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Cranberry and orange are one of my favorite winter flavor combinations and they really shine in these mini cranberry orange donuts!

Cranberry and orange are one of my favorite winter flavor combinations and they really shine in these mini cranberry orange donuts!More often than not certain flavors have their own season in my mind. Not that I can’t eat red velvet cake any time I want but in my head {and usually my kitchen} it thrives during Valentine’s Day. Champagne is for New Years, whiskey and Guinness and anything green is for St. Patrick’s Day, pastels and berries come out to play for Easter and spring. Then you dive into raspberry, lemon, and blueberry for summer. Apples and cinnamon and pumpkin for fall and then winter hits and I want cranberry and peppermint.

Without fail I can’t get enough of these two flavors in the winter months because they just sort of scream holiday to me. I probably have cranberry sauce {even though I’ve never once tasted cranberry sauce} to thank for this and candy canes because…candy canes. You’ll be seeing a few of these flavors on the blog but I’m kicking off this Christmas season with these cranberry orange donuts. And you’re welcome.

Cranberry and orange are one of my favorite winter flavor combinations and they really shine in these mini cranberry orange donuts!

I love my mini donut pan although between you and me I don’t use it nearly often enough. Simple vanilla donuts are the absolute perfect base for any flavor and they hold up to the orange and cranberry in this recipe super well. I use dried cranberries in baking so I don’t have to worry about the extra moisture changing the texture or baking time of my favorite donut recipe. Plus I always have some in the pantry because they’re one of my favorite snacks! A little fresh squeezed orange juice takes these way way up.

Whether you’re serving these up for breakfast or dessert they’re so simple and fast to make. You can even make them regular size if bite size isn’t your thing. Just adjust the baking time to accommodate your larger pan. And since I typically see these flavors in a cake…Eat your heart out loaf cake!

Cranberry and orange are one of my favorite winter flavor combinations and they really shine in these mini cranberry orange donuts!

Meaghan

Cranberry and orange are one of my favorite winter flavor combinations and they really shine in these mini cranberry orange donuts!

Cranberry and orange are one of my favorite winter flavor combinations and they really shine in these mini cranberry orange donuts!

Cranberry Orange Donuts

Yield: 24 donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbs butter,, melted
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Juice of one large orange,, about 1/4 cup

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, soda, powder, and salt and set aside. 
  2. In a smaller bowl whisk together milk, sour cream, egg, butter, vegetable oil and orange juice until well blended. 
  3. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until completely incorporated. Fold in dried cranberries.
  4. Spray a donut tin with non-stick cooking spray and pipe batter into each well filling about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until donuts are lightly browned on top.

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Brian Jones

Wednesday 30th of November 2016

Donuts for breakfast, you Americans and your obsession with pudding for breakfast ;) :D Joking aside these sound fantastic add some cinnamon and star anise and you have all the flavours from my favourite mulled wine recipe... Which incidentally I could, but probably shouldn't, have for breakfast :D :D :D

Meaghan

Wednesday 30th of November 2016

Wine is just grapes. Grapes are fruit. You can totally have fruit for breakfast! :D

~Meaghan

Quin @Butter Be Ready

Monday 28th of November 2016

How adorable!!! I just got a mini doughnut pan too; this recipe is first on my list!

Meaghan

Wednesday 30th of November 2016

I can never get enough of dried cranberries. I hope you love them!

~Meaghan