Cranberry Muffins with Walnut Crumb Topping

It's hard to resist picking at the crisp topping of these muffins, which are baked with crunchy, sugary walnuts.

 

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  • Servings: MAKES 1 DOZEN MUFFINS
KEY: Fall, Winter, Baking, Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, American, Breads, Rolls & Muffins, Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Breakfast, Brunch

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Ingredients

crumb topping
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
muffins
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water

How to make this recipe

  1. MAKE THE GLAZE Preheat the oven to 425°. Lightly grease the cups and top of a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan.
  2. MAKE THE GLAZE In a pie plate, toast the walnuts for 5 minutes, or until browned and fragrant; cool. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the granulated and light brown sugars, baking powder and salt. Stir in the butter, then add the walnuts and pinch the topping mixture into clumps.
  3. MAKE THE GLAZE In a medium bowl, mix the flour with 1/2 cup of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, mix the yogurt with the egg and butter; stir in the dry ingredients. Toss the cranberries with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar and fold into the muffin batter.
  4. MAKE THE GLAZE Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and cover with the crumb topping. Gently press the topping onto the muffins so it adheres. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack set over a baking sheet.
  5. MAKE THE GLAZE In a medium bowl, mix the confectioners' sugar with the water until smooth and barely runny. Drizzle the glaze over the warm muffins and let it set. Serve the muffins warm or at room temperature.
Contributed By Photo © Beatriz Da Costa Published March 2001

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