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Orange Cranberry Muffins (Panera Copycat Recipe)

Delight in homemade Orange Cranberry Muffins, a perfect balance of zesty citrus and sweet-tart cranberries, just like Panera’s beloved recipe.

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe

These copycat Panera cranberry muffins are ideal for pairing with fresh orange juice on a crisp fall morning.  These fluffy homemade muffins are full of tart cranberries and orange flavor – a combination that is to die for!

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These delicious bakery-style muffins make the perfect fall breakfast during cranberry season, or any time of year really!  The moist texture and flavour of fresh cranberries with warm spices make this easy muffin recipe one that you’ll want to have on repeat.

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe

This copycat recipe is as close to the original Panera cranberry orange muffin as you can get.  Add these Panera muffins to a delicious breakfast spread!

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe

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Supplies:

  • Stand mixer or hand mixer – this white KitchenAide stand mixer is the one that I have.
  • Bamboo sliding mat – okay, this isn’t needed for this recipe specifically but if you have a stand mixer it makes manuvering this heavy piece of equipment way easier!
  • ​Large bowl – these Pyrex bowls are my favorite.
  • Piping bag – I try to have these on hand but a large freezer bag works in a pinch.
  • Muffin pan – use what you’ve got.
  • Muffin liners – these ones from Wilton are a good value.
  • Small cookie scoop – or a muffin scoop!
  • Wire cooling rack – this tiered one is great if you’re doing a lot of baking and stores flat.

Servings: 12 muffins

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe Process

Ingredients:

Start with a few simple ingredients from the grocery store to make these muffins.

Filling 

  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp orange extract

Topping

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Muffin Batter

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tsp orange zest (peel from one orange)
Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe Process

Instructions:

1. Line muffin tin with paper liners.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees ferenheit.

2. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and extract until smooth.  Spoon the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag and set aside.

3. In a small bowl combine topping ingredients and set aside.

4. For the muffin batter, cream together milk and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.

5. Add egg and oil, mix well.

6. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.

7. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until a thick batter forms.

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe Process

8. Fold in cranberries.

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe Process

9. Use a cookie scoop to fill each of the muffin tins with batter right to the top.

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe Process

10. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the topping mixture on the top of the muffin.

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe Process

11. Snip the tip of the piping bag and squeeze two tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into the center of the batter.

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe

12. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the muffin tops are golden brown.

Panera Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe

Substitutions:

  • Dried cranberries may be used instead of fresh of frozen.
  • Brown sugar may be used instead of white.
  • You could play with the topping mixture and use slivered almonds, chopped pecans or old fashioned oats too.
  • Vanilla extract can be substituted for the orange extract.
  • Omit the cream cheese filling and top with a sweet orange glaze instead.
Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe

Notes:

A large ziplock bag may be used instead of a pastry bag to pipe the cream cheese filling into the batter.

Muffins may be stored in an airtight container, covered in plastic wrap for 3-4 days.

Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe

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Orange Cranberry Muffin Recipe

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Delight in homemade Orange Cranberry Muffins, a perfect balance of zesty citrus and sweet-tart cranberries, just like Panera's beloved recipe.

Ingredients

  • Filling 
  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Muffin Batter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tsp orange zest (peel from one orange)

Instructions

  1. Line muffin tin with paper liners.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees ferenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and extract until smooth.  Spoon the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine topping ingredients and set aside.
  4. For the muffin batter, cream together milk and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  5. Add egg and oil, mix well.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until a thick batter forms.
  8. Fold in cranberries.
  9. Use a cookie scoop to fill each of the muffin tins with batter right to the top.
  10. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the topping mixture on the top of the muffin.
  11. Snip the tip of the piping bag and squeeze two tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into the center of the batter.
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the muffin tops are golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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