This Mulled Spice Cranberry Muffin recipe is a moist muffin that’s perfect on a winter day or night. The mix of cranberry and cinnamon from the mulling spice creates a delicious, savory muffin!


Mulled Spice Cranberry Mix:

Mulled Spice Cranberry Muffin Batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Mulled Spice Cranberry Mix, drained and chopped

Optional Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


1. Prepare the Mulled Spice Cranberry Mix: In a saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, red wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise.

Simmer over low heat until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove from heat, let it cool, then strain the liquid and chop the cranberries. Set aside.

2. Prepare the Mulled Spice Cranberry Muffin Batter: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Fold in the chopped Mulled Spice Cranberry Mix.

3. Optional Streusel Topping: a. In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and cold butter pieces. Use your fingers to mix until crumbly.

4. Fill Muffin Cups: Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full.

If using, sprinkle the streusel topping over each muffin.

5. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

6. Serve: Enjoy your Mulled Spiced Cranberry Muffins with a hot beverage such as mulled wine, mulled apple cider, coffee or tea.

These muffins will be bursting with the flavors of mulled spices and cranberries, making them a perfect treat for the holiday season!