Star-Topped Cranberry Muffins

Star-Topped Cranberry Muffins

These festive cranberry muffins will be the star of your breakfast table or gift basket!


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Serves: 20 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 25 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins

Yield: 20 x muffins

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  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped star fruit
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chilled buttery spread *
  • 1 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 2 large star fruit, cut into 20 slices (for muffin topping)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (for cranberry butter)
  • 6 Tbsp buttery spread, softened (for cranberry butter)
  • 4 1/2 tsp thawed orange juice (for cranberry butter)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cranberries (for cranberry butter)


MUFFINS: Combine cranberries and chopped star fruit with 1/4 cup sugar; set aside.

Combine remaining sugar, flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add combined buttermilk, egg and orange juice concentrate, mixing until just moistened. Fold in cranberry mixture.

Spoon into lightly buttered medium-sized muffin cups. Top each with one star fruit slice. Bake at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve with Cranberry Butter.

CRANBERRY BUTTER: Combine sugar, butter and orange juice concentrate, mixing until well-blended. Stir in cranberries. Chill.


* Original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chilled butter, cut up (butter is not included in the nutritional analysis).


For a holiday gift idea, wrap the muffins in colorful cellophane wrap and ribbon! (Note: If gift includes the cranberry butter, keep chilled)

Thanks to Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, adapted by CalorieKing

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 173 cals
Kilojoules 721 kJ
Fat 4.2 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 249 mg
Carbohydrates 31.0 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Total Sugars 15.2 g
Protein 3.1 g
Calcium 68.0 mg
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