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If you’re not sure what to do with left over cranberry sauce, then try these Christmas Cranberry Muffins.

They are so delicious, it’s worth making extra cranberry sauce, just to make sure you’ll have some left over.

Christmas Ice-cream Pudding is also a festive favourite – along with traditional Christmas Pudding.

Christmas Cranberry Muffins

This recipe will make 10-12 muffins and to keep things simple, I use a cup measure. The cup should hold approx 8 fl oz / 250 ml liquid.

Let’s get started:

Christmas Cranberry Muffins – Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • Half cup raw sugar (or your usual sugar)
  • 4 oz / 100 g butter (or your usual spread)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk (I use soy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
  • Left over cranberry sauce
  • Spray oil for baking tray

Christmas Cranberry Muffins – Method

  1. Mix together the flour and sugar in a bowl
  2. In a separate bowl, gently melt the butter in the microwave
  3. Add the egg, milk and vanilla essence to the melted butter and mix well
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mix and mix together
  5. Spray muffin baking tray with oil
  6. Spoon mixture into muffin tray
  7. Add at least a heaped teaspoon of left-over cranberry sauce to each muffin and stir in, just a bit
  8. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 12-15 minutes, until the muffins are just firm to the touch
  9. Allow to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool a little
  10. Best eaten while they are still warm

Christmas Cranberry Muffins - Uncooked


Christmas Cranberry Muffins - Cooling

Variations and Handy Hints

  • If you’re a bit short of left-over cranberry sauce, don’t skimp on how much you put in each muffin – instead, use something else – something like chocolate chips or left over apple sauce
  • For a scrumptious variation, add both chocolate chips and cranberry sauce – naughty but very nice 🙂
  • These Christmas Cranberry Muffins will keep for a couple of days (unlikely in my house). You can reheat them in the microwave.
  • They also freeze well and are perfect for the school lunch box

As you can see, it’s well worth making extra Cranberry Sauce.

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Jan Littlehales

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12 Responses to “Christmas Cranberry Muffins – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Harry Lynn says:

    I love the ” naughty but nice ” part, except it means an extra 2 kilometres walking for weeks after these yummy things are consumed. Have pity on my waistline. Like all your 10 minute recipes, this is a ripper !

  2. Harry Lynn says:

    PS ………..Boosted

  3. Hi Harry,
    What a shame a couple of fast jazz numbers on the piano wouldn’t do the trick!
    Great to hear you like my ten minute recipes …and thanks for the boost 🙂

  4. Lisa Wood says:

    Those muffins look amazing. We usually make peanut butter muffins! Our boys love home cooked treats, and these look so good 🙂


  5. Wilson says:


    These muffins look amazing. I hope they taste as good as they look. Will try making them real soon. Big big fan of muffins! Thank you for sharing this with me.


  6. Thanks Lisa and Wilson
    I’ll have to give peanut butter muffins a try Lisa – I’m sure my boys would love them too!
    They do taste delicious Wilson – especially when they are still warm from the oven 🙂

  7. Hilary says:

    These Christmas cranberry muffins look so easy to make. My daughter would love them :). I love the fact that you offer so many variations that people can try.

  8. Thanks Hilary,
    After spending many years in the kitchen I think we all learn to improvise and come up with variations.
    Great to hear you are enjoying my recipes. Hope your daughter likes these muffins. 🙂

  9. Hi Jan,
    How much cranberry sauce is needed for your Christmas Cranberry Muffins? I may have missed it in the recipe. I must admit I haven’t really used cranberry sauce, but I do know I have a bottle in the back of my cupboard, which ironically was a Christmas present. Anything that looks like a raspberry must be delicious. And they freeze well? I’m in.

  10. Hi David,
    The idea with this recipe is to use up any left over cranberry sauce from Christmas/Thanksgiving. You’ll need a good heaped teaspoon of cranberry sauce in each muffin, so if you haven’t quite got enough for every muffin, put chocolate chips in the remainder. Hope that makes sense 🙂

  11. Sarah says:

    I am always drawn to recipes that use left overs, for some reason they normally taste better than the original meal 🙂 However, I don’t think my cranberry sauce has EVER looked that good! If it does this year I will most certainly use it in muffins.

  12. Hi Sarah,
    Like you, I hate to see good food go to waste – and sometimes the second creation turns out better than the original – lol 🙂
    Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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