Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins

These Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins are the perfect thing to serve for breakfast on Thanksgiving! The flavors are perfect for fall, and they are simple to make!
Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins |

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching – do you have your menu all planned? Dinner is obviously the star of the show on Thanksgiving, but what about breakfast? No one talks about what to serve for breakfast on Thanksgiving! Well, I am going to change that – after all, you have to eat something in the morning to prepare your stomach for all the goodness that is to come later in the day. So it might as well be a festive and seasonal treat – like my Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins! They are full of fall flavors and are absolutely delicious. Plus you can make them the day before and just reheat them before you serve, making this a quick and easy Thanksgiving breakfast.

Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins |

Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins |

I think you probably know this, but breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I could eat breakfast food all day long – and I often do! Pancakes make a frequent appearance on our dinner table, and muffins are one of my favorite afternoon treats. Now that I’m pregnant, breakfast is even more important for me because I have to eat something pretty much within 10 minutes of waking up. One of the many joys of pregnancy….

But due to my breakfast obsession, I of course had to feature a Thanksgiving breakfast menu item, even though most people wouldn’t think twice about what to eat that morning! And while I made these cranberry muffins with Thanksgiving in mind, they have quickly become one of my favorite muffin recipes. I was actually surprised how much I loved these, because I’m usually not a huge cranberry fan. However there is just something about these cranberry muffins that is addicting. The orange flavor and the hint of cinnamon pair so well with the toasted pecans and tart cranberries. A touch of brown sugar ties everything together. This is one awesome muffin! Plus I think they are so pretty, with the flecks of orange zest and the bright cranberries. If you don’t want to have them for Thanksgiving breakfast, they would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving bread basket!

Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins |

Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins |

Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins

Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins

These Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins are the perfect thing to serve for breakfast on Thanksgiving! The flavors are perfect for fall, and they are simple to make!


  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (about one large orange)
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted


  1. Add the cranberries to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars and eggs until pale in color and smooth. Add the butter, milk, and orange juice and whisk well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  6. Drain the cranberries well, then fold in the cranberries, orange zest, and pecans.
  7. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling evenly. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees, then turn down the heat to 350 and bake for 10 - 15 minutes longer, until muffins are golden brown. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins |

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Some other great ideas for Thanksgiving breakfast.  So many fall flavors in these breakfast goodies!

Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread
Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread |

Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes
Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes |

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  1. says

    You’re right – I never think of what to eat for breakfast on Thanksgiving and then end up miscalculating and either being too famished or too full to really enjoy dinner! I love all the flavors you’ve packed into these great muffins.

  2. says

    Oh yum! I love making the holiday breakfast to bring to my family’s Christmas Day celebration! It’s something people don’t think about, but it’s another opportunity for a delicious holiday treat! I know these will be popular this year! Thanks Cait!

  3. says

    I’m totally with you about the breakfast! I shared a holiday breakfast recipe last week and am sharing another one this week. It is a great way to spend more time with your family…eating! :) These muffins look amazing!

  4. says

    Thanksgiving breakfast has never been on my plans but then I find myself scrambling. Love these muffins!! Gets those thanksgiving flavors started.

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