How To Bake Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

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Chocolate Cranberry Muffins
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins | Source

How I Came To Bake Muffins

Have you ever tried to bake from your leftover dried fruits?

Christmas time was baking time again for me with the use of all dried fruits that I could get from the shop. Well, they were mostly dried raisins and apricots. I love eating these dried fruits. Then I saw these packed dried cranberries.

Honestly, I have not eaten cranberry fruit before that, although I have read and heard a lot of this fruit and its health benefits. So I bought this one pack of dried cranberries for my snack during nighttime online writing.

The taste of the dried cranberries was delicious but they were far too salty for my taste. What then? I did not like to throw those in the bín and so I came to the idea of baking cakes, cupcakes or muffins. I have mostly baked gingerbread houses, cakes and cupcakes but not muffins. So, I have chosen to bake muffins last Christmas. My first baked muffins ever. Chocolate Cranberry Muffins!

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 12 persons

Things You Need

  1. Muffins baking tin
  2. 12 Muffins paper cups (optional)
  3. Hand mixer
  4. Ice Cream Scooper
  5. Weighing scale
  6. Mixing bowls
  7. Hand whisker
  8. Tablespoon
  9. Baking timer

Some of the Ingredients

All purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar, vegetable oil, cocoa, dried cranberries and eggs.
All purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar, vegetable oil, cocoa, dried cranberries and eggs. | Source

Ingredients

  • 200 gram All Purpose Flour, sieved
  • 100 gram Sugar, brown
  • 2 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Sugar
  • 100 gram Cranberries, sun dried
  • 200 gram Milk, Fresh
  • 100 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 2 pieces Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 25 gram Cocoa, dark

Preparation:

  • Weight all the ingredients.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.
  • Brush the muffins baking tin with butter in case you are not using the muffins or cupcakes silicone or paper forms.
  • Prepare a toothpick for testing a muffin after 15 minutes of baking if it´s already done.
  • You can cut the dried cranberries into thin slices if you want to. I did not do it and it was still delicious.

Step by Step Photos

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Chocolate Cranberry Muffins dry ingredients.Liquid ingredients.Muffin batter without cranberries.Chocolate Cranberry Muffins batter.Buttered Muffins Baking TinChocolate Cranberry Muffins batter.Fresh baked chocolate cranberry muffins. I have baked today February 9, 2015 extra for my step by step photos.
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins dry ingredients.
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins dry ingredients. | Source
Liquid ingredients.
Liquid ingredients. | Source
Muffin batter without cranberries.
Muffin batter without cranberries. | Source
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins batter.
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins batter. | Source
Buttered Muffins Baking Tin
Buttered Muffins Baking Tin | Source
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins batter.
Chocolate Cranberry Muffins batter. | Source
Fresh baked chocolate cranberry muffins. I have baked today February 9, 2015 extra for my step by step photos.
Fresh baked chocolate cranberry muffins. I have baked today February 9, 2015 extra for my step by step photos. | Source

How to bake Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

  1. Put the weight and sieved all purpose flour in the mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar and cocoa. Mix them together.
  2. In another bowl mix the vegetable oil, fresh milk and slightly beaten eggs. Then add them to the dried ingredients.
  3. Mix the dried ingredients with the liquid ingredients by using an electric mixer or a hand mixer until they are soft in texture but don´t overbeat this.
  4. Add the dried cranberries into the muffins batter and mix well by just using a wooden spatula or any spatula you are using.
  5. Put the muffins batter up to 3/4 to every buttered muffins baking tin by using an ice scooper, if you have. No need to butter the baking tin if you are using the cupcakes baking silicone or paper forms.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a pre-heated 170°C oven.The muffins are done when a toothpick comes out dry or clean after inserting it in one of the muffins.
  7. Enjoy your fresh baked chocolate cranberry muffins.

Fresh Baked Chocolate Cranberries Muffins

My fresh baked chocolate cranberries muffins.
My fresh baked chocolate cranberries muffins. | Source

Tips:

  • You don´t have to butter the muffins tin if you are using muffins or cupcakes paper forms.
  • Silicon cupcake forms are good and easy for baking muffins, too.
  • It is easy to use the ice scooper in putting the muffin batter into the forms.
  • You can use other dried fruits like raisins in baking these muffins.
  • These muffins are not sweet. You can add more sugar if you want to. From 100 g to 125 g.
  • Remember, every oven is different so check out yours.
  • Don´t forget to incorporate cranberries to your daily meal as it is a super fruit. The video shows you the health benefits of eating cranberries.
  • If there is no vanilla sugar in your country, you can use a few drops of vanilla flavouring.


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Enjoy Chocolate Cranberry Muffin

Chocolate Cranberry Muffin with whipped cream.
Chocolate Cranberry Muffin with whipped cream. | Source

Difference between a Cupcake and a Muffin

Do you know the difference between a cupcake and a muffin? I did not until I researched about this. I thought they were the same. I thought the difference was only on the size but now I know and I wanted to share this with you in case you don´t know yet.

I have found out that:

  • a cupcake is made of a cake batter which mostly has butter in the ingredients. It is a small cake which can be eaten frosted or not. Cupcake is mostly eaten on an afternoon coffee or tea break.
  • a muffin is bigger in size compared to a cupcake. It is made of a bread batter. Instead of baking a loaf bread, you can make muffins by using the bread dough and bake them in a muffin tins. In this recipe I used vegetable oil for the batter. Muffin is usually made for breakfast. You can eat the way it is or you can slightly decorate it with a glaze icing.


I am including a photo of my selfmade cupcakes below. Maybe you know some of the difference between these 2 goodies and I would be glad to know about those differences. Thanks for reading and I hope you will try these Chocolate Cranberry Muffins recipe for your breakfast.

Self Baked Cupcakes

My self baked cupcakes with butter icing and candies.
My self baked cupcakes with butter icing and candies. | Source

Cranberry Video

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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

That sounds absolutely delicious. Thelma. It's got the magic word "chocolate" in it, so I'm game.


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Billy, it is indeed delicious. How I wish I can give you one as I have made them this afternoon for my step by step photos. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice week!


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Suzie HQ 22 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Thelma, These sound and look delicious! Chocolate I am addicted to and muffins I love. Cranberries are a great combo with the chocolate so I am definitely keen to give these a whirl. The Vanilla sugar is easy to make for those without it by using some vanilla pods in a jar and leaving. Makes great gift too. Love your cupcakes with the icing! Up all the way and good to see you my friend!


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Suzie, It is good to see you too. It´s been I long time that we have not heard from each other. Thanks for the tip with that vanilla pods. Vanilla pod is even more better than vanilla sugar. Thanks for your wonderful comment. I have to check if you have written a new hub. Enjoy your week! Take care;-)))


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AliciaC 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I think that anything containing chocolate is delicious! I like the sound of your recipe very much. Chocolate and cranberries are a great combination!


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany Author

I agree with you very much AliciaC. They are indeed a great combination. Thanks for your comment and happy hump day.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago

These look way too good. Using the ice cream scooper is a cool idea.


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

That would be a good combination. The dried cranberries we purchase here do not taste salty. Interesting that yours did. I often add them to the bran muffins that I make. Your chocolate cranberry muffins do sound good. Great step by step photos! Up votes and pinning to my sweet breads and cakes board.


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randomcreative 22 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Chocolate and cranberry sounds like a fantastic combination! Thanks for sharing.


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Uzochukwu Mike 21 months ago from Oba

I appreciate this teaching of today because it is outstanding and deserves reading over and over.


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you poetryman6969 for your nice comment. Yes, ice scooper is an easy way to put the batter to the cupcakes and muffins tins. Have a nice day!


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany Author

Yes, it was salty Peggy. Maybe that´s the way it is sold here. I have no idea as it was the first time I bought dried cranberries. Thanks for your comments, votes and pinning it. I appreciate that. Have a nice day!


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany Author

You are very welcome randomcreative. It´s nice to hear from you again. Have a nice day!


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany Author

Thanks for your nice comment Uzochukwu Mike. Enjoy your day!


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tobusiness 21 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

This looks scrumptious, perfect for my afternoon tea. :) Voted up awesome and useful. Great copyright, I should start doing the same for my images.


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany Author

Happy Valentine's Day tobusiness! Yes, you can put copyrights in your photos. Thanks for your nice comment.


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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

Great recipe Thelma, and yes I would love to try them! lol! they look totally delicious, and so do those cakes at the end too!


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Nell! Thanks for your visit. Yes, do try this recipe. It´s really yummy. Happy new week!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 21 months ago

Oh boy do these look good and I enjoy cranberries anytime of the year. Unfortunately they are not that easy to find after the winter holidays. These would be nice for breakfast. Nice recipe.


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

Thanks for your wonderful comment. Dried cranberries are still in the shops for sale here in Germany although I have not seen fresh cranberries nowadays. Maybe because this fruit is not so popular here. Happy weekend!


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MsDora 21 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for the recipe. Thanks especially for the information on the difference between muffins and cupcakes; never even thought to ask. An interesting, helpful article.


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CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

...and this one is going for the sweet tooth down pinterest.

Yum!


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Vellur 21 months ago from Dubai

Delicious! The photos of your cakes makes my mouth water. Thank you for sharing this recipe!


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Hi MsDora! You are very welcome. I´m glad that I have given you some informations. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Sunday!


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Hi CrisSp! Thanks for your comment and for sharing this recipe to pinterest. Enjoy your new week ahead!


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Vellur! You are very welcome. I hope you will try this recipe. Have a pleasant week!


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rajan jolly 20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

They look so delicious and make me want to eat them right away Thelma. Will be trying the muffins soon. Thanks for the recipe and voted up rated a 5 and shared.

Nice to know the diff between cup cakes and muffins. Thanks.


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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

MmmmmYum! These would disappear in minutes at my house. And I live alone!!! LOL.......UP Awesome & pinned.


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rebeccamealey 20 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Mouth-watering! I know I'd love these. The combination of chocolate and cranberry is hard to beat. Thanks!


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Paul Kuehn 20 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Thelma, your chocolate cranberry muffins look delicious and I wish I could smell and taste them. I love chocolate and cranberries so this would be a great dessert to bake. Voted up as interesting and very useful. Sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Rajan Jolly,

Thanks for your visit, for rating and sharing my hub to others. I appreciate that. I hope you will try this muffin recipe. Have a nice new week.


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much fpherj48 for your visit and for pinning this hub. You can freeze some of them when you bake this and if you don´t like to eat them all at once. LOL!


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much rebeccamealey. I hope you will try this recipe. Have a nice week!


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much Paul Kuehn. I appreciate your visit and for sharing this hub to others. Have a wonderful new week!


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colorfulone 20 months ago from Minnesota

Thelma, these muffins look so yummy. I would rather have muffins than cupcakes any day.


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

They are yummy Susie. I hope you will try this. Muffins are good for breakfast, Thanks for your stopping by. Good night!


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radhikasree 20 months ago from Mumbai,India

I always like to read your cake recipe hubs. These cranberry muffins look yummy......


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Hi radhikasree! Thank you very much for your nice comment. Enjoy your new week ahead.


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suzettenaples 19 months ago from Taos, NM

These muffins look and sound yummy. I love chocolate and I love cranberries so I would love these. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us and your step by step directions. They seem easy to make. I love how you decorated your cupcakes - so inventive. Thanks again for sharing and I rated these five stars!


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Suzette! I´m glad you like these muffins. Thanks for your visit and for giving 5 stars to this recipe. I appreciate that. Enjoy your new week!


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rebeccamealey 19 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Your cupcakes look wonderful! I love the flavors of chocolate with cranberries, so I know I would love these. Yummy!


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much Rebecca for your wonderful comment. I hope you will try this. Advance Happy Mother´s Day!


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anglnwu 18 months ago

I love dried cranberry and can see how delicious they be when used to bake muffins. Clear instructions! Thanks for sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

Hi anglnwu! You´re welcome to try this recipe. Thank you for your wonderful comment. Have a great week.


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drbj 17 months ago from south Florida

I'm partial to chocolate muffins and I know cranberries are healthful, so this recipe, Thelma, is for my kind of muffin. Thank you.


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Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany Author

Hi drbj! It´s nice to see you again. Yes, cranberries are healthy and I hope you´ll try this recipe. It´s not sweet you know. Thanks for your visit.

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