Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins

Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins are the PERFECT Christmas muffins recipe. With the nutty taste of delicious eggnog and bursts of tangy cranberries in every bite, these muffins can easily become a holiday tradition.

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Christmas Muffins

When you think of Christmas a few things come to mind. Chocolate, a million types of cookies, gingerbread, eggnog, and cranberries. While there is obviously more to Christmas than just food, we have to admit that the holiday feast and goodies are a great way to keep the spirits up.

Plus, calories don’t count during the holidays, or so I’ve heard. Ha.

My husband is a HUGE eggnog lover. To the point where I have to have the milkman deliver it weekly from November 1st through Christmas. He doesn’t always drink the quart before a new one comes, so I’m always on the lookout for leftover eggnog recipes.

I came across an eggnog streusel recipe on King Arthur’s website and instantly thought to add cranberries. Best decision. I love the sweet, nutty, tangy bites of these muffins and everything from the smell to the bright colors has me feeling jolly.

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Eggnog Cranberry Muffins Ingredients

For the Streusel Topping, you will need:

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Nutmeg
  • Rum Extract
  • Butter

For the Muffins, you will need:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Rum Extract
  • Eggnog
  • Fresh Cranberries

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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Tips for making eggnog muffins

Making the cranberry muffins with fresh cranberries is great. But if possible, freeze them beforehand.

Freeze your cranberries at least an hour before making these muffins so that they’re easier to slice in half and they don’t leave red streaks throughout the batter as you’re folding them in.

If you want to leave out the rum extract, just use double the amount of vanilla extract in its place. So instead of 1/4 teaspoon of rum extract, you’d use 1/2 teaspoon, etc. Just note that the rum flavoring really helps to drive the eggnog flavor home and they may not taste as strong.

If you don’t have enough eggnog, you can fill in the remaining amount using half and half or milk. The flavor will be weakened, but they should still taste good.

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FAQ’s about eggnog muffin recipe

How long are cranberry eggnog muffins good for?

2 days. If kept in an airtight container at room temperature your muffins can last about 2 days before becoming stale. For longer storage, freeze them.

How to store leftover streusel topping

Keep your leftover streusel topping in a sealed bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. When ready to use, grab what’s needed and enjoy.

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How to Make Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a muffin tray with paper liners, or spray with cooking grease.

In a bowl, combine all of the dry topping ingredients until well mixed. Add in the melted butter and mix just until crumbly. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until smooth.

Mix in the baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and rum extract.

Add in the flour and the eggnog, alternatingly until both have been combined.

Fold in the halved frozen fresh cranberries.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups.

Sprinkle tops with streusel topping. Note that you will have some leftover.

Bake in the oven at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes until light golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool.

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Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins

Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins are the PERFECT Christmas muffins recipe. With the nutty taste of delicious eggnog and bursts of tangy cranberries in every bite, these muffins can easily become a holiday tradition.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas muffins, cranberry eggnog muffins, cranberry muffins, eggnog muffins
Servings: 17 muffins
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Ingredients

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp rum extract
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted

Muffins

  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp rum extract
  • 1 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, frozen and halved

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a muffin tray (or two) with liners. This recipe makes roughly 17 muffins.

Topping:

  • In a bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and then add in the melted butter, mixing just until crumbly. Set aside.

Muffins

  • Beat together the butter and sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl until smooth.
  • Add in both eggs and beat again for about a minute until light and fluffy, making sure to scrape down the sides as you go.
  • Mix in the baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and rum extract.
  • Alternate adding the flour and the eggnog to the mix, mixing well after each addition until both have been thoroughly combined.
  • Fold in the frozen and halved cranberries. it helps to freeze cranberries for about an hour before making this recipe so they slice easier (and are less messy).
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups filling them about 2/3rds of the way full.
  • Sprinkle the tops with the streusel topping you made earlier. You WILL have some leftover (about enough to repeat the recipe 3 times).
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until a pale golden brown color.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
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Notes

Lightly Adapted From KingArthurBaking

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.7g | Protein: 3.9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 44.6mg | Sodium: 89.1mg | Potassium: 183.8mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 16.3g | Vitamin A: 57.6IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 83.7mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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Lightly Adapted from King Arthur Baking Easy Holiday Eggnog Muffins Recipe.

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