Panera Cranberry Orange Muffin Copycat Recipe

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Guess what? You will no longer need to wait for cranberry season or holiday time to enjoy your favorite muffin. We’re talking about the Panera Cranberry Orange Muffin recipe. This copycat recipe can be made at home using simple ingredients. The tart cranberries, the sweet orange flavor, and the golden brown muffin tops will give you bakery-style muffins right in your kitchen. Let’s dive into this easy muffin recipe.

bowl of fresh cranberries

Getting Ready

Before we start, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. You will need both dry ingredients and wet ingredients for this recipe. The dry ingredients include all-purpose flour, brown sugar, and baking powder. The wet ingredients include fresh orange juice and vegetable oil. You will also need fresh cranberries, but if it’s not cranberry season, dried cranberries can be used as an alternative.

Starting with the Dry Ingredients

ingredients for Panera orange cranberry muffins

Combine the flour, brown sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. This flour mixture is the base of your muffin batter. Mix them well with a wooden spoon. When it comes to baking, it’s always a good practice to combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl before adding them to the wet ingredients.

Preparing the Wet Ingredients

Now, squeeze some fresh orange juice in a medium bowl. Add in the vegetable oil and mix them well. This will enhance the orange flavor in your muffins. By this time, your kitchen will be filled with a refreshing citrus aroma.

Combining Wet and Dry Ingredients

Now, it’s time to combine the flour mixture with the wet ingredients. Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until a muffin batter is formed. This is one of the most crucial steps in any muffin recipe.

Panera cranberry orange muffin batter in a bowl

Adding the Cranberries

When your muffin batter is ready, fold in the tart cranberries. If you are using fresh cranberries, make sure they are washed and dried with a paper towel. If you are using dried cranberries, soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes to rehydrate them.

Prepping the Muffin Tin

It’s time to prep your muffin tin. You can either use a regular muffin pan for smaller muffins or a jumbo muffin pan for larger, bakery-style muffins. Line the muffin cups with paper liners or use a baking cup. Spoon batter into each muffin cup, filling about 2/3 of the way.

Muffin batter being spooned into a lined muffin tin

Baking Your Cranberry Orange Muffins

Heat oven to 375 degrees F and bake until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. The baking time will vary depending on the size of your muffins. Regular muffins may take about 20-25 minutes, while jumbo muffins may take about 30-35 minutes.

Storing Your Cranberry Orange Muffins

Once baked, let your muffins cool on a wire rack. You can enjoy them warm or store them in an airtight container. These muffins can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Eating and Enjoying

Now, it’s time for the best part – enjoying these delicious Panera Cranberry Orange Muffins. The juicy cranberries burst with flavor, and the sweet orange glaze provides a perfect balance. Enjoy them with a cup of coffee in the morning, or as a snack in the afternoon — or choose from our Sweet Drinks and Smoothiesor if you’re a serious cranberry lover, check out our Very Berry Cranberry Tropical Smoothie.

Final Thoughts on Panera Cranberry Orange Muffin Recipe

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With this Panera Cranberry Orange Muffin recipe, you can enjoy delicious, bakery-style muffins at any time of year. It’s an easy recipe that requires simple ingredients, and the result is a batch of muffins that tastes just like the ones from Panera Bread. So, next time you crave these muffins, instead of heading to the grocery store or coffee shop, try baking them at home. You won’t regret it!

Homemade Panera-Style Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe

Homemade Panera-Style Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This recipe will guide you through the steps of making Homemade Panera-Style Cranberry Orange Muffins. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any time of day with a delightful combination of tart cranberries and zesty oranges.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease it.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Roughly chop the cranberries and add them to the flour mixture, stirring to ensure they're well coated.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, orange juice, orange zest, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  5. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring lightly until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; it's okay if there are a few lumps.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. While the muffins are cooling, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice, stirring until smooth.
  9. Once the muffins are cooled, drizzle them with the glaze. Let the glaze harden for a few minutes before serving.


If you're using frozen cranberries, there's no need to thaw them before adding to the batter.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 52gNet Carbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 5g
Dustin Kemp

Dustin is a copywriter, world traveler, and food enthusiast who’s spent the last decade exploring cooking methods around the globe. His idea of a perfect afternoon is taking a leisurely stroll through city streets with his beagle, stopping at street food stands, and watching how foods are being prepared. After that, he’d like to take that knowledge home and apply it to his own cooking!

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