Christmas Muffins

Christmas Muffins Recipe

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These Christmas muffins (cranberries, pecans and orange) are ready for the holiday season!

See Also: Cranberry Sauce Muffins Recipe

I really love the festive flavours in this muffin, especially the surprising tinge of orange. Enjoy these muffins with a cuppa hot chocolate for breakfast or tea time. If you have extras, freeze them in ziplock bags and toast them in the oven for a few minutes till they are warm whenever you want a muffin or two.

Christmas Muffins Recipe

Christmas Muffins Recipe

Christmas Muffins Recipe

The baking time will depend on the size of the baking cases used (the smaller, the faster the muffin bakes).


  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) plain flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (225g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
  • 1 1/2 eggs beaten
  • 65 gms butter cut to small pieces and melted at room temperature
  • grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • 50g raisins
  • 30g + 10g pecans finely chopped
  • 50g + 10g cranberries you can use fresh, frozen or dried
  • icing sugar for decoration – optional

You also need

  • sieve
  • large bowl & wooden spoon
  • disposable baking cases – see cooking note 2
  • muffin baking tray


  1. Sift flour, baking powder and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add in milk, eggs and butter. Stir until just blended (and lumpy). Be careful not to over mix as it will result in a tough texture.
  3. Fold in the grated orange zest, raisins, 30g chopped pecans and 50g chopped cranberries into the mixture.
  4. Place baking cases in muffin tins. Spoon the mixture into the cases (each about 2/3 filled). Top the cases with the remaining pecans and cranberries.
  5. Bake for roughly 20 minutes in preheated oven of 200°C (392°F) or until slightly golden brown. Allow to rest for several minutes on a wire rack. Use a sieve to dust icing sugar over the muffins to decorate.

Noob Cook Tip

The silver baking cups I used are bought from Daiso, Singapore and they are labelled as “aluminium dish cup size 8 – 216 sheets” for S$2. If you use this particular baking case, line them with 2 outer layers of ordinary paper cases because the silver ones are too filmsy to hold the batter during baking. After baking, discard the outer sheets.