Cranberry Orange Almond Muffins


Dennis has to leave for the East Coast for meetings this morning so thought I would make some muffins for him and his colleague to enjoy on their drive to LAX (why he just can’t fly out of San Diego is beyond me). It is our 30th anniversary today … wow, how time flies! I couldn’t let him leave town without making him a little sweet treat to bring with him.

Dennis feels awful that he has to travel on our anniversary. I told him, these things happen, not to worry. We will celebrate when he returns. That gives us something to look forward to at the end of the week.

I bought a bottle of orange extract yesterday and really wanted to use it. Choosing to use it in this muffin recipe turned out to be a great idea.

I mixed flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. To that, I added a slightly beaten egg, milk, melted butter, dried cranberries, dried orange peel and the orange extract. (Let me just say, that orange extract smells so good when you are baking with it!) To the top of the muffins, I added slivered raw almonds.


I hope Dennis enjoys his sweet treat and that he has a safe flight and successful meetings. Happy Anniversary to my best friend, it’s been a wonderful 30 years!



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried orange peel
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon orange extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line muffin pan.
  3. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, dried orange peel and sugar in a bowl.
  4. Add egg, milk, melted butter and orange extract and stir just enough to dampen the flour. Do not over mix.
  5. Spoon into muffin pans (I like to use an ice cream scoop. This is something I learned from Ina Garden to ensure all muffins are the same size.)
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.


Until next time, Kris


Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

4 thoughts on “Cranberry Orange Almond Muffins”

  1. I missed your post yesterday ~ Happy (Belated) 30th Anniversary (so hard to believe…were you guys 10 when you got married?!)! I hope you have a wonderful celebration when Dennis gets back home. Here’s to the next 30 years together! Sending my love and best wishes to a very sweet couple! ❤

    P. S. These muffins look delicious ~ I'm sure he and his colleague enjoyed them on the drive to LAX (more time to eat them than if he flew out of SD….ha!)

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    1. She’s adorable – she looks a lot like Jordan! I have pictures on my Instagram and pictures of Ben’s little guy, Deacon too. Can you believe they’re dad’s now? They had good practice withTaylor …and a little bit with Kylie too! LOL I’m glad Dennis is almost home – have a wonderful anniversary celebration!


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