Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins

Friday, November 16, 2018
 Cranberry Zucchini Muffins are bursting with the taste of fall with cinnamon spice and fresh orange zest.

These colorful muffins have a perfect blend of flavors that have such a wonderful taste and smell while baking it's hard to let them cool before devouring one.

Cranberries are a pretty nice addition to a holiday table not only with flavors but colors that are the perfect blending for a Christmas morning breakfast.

muffins made with cranberry and zucchini

Muffins for Breakfast

What better fall muffin than these colorful yet flavorful cranberry and zucchini muffins?

I love the fact that leaving a little green stripe on the zucchini brings them to the perfect colors for a Christmas morning special treat.

The muffins are a great gift for someone hard to buy for also.

Make a double batch these go quickly!

muffins with orange and cranberry


  • Don't over-mix the batter
  • Measure everything as stated
  • Keep them in airtight containers because of the zucchini moisture
  • Always preheat your oven
  • use silicone pretty tart molds for a pretty individual muffin for gift-giving
  • the less you step in stirring the better for a nice textured muffin

cranberries fresh

Cranberries and Fruits

I love the fact you can use dried, frozen, or fresh cranberries.

Also if you're not a fan of cranberries just substitute blueberries those are another great substitute for the tangy cranberry flavor.

Any fruits chopped or dried can be used in combination with the zucchini.

flour and dry ingredients

Other Fruit Substitutions

  • mango chopped or papaya
  • diced apples
  • diced pears
  • chopped pineapple
  • fresh chopped cherries
  • finely chopped nuts with dates or figs

cranberries in batter for muffins

Ingredients You Will Need

  • flour
  • white sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • salt
  • shredded zucchini
  • milk
  • butter softened
  • egg beaten
  • orange, zested
  • frozen, fresh, or dried cranberries
  • optional: coconut, nuts

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins

Cranberry Orange Zucchini Muffins

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
Cranberry Zucchini Muffins are bursting with the taste of fall with cinnamon spice and fresh orange zest


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 cup frozen, fresh, or dried cranberries
  • optional: 1/2 cup shredded coconut and 1/2 cup walnuts, pistachios or pecans chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray the muffin tins with oil spray or use muffin paper liners.
  3. In a bowl add the sugar and softened butter and blend until evenly mixed together.
  4. Beat in the eggs and milk until blended.
  5. In another large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and baking soda with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  6. Gently fold in the wet mixture with a spatula into the dry mixture.
  7. Again gently fold zucchini, orange zest, and berries (walnuts and coconut if used).
  8. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.
  9. Bake around 15 to 20 minutes until the middles spring back.

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  1. It's breakfast time over here...I would love a couple of them with my tea :-))

  2. I would love this mixer in my kitchen. Hahah. It is gorgeous

  3. First of all thank you for offering this mixer on the raffle. It is beautiful and what a festive color! The cranberry muffin recipes all sound delicious. Snow day today here in NJ, think I will try to make ......having the mixer though would make the job easier and fun...

  4. I already have a kitchen aid mixer -- and I love it. It makes life so much easier -- and with it, I can make those yummy muffins in minutes!

  5. What a great giveaway. Perfect for all that Christmas baking!

  6. Anything with cranberries always gets my attention and your muffins sound delicious

  7. Your recipe for these muffins looks amazing and need I say more about such a fabulous giveaway? How awesome is this???

  8. Definitely signing up for this one! My Kitchenaid is almost 40 years old! These muffins look perfect for an easy, make ahead breakfast for Christmas morning!

  9. The cranberries makes the muffins sounds so festive, perfect for the holidays! Great recipe!

  10. I'm having a cup of tea right now, wish I had one of your muffins to go with it.

  11. I want to wake up in the morning and have breakfast with these wonderful muffins. They are very beautiful and surely delicious! With a cup of tea this would be perfect for me!

  12. I am planning to use the mixer for all of my holiday baking!

  13. These are so pretty and so seasonal! I love cranberry, and the addition of the zucchini sounds absolutely wonderful! Yum!

  14. What a beautiful red stand mixer! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  15. I would give this gorgeous red stand mixer to my daughter! She loves cooking and baking, just like me!

  16. I have a KitchenAid that I hardly ever use, because it's in the cabinet above the fridge. I really need to put it in a more visible place, because I love to use it for all kinds of recipes

  17. I've never had one and this could be very useful as im catching the baking bug,just cant cook and mix like i used to lol color is great! might need flames.

  18. Claudia the recipe these muffins is incredible! My children will be delighted with them. It's so beautiful and tasty that I can not wait to try this recipe.

  19. I have had a KitchenAid for years...and given them away as gifts too. The work horse in my kitchen...especially during the busy holiday season. Nice giveaway!!

  20. Every year my sisters and I have our annual family cookie day. This kitchen aid would be very helpful to us in the kitchen when making all kinds of delicious cookies😉 Many of them come straight from your site!!😘

  21. That is such a lovely muffin recipe with zucchini and cranberries. I think I need to try these for my family some time soon.

  22. I would give it to my daughter as I've had my red Kitchenaid Mixer for about 20 years and it still works great!

  23. Those muffins look amazingly good. Of course I would take the option to add coconut. I would put coconut in just about everything. I bet the zucchini really add moisture to the cake and the cranberries really make it seasonal. Wish I had a muffin or two now.

  24. You now, somehow I have managed without a stand mixer for many years now as I've always had a small kitchen and it was one gadget I could see myself living without. But increasingly there are things like mixing bread doughs etc where it would come in handy. The muffins sound tasty too!

  25. You know, somehow I have managed without a stand mixer for years as I've always had a small kitchen and never felt I had the space. But increasingly I could see it being handy for bread etc. The muffins sound tasty too!

  26. Perfect post right in time for Christmas! I am sure there will be 5 very lucky and happy readers! Cheers

  27. My whole family loves muffins. I am so excited to try these new flavors!

  28. I'm sorry, I can't take my eyes off of that gorgeous red Kitchenaid...I'd LIKE to give it to my 24 year old daughter, but maybe I'd give her my old one and keep this one! :-)

  29. The muffins sounds wonderful and what a great giveaway! I would give it to one of my daughters! Would just have to decide which one :)

  30. Love zucchini muffins and lover the sound of cranberry in there. Cranberry this time of the year sounds just perfect in muffins tis time of the year.

  31. The muffins sound perfect for a light breakfast on Thanksgiving. Such a fun giveaway too!

  32. I love that you snuck some veggies into these scrumptious muffins! The flavour combination of the cranberries and orange are perfect for the Holidays!

  33. Wow, that sounds like a superb giveaway! I mean that mixer is such animportant tool in every kitchen, so I am sure someone will get lucky! And the timing is just perfect!

  34. Such an awesome giveaway and these muffins look sooo good, Claudia! So moist and I bet they are just delicious! Wish I had one right now!

  35. Cranberry orange muffins looks perfect and great addition to holiday table. Awesome giveaway. I love kitchenaid.

  36. I love the addition of zucchini in these muffins. I bet they taste just amazing - moist and flavorful. They look perfect that's for sure.

  37. I've been looking for this exact KitchenAid Artisan mixer, but they are all still out of my budget. I love to bake and I want to start trying to make breads, not just sweets so I think this would be an amazing appliance to own! Your recipes all look so delicious!

  38. The muffins look scrumptious. Cranberry and orange go so well together and the addition of Zucchini just takes it up a notch.

  39. Great grab and go breakfast! YUM!

  40. I've never tried Cranberries and Zucchinis together but these Muffins sound great!

  41. I love zucchini! These muffins look so delicious and perfect for brunch ♥

  42. What a great giveaway! These muffins look so tasty. I love the combo of cranberry and orange together. Adding zucchini must make these muffins so fluffy and moist.

  43. I think I would have to keep it!

  44. I would keep it and be the happiest woman ever. I love to bake for my family but I developed rheumatoid arthritis years back and now I can't hold a spoon or hand mixer to make anything my wrist and fingers are bad. I wanna make cookies and cupcakes and doughnuts for my grandchildren and children again. This would be the nest gift ever!

  45. I am not here for the giveaway (but it's a grand one - I use my mixer all the time). Those muffins, yes, those muffins. I have shredded zucchini in the freezer from the summer and this is a great change from zucchini bread. I love the flavors of cranberry and orange together. Perfect! Happy Thanksgiving, Claudia.

  46. YUM! This combination of flavors in your muffins sounds wonderful! Great idea to put a recipe with the giveaway--I'm going to do that next time! Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!!! xo


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