White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

I am very excited to announce today that I am now a part of Muffin Monday!  I love making muffins, make them all the time, and eat one almost every day for breakfast.  Muffins are easy to make, easy to freeze, and easy to reheat, making them a treat I’m never too tired to make and can always rely on when I’m in a hurry for breakfast, lunch, or even dessert.  Plus they are endlessly versatile as Muffin Monday has demonstrated.

When I received the email for this week, however, my eyes saw only one word: chocolate.  It was a chocolate muffin that all participants were to put their spin on.  But, as you know, I’m allergic to chocolate.  I panicked.  I can’t make muffins I can’t eat.  Think.  Think.  Think.  I knew I could put a funky spin on the recipe and end up with a fantastic muffin.  So it dawned on me.  White chocolate.  And what goes with white chocolate?  How about some super tart cranberries.

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

I wasn’t sure how these muffins would turn out.  I wanted a decadent, super moist, slightly gooey muffin that would remind me of the chocolate ones I used to eat before that pesky allergy.  I honestly wasn’t sure if I could create that.  I also wanted a balanced flavor, instead of a cloyingly sweet one white chocolate can create.

These might not be the prettiest muffins I have ever made, as they didn’t puff as much as I would have liked.  Maybe it’s because I fill the muffin tin super full for big muffins, maybe it’s because the cranberries weighed them down.  Regardless, it’s doesn’t matter.  I was left with the muffin of my dreams.

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

The muffin itself is the moistest muffin I’ve ever made or eaten.  Not one bite is even remotely dry, instead, it’s rich and moist and slightly gooey from all that melted white chocolate.  The white chocolate can be tasted in every bite, along with a hint of vanilla.  Then there are those super star cranberries, not only adding a burst of ruby color, but also a welcome tartness, giving the balance I was looking for.  I also think these muffins weren’t meant to rise a lot, or they would have been fluffy and not as moist, not what I was looking for with these muffins.  Beyond that, who wouldn’t want to wake up to these on Valentine’s Day?  Chocolate?  Check.  Red?  Check.  So, I’m pretty excited to see what else Muffin Monday has in store and you should be excited to head to the kitchen and make these muffins!

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

4.7 from 3 reviews

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins #MuffinMonday
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup white baking chips, melted
  • 1 10 ounce bag cranberries fresh or frozen, washed, dried, and picked over – do not thaw if frozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl stir together sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs until well combined. Stir in the almond milk. Add melted white chocolate and stir until combined. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir just until a dough is formed. Stir in cranberries, trying not to break them up or the batter will turn pink.
  3. Using a regular sized ice cream scoop, scoop batter into prepared pan, filling all the way to the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating halfway through if necessary, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan. May be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 4 months. Thaw at room temperature for several hours or in a 350 degree F oven for about 20 minutes.

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Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    I need to start making muffins more often! These look so yummy, I love white chocolate in cookies and muffins, great flavour!

    • Laura says:

      I love making muffins. They are so easy to make and can be quite healthy compared with other baked goods. Thanks, Natalie!

  2. White chocolate and cranberry are a wonderful combination!
    I love that you are doing Muffin Mondays. I could never do that because I would eat all of the muffins every week and my jeans won’t fit. I should have you send me one muffin each week. Ha ha!

    • Laura says:

      I like making muffins because they are one of the things I don’t crave and want to eat them all. I eat one or two over a couple days and freeze the rest. It’s the puppy chow and blondies and things like that that are so dangerous for me to have around. I wish I could share my treats with you :)

  3. baker street says:

    White chocolate and cranberry is one of my all time favorite combinations and your muffins look amazing! Thanks for baking along this week, Laura! Happy #MuffinMonday! :)

  4. They look SO moist! I love a good muffin.

  5. Dad says:

    This is a great combination!

  6. Jeff says:

    These taste as good as they look. White chocolate and cranberries are great together.

  7. they certainly sound delicious!

  8. sal says:

    YES IT WAS VERY TASTY I ENJOYED IT.

  9. Debbie Eccard says:

    What a great combinationq1

  10. white chocolate and cranberry – what a combination, Laura! They look SO incredible moist!

  11. Carol says:

    This was the moistest muffin I’ve ever eaten! What a great idea using white chocolate, and the cranberries were just bursting with flavor. I really enjoyed every bite.

  12. Joanna says:

    These were so moist and i love the combination of cranberries and white chocolate. Great muffin!

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