I think it’s a pretty generally observed fact that when one member of a big family gets the flu, everyone has it. Haha, at least when you’ve got little ones. Yep, the season’s bug is going around and I’m gladly getting passed the end of it and I’m feeling thankful it’s a very minor one.
For me it was just really annoying mostly because I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m sick. You know, like when you aren’t sick enough to want to lay in bed and do nothing, but still sick enough that you don’t want to do much of anything?
Well, at least that’s how it goes for me. I’m a terrible sicko. One of the things I always do enjoy though, is being in the kitchen to bake something that doesn’t require much work, like these muffins for example. Don’t worry my germ-freak friends, I’m also a germ-freak so I probably washed my hands any time I even thought about sneezing. Not that it did much good because, as I said, we all had it already.
But real life aside, these muffins are definitely worth a try. I pulled out an old favorite recipe and adapted it to fit what I was wanting to make and they turned out super light and fluffy. By the way, the original recipe used blueberries and I’d definitely recommend that if you either don’t like the tartness of cranberries or simply just like blueberries more.
Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that if you use a traditional muffin tin the slots will be very full so you’ll have some extra happy muffins, hehe. If you want you can fill the cups a little less and just bake some in a second pan or make in batches. What I did, and recommend, is using these Reusable Silicone Baking Cups because they are lifesavers when it comes to baking. Seriously, you need them in your kitchen and in your life. I used my first set to their death because I loved them so much.
I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season and baking something delicious.
Every holiday season needs a good cranberry muffin. These are light, fluffy, and studded with plenty of white chocolate chips then drizzled with a lovely glaze to finish them off.
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons butter, sotfened
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries (blueberries work well also)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
- 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- In a medium mixing bowl combine ingredients for streusel and mix together with a fork until it comes together into a dough. Set aside.
- For the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and line a 12-count muffin tin with paper liners or grease well with oil (see note). Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in eggs one at a time until well combined. Add the buttermilk, vanilla, salt, and soda. Mix in flour until there are no lumps. Fold in berries and white chocolate, then divide batter into prepared pan. Pick one of the cakes and crumble the streusel topping over batter.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, depending on your oven, until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- When muffins are completely cool, carefully loosen from pan and place on a plate or tray. Whisk together ingredients for the glaze until smooth. Drizzle over the muffins and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes before serving.
My favorite tool for baking muffins is actually Reusable Silicone Baking Cups.They are a lifesaver when it comes to sticking and going through tons of paper liners. I use them all the time.