Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Jam Swirl, or…)

Thanksgiving and the harvest season have just passed–which means that most American refrigerators and cupboards are full.  Do you have an abundance of leftover cranberry sauce?  A bonanza of canned jam?  Well these Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Peach Jam Muffins or…) may be just what you need. 

Cranberry Swirl Muffins with Coffee

Cranberry Swirl Muffins with Coffee

The origin of this recipe really began a few years ago, when I won a Thanksgiving Leftovers contest sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel.  Since then I have felt obligated to come up with annual new ways of dealing with leftovers, and cranberry sauce is one of my favorites.  I am truly obsessive about it–and slightly afraid that this is how neurotics are made.  

Swirl in a spoonful of warmed cranberry sauce

Swirl in a spoonful of warmed cranberry sauce

Sealing the deal was the fact that the older girls were coming home from school and the family would be united again.  I found a recipe for swirled jam bread that I decided to adapt, changing bread to muffins, jam to cranberry sauce and unhealthy to almost healthy.  Okay it’s pretty much a new recipe but I’m thankful for the concept!

A bowl full of cranberry swirl muffins

A bowl full of cranberry swirl muffins

My middle daughter (formerly-known-as-my-picky-daughter) arrived home early on Thanksgiving, looking tired and hungry, and the still warm muffins were waiting.  Despite the long trip, she wrinkled up her nose at them and began rummaging through the cupboards.  Expediency won out, she circled back and tasted declaring, “these are good!”  By the time we left for Thanksgiving dinner, only crumbs remained. 

Whew, another foodie crisis averted. 

Cranberry Swirl Muffin Closeup

Cranberry Swirl Muffin Closeup

What are your favorite (Thanksgiving or other) leftover uses?

Cranberry Swirl Muffins
Serves 12
Sweet and nutty, cranberry swirl muffins are a tasty and healthy way to use up leftover cranberry sauce. Also good swirled with jam.
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227 calories
36 g
41 g
8 g
4 g
3 g
85 g
26 g
18 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
85g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 41mg
14%
Sodium 26mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
7%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 c butter, melted
  2. 1 t vanilla extract
  3. 2/3 c skim milk
  4. 2 eggs, beaten
  5. 1 c whole wheat pastry flour
  6. 1 c unbleached all purpose flour
  7. 1/2 c sugar
  8. 2 t baking powder
  9. 1/2 c chopped pecans (optional)
  10. Scant 1 c cranberry sauce, warmed to soften
Instructions
  1. Combine beaten eggs, milk, vanilla and melted butter.
  2. Sift together flours, sugar and baking powder.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients and pecans stirring until just blended. Spoon into 12 lined muffins cups.
  4. Top each muffin with a spoonful of cranberry sauce and stir to swirl in. (This isn't pretty but the results are worth it)
  5. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes until muffins are golden.
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calories
227
fat
8g
protein
4g
carbs
36g
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28 thoughts on “Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Jam Swirl, or…)

    1. Inger

      Thanks Grace. You know now that you mention it–and now that I am finally getting to read my Nov/Dec magazines, I AM seeing a lot of cranberry sauce. Perhaps I can skip feeling obligated about leftover recipes next year 😉

  1. Louise

    Hi Inger!
    Well, you already know I have a slew of cranberry sauce just waiting for a “home.” I think it’s adorable that your daughter “gave in” for a taste, lol…I’m liking this recipe but this time, I may be using some strawberry/peach jam from Summer’s bounty. I need a reminder, yes, this early in the season, lol…Thanks for sharing, Inger. They look delicious!!!

    1. Inger

      I have a few jars of jam left from last season, so that was my initial thought. Then I realized how close we were to Thanksgiving and the rest is history. I do always think of you and Marion though when cranberry sauce comes up!

      1. Lynn

        It’s like you read my mind – I was thinking that a pumpkin spice latte would be a good way to use it up. 🙂 Will be trying that tomorrow!

    1. Inger

      Tetrazzini is a great idea Beth! I make a turkey after Christmas to have leftovers when the kids are all home and should try this for something new!

  2. Kathy

    These muffins look like a perfect addition to any breakfast or brunch table during the holidays! Just lovely, Inger! I love to add leftover pumpkin to cooked oatmeal…so good!

    1. Inger

      Thanks Kathy! And great idea on the pumpkin–it is so nutritious I am always looking for new things to do with it!

  3. Ivy Sew

    Hi Inger, what an awesome and delightful cranberry muffins! It’s also a great way to use up whatever leftovers and no wastage. Thumbs up to you and cheers 🙂

  4. lena

    these are glorious muffins to me…i like the generous amount of cranberry sauce in it..tho i hv not tasted cranberry sauce in muffins, i believe they must be so good that they were all finished within a short time! inger, who said they are not pretty? they look wonderful!

  5. Kathy

    The words “cranberry swirl” just made me swoon. Looks like a lively holiday muffin. Hoping you have a wonderful holiday season, Inger, with lots of good food.

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