Looking for a Thanksgiving or Christmas baked good to serve for your family or friends the morning time of holidays? Look no further than cranberry chai nut muffins, they are a delicious option for breakfast or brunch and will tie the family over in a sweet way!
What you will need:
- 1 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon chai spice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup milk (can use milk alternatives like oat or almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or another nut of your choice, we recommend pecans or almonds.
- 1 and 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, we recommend fresh. (do not thaw the berries if you do use frozen.)
- zest of one orange
Orange icing ingredients:
- 1 cup confectioners' suagr
- juice of 1 fresh orange
How to prepare:
- Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray a 12 count muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss the flour, baking soda, baking powder, chai spice, cinnamon, and salt together.
- In another large bowl use a hand-held mixer beat the butter on a high speed until smooth and creamy (about a minute or less.) Then add the sugar and beat until creamy for about a minute or two. Scrape the bowl as needed and then add eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream. Beat again from medium to high until fully combined.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until just about combined. Add the milk and orange zest and beat on low speed until combined. Fold in the walnuts (or other choice of nuts) and cranberries.
- Next scoop the butter evenly into each pan cup, filling each to the top. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425 then, with the muffins still in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for another 15-18 minutes. This will help them rise. A toothpick should come out clean after this time and they will be done. Let the muffins cool, then transfer them to a plate or wire rack. Next you will drizzle them with icing.
- To make the icing whisk the confectioners' sugar and orange juice together. drizzle over the muffins. The muffins should be stored in the fridge for one week.