Thanksgiving Leftovers: Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins!

The very last of my Thanksgiving leftovers became cranberry muffins and the very first of my Christmas baking all at the same time. Until this year, I had never heard of using leftover cranberry sauce for anything but smearing on sandwiches.

leftover cranberry relish

I can never figure out what to do with leftover cranberry relish and I was delighted to discover the idea of  recycling the cranberry relish into muffins. I tried it today and it was GREAT.

I combined several different recipes and came up with this:

Cranberry Relish Muffins

Stir together:

  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 c. oat bran (optional)
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1 egg (use two if you’re using small or medium eggs)
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1/4 c. applesauce
  • 1 1/2 c. cranberry relish/sauce

Mix completely but don’t overmix.

Pour into muffin papers in a muffin tin and bake at 400° for about 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Crancberry muffin with leftover cranberry sauce

Here’s how a different cook used leftover cranberry relish to make muffins. Two Peas and their Pod use a slightly different method for muffins and these look really good.

This is the first post in our new December Series called, “I’ll Just Have a Bite of Yours.” This refers to a line that gets thrown around a lot in our house when it comes to sampling delicious food. For instance, if I’m out to dinner with my wonderful husband, he might order a dessert and I will say, “I don’t need dessert, I’ll just have a bite of yours!”

This Christmas we’re looking around (rather greedily sometimes) to see who’s  making fabulous Christmas food around the food blogosphere and we’re just sneaking a bite off someone else’s plate! If you find a fabulous Christmas recipe, send it our way! We’d love to feature it this December as we eat our way through Christmas.


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