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Special Cranberry Nut Muffins

This special holiday bread recipe combines two of my favorites— tangy dried cranberries and spicy cardamom.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    14 muffins (about 3/4 cup butter)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom


  • In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Stir in the buttermilk, egg, butter, cranberries and nuts just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  • Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks. Combine cardamom butter ingredients; serve with muffins.

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  • dozer77
    Nov 5, 2012

    My husband and I really liked these muffins..I added a struesle topping and used pecans instead of walnuts. I will certainly make them agan.I'm going to try this reciped with dried sour cherries next.