I feel like that flavor gets lost a little bit.

orange mini muffins

For the record, I prefer to make these without any added raisins or nuts. My family doesn’t like them. But if that’s your thing, then you should totally include them in your Orange Mini Muffins. Enjoy!

Here are a few more muffin recipes you might like to try:

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Orange Mini Muffins

These are the most delicious little breakfast muffins!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 24 mini muffins
Calories 137kcal
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword muffins, orange



  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 medium orange, zested and juiced


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (from the orange you zested above)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray mini muffin pans with nonstick spray.


  • Combine the sugar and orange juice in a small bowl (set the zest aside); heat in the microwave for 25 seconds. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.


  • Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into medium bowl; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the sugar, butter and orange zest until creamy. Add the sour cream and flour mixture alternately, beating just until moistened after each addition. Fold in the raisins and nuts (if using). The batter will be stiff.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until the muffins test done. Let the muffins sit in the muffin tins for about 10 minutes. Gently remove the muffins and dip the tops quickly in the orange syrup. Place on a wire rack and let stand until cool.


  • *You may also place the muffins on rack that is sitting on top of a rimmed cookie sheet. Drizzle a teaspoon of the orange juice mixture on top of each muffin.
  • Nutritional information does not include optional raisins and walnuts.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg


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  • Nicholas wrote:

    Thanks. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks for your presentation. Thanks for the easy made site with an uncomplicated way of printing the recipe. You will be remembered for so many ones for having the pleasure to have it!

  • CLAUDIA DAVIS wrote:

    Just ordered the mini muffin pan…can’t wait to get it to make these muffins.