Cranberry & White Chocolate Muffins {Countdown to Christmas}

Muffins for Christmas

We’re edging ever closer to Christmas and I’m really excited. There’s a warmth from the Christmas lights twinkling everywhere and I’m already starting to write cards and wrap presents to eek out as much of the festivities as I can. Today I wanted to share one of my favourite muffin combos – Cranberry and White Chocolate. You’ll love the sweet sharpness of the cranberry paired with the smooth sweetness of the creamy white chocolate. And let me tell you, they smell absolutely amazing when they come out of the oven! To make your own, here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 100g white chocolate chips
  • 75g dried cranberries

Equipment Needed:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Metal dessert spoon (+ 1 additional to help you spoon the mixture into the cases)
  • Tablespoon
  • Scales
  • Measuring jug (or a large mug will be fine!)
  • Whisk
  • Paper muffin cases (or silicone for the environmentally conscious!)
  • 12 hole muffin tin
  • Cooling rack

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream softened butter and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy (to cream the two, use a metal spoon and press and drag the mixture against the side of the bowl…you’ll hear the sugar crunching)
  2. Add the flour to the bowl
  3. In a jug, whisk the milk and eggs together
  4. Add to the mixing bowl and combine gently in a figure of 8 movement until smooth (be careful not to overwork the flour by stirring to vigorously)
  5. Add the cranberry and white chocolate chips to your mixture and stir gently to combine
  6. Spoon the mixture into paper cases and bake in the oven (Gas Mark 5/200 degrees Celsius) for 20-25 minutes (when you check your cakes are ready press the top gently…if it springs back, it’s cooked)
  7. Leave to cook on the rack

If you like this post, you’ll love my Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffin recipe – you can find it here.

If you’re feeling the festivities, why not take a look at a couple of my favourites from last year: Chocolate Orange Muffins and my Novelty Christmas Pudding Cake (if you don’t like Christmas pud, don’t worry, it’s all icing!)

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