Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins

These Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins are a great breakfast choice.  With yummy cranberries as the star and oatmeal as a co-star, they are hearty and delicious.  With Christmas in just a few days I wanted to share this recipe because it would make for a perfect Christmas morning breakfast (or any morning breakfast for that matter).  Bake them in some green and red muffin liners and they become even more fun and festive for the season!  With these muffins, you will have a yummy breakfast everyone will like in less than 25 minutes.

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

A batch of these muffins are so quick and easy to whip up.  They have just the right amount of sweet with a tart cranberry twist and are so moist.  You might have most, if not all, the ingredients for these muffins in your pantry already.  Here’s what you’ll need:

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

You can find the full printable recipe below.  To start, mix the dry ingredients together (dry pancake mix, oatmeal, sugar, salt, baking soda). Save the cranberries for the end.

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

Next, add the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and butter–melted).  Mix until almost blended then add the dried cranberries.  Make sure to only mix until the cranberries are dispersed.

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

This recipe will make about 12 regular sized muffins. Add lightly greased muffin paper liners to a muffin tin.  I like to grease my liners with a little cooking spray.  Fill the liner 2/3 to 3/4 full.  I use a D20 size scoop to portion the muffins.  I love these scoops.  They take the guesswork out and gives me a very consistent product.

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

You may end up with a little extra batter depending on how full you fill the muffin tin.  Sprinkle each cup of muffin batter with about a 1/2 teaspoon of course sugar.  My little ladies love helping with this part, probably because they get to lick the sugar of their fingers when we’re done. 😉 Once the sugar has been sprinkled these yummy muffins are ready for the heat wave.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes until the tops of the muffins begin browning and a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean.  In under 25 minutes you have a fresh batch of delicious, moist muffins ready.  Enjoy them warm with butter or store in a Ziploc bag for a grab-n-go breakfast another day.

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

The dried cranberries are the star of this hearty breakfast muffin.  They add a festive touch and tart twist that makes these muffins crumb-eating, finger-licking good.  Try it once and you’ll find this recipe will become a go-to favorite breakfast recipe.

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

Do you have a Christmas breakfast tradition?

Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins

Sweet with a tart cranberry twist and so moist, these muffins will be ready in less then 25 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 regular muffins
Author Rachel


  • 1 1/2 cups dry pancake mix
  • 1 cup 1-minute oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • course sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together pancake mix, oatmeal, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Mix until almost blended then add dried cranberries.
  4. Place muffin paper liners in muffin tin. Lightly grease/spray liners.
  5. Fill each cup 2/3 to 3/4 full. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon course sugar on top.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes until muffins begin to brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins come out clean.

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

Easy Sugar Sprinkled Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins |

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17 Responses

  1. Sola says:

    I have an almost unhealthy obsession with oatmeal baked goods so I’m going to have to try these.

  2. These look delicious and fairly easy to make!!

  3. candy says:

    These cranberry muffins look so good and then you had to go put sugar and sprinkle on top. Just kidding I love you added the sugar and sprinkle.

  4. Chelsea says:

    As soon as my new year diet is over I’m making these! They look delicious.

  5. Love your twists on this! I normally use all-purpose flour and have never done the oats nor sugar dipped tops. Going to have to give this a whirl next time I make muffins ~ thanks!

  6. neha says:

    Yummy cant wait to try these!

  7. Kari says:

    These look amazing! I love any pastry with fruit in it and adding oatmeal too is even better!

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks Kari! I’m always looking for ways to add a little fruit or “healthy” into pastries and sweets. The added dried cranberries give it so much flavor. I went a little less healthy with the batch I made this weekend. I omitted the butter, used milk instead of buttermilk and added 3/4 cup white chocolate chips… it was delicious and a lot sweeter-tehehe!

  8. Paula says:

    Hmm…Interesting use of pancake mix. I never thought of using it for muffins, but I might have to try that.

  9. Ima says:

    We don’t have a specific Christmas breakfast tradition in our home but these look fantastic, still going to try them out!

  10. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    Oatmeal muffins are some of the best there are. Love the cranberries and that you sprinkled them with sugar. They look and sound delicious!

  11. Make-ahead breakfast is perfect for weekdays! Pinned so I can try this soon.

  12. Deeeelish!! I need these in my life! My coffee is very lonely right now!

  1. January 30, 2017

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