Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Hearty, tangy muffins using leftover cranberry sauce. They’re ridiculously easy to whip up, just perfect for that lazy morning after a big holiday.


Total Time: 35 minutes

Cranberry sauce is arguably one of the best parts of Thanksgiving – especially the homemade stuff. Which is probably why I tend to go overboard and whip up way more than is needed. If a little is terrific, a lot is even better! Right?

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins recipe - Hearty, tangy muffins using leftover cranberry sauce. They're ridiculously easy to whip up, just perfect for that lazy morning after a big holiday.

So inevitably, we end up with leftovers. While there are a gazillion things you can do with the delicious stuff, this is one of my favorites – Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins. They’re hearty and tangy and perfect for that lazy morning after.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins recipe - Hearty, tangy muffins using leftover cranberry sauce. They're ridiculously easy to whip up, just perfect for that lazy morning after a big holiday.

So enjoy yourself on Thanksgiving, and enjoy a batch of these the day after. Happy Holidays to you!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Hearty, tangy muffins using leftover cranberry sauce. They're ridiculously easy to whip up, just perfect for that lazy morning after a big holiday.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons rolled oats (reserve the 3 tablespoons for the tops)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk (can substitute almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 12-cup standard-size muffin tin (or add liners).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cranberry sauce, milk, vegetable oil and egg.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
  6. Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups - about 3/4 to all the way full.
  7. Sprinkle with the three tablespoons oats.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops spring back when you touch them and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry.
  9. Let cool for about five minutes. Serve.

Dairy-Free Option

Use almond milk for the milk.
Adapted from Serious Eats

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

34 Responses to “Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins”

  1. What I can’t figure out about cranberry sauce is that if it’s so good, why is there any leftover? I love cranberries but not cranberry sauce. Actually that’s not true, I don’t think I’ve ever tried it. I can’t give up the gravy.

  2. I just made these with leftover homemade cranberry ‘relish’ I’ll call it. Muffins came out great! The only thing I’ll do differently next time is to leave them in the oven another minute or two. The muffins came out cooked all the way through, but *just*, probably because I stuck the muffin tray on a cookie sheet just in case there was any overspill. (There wasn’t; you can truly fill the muffin tins all the way up.) Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Leftovers or not, this looks yummy!

  4. Just put a batch in the oven. I was wondering what to do with cranberry sauce left-overs. Perfect for a cold Alaskan morning.

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  7. Where do you get the cute cupcake liners?

  8. Good muffins, but I thought they were a little too sweet. Does anyone know how to determine the number of calories per muffin for this recipe?

  9. If I wanted to add bananas to these muffins how do you think I would do that? Substitute them for 1/2 of the cranberry relish?

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  12. Just made these today with some leftover cranberry relish + added some craisins. Total hit at the office!!

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  17. I was searching for something to do with that can of whole berry cranberry sauce that seemed doomed to a long wait in the back of the pantry for next Thanksgiving when I found this recipe. Wow! They are freaking delicious. Even my picky 16-year-old liked them and my 5-year-old ate three. Yum!

  18. These are great!  The recipe definitely makes about 18 muffins though.  Would have been even better if my cranberry sauce was made with nuts.

  19. Very good. Not too sweet..Made two batches to share with co-workers!

  20. These are terrible! So bland

  21. Delicious and will make again. I was looking for something to do with my homemade sauce and I’m glad I stumbled across this recipe. I swapped some of the AP flour with whole wheat and some of the oil for unsweetened apple sauce. I also got 15 muffins.

  22. I was looking for something to do with my leftover cranberry chutney, and this was a great way to use it up! I was craving a bran muffin, so I substituted the oats for 1 1/2 cups bran soaked in 1 c milk, then left out the milk further down the recipe. I also subbed the oil for applesauce and cut down the sugar. Sooo good! Yum. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Your directions don’t mention the salt!!! I just put mine in the oven when I realized one of the ingredients in the list wasn’t added. Hope they turn out okay…

  24. I loved this recipe as I was looking for a way to use Cranberry Jelly, dried cranberries and oatmeal that I get free as a part of “meals for low income families”. I don’t want to waste anything that is given to me. Hubby loved this recipe that we made into bread. We doubled the recipe to share with friends and used whole wheat flour, one 14 oz can of cranberry jelly with 1 cup of dried Cranberries. He doesn’t like desserts much as sweets are not his thing but he loved this one! Thanks!

  25. I also get applesauce so will use that next time instead of eggs? Not sure …plus I didn’t have vegetable oil so i used coconut oil.

  26. Hello
    Is (1) Tablespoon of baking powder correct???
    I have never seen that much called for in any recipe.

    I am baking these now, but only using 1tsp baking powder.
    Thank you

  27. My precious grandgirlies are coming for breakfast tomorrow! I wanted to make muffins for them. When I checked my pantry, all I had was a can of cranberry sauce whole berry. I looked up a recipe and this one came up. I just made them and they are perfect. I was skeptical to fill all twelve up but they came out lovely. This recipe is a keeper. I plan on making them with them next time. Thank you! Delish!

  28. Hi what I can substitute the oats with? Really want to make these but not a big fan of oats

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