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Cheddar Herb Cranberry Muffins

Welcome to another #MuffinMonday!

This week we were challenged to make a savory muffin using cheese. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love me some cheese. Whether it be cheddar, pepper jack, smoked gouda, or swiss, I love it all! Last week, I didn’t feel like making dinner, so I cut up some cheese and apples and made a meal out of it.

I’m a huge fan of combining a pop of sweetness with my cheese, so I decided to make a white cheddar buttermilk muffin with herbs and cranberries. The sweetness of the cranberries pairs perfectly with the sharp white cheddar.

The best part about these muffins is the crispy crust that cheese creates on top of the muffin. Mmm!

The thyme and rosemary add an earthy depth of flavor that contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the dried cranberries.

Looking for a Thanksgiving bread recipe to go with your meal? These muffins would be perfect.


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Cheddar Herb Cranberry Muffins
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Recipe type: Muffins/Quick Bread
Serves: 12
  • Dry:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. dried crushed rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1¼ cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • Wet:
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs. butter, melted
  • Extra cheese for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line or grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, and egg.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. The batter will be very thick.
  5. Fill the muffin tins ¾ of the way full with batter. Top with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before removing from the tin.



22 Responses to “Cheddar Herb Cranberry Muffins”

  1. #
    Baker Street — November 12, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Wow Jennie! What an interesting combination! And you’re right! These would be perfect for thanksgiving.


    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks, An!


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    CCU — November 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

    May I eat two or three of these in one sitting? Please?

    Choc Chip Uru


    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Eat away, lady! Thanks, Uru.


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    Stacy — November 12, 2012 at 3:36 am

    These WOULD be perfect for Thanksgiving! Or almost anytime actually. I love the whole mix of flavors you have going on there! I would like to eat all the crisp cheesy crusts of the top of each of these but I guess that would be anti-social. :)


    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      We can throw social convention out the window for a day and eat all the crusts. No one will ever know; it’ll be our little secret.


  4. #
    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — November 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Seriously, I’ve scrolled through this post three times and I haven’t read it, because those muffins are too darn distracting. So, hopefully you didn’t post the secrets of the universe or anything because I’m like, ooh, muffins!


    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      No secrets here. It’s hard not to get distracted by the delicious photos when reading a food blog. Thanks, Kim!


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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I just made muffins with cranberries in them and now I’m wishing I had thrown some cheddar in too. These look absolutely amazing! And so perfect for Thanksgiving.


    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks, Kiersten! It was a wonderful combo.


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — November 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Ooooh, I would totally trade my dinner rolls for these! Yum!


    • Jennie replied November 12th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I love dinner rolls! Deal.


  7. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — November 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I love cheese.
    I think it’s a great idea to just start out of the gate running and have a cheesy breakfast.
    Yes…I approve.


  8. #
    Kate | Food Babbles — November 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I love the addition of cranberries to these savory little muffins! I adore cranberries with cheese. I think you nailed it even more with the addition of rosemary and thyme. Lovely!


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    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — November 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    The white cheddar is the ingredient I’d be craving! And how excellent to change up the old rolls for these sweet little biscuits!!


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    Terra — November 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    The other day I had a fun turkey sandwich at Panera bread, it had a herb spread and cranberries. I never thought to combine the flavors, but they were all amazing together. I love love your muffins, the herbs, cheese, and cranberries….YUM!!! Hugs, Terra


  11. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — November 13, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I want to eat all the crusts off those muffins. Think anyone will notice? :)


  12. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — November 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    What an intriguing combination of flavors! These sound soooo delicious + just perfect for fall.


  13. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I didn’t even realize cranberries were used in savory foods. I’ll have to try that! These are beautiful and I bet a great addition to Thanksgiving. Or okay, any meal. :)


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    micki @addhousewife — November 20, 2012 at 12:20 am

    this looks so good. I love the sweet and savory combo! I’m hosting a cranberry themed link party and I’d love for you to share this!


  15. #
    Cathy — November 19, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I’m a novice cook so I just want to confirm that when you say 1 and 1/4 cups of cheese, you mean grated cheese… and how firmly do you pack the cheese in the cups?


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Cathy! Yes, grated cheese. I should have been more specific. I’ll fix the recipe so it’s more specific. I lightly pack my cheese. Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy baking!


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