Cranberry Walnut Muffins


3/4  Cup walnuts, chopped
3  Cups + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1  Tbsp. baking powder
1/2  tsp. baking soda
1/2  tsp. salt
10  Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and softened
1  Cup sugar
2   Large eggs
1/2  tsp. lemon zest
1/4  tsp. almond extract
1 1/2  Cup plain full-fat yogurt
16 oz cranberries, divided (if frozen, thawed)


Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 375° F.

Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, until golden and fragrant.

Let cool.

Mix 3 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt in medium bowl; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon zest and almond extract.

Beat in one-half of dry ingredients. Beat in one-third of yogurt cream. Beat in remaining dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with the yogurt, until incorporated.

Toss 12 oz cranberries in remaining 1 Tbsp flour, reserving 4 oz. Fold walnuts and cranberries in to the batter.

Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with paper liners. Divide the batter evenly among cups. Place 2-3 cranberries on each muffin top, lightly pressing in to the batter.

Bake until muffins are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes, until a skewer comes out with moist crumbs.

Set on wire rack to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

Yields: 18 muffins


About Delicious Goodies

Love life, the outdoors, photography, reading, cooking, baking, spending time with family. Just a girl next door in what I call paradise - Southern California. By no means a professional cook, I do enjoy cooking, trying new recipes and sharing with others. I hope you enjoy what you find here! I have one Vegan in the family, so we are always making two meals, rather fun, and it allows us to try new ideas. When I was in Middle School I use to help my Grandmother make cookie canisters - every year at Christmas we would make an assortment of cookies, breads, candy and put them in a wrapped canister and give them as gifts. I still enjoy this idea, although haven't done it that much - at least not an assortment of goodies. I think this year will be the year I go back to that idea and see how everyone likes it. Have a wonderful week, and spread kindness everywhere you go!
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