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Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Good evening friends!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I made some yummy Cranberry Orange Muffins for the fabulous teachers in my kids life.  I am so very thankful for the teachers who work so hard day in and day out inspiring, motivating, challenging and sparking that desire to learn in our kids.  We have been blessed with so many wonderful teachers over the years.  Some who have become my dear friends and some who simply remain in your heart forever.  Special teachers can truly make a difference in a child’s life.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those teachers who have gone the extra mile for us all for all!

These muffins are not low-fat or healthy in any way, but they are delicious!

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Yield- 24 muffins

Ingredients

Streusel Topping

1/2 cup flour

4 TBL sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

6 TBL butter, cold and diced

Muffins

4 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups frozen cranberries, chopped

2 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 cups buttermilk

2/3 cup canola oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 TBL orange zest, fresh is best

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

2-3 TBL orange juice

1-2 TBL orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with liners of your choice.

Make the streusel by combining all the ingredients and cutting in the butter with a pastry blender.

To make the muffin batter, (use a large bowl) toss the flour, baking soda, salt and cranberries together until combined. Set aside.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs, both sugars together until combined. Whisk in the buttermilk, oil, vanilla and zest. Gently combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir only until combined.

Fill muffins cups 1/2 to 3/4 full. Press streusel evenly onto each muffin.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until tops are firm.  Allow muffins to cool.

Assemble the glaze by whisking the powdered sugar, OJ and zest together.  Once muffins are cool, remove them from pan and put on a wire rack. Drizzle the muffins with the glaze.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from http://www.sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze

Greetings friends! I discovered a yummy pumpkin muffin this morning that is pretty healthy and a huge hit with the kiddos, especially because it had frosting! It goes right along with my love of everything pumpkin flavored and would be most wonderful with a Pumpkin-Spiced Latte.  Hope you enjoy this treat as much as we did!

This recipe makes only 12 muffins, but they are BIG muffins, the kind that overflow from the tin :)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 TBL baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 heaping tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg, plus 1 egg white

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 skim milk

1/4 cup fat-free half and half (or regular cream)

1 cup pumpkin puree

Glaze ingredients

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened

dash of cinnamon

dash of milk, if needed to thin for drizzling

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray muffin tin, even the top since muffins will overflow, with non-stick cooking spray or add muffin liners.

Using mixer, cream butter and both sugars, add eggs, vanilla, milk, half and half and pumpkin puree. Combine dry ingredients, flours, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.

Divide batter among 12 muffin tins. They will be very full. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through. Cool in pan about 20 minutes.  Move muffins to a rack to finish cooling.

Mix glaze ingredients and drizzle over muffins.

I calculated each muffin to be 7 PointsPlus.

Recipe adapted from RecipeGirl.com

 

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