Eggnog Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins}Muffin Monday

“It tastes like Christmas.”

That was Tessa’s response after her first bite of today’s muffin!  I took that as a good sign.

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I can now say that the holiday season has officially begun because I have bought my first carton of eggnog.  I love eggnog and one of my favorite holiday treats to make with it is a scone made with eggnog, craisinets and white chocolate chips.

When I ran across a recipe for Eggnog Cranberry Muffins over at Annie Eats I knew I had to try it.  I added in some white chocolate chips and we loved them. I used about 3/4 cup of chips but think next time I’ll add a bit more – a whole cup!

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The combination of eggnog, cranberries, cinnamon and white chocolate is perfect and like Tessa said – it tastes like Christmas!

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If you don’t have fresh cranberries (they are easy to find this time of year),I bet they would be wonderful with craisinets too – just like the scones I make.  The muffin is topped with a crunchy cinnamon streusel topping that gives the muffin some extra sweetness and goodness.  I didn’t use the pecans in the topping.

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But don’t wait until Christmas to give these a try.

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Eggnog Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins}Muffin Monday

Ingredients

  • 2¼ C flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ C eggnog
  • 5 1/3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1½ C coarsely chopped cranberries
  • 1 C white chocolate chips
  • Streusel Topping:
  • ½ C sugar
  • ½ C all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • ½ C chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F
  • Line 14-16 muffin cups with paper liners
  • In a bowl, add together the flour, baking powder and salt and stir to combine
  • In a large bowl, add together 1 cup of sugar, eggs, eggnog, melted butter and almond extract
  • Stir until well combined
  • Add in the dry ingredients just until incorporated
  • Do not over mix
  • Chop the cranberries
  • I used my mini food processor and just pulsed a few times
  • Toss the chopped cranberries with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, and fold into the batter along with the white chocolate chips
  • Fill the prepared muffin liners 2/3 full
  • Streusel topping:
  • Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter
  • Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or a fork until a coarse, crumbly mixture forms
  • Add nuts if using
  • Sprinkle the mixture on top of the muffin batter
  • Bake for about 18-22 minutes, or a until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely

adapted from Annie Eats

Comments

  1. says

    These look delicious!! Leigh Anne, I love eggnog but I can’t believe you like it. It seems like one of those texture things. I know you aren’t a coffee drinker, but every year I look forward to Starbuck’s for lowfat eggnog lattes. Yum!

  2. Colleen says

    I can’t wait to make these, they sound delicious! Love the addition of the white chocolate chips…everything tastes better with chocolate :-)

  3. Susan says

    I am making up my shopping list now, they sound so good. (Did not have enough eggnog to make recipe right now.) Leigh Ann I have never used white chocolate chips before, what is a good brand or just any at the store?

  4. Margo says

    OMG… I made these last night and they were fantastic! I substituted Montmorency cherries for the cranberries, and they were heavenly. I passed them out at work and to neighbors and got rave reviews. These will definitely be gracing my Thanksgiving and Christmas table this year and for years to come! Thanks!

  5. Kris says

    I just made these. Fan-freakin’ fantastic! I’m baking for a bazaar that I am involved in this weekend. These are definately making an appearance. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  6. Darla says

    Just made these and they are FABULOUS!! I did a tiny bit of altering to the recipe. I used macadamia nuts and added them to the batter instead of on top and I switched out the almond flavor for vanilla. LOVE them, one of the best muffins that I have ever made!

  7. Christina says

    These were wonderful!! I fixed them around Christmas time and everyone in my office loved them. I fixed then a 2nd time for a party. They are my new favorite seasonal muffin recipe. They do taste like Christmas!!

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