Fresh Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Merry Christmas.

Just that. I just want you to have a tinselly, twinkly, precious weekend, surrounded by people you love.

I’m thinking about this guy. And about my new friend, Eldon. Who arrived at our house Sunday with his three beautiful children all dressed to the nines. And a handmade fruit pizza. And without a wife. She died from cancer three years ago.

So, though I hope Christmas for you is merry and bright, I likewise hope we’ll remember that this is a season to celebrate Christ. And so much of the message of Christ’s mission was to remind us that true celebration is opening our hearts to mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort. I can be better about that in the frenzy and flurry of trying to shop and wrap and button everything up just right. Because this isn’t about buttoning. And it’s not about bows.

It’s about cardboard boxes filled with food, delivered to people you know need dinner. It’s about calling someone who has a story to tell, and just listening. And then saying, “I understand.” It’s about taking the time to handwrite all the reasons you love that friend. Sister. Next-door neighbor. Tell them everything. All the things you’ve never dared say out loud. This season is about love. Being more open to it, inviting it in with more abundance, quieting the chaos of parties and cookie plates and just holding someone you love a little longer that you did yesterday.

Cranberry muffins for you today. Every speck a sign of love.

Really, really. Love you a lot.


Fresh Cranberry Streusel Muffins


For the muffins:
2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

For the streusel:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons light brown sugar


Prepare a muffin tin by placing 12 cupcake wrappers in each cup. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, and egg. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and use a fork to stir the two together just until moistened. Add the fresh cranberries and stir until well mixed throughout the batter.

In a small bowl, use a fork to mix together the streusel until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of the muffins.

Bake muffins in preheated oven for 17-19 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with scrambled eggs and a glass of fresh orange juice and enjoy!

14 Responses to “Fresh Cranberry Streusel Muffins”

  1. Amy Tong says:

    What a lovely post and wonderful recipe. Thank you. I have a question for you. I’ve been looking for this muffin pan but can’t seem to find it anywhere. Would you please kindly tell me where you got it from? I truly appreciate it. Wish you and your love ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    • Brooke says:

      Yes, Amy. I know, right! I hunted them down for ever! The pans are called “Ovenex” and you can find them as vintage buys on eBay! Good luck!

  2. Nancy Bifulco says:

    Beautiful, meaningful post – thank you!

  3. aunna says:

    How much cardamom and cloves? Thanks!

    • Brooke says:

      Whoops! Sorry! I meant to say just a pinch of each if you have them in your kitchen. I’ll change that in the recipe! Thanks for the eagle eye edit! XO!

  4. This is my first visit to your blog. Very Nice!! I love your Christmas post, and the recipe for the cranberry muffins.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Ari says:

    I found your blog googling for choc chip cookies made with coconut oil, its now one of my favorites to make. Anywho – I was then looking for a muffin to make for my husbands family for Christmas morning, this is perfect. Thanks for the meaningful post on what Christmas truly is about. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  6. anna says:

    oo those are so pretty! and i so love cranberries. looking forward to making these.

  7. STH says:

    Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family! My Christmas eve is going to be spent bringing treats to my father and the other residents of his nursing home; I’ll spend tomorrow cooking a feast for my honey and me and the four “strays” he picked up this week. I hope your Christmas is as wonderful.

  8. Becca says:

    Oh man, oh man! Fresh cranberry relish is my favorite part of Christmas dinner, and cranberry orange is my fave muffin….can’t WAIT to bake these up! thanks!!

  9. Eileen says:

    Oh man! I usually stock up on fresh cranberries and freeze them because even in Massachusetts, you can only find them between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If I find some, I will definitely make these!

  10. Lindsey says:

    You should probably fix your instructions. I got all the way through making it and realized that no where in your directions did it say to add the vanilla. So I had to add it at the end after it was finished. And the cardamom and cloves aren’t in the ingredients. Thanks. Hope that helps.

  11. Kari says:

    I bake a LOT, so I should have known better when this dough was so thick… I think something is wrong with this instruction list. Either missing something wet or a quantity is wrong. Ingredient amounts were missing for two spices and instructions did not include vanilla with wet mixture. The dough was way to thick and the muffins did not turn out very well. Glad I didn’t try them for the first time on Christmas! If you have a revision, I’d love to try it again, but this recipe seems off.

  12. Meadow says:

    Ugh so upset. Had 2 cups of fresh organic cranberries I wanted to use to make this and halfway through the recipe I realize ingredients are missing. It came out doughy and horrible. What a waset of 24 muffins. Very disappointed the author did not double check the proportions. This recipe should be deleted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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