Cranberry Orange Muffins

These muffins smell so good baking in my oven this afternoon. I have always made these muffins just around Thanksgiving. The beautiful fresh red cranberries just beg to be added to muffins, breads, and fresh cranberry sauce of course. Who could resist them! I lived in Washington State many years ago and I would bring these muffins to my Sunday school class. Everyone really seemed to enjoy them. When you bite into this muffin it’s moist. The orange zest and cranberries give a burst of fresh tangy flavor and the nuts give a delightful crunch. Once you try these tasty muffins you will want them every year. When see those beautiful red cranberries, you won’t be able to resist!

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

2 Cups all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 ½ Teaspoon baking powder

½ Teaspoon baking soda

½ Teaspoon salt

1 Teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ Teaspoon ground ginger

2 Tablespoons freshly grated orange zest

½ Cup shortening

¾ Cup Fresh orange juice

2 large eggs beaten

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 ½ Cup fresh cranberries, chopped

1 ½ Cups pecans, chopped

Bake 375 degrees in a pre-heated oven

Bake 15-18 minutes

In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients and the orange zest

Cut in the shortening

Stir in the orange juice, eggs, and vanilla

Stir just till combined, add cranberries and nuts. Gently stir just to bring ingredients together. Don’t over mix. Line muffin pans and fill 2/3 full with the batter. Makes 1 ½ dozen.

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Cranberry Orange Scones

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At Christmas time I just love baking special treats for family and friends. When I was deciding what special treat to give my mother-in-law Helene and my sister-in-law Mary I remembered how much they loved the cranberry orange scones I made at one of my Christmas tea parties a few years ago. They are so festive and would look just lovely in a holiday treat bag. I was out shopping with my sisters in the beginning of December and I had found the cutest little jars of honey and brandy butter. I new those jars would be perfect to put with my homemade scones and to complete the gift some good tea bags. As most home bakers know scones need to be eaten pretty much within a few hours of being baked to taste their best. They are the best just a few minutes out of the oven for that matter. I knew I couldn’t pull that off on Christmas day as Mom and Mary were coming to dinner at 4:00 pm. So I decided to make this special treat for just after Christmas. I got up early this morning and baked the scones. My husband Joe is braving the rainy weather to deliver the scones to the girls. It’s the perfect day for this special delivery!

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Basket of scones are ready for delivery. I hope it brightens up this rainy day for two really sweet ladies.

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