Muffin Recipes: Cranberry-Vanilla Muffins

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Sometimes I really appreciate quick and easy recipes, and I have a delicious one to share with you today. Do you like muffin recipes? This one’s for cranberry muffins. We had them with dinner tonight, and they were a big hit with the granddaughters. It’s kind of a funny story how I came up with this muffin recipe. First, you need to understand that I’m great at “re-purposing” leftovers. I really hate to waste food, so we rarely throw out leftovers. I always try to turn them into something “new.” Last Monday night, I made pancakes for the girls. I had leftover batter, which I stored in the fridge. On Tuesday night, I poured out some of the batter and combined it with cornmeal, chopped onions, leftover corn, and spices to make corn fritters. I still had some batter left over, so on Wednesday night, I decided to make muffins. I thought about my muffin recipes, but none of them really appealed to me. Then, as I was rifling through the cabinets, I found a bag of dried cranberries. Aha! I’d make cranberry muffins! Even though cranberries are often associated with traditional New England recipes, I enjoy cranberry recipes, especially during the fall months - and I'm a diehard southerner. I simply added a bit more flour, some vanilla, and sugar to the original pancake batter, folded in the dried cranberries, and filled the muffin tins. Voila! Cranberry muffins!

Okay…here’s the problem. Tonight, I wanted to make the cranberry muffins again. I had the girls, and they love all kinds of muffin recipes. Of course, I wasn’t sure how much of each ingredient I used in the original pancake batter. I rarely measure anything when I’m cooking for my family. I had to experiment and do some tweaking to replicate my cranberry muffin recipe (or non-recipe, in this case) from last week. I was finally successful, so here it is!

Holle’s Cranberry-Vanilla Muffins recipe

What you’ll need:

2 cups self-rising flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of salt

½ - 1 cup dried cranberries

Baker’s Joy cooking spray

Directions: In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Stir in buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Fold in dried cranberries.

Spray a 12-cup standard muffin tin with Baker’s Joy and divide muffin batter among the 12 cups. Bake at 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. Allow muffins to rest at room temperature for a few minutes before removing muffins from tin.

Note: Add chopped pecans or walnuts to the cranberry muffins, if you wish.


Mmm...I love muffin recipes!
Mmm...I love muffin recipes!

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collegatariat 5 years ago

These look delicious, and cranberries are a perfect flavor for fall. Have you ever used all-purpose flour in place of the self-rising? But I really think it might be worth buying another bag of flour if necessary. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Holle,

Your beautiful cranberry muffins

Would be perfect with turkey and stuffins.


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Yum! I love turning leftovers into wonderful other dishes. Thanks for the recipe.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I love cranberries and vanilla! They sound like a wonderful combination. Thanks for the recipe.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

collegatariat, all-purpose flour will work fine. Just add baking powder.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

drbj, LOVE your rhyme! lol


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Lol, tireless. Nice to see a kindred spirit!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Random, cranberries and vanilla are wonderful together! I'm surprised more people don't use the combo.


jenubouka 5 years ago

I enjoyed to know you too hate to waste leftovers, some of the best recipes are created from yesterday's meals as this recipe is.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Wow, you're a genius at re-purposing leftovers. The cranberry muffin recipe looks easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing.


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jfay2011 5 years ago

that sounds like a really good recipe. I love muffins.


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GarnetBird 5 years ago from Northern California

I was raised by Southerns..this looks YUMMY!

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