Thanksgiving Morning Muffins

Hi, everyone! Today I am super excited to share one of my very own recipes with you! This week I whipped up these cranberry orange muffins. I have always enjoyed getting creative with recipes and trying new things. For these muffins, I combined my favorite components from several recipes as well as added my own personal touches. I am not a professional baker by any means, but I am pretty proud of these muffins. 🙂 I think they would be perfect to take to a brunch or eat for breakfast on Thanksgiving Day. They combine so many of my favorite flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange. They also make your kitchen smell amazing! 😉

For Cranberry Orange Muffins:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoon orange zest
1 – 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen (thawed and rinsed)
1 tablespoon flour

For Crumb Topping:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 stick salted butter-melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon orange zest


  • Preheat your oven to 400F (205C) degrees, and line 2 standard muffin pans with paper liners. (I usually can make 18.) Set aside.
  • Prepare the crumb topping in a small bowl. Whisk together flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and orange zest. Stir with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
  • Start to prepare muffins in a large bowl. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until smooth and combined. Whisk in vanilla yogurt, vegetable oil, orange juice, and orange zest.
  • Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and mix everything together. Be careful not to over-mix!
  • In a small bowl, sprinkle half of the cranberries with 1 tablespoon of flour. Fold them gently into the batter.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins being careful not to fill them all the way. Cover the batter with the remaining cranberries and then cover the cranberries generously with streusel topping.
  • Place them in the oven and bake about 15-20 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let muffins cool before removing from tin.


  • If you are a big fan of cranberries, I recommend putting two cups in. However, this will make the muffins fairly tart. Use 1 cup for a less intense flavor.
  • If you are like me and don’t have a zester, a cheese grater works just fine. 🙂 For this recipe, one orange will be plenty.
  • I use an ice-cream scoop to fill the muffin tins with batter. It is always the perfect amount.
  • These muffins rise a lot, so don’t worry about not putting enough batter into the tin. It is also important to leave room for your toppings. Also, don’t be shy with the crumb topping!

Please let me know if you try this recipe! I’d love to hear what you think. 🙂 If you’re looking for some more Thanksgiving meal inspiration, check out the post I did last year hereHave an amazing weekend, and enjoy prepping for one of the best days of the year!


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  • Reply Luna+Crone November 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    They sound delicious!

    Thank you for the tip—->Fill muffin cups, using an ice cream scoop! Lots of muffins get made here. This will each the process. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving at home,
    Luna Crone

  • Reply Danielle November 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Madison, these look delicious! I am going to make them for Thanksgiving morning to eat while watching the Macy’s Parade! Thank you for the recipe! I can’t wait ♥

  • Reply Martha Ellen November 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Cranberry and orange are wonderful flavor combinations, Madison. Along with the crumb topping these will surely please my taste. Thank you for sharing your recipe. ♥

  • Reply Steph November 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    These look delightful!
    Your photography is really great, too!

    Social Spying

  • Reply Kim November 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Oh my! These muffins look so delicious! I would love to show up at a Thanksgiving party with these! Wonderful job photographing them too.

  • Reply Nina November 18, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    It looks delicious!!
    La ilusión de Nina –

  • Reply Billie Jo November 19, 2017 at 1:45 am

    They were delicious!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Elena Isabelle November 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    cranberry and orange is such a lovely flavour combo for this time of the year. i haven’t been baking a lot lately so i might try your recipe out soon.

  • Reply Vanessa November 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    The muffins look absolutely amazing!

    Vanessa x |

  • Reply Sarah November 21, 2017 at 7:02 pm


    So lovley !


  • Reply Michele November 21, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Ok, this looks delicious and now I’m hungry! Me and my sister always bake Christmas cookies and other deserts during the holidays and I’m definitely trying this out!

  • Reply March Happy Thoughts November 22, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I love cupcakes! And this recipe is a must try. Baking is one of my dream talent haha hoping to learn it too.

  • Reply Megan November 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    These look amazing! I cannot wait to try my hand at them!!!!

    • Reply Madison Marie December 1, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Hey, Megan! Thanks – I hope they turned out yummy 🙂

  • Reply Victoria November 25, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Looks so yummy!

    • Reply Madison Marie December 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks, girl! xx

  • Reply Nicole November 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    These look absolutely delicious Madison! My home in Barcelona is definitely missing the Thanksgiving / warm and sweet home feeling. I think I’ll try to whip some of these up and see how they turn out!

    Thanks for the recipe! xx
    Nicole |

    • Reply Madison Marie December 1, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! I hope you were able to have a nice Thanksgiving away from home. <3

  • Reply Andrea November 26, 2017 at 7:07 am

    the look wonderful! Yum I’m going to make these for christmas morning!

  • Reply Eva November 27, 2017 at 3:43 am

    These look amazing – but DEADLY! Haha!

    • Reply Madison Marie December 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Hehehe thank you, Eva! They were too yummy. Make sure you have friends and family to share with or else you might eat them all! xx

  • Reply Sheena Sy Gonzales November 27, 2017 at 7:51 am

    These look so yummy!! Than k you also for sharing your recipe. I don’t know how to bake either but you made it look so easy. I’m gonna try it out for myself! heehee

    Sheena |

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