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Mandarin Orange Muffins Recipe

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Mandarin Orange Muffins Recipe

© 2013 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Canned mandarin oranges give a delightful citrus flavor to these delicious spiced muffins which are topped with cinnamon sugar. They are perfect for a quick breakfast or snack.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 large muffins


  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, optional
  • -----
  • Topping:
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup or 1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 F. Place muffin papers in muffin tins or spray tins with vegetable oil.

Drain oranges and pat dry with paper towels. Roughly chop the oranges into thirds. Set aside.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and allspice. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Whisk together egg, milk, and sugar. Pour into flour mixture and stir with a fork just until combined. Do not overmix. Carefully fold in mandarin oranges and white chocolate chips, if using.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes (oven temperatures do vary) or until center tests done and muffins are lightly golden.

While muffins are baking, place melted butter in a small bowl. In another separate small bowl, whisk together sugar and cinnamon.

When muffins are done, dip each hot muffin first into the butter and then into the cinnamon sugar. Let cool.

Yield: 12 large muffins
Mandarin Orange Muffins Recipe Photo © 2013 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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 5 out of 5
very refreshing, Member shylakay

this is a very good recipe..the only thing I change when I make it is that I cut the mandarin orange sections in thirds to make them smaller bites within the muffin.

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