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Copycat Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins

By Rachel
November 23, 2022

These copycat Panera cranberry orange muffins are light and airy, studded with chewy cranberries and orange zest. An easy one-bowl recipe, these muffins come together quickly and require just a few simple ingredients. Use either dried or fresh cranberries, I prefer dried for a chewy texture. These are also freezer friendly, so make an extra batch for a delicious breakfast! Perfect for cranberry season.

Copycat Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Highlights of the orange cranberry muffins:

  • Light & airy
  • Chewy tart & juicy cranberries
  • Bright orange zest and juice
  • One-bowl recipe
  • Freezer friendly
  • Family favorite
  • Perfect for on the go
  • Basic ingredients
Copycat Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins

This is a great recipe for on the go snacks!

Favorite Kitchen Tools I used for this copycat recipe:

Quick steps for the easy muffin recipe:

  • Whisk together oil and sugar
  • Add in eggs and extracts
  • Whisk in milk, orange peel, and zest
  • Mix in dry ingredients
  • Fold in cranberries
  • Scoop into a muffin tin
  • Bake
  • Enjoy!

This muffin batter comes together quickly in just one bowl

Grocery store list & substitutions for the bakery muffins:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Large whole eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Fresh orange zest
  • Almond milk – or substitute whole milk or other non-dairy milks
  • All-purpose flour – or substitute wheat flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Fresh cranberries – or substitute frozen/dried cranberries
Copycat Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Fold in fresh cranberries or dried cranberries, extra cranberries can be sprinkled on top of the muffins if desired.

Can I substitute dried cranberries for fresh in muffins?

Yes! Using dried cranberries gives a chewier texture but the same sweet, tart cranberry flavor. Dried cranberries can also be easier to find year round.

Can I freeze my leftover cranberry orange muffins?

Absolutely, any extra muffins can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the freezer for 3-4 months. Simply remove as desired and let thaw at room temperature or pop in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Is oil or butter better for muffins?

I prefer to use oil as it distributes easier than butter. It also yields a lighter, more airy texture. Oil is also better absorbed creating a non-greasy final product.

Copycat Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins

Fresh orange juice and zest add loads of flavor to these Panera muffins!

Instructions for the cranberry orange muffins recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, grease or line a muffin tin, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the oil, sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, almond extract, orange juice, and orange zest. Whisk well until combined.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and fold in until completely incorporated.
  • Gently fold in the fresh cranberries. Using a portion scoop or a measuring spoon divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups, each cup should be about 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 350 for 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool slightly before enjoying!
Copycat Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins

This Panera bread copycat recipe is so easy and is done in minutes! These make a great breakfast or the perfect treat for holiday season.

Copycat Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins

Copycat Panera Orange Cranberry Muffins

5 from 2 votes
Light, airy bakery style muffins loaded with orange juice, zest, and studded with cranberries.
Servings 12 muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 3/4 cup Milk, a non-dairy substitute will work
  • 1/4 cup Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp Orange zest
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsps Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 8 oz. Fresh cranberries, could use frozen

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, grease or line a muffin tin, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the oil, sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, almond extract, orange juice, and orange zest. Whisk well until combined.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and fold in until completely incorporated.
  • Gently fold in the fresh cranberries. Using a portion scoop or a measuring spoon divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups, each cup should be about 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 350 for 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool slightly before enjoying!

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 315kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 469mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 2mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 315kcal
Cost: $
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: Bakery Style, Copycat Recipe, Cranberry Orange, Muffins

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Copycat Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins

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