Mandarin-Orange Cranberry Muffins Recipe

These Mandarin-Orange Cranberry Muffins are a juicy, refreshingly fruity and not-too-sweet treat with a crunchy streusel topping.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Mandarin-Orange Cranberry Muffins
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Regina



  • 1-1/2 cups cranberries dried or fresh
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp grated mandarin-orange zest
  • 7/8 cup mandarin-orange juice
  • 3/4 stick 0.4 cups butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts optional

Streusel Topping:

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Coarsely chop cranberries and mix with 1/4 cup sugar. Set aside.
  2. Place streusel ingredients into a small bowl and combine with you fingers until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Line a muffin tray. In a bowl combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and soda, salt and vanilla.
  4. In another bowl beat the egg and add mandarin-orange zest, juice and melted butter.
  5. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Mix in cranberries and optional nuts.
  6. Fill 12 muffin liners with the batter, sprinkle streusel crumbles on top and bake for 15-20 minutes until muffins are golden brown.