White Chocolate and Cranberry Muffins

white chocolate and cranberry muffins
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white chocolate and cranberry muffins




While making these “Holiday” White Chocolate and Cranberry Muffins I get visions of my kids… all sweet in their jammies and slippers… waiting patiently at the breakfast table…. Smiling… Ready to start the day… plans to hold hands as we skip through the meadows in search of the perfect Christmas Tree.

Cue the choir of Angels~

And then reality hits…

One teen shuffles into the kitchen in boxers and a t-shirt…. Hair on end….grunting

The other one is still asleep, and will be for another 4 to 5 hours

And the little one? She ate a box of crackers when she got up at 6, so she’s not hungry (and doesn’t want “Things” in her muffins)

So… the muffins are for me….

And if you make them… they can be for you too.

Actually, these sweet tart muffins would be a fabulous addition to any potluck or buffet table during the holidays. The chopped up cranberries make a nice counterpoint to the sweet white chocolate… and the streusel on top makes me very very happy. You can drizzle more white chocolate on top if you want to gild the lily…(make them fancy)

Enjoy!

 

White Chocolate and Cranberry Muffins Recipe

White Chocolate and Cranberry Muffins

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 dozen

White Chocolate and Cranberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Unbleached Flour
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar (I like dark brown, but use what you have)
  • 2 ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ cup Melted Butter
  • ¾ cup Milk (I used lowfat… )
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 ½ cups White Chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups Cranberries… I used Fresh and chopped them up a bit
    Streusel Topping:
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup granulated Sugar
  • 4 tsp. Butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Load up a muffin pan (or 2) with 18 regular sized paper muffin liners. I would give them a quick spritz with the non-stick spray stuff. The white chocolate loves to stick.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all the dry stuff….. flour, sugar, brown sugar, and baking powder. Just stir it up a bit.
  • In another bowl, or measuring cup, combine the wet stuff…. Milk, egg, melted butter and lemon zest (yes, lemon zest is damp, so we are calling it wet). Use a whisk to stir it all up.
  • Here comes the tricky part….. pour the wet stuff into the dry stuff… stir it up just a bit.
  • Add the white chocolate chips and cranberries…. Stir until just incorporated.
  • DON’T OVERMIX
  • Use your ice cream scoop with the thumb release (you have one, right? We’ve talked about this before) to scoop muffin stuff into the muffin liners
  • MAKE THE STREUSEL
  • Put the dry ingredients… flour, sugar and cinnamon… in a bowl
  • Cut the butter into pieces, and add it to the dry stuff…. Kind of mush it in with a fork or a pastry blender. I use my fingertips. You want the stuff to look like wet sand that can be pressed into lumps.
  • Sprinkle the streusel bits (lumps and crumbs) over the muffin batter.
  • Bake 23 minutes (stick a toothpick in…if goo comes out, bake an extra few minutes)
  • Take out of the oven, and let cool on a rack for a few minutes in the pan.
  • If you want to drizzle with White Chocolate… melt ½ cup of white Chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish (30 seconds on ¾ power, stir, repeat, stir, repeat…. Until it’s melted) Scrape the melted chocolate into a piping bag or plastic baggie … cut a small opening….
  • Using your fabulous artistic talent… drizzle the chocolate on.
  • Eat
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Love this Muffin Carrier….

Carry up to 36 muffins or cupcakes in this snappy carrier that assembles into one pile, or can be separated for serving.

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Step By Step Photo Instructions

 Mix the Dry Ingredients…. Add the Wet Ingredients

white chocolate and cranberry muffins

 Chop the Cranberries

white chocolate and cranberry muffins

Add the Cranberries and White Chocolate to the Batter

white Chocolate and Cranberry muffins

Scoop the Batter into the Prepared Muffin Liners

white chocolate and cranberry muffins

Fill Each Muffin Liner about 3/4 Full

White chocolate and Cranberry muffins

Prepare the Streusel

Mix the Dry Ingredients

white chocolate and cranberry muffins

Cut in the Butter

white chocolate and cranberry muffins

Sprinkle the Streusel on the Muffin Batter

White chocolate and cranberry muffins

Bake

White Chocolate and Cranberry Muffins

Melt White Chocolate and Put in a Piping Bag or Zipper Bag

white chocolate and cranberry muffins

Squeeze Over the Muffins in a Fantastic Pollack-like Pattern

white chocolate and cranberry muffins

EAT… then go find a Christmas Tree….

white chocolate and cranberry muffins

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