swirled cranberry cornbread muffins

swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

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thanks for joining me for another amazing thanksgiving recipe! today, thanksgiving month continues with these cranberry swirl cornbread muffins!

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out of all the amazing thanksgiving recipes i’m sharing over the course of the month, this is the one that is nearest & dearest to my heart.

it embodies everything that the holiday season is about: honoring the family traditions that have been passed down through the generations, & creating new traditions to celebrate year after year with your friends & family.swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

growing up, we didn’t really spend the holidays with our extended family. my mom’s side of the family lives in hawaii, & my dad’s side lives across the state from where i grew up. while we’d sometimes make the drive to do family christmas at some point in december, more often than not, we celebrated the holidays at home, just the 4 of us: dad, mom, my older brother, & me.

reilly family holidays were always cozy, & filled with love & great food.

but to this day, huddling around the phone to wish grandma jane in southern wisconsin or grandpa clarence in hawaii a happy thanksgiving really tugs at my heartstrings. it’s tough to not be able to spend the holidays with some of the people you hold closest to your heart. swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

i think this is why i’m not to married to many holiday traditions. i don’t mind swapping out pumpkin pie with the best-ever pumpkin cheesecake. or replacing traditional roast turkey with a method that’s a little easier to make.

instead, i really believe that the holidays are all about creating traditions that feel special & meaningful to you, whether they’re 30 or 3 years old.

& that’s exactly where these swirled cranberry cornbread muffins come into the equation. these cranberry muffins are the product of swirling (literally!) a little bit of my own modern flare into one of my most treasured family recipes. the perfect combination of heartfelt tradition & newness.swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

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for as long as i can remember, cornbread has been my maternal grandpa clarence’s special recipe.

we didn’t get to spend too much time with him growing up because of the distance between us, but the time we did spend together was always such a special treat, figuratively & literally. grandpa is an amazing baker. our childhood visits were always filled with banana muffins, oatmeal crispies, & of course: grandpa clarence’s famous cornbread.swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

the fact that i get to share grandpa clarence’s cornbread recipe with you today is kind of a big deal! he’s usually pretty secretive with his recipes. i think it stems from taking a great deal of pride in tinkering with & perfecting a recipe.

his classic cornbread recipe does call for one super secret ingredient that you won’t find in my recipe, only because i’ve tested these cranberry cornbread muffins with & without it & i honestly don’t find it to be necessary. (sorry, grandpa!!)

the cornbread batter itself is super light & fluffy. it calls for a lot of cornmeal, which gives it the best texture & adds so much flavor to these easy cornbread muffins. swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

to make them festive & fun to serve during the holiday season, i added some whole cranberry sauce to the mix.

each cranberry cornbread muffin is swirled with whole cranberry sauce not once, but twice, to ensure these swirled cranberry cornbread muffins are filled with cranberry goodness in every single bite.swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

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& the combination of flavors here? it’s INSANE.

grandpa’s cornbread recipe never fails! it is super, super moist, & is filled with so much corn flavor from all that cornmeal.

& those cranberries? they. are. ev.er.y.thinggggggggggg!!!

many of the cranberry cornbread recipes i’ve seen call for dried cranberries, but i actually much prefer using whole cranberry sauce. not only is it so pretty when it’s swirled all throughout the cornbread muffins, i also find the flavor of whole cranberry sauce to be much richer than dried cranberries.

plus, whole cranberry sauce is so readily available at the store this time of year that you can’t really go wrong! swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

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& that combination of delicious & gorgeous? it’s exactly what makes these swirled cranberry cornbread muffins worthy of a spot on your friendsgiving or thanksgiving menus this year. they’ll add so much unique flavor to your thanksgiving plate, & i guarantee your guests will absolutely ooh & ahh about how pretty they are. swirled cranberry cornbread muffins. these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out! #playswellwithbutter #cranberrycornbread #cornbread #cornbreadmuffins #thanksgivingsidedish #friendsgiving #thanksgivingsides #easythanksgivingsides

& the fact that you’re making grandpa clarence’s cornbread? that’s just an added bonus. ?

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swirled cranberry cornbread muffins

  • Author: jess larson | plays well with butter
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 20-22 muffins 1x
  • Category: side dishes, desserts
  • Method: baking

Description

these cranberry cornbread muffins have cranberry sauce swirled throughout them, making them a gorgeously festive for the holiday season! move over parker house rolls, these cranberry cornbread muffins will earn a permanent spot on your thanksgiving & friendsgiving menus from here on out!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin liners and set aside.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients: Add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and Kosher salt to a large bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Finish the muffin batter: Add the eggs and milk to a medium bowl, whisking to combine. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Take care not to overmix the batter!
  4. Prep the muffins: Add 2 tablespoons of the cornbread muffin batter to each of the prepared liners. I like to use a 2 tablespoon scoop, like this one, to keep everything uniform. Add 1 teaspoon of the cranberry sauce over top, using a toothpick to swirl the cranberry sauce into the batter. Repeat once more with 2 more tablespoons of muffin batter and 1 more teaspoon of cranberry sauce. The muffin liners should be about ⅔ full.
  5. Bake the muffins for 15-18 minutes, until the centers are just set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and enjoy with butter, or salted honey butter (yummmmm!!!).

Notes

  • Loaf vs muffins: You can definitely bake cranberry cornbread instead of cranberry cornbread muffins. Add the batter to a greased 9×13 baking dish, then swirl the cranberry all throughout it. Bake for 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 11.25.18
    Kathleen Dorsch said:

    Made these this morning, prior to drinking my coffee, and forgot to add the sugar! Turns out, they are still pretty delicious!

  2. 11.12.18

    This is such a brilliant idea!! My husband was just saying last night that he would love to see more cranberries in baked goods…and since we both love cornbread, this seems like the perfect recipe to try with our leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving in a few weeks. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • 11.12.18
      jess said:

      hey cj! so glad you’re loving the idea of these muffins!! they’re honestly so good, & yes! totally perfect for thanksgiving dinner or leftovers. please let me know if you try them! xo