Cranberry Apple Muffins

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 28, 2009


A delicious fall after school snack!

Makes 18 regular sized muffins, or 12 regular sized muffins plus 12 mini muffins

4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
4 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
1 cup white flour
1 cup wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup dried cranberries
1 medium Jonathon or Macintosh apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 12 muffin tin wells and 12 mini muffin wells, or 18 regular size muffin tin wells.


2. In stand mixer or large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, applesauce, oil and milk.


3. In small mixing bowl, combine white flour, wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to the wet ingredients in the mixer/mixing bowl and combine until batter forms.




4. In another small bowl, stir together cranberries, finely chopped apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. Fold the cranberries and apples into the batter.



5. Bake in preheated oven, using these time frames: Regular sized muffins for 16-18 minutes. Or mini muffins for 13-15 minutes.


**Note: If you don’t use all the wells in your muffin tin, just fill them with water so they don’t brown.  Plus the water creates a nice steamy environment in the oven!


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Abby October 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

Made these this morning as soon as I saw your post – delicious! I love when you post a recipe that I have all the ingredients for so I can make it right away.


Rachel @ Surviving The Stores October 28, 2009 at 11:15 am

So I was wondering why you had candles coming out of your batter mix, then I realized that was your WISK! Where did you ever find such a fun and colorful wisk? I want one! :)

I got apples for 30¢ a pound last night at Target, so I stocked up… I think I might use some to make these this afternoon. They look awesome!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 28, 2009 at 12:33 pm

@Rachel @ Surviving The Stores,

LOL! It was a birthday gift…I believe from Pier 1! And don’t forget you can make and freeze/can applesauce in the crockpot!


cathe October 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom,
recipe looks great but can i just use regular flour if i do not have wheat flour on hand right now?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 28, 2009 at 7:08 pm




tosha October 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm

These look sooo good. Think I will have to try these. I really like cranberry orange nut muffins too. Thanks. BTW, I made your Blackeye Pea Casserole last night and it was a big hit.


Megan October 28, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Oh, these look phenomenal. I LOVE cranberries! Thank you for this. I’m on a muffin kick lately and will be trying them!


Megan October 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm

My toddler loves helping when I use my kitchenaid, too. His “help” takes baking to a whole new level! Just wanted to let you know I really appreciate your blog–what a blessing it has been to my family. Thank you!


Stacie October 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm

These sound fantastic! Another muffin to add to my baking frenzy I am in. I will be spending yet another day baking tomorrow. .


Lindsey January 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Do you think I could just double the apples in this recipe if I didn’t want to use the cranberries?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm


Yes…that would totally work!


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