We’re starting our Monday morning with a boozy treat; a simply divine combination of Grand Marnier and cranberries.
While I didn’t really change the recipe this week because the orange and cranberry combination is just incomparable, I did change the method.
I chose to go with dried cranberries for the recipe and soaked them in orange juice and Grand Marnier for about half hour before I started working on getting the muffins together. They became nice and plump, soaking in some of the alcohol-juice-zest concoction.
The result: Sweet and moist citrusy muffins laced with Grand Marnier, and bursting with sweet and tart cranberries.
#MuffinMonday: Grand Marnier Cranberry Muffins
Author: adapted from Killer Pancake
Recipe type: Muffins
- 1¼ cups orange juice
- ¼ cup Grand Marnier liqueur
- ¾ cup canola oil
- 2 cups chopped cranberries
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 Tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 11/2 Tbsp chopped orange zest
- 4 egg whites
- Preheat the oven to 400° and line a 12 hole muffin pan with paper liners.
- In a small bowl, combine orange juice, grand marnier and orange zest. Add the dried cranberries and let it soak for 30 minutes before you start making the muffins.
- Add the oil to the juice mixture. Set aside as you prepare the muffin batter.
- In a large bowl, combine the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and orange zest.
- In another bowl, beat egg whites until they’re frothy.
- Combine the juice mixture with the beaten egg whites mixture.
- Add the egg mixture and the cranberries to the flour mixture, stirring until just moist. Using a cookie scoop, divide the batter among 24 muffin cups
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffed.
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31 Responses to #MuffinMonday: Grand Marnier Cranberry Muffins
Lovely Muffins. Looks perfect
You had me at Grand Marnier LOL! I love cooking with the alcohol, but still haven’t thought of enough ways to cook/bake with it. The holiday season is the perfect cranberry and orange season, love the combination! Your muffins look delicious…..i may need one:-) Hugs, Terra
Amazing! I love that you soaked the dried cranberries first!
i love that combination of orange and cranberry, and i love that you put grand marnier in these – looks wonderful!
Love this delicious muffin recipe! And soaking the cranberries in grand marnier sounds divine.! I add orange juice to mine.
Love this delicious muffin recipe! And soaking the cranberries in grand marnier sounds divine.! I just add orange juice to mine.
Boozy muffins! Oh yes, great way to start the week!!
I love Gran Marnier – have never baked with it! I’ve made glazes with it but have never actually baked with it. I bet these are amazing!
I need to get a bottle of orange liqueur too! These muffins look awesome!
Oooh, good plan with the soaking! Those cranberries do look plump and delicious!
Good plan soaking the cranberries first! They look plump and delicious!
These look delicious! I like the tip about soaking the cranberries, what a great idea.
The whole process of soaking the cranberries in juice & alcohol sounds just great, adding a fruity wet flavour to the muffins… And now I’m thinking of cherries soaked in liquor and of Mon Cherri and… oh well. :)
Grand Marnier in a muffin is a way to start the week off;) I can’t wait to get baking with cranberries and first off I’ll bake these:)
I’m all about booze for breakfast. Beautiful job ;)
grand marnier- really? How creative can one get. It goes perfect with the cranberry! Perfection
Orange and cranberry is one of my favorite combinations. I’ve never tried it with the liqueur but I’m guessing I’d love it just as much.
I love orange with cranberry, what lovely muffins! Soaking the cranberries is a wonderful idea!
Oh my goodness, these muffins sound so delicious and look like they’re cooked perfectly. I love the idea of soaking the cranberries too.
I’ve been waiting to have a look at the recipe… couldnt access your site earlier.. I can just imagine.. the cranberries pumped with the Grand Marnier.. absolutely beyond delish!!! love it!!
Grand marnier? are you kidding me! Genius- and I know it goes perfect with the cranberries. would be so festive for the holidays
Love the splash of liquor making these grown up ;)
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Boozy muffins? Sign me up!
Ooooh, I bet these taste so wonderful!
I’m all for a boozy treat! These muffins look amazing. :)
Another delectable muffin! Love the Grand Marnier with cranberries…so yummy!
Another amazing muffin!!! The combination of Grand Marnier and cranberries sounds utterly delicious :)
Now this is how all mornings should begin, huh? Thank you for sharing such an inspired treat! I’m hungry…even though I just ate a big bowl of stew! I hope you are having a good start to the week. I’m already ready for Friday :-)
I’m not sure if the orange Marnier soak cranberries would make it to the batter. :) What a great idea! Yummy looking muffins!
Two words … yes, please!
Seriously, these are gorgeous … can’t wait to try this recipe!
These look so good. I always love your food and photos. I would love to join the muffin movement. I was wondering if it’s possible to do every other Monday so I can alternate with the meatless monday thing as well. I’ll send you an email. Would be fun to try my hand at some healthy muffins.