Christmas Cranberry Cupcakes

Hello friends.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I can't believe that Christmas is only 6 days away.  So many things to do and so little time.

For many of us, it also means that it's time to turn on our ovens, line the counters with ingredients, mixing bowls, roll up our sleeves and get to work my friends.  But with my busy schedule, that means lots of late night baking sessions.  There are still plenty of cookies to bake and peppermint bark to make. 

Christmas is just a fun time to bake and today, I am sharing a recipe for delicious cranberry muffins which I decked out in holiday cheer to bring to the office tomorrow.  They are made with fresh cranberries and topped with a simple cream cheese frosting.  I decorated them with crushed candy canes, artificial mini trees and sweet reindeer.  

These will definitely add a smile to anyone's face.  They turned out adorable.  And how festive are they?  I hope you give this recipe a try.

I like to use baking cups from Simply Baked because you can pour your batter into the cups and bake he cupcakes and they come in so many colors.  I normally find them in Home Goods for a few bucks.

Cranberry Muffins Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.               MAKES12 


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, quartered
  • 8 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, optional
  • Cinnamon sugar


  • 1 Sprinkle cranberries with 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside. Sift remaining sugar, flour, baking powder and salt into large bowl.
  • 2 In another bowl, beat egg, milk and oil. Make a hole in center of dry ingredients; pour in liquid ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Add berries and, if desired, lemon peel. Fill 12 greased standard or 6 greased jumbo muffin cups. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • 3 Bake at 400° for 18 minutes for standard-size muffins or for 22 minutes for jumbo muffins

  • Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

    TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


    • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 5 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar


    • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Store frosting in the refrigerator.    


    Take a few candy canes and gently crush them in a plastic Ziploc bag with a rolling pin or heavy cup. Spread frosting on the cupcakes and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top of your frosting.  Add the mini tree and reindeer and you are done.  I purchased the mini trees and reindeer at Michaels.  (70% off this week on all Christmas items)  Now enjoy a bite or two...

    I hope you all have a great week.  Thank you for stopping by and leaving me your lovely comments.




    1. Very festive! Love it, and it looks delicious, wish to have one with some coffee.

    2. Your cupcakes are filling my heart with such a gladness, thank you Janet, dear, for sharing the recipe too !

      With utmost gratitude
      I'm sending blessings on your Christmas,
      may it be Peaceful, Joy-and-Hope-filled as never before,
      to you and yours

      Xx Dany

    3. Cream cheese frosting aside, which is my all time fav...Those are so adorable! Pinning these so I can share and try them.

    4. These sound so wonderfully delicious and perfectly Christmasy!

    5. These are too cute and sound tasty! :)

      I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

      Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    6. Love these! Almost too beautiful to eat.

    7. If these aren't the prettiest cupcakes and I bet they are delicious! Blessings & Merry Christmas!

    8. OH that looks so vintage, my mom used to do cupcakes in the 1950's with snowman picks and crushed peppermint, LOVE IT! num, Sandi and Merry Christmas!

    9. These are just adorable! Thanks for linking up at Dagmar's Home link party!

    10. They are darling and I'm sure delicious as well! Darn, I had some similar cups in my cart at Home Goods the other day and put them back. lol! Where on earth did you find the darling deer? Pinning. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    11. Very cute and it looks delicious. I wish to have one with a cup of tea! Will give it a try, soon.


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