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Golden and aromatic, these Christmas morning muffins create cranberry-orange sugar clouds that waft through the house. Fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg, the scent may be enough to lure your family from their warm beds to the breakfast table, or at least to gather sleepily around the tree for muffins that taste just like Christmas.

Christmas Morning (Cranberry Orange) Muffins | Tutti Dolci

Like me, you’ll be tempted to inhale one steaming hot from the oven. Singed fingertips are a small price to pay for utter breakfast bliss! As a timesaver, prep the dry ingredients the night before and Christmas breakfast will be ready in less than 20 minutes. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Morning (Cranberry Orange) Muffins | Tutti Dolci


Christmas Morning (Cranberry Orange) Muffins

  • Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; spray baking cups lightly with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine orange zest, orange juice, buttermilk, Greek yogurt, oil, and egg in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in cranberries.
  2. For the topping, combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Fill each baking cup 2/3 full of batter and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar evenly over muffins. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes, until muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to serve or cool completely.
  3. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature overnight, or individually wrap muffins in plastic wrap and freeze in a large freezer bag.


  • Calories: 175


Hi, I’m Laura and welcome to Tutti Dolci, a baking and desserts blog celebrating all things sweet. Featuring beautiful, approachable recipes for everyday and entertaining, I love to put my own twist on classic desserts and inspire a passion for baking.

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  1. Merry Christmas, Laura!! These muffins look and sound like absolute heaven — could not be more perfect for the holidays. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 happy holidays!

  2. Beautiful Christmas muffins, styling and photography, Laura! I love the cranberry and orange combination in any quick bread. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. 🙂 Best wishes to you and your family for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! xo