Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Usually when one is heading to a potluck, one hopes that her meal arrives there in good shape. Admittedly, some dishes travel better than others. And sometimes how you package the food makes a world of difference.

When I was a child, we made a Black Forest Cake to take to a holiday event at my cousin’s house, about an hour’s drive away. We didn’t own a cake carrier, so we wrapped it in plastic wrap and set it on the back seat. A darkened car and sixty minutes later, we arrived at our destination only to find that a young family member had sat on the cake!

Needless to say, that was one potluck dish that didn’t travel well.

So that you can avoid such mishaps, today we’re sharing recipes for foods that travel well. Browse through today’s list if you’re looking for potluck inspiration over the next couple months.

One item that is tasty, seasonal, and easy to transport is this Cranberry-Orange Muffin recipe.

I took my Mix and Match Muffins and used fresh cranberries and orange zest for my mix-ins. Delicious!I don’t bother to chop the cranberries. Just rinse and add to the recipe.

If you don’t have a fancy cupcake carrier, fill a regular shirt-size gift box with muffins. Easy to bake, easy to take.

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Cranberry Orange Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Cranberry and Orange are perfect partners. They make a great combo in these sweet-tart muffins.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry muffins, cranberry orange muffins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 120 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a 12-cup muffin cups with muffin papers.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the milk, yogurt, oil, abd eggs. Whisk until well blended.

  3. Add the muffin mix, cranberries, and orange zest.

  4. Fold just until combined.
  5. Divide the batter among the muffin cups. It's okay if the cups overflow.

  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool the baked muffins on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

To make ahead: Baked and cooled muffins can be stored in a ziptop freezer bag in the freezer. 

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1 muffin.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 93IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. I’m looking forward to this link up for ideas to expand my basic baked goods list that usually goes out with me!

  2. Amy says

    Thanks for the link up! Can’t wait to find some new recipes!!

  3. I’m sharing a recipe that travels well and is a great Thanksgiving side dish – Buttercup Squash Casserole with Feta and Hazelnuts.
    Can be re-heated when you get to your destination!

  4. Looking forward to finding some new favourites both for potluck and for taking to holiday gatherings! I’ve posted a butterscotch square recipe which is quite firm in consistency so they travel really well – even if you want to cut them into squares before you travel. Thanks for hosting!

  5. I had never thought about subbing flax seeds for eggs. interesting! Does it affect flavor?

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @robbie @ going green mama, we don’t notice a difference in flavor. Only one child complains about the texture of the pancakes, but he did that when I used eggs, too. LOL.

  6. Thanks for the link-up. Lots of great recipes to explore.

  7. Those muffins sound delicious. Our MOMS Club is always looking for new recipes for potlucks as one of us is usually hosting a playdate each week & everyone brings a snack to share.

    Oh my gosh there’s lots of great recipes this week. I’ve visited lots of the sites so far and have discovered many great blogs. I love URS and am happy to participate again.

  8. What a wonderful potluck this would be to visit!

  9. LuAnn says

    I’m not much for creativity in the kitchen. Up until a little over a month ago, I was working over the lunch and dinner hours, so hubby did most of the cooking. But your recipe sounds and looks wonderful!

  10. Molly says

    Hahhahaa! I love that somebody sat on the cake. Thanks for sharing a laugh!

  11. Thanks so much for the link up! I love new recipes. So I am so glad to find this and try out some new ones!

  12. Mary says

    These look so yummy. I will be adding them to my weekend baking. Cranberries are one of my favorite Fall flavors. so good!

  13. Lerin says

    Do you think they would be good without the oranges? I don’t have any oranges or juice…

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @Lerin, yes, you can make it w/o orange zest. You could add a teaspoon of vanilla extract instead.

  14. Wow, these all look good. Looking forward to having a go at some of these. We have regular pot-lucks and I like to take a veggie as there can be a sugary overload sometimes.

  15. LOVE the muffins! I just saved this, thanks!

  16. Abby says

    I love the potluck recipes! I definitely want to try a couple of these out! YUM! Thanks for letting us link!

  17. Chaya says

    Orange and cranberries go together. Flavors compliment each other. This needs to be added to my muffin repetoire.

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