Friday, December 31, 2010

Eggnog-Cranberry Bran Muffins

I'm still full from Christmas dinner, how about you?

This recipe may help you use up two of your Christmas dinner leftovers...cranberry sauce and eggnog! And in an effort to put a healthy twist on it, I wrapped it all up in a bran muffin :)

Based on a classic recipe, I replaced the original buttermilk with light eggnog and added a small spoonful of sauce in the middle of each muffin.

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups bran
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup light eggnog
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce

What to do
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line 12 muffin cups with liners.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Stir in bran.
  5. In another nowl, cream shortening for 2 minutes.
  6. Add sugar and beat till light and fluffy.
  7. Add egg and beat to combine.
  8. Add molasses and beat to combine.
  9. Add dry ingredients to wet altenately with eggnog.
  10. Stir until just combined after each addition.
  11. Fill muffin cups 1/2 way with batter.
  12. Add 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce to centre of each of muffin.
  13. Cover with additional bran mixture.
  14. Cups will be at least 3/4 full.
  15. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  16. Makes 12 muffins.


  1. Oh! These muffins sound so good with eggnog and bright beautiful cranberries. I like your presentation in that adorable tini glass filled with red berries.

    How much total bran is needed to make 12 muffins?

    Happy New Year's to you!! :)

  2. Wow these muffins look really good - I love eggnog and the cranberry middle looks great!

  3. What a great idea! I have cranberries to get rid of and this might just be the ideal! Thanks for sharing.