Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Cranberry Sauce Muffins @ NancyC

If you happen to have any extra cranberry sauce during the holidays, here’s a good recipe you can use it in! These Cranberry Sauce Muffins are sweetened with brown sugar and whole berry cranberry sauce—you can use your own homemade cranberry sauce, like this Fresh Cranberry Sauce)—or you can use whole berry cranberry sauce from a can. These muffins have some oats in them, too, so they’re both healthy and tasty! 

Sometimes I add a Cranberry Sauce Glaze on top of these muffins but they are great with or without the glaze. So if you’re watching your calories, just leave the glaze off. They taste great right out of the oven, spread with a little butter or Cranberry–Pecan Cream Cheese Spread. Yum! I adapted this recipe from Serious Eats.

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


Makes 16 muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup canola oil or light olive oil
1 1/2 cups Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce (I use either my homemade recipe or the Ocean Spray® brand)
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line 16 muffin tins with paper baking cups.

In large bowl, blend together flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In medium-size bowl, combine milk, oil, cranberry sauce and egg; blend well.

Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients all at once and stir until dry ingredients are moistened.

Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full (or even just a little more). Bake 20 minutes at 400˚F, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. You can eat these warm right out of the oven or let the muffins cool completely and top them with this glaze…


1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons milk or Half & Half (light cream)
1 Tablespoon Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
Chopped pecans for sprinkling over glaze

In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk (or half and half) together, blending well. Stir in the cranberry sauce and blend well. Drizzle over cooled muffins, then sprinkle with pecans if desired. Let glaze set and then serve.

Recipe from NancyC |

This is a great muffin for fall and winter when you’re craving that great cranberry flavor. And it’s always nice to bake muffins and other goodies when it’s cold outside! What have you been baking this holiday season?

Sharing at Meal Plan Sunday, Meal Plan Sunday, Weekend Potluck, Fiesta Friday, Thursday Favorite Things, Full plate Thursday, Homestead Blog Hop, Happiness is Homemade, LouLou Girls.


25 thoughts on “Cranberry Sauce Muffins

  1. Linda G

    Mmmm everything in this recipe I like plus what a nice addition to put the glaze on to boot!! Thank you for sharing! On my “to do list” this weekend!


    1. nancyc Post author

      Hi Maris, good to hear from you again! I took a quick look at your site and it looks great! I will definitely go back to visit more! 🙂


  2. Summer Haffner

    Made these today! Subbed OJ for the milk because my homemade whole berry sauce this year was cran-orange, and they’re yummy. Love the tartness of the berries with the brown sugar and the sugary icing (I used a quick confectioner’s sugar and whole milk icing left over from icing cookies). Thanks!


  3. Miz Helen

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us, we have featured it on Full Plate Thursday,516. Hope you had a very special Christmas and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen


  4. FiveSibesMom

    Oh yum! These look so delish! I love anything cranberry and anything muffin. I am definitely going to be trying your recipe. This is my first time joining in this Blog Hop and very happy to have found it! I join this week with a Holidate special! Have a Happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person


Comments are always appreciated!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.