Cranberry Surprise Muffins

The other day I made my own cranberry sauce.

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The batch was a test and not for Thanksgiving yet.  Since it came out so well, I thought I would try to incorporate the leftovers into some delicious baked goods.  The first thing I made was my cranberry thumbprint cookies.

I came up with this muffin recipe because my daughter Meadow always talks about surprises inside the yogurt I make for her.  I just take whole milk yogurt and put a little fruit in the middle.  She gets a huge kick out of that.  It’s almost like finding a hidden treasure.  The sweet thinking of a three year old’s mind. 🙂

What are some sweet things your kids say?

Cranberry Surprise Muffins

Cranberry Surprise Muffins

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • cranberry sauce or your favorite fruit spread


  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl.
  3. Mix wet into another. 
  4. Add wet to dry. 
  5. Spoon a bit of the mixture to fill the bottom of the muffin cup. 
  6. Add a small spoonful of cranberry sauce. 
  7. Fill the rest of the muffin cup until it is about 3/4 full. 
  8. Repeat steps for the rest of the muffin cups.
  9. Bake in the oven from anywhere between 15-25 minutes depending on the muffin size you use.  Let them cool completely before removing.  Enjoy!


Recipe Notes

I used jumbo cups and only got three muffins. I would suggest using regular sized muffin cups.

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6 thoughts to “Cranberry Surprise Muffins”

  1. Ohh my goodness I am going to have to make my cranberry sauce and make these! We usually eat the cranberry sauce like it is apple sauce... The cranberry sauce makes a great fruit leather too!
  2. I am planning to reveal the gender of our first baby to our family at Thanksgiving with a treat and found your recipe. Thank YOU! If it's a girl, I will make these (with a little organic guava juice when I make my cranberry sauce) to make a PINK surprise! :)

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