Apple Cranberry Muffins Recipe 

 Originally Written: October 24, 2012

By  Hanna Trafford

Cranberries, apples, cinnamon, vanilla – can you taste them?

You probably already know that I love using cranberries any time I can. The latest recipes I used them in was in a banana bread (you know those dark bananas you may be tempted to throw away? Don’t! – they make delicious Banana Bread!)

The latest recipe I created is for Apple Cranberry Muffins – it’s just one of those: “Try it, you will love it!” recipe. Easy to make and absolutely delicious. I took step – by – step pictures for you – that will make it even easier to follow:

1. Peel and chop up 2 large apples (or 3 if you want lots of apple pieces in your muffins)

Peel your apples and chop them into little pieces – less then 1/2″

2. In a large bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of butter (at room temperature), 3/4 cups of sugar and 1 egg (beaten)

Mix butter, sugar and egg until even consistency

3. Add 1 cup of buttermilk – remember that if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can easily make it by adding couple tablespoons of lemon juice to milk and letting it sit for a few minutes. Add chopped apples and mix well.

4. Stir together1 cup of all purpose flour, 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.

Stir together flours, baking soda and cinnamon

5. Mix flour mixture into the butter mixture and add 1 – 1/2 cups of cranberries (I use dried cranberries, not sure how fresh ones would work)

Add cranberries to flour mixture – coating them with flour is a good idea – they won’t stick together.

6. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and gently mix – only until it is combined. If you mix it too much, your muffins will turned out heavy.

Mix flour mixture into the butter mixture – only until combined – do not over mix it!

7. Spoon into prepared muffin cups – I use paper mugging liners – it makes baking easier. Sprinkle vanilla sugar on top of each muffin.

Fill prepared muffin pan with the batter and sprinkle each with vanilla sugar

8. Bake at 350F for 20 -25 minutes or until muffins turn golden brown

Bake at 350F until golden brown – and enjoy the great aroma!



Hope you will love this recipe as much as I do – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!




Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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