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How to Bake Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Thelma Alberts is passionate about baking and cooking and likes to get creative. She worked for many years in cafeterias in Germany.

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Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

How I Came To Bake Muffins

Have you ever tried to bake from your leftover dried fruits?

Christmas time was baking time again for me with the use of all dried fruits that I could get from the shop. Well, they were mostly dried raisins and apricots. I love eating these dried fruits. Then I saw these packed dried cranberries.

Honestly, I have not eaten cranberry fruit before that, although I have read and heard a lot of this fruit and its health benefits. So I bought this one pack of dried cranberries for my snack during nighttime online writing.

The taste of the dried cranberries was delicious but they were far too salty for my taste. What then? I did not like to throw those in the bín and so I came to the idea of baking cakes, cupcakes or muffins. I have mostly baked gingerbread houses, cakes and cupcakes but not muffins. So, I have chosen to bake muffins last Christmas. My first baked muffins ever. Chocolate Cranberry Muffins!

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

20 min

35 min

Serves 12 persons

Things You Need

  1. Muffins baking tin
  2. 12 Muffins paper cups (optional)
  3. Hand mixer
  4. Ice Cream Scooper
  5. Weighing scale
  6. Mixing bowls
  7. Hand whisker
  8. Tablespoon
  9. Baking timer

Some of the Ingredients

All purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar, vegetable oil, cocoa, dried cranberries and eggs.

All purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar, vegetable oil, cocoa, dried cranberries and eggs.

Ingredients

  • 200 gram All Purpose Flour, sieved
  • 100 gram Sugar, brown
  • 2 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Sugar
  • 100 gram Cranberries, sun dried
  • 200 gram Milk, Fresh
  • 100 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 2 pieces Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 25 gram Cocoa, dark

Preparation:

  • Weight all the ingredients.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.
  • Brush the muffins baking tin with butter in case you are not using the muffins or cupcakes silicone or paper forms.
  • Prepare a toothpick for testing a muffin after 15 minutes of baking if it´s already done.
  • You can cut the dried cranberries into thin slices if you want to. I did not do it and it was still delicious.

Cupcakes / Muffins Forms

How to bake Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

  1. Put the weight and sieved all purpose flour in the mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar and cocoa. Mix them together.
  2. In another bowl mix the vegetable oil, fresh milk and slightly beaten eggs. Then add them to the dried ingredients.
  3. Mix the dried ingredients with the liquid ingredients by using an electric mixer or a hand mixer until they are soft in texture but don´t overbeat this.
  4. Add the dried cranberries into the muffins batter and mix well by just using a wooden spatula or any spatula you are using.
  5. Put the muffins batter up to 3/4 to every buttered muffins baking tin by using an ice scooper, if you have. No need to butter the baking tin if you are using the cupcakes baking silicone or paper forms.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a pre-heated 170°C oven.The muffins are done when a toothpick comes out dry or clean after inserting it in one of the muffins.
  7. Enjoy your fresh baked chocolate cranberry muffins.

Fresh Baked Chocolate Cranberries Muffins

My fresh baked chocolate cranberries muffins.

My fresh baked chocolate cranberries muffins.

Tips:

  • You don´t have to butter the muffins tin if you are using muffins or cupcakes paper forms.
  • Silicon cupcake forms are good and easy for baking muffins, too.
  • It is easy to use the ice scooper in putting the muffin batter into the forms.
  • You can use other dried fruits like raisins in baking these muffins.
  • These muffins are not sweet. You can add more sugar if you want to. From 100 g to 125 g.
  • Remember, every oven is different so check out yours.
  • Don´t forget to incorporate cranberries to your daily meal as it is a super fruit. The video shows you the health benefits of eating cranberries.
  • If there is no vanilla sugar in your country, you can use a few drops of vanilla flavouring.


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Enjoy Chocolate Cranberry Muffin

Chocolate Cranberry Muffin with whipped cream.

Chocolate Cranberry Muffin with whipped cream.

Difference between a Cupcake and a Muffin

Do you know the difference between a cupcake and a muffin? I did not until I researched about this. I thought they were the same. I thought the difference was only on the size but now I know and I wanted to share this with you in case you don´t know yet.

I have found out that:

  • a cupcake is made of a cake batter which mostly has butter in the ingredients. It is a small cake which can be eaten frosted or not. Cupcake is mostly eaten on an afternoon coffee or tea break.
  • a muffin is bigger in size compared to a cupcake. It is made of a bread batter. Instead of baking a loaf bread, you can make muffins by using the bread dough and bake them in a muffin tins. In this recipe I used vegetable oil for the batter. Muffin is usually made for breakfast. You can eat the way it is or you can slightly decorate it with a glaze icing.


I am including a photo of my selfmade cupcakes below. Maybe you know some of the difference between these 2 goodies and I would be glad to know about those differences. Thanks for reading and I hope you will try these Chocolate Cranberry Muffins recipe for your breakfast.

Self Baked Cupcakes

My self baked cupcakes with butter icing and candies.

My self baked cupcakes with butter icing and candies.

Cranberry Video

© 2015 Thelma Alberts

Comments

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on June 08, 2018:

Hi Peg! If you like cranberries and chocolate, I think this is a recipe for you to try. I hope your oven is fixed soon. Thanks and have a lovely weekend ahead.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 07, 2018:

These photos are delightful as is the wonderful recipe you shared. The combination of chocolate and cranberry sounds delicious. Can't wait until my oven is fixed and I can bake again.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 14, 2018:

Hi Megha,

They are indeed delicious. Thanks for your visit. Belated happy Valentine´s Day.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 14, 2018:

Hi Lathiya,

Chocolate and cranberries are a good combination for baking cakes, muffins and cupcakes. I hope you had a lovely Valentine´s Day. Thanks for dropping by.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 14, 2018:

Hi Kelli,

Thanks for your nice comment. I love muffins, too more than cupcakes. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine´s Day with your boyfriend.

Megha on February 13, 2018:

They look yummy. And they have chocolate, so I am going to try them :)

Lathiya on February 13, 2018:

The muffins looks awesome.. Chocolate and cranberry sounds delicious

Kelli on February 13, 2018:

These look really good! My boyfriend would love to have these, so maybe I'll try to make them for him soon. I like muffins much more than cupcakes as they aren't as sweet, so these would work well for us!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on June 28, 2015:

Hi drbj! It´s nice to see you again. Yes, cranberries are healthy and I hope you´ll try this recipe. It´s not sweet you know. Thanks for your visit.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 28, 2015:

I'm partial to chocolate muffins and I know cranberries are healthful, so this recipe, Thelma, is for my kind of muffin. Thank you.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 26, 2015:

Hi anglnwu! You´re welcome to try this recipe. Thank you for your wonderful comment. Have a great week.

anglnwu on May 25, 2015:

I love dried cranberry and can see how delicious they be when used to bake muffins. Clear instructions! Thanks for sharing.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 07, 2015:

Thank you very much Rebecca for your wonderful comment. I hope you will try this. Advance Happy Mother´s Day!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 07, 2015:

Your cupcakes look wonderful! I love the flavors of chocolate with cranberries, so I know I would love these. Yummy!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 13, 2015:

Hi Suzette! I´m glad you like these muffins. Thanks for your visit and for giving 5 stars to this recipe. I appreciate that. Enjoy your new week!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on April 13, 2015:

These muffins look and sound yummy. I love chocolate and I love cranberries so I would love these. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us and your step by step directions. They seem easy to make. I love how you decorated your cupcakes - so inventive. Thanks again for sharing and I rated these five stars!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 12, 2015:

Hi radhikasree! Thank you very much for your nice comment. Enjoy your new week ahead.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on April 11, 2015:

I always like to read your cake recipe hubs. These cranberry muffins look yummy......

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on March 30, 2015:

They are yummy Susie. I hope you will try this. Muffins are good for breakfast, Thanks for your stopping by. Good night!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on March 29, 2015:

Thelma, these muffins look so yummy. I would rather have muffins than cupcakes any day.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on March 23, 2015:

Thank you very much Paul Kuehn. I appreciate your visit and for sharing this hub to others. Have a wonderful new week!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on March 23, 2015:

Thank you very much rebeccamealey. I hope you will try this recipe. Have a nice week!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on March 23, 2015:

Thank you very much fpherj48 for your visit and for pinning this hub. You can freeze some of them when you bake this and if you don´t like to eat them all at once. LOL!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on March 23, 2015:

Hi Rajan Jolly,

Thanks for your visit, for rating and sharing my hub to others. I appreciate that. I hope you will try this muffin recipe. Have a nice new week.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on March 23, 2015:

Thelma, your chocolate cranberry muffins look delicious and I wish I could smell and taste them. I love chocolate and cranberries so this would be a great dessert to bake. Voted up as interesting and very useful. Sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 22, 2015:

Mouth-watering! I know I'd love these. The combination of chocolate and cranberry is hard to beat. Thanks!

Suzie from Carson City on March 22, 2015:

MmmmmYum! These would disappear in minutes at my house. And I live alone!!! LOL.......UP Awesome & pinned.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 22, 2015:

They look so delicious and make me want to eat them right away Thelma. Will be trying the muffins soon. Thanks for the recipe and voted up rated a 5 and shared.

Nice to know the diff between cup cakes and muffins. Thanks.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on March 15, 2015:

Hi Vellur! You are very welcome. I hope you will try this recipe. Have a pleasant week!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on March 15, 2015:

Hi CrisSp! Thanks for your comment and for sharing this recipe to pinterest. Enjoy your new week ahead!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on March 15, 2015:

Hi MsDora! You are very welcome. I´m glad that I have given you some informations. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Sunday!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 13, 2015:

Delicious! The photos of your cakes makes my mouth water. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 12, 2015:

...and this one is going for the sweet tooth down pinterest.

Yum!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 12, 2015:

Thanks for the recipe. Thanks especially for the information on the difference between muffins and cupcakes; never even thought to ask. An interesting, helpful article.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 27, 2015:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

Thanks for your wonderful comment. Dried cranberries are still in the shops for sale here in Germany although I have not seen fresh cranberries nowadays. Maybe because this fruit is not so popular here. Happy weekend!

Claudia Mitchell on February 27, 2015:

Oh boy do these look good and I enjoy cranberries anytime of the year. Unfortunately they are not that easy to find after the winter holidays. These would be nice for breakfast. Nice recipe.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 23, 2015:

Hi Nell! Thanks for your visit. Yes, do try this recipe. It´s really yummy. Happy new week!

Nell Rose from England on February 22, 2015:

Great recipe Thelma, and yes I would love to try them! lol! they look totally delicious, and so do those cakes at the end too!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 14, 2015:

Happy Valentine's Day tobusiness! Yes, you can put copyrights in your photos. Thanks for your nice comment.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on February 13, 2015:

This looks scrumptious, perfect for my afternoon tea. :) Voted up awesome and useful. Great copyright, I should start doing the same for my images.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 12, 2015:

Thanks for your nice comment Uzochukwu Mike. Enjoy your day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 12, 2015:

You are very welcome randomcreative. It´s nice to hear from you again. Have a nice day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 12, 2015:

Yes, it was salty Peggy. Maybe that´s the way it is sold here. I have no idea as it was the first time I bought dried cranberries. Thanks for your comments, votes and pinning it. I appreciate that. Have a nice day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 12, 2015:

Thank you poetryman6969 for your nice comment. Yes, ice scooper is an easy way to put the batter to the cupcakes and muffins tins. Have a nice day!

Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P from Anambra State, Nigeria on February 12, 2015:

I appreciate this teaching of today because it is outstanding and deserves reading over and over.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 11, 2015:

Chocolate and cranberry sounds like a fantastic combination! Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2015:

That would be a good combination. The dried cranberries we purchase here do not taste salty. Interesting that yours did. I often add them to the bran muffins that I make. Your chocolate cranberry muffins do sound good. Great step by step photos! Up votes and pinning to my sweet breads and cakes board.

poetryman6969 on February 11, 2015:

These look way too good. Using the ice cream scooper is a cool idea.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 11, 2015:

I agree with you very much AliciaC. They are indeed a great combination. Thanks for your comment and happy hump day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 10, 2015:

I think that anything containing chocolate is delicious! I like the sound of your recipe very much. Chocolate and cranberries are a great combination!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 10, 2015:

Hi Suzie, It is good to see you too. It´s been I long time that we have not heard from each other. Thanks for the tip with that vanilla pods. Vanilla pod is even more better than vanilla sugar. Thanks for your wonderful comment. I have to check if you have written a new hub. Enjoy your week! Take care;-)))

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on February 10, 2015:

Hi Thelma, These sound and look delicious! Chocolate I am addicted to and muffins I love. Cranberries are a great combo with the chocolate so I am definitely keen to give these a whirl. The Vanilla sugar is easy to make for those without it by using some vanilla pods in a jar and leaving. Makes great gift too. Love your cupcakes with the icing! Up all the way and good to see you my friend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 09, 2015:

Hi Billy, it is indeed delicious. How I wish I can give you one as I have made them this afternoon for my step by step photos. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice week!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 09, 2015:

That sounds absolutely delicious. Thelma. It's got the magic word "chocolate" in it, so I'm game.

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