Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cure for the winter blahs

I don't know about y'all, but I'm tired of being COLD.  The weather is grey and yuck.  My kids are sick with the yuck.  I'm just ready for SPRING!!!  I want to start my garden, and open my windows, and not wear 10 layers of clothing.  But until then, even though the holidays are over, it is perfectly okay to warm your house with the comforting smells of....gingerbread!  It's sugar and spice and everything nice :)

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins with crystallized ginger and toasted walnuts....oh yeah.

It all started because I spotted these babies at the grocery store -
They looked so inviting.  Bright and pretty and begging to be bought.  For which I obliged.  and the store was out of pomegranates. 

I was thinking cranberry, ginger and white chocolate.  Then I had visions of cranberry-orange (which is still weighing heavily on my brain).  But then I decided on this recipe from Taste of Home.  It sounded so warm and comforting.  I just made a few additions.


2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour *I used 1/2 whole wheat

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg *I used Egg Beaters, b/c I knew Mr. Two wouldn't eat them anyway!

3/4 cup water  orange juice

1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed and quartered *I wasn't going to quarter each and every cranberry - so I threw them in my little chopper

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the egg, water orange juice, yogurt, molasses and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries, walnuts and ginger.

Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners; fill 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen *I got 18 standard size muffins
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I've decided what would make these muffins perfect would be a drizzle of cream cheese frosting, or even white chocolate.  But I don't need the extra calories.  I had to stash some muffins in the freezer to keep myself from eating them ALL, since my kids are soooo picky and wouldn't even try them.  Silly kids.

How do y'all warm up in the middle of winter?  I'm getting ready to fix me a latte and take girl Number Two to the doctor to see if she has strep.  Fun times.

Check out other fabulous recipes and crafts at these Tuesday linkys....

Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays

Get Your Craft On Tuesday


Lovely Yellow Ribbons


Eat at Home - Ingredient Spotlight: Cranberries


  1. Wow, these look good! Thanks for sharing, and happy Tasty Tuesday ;-)

  2. I know what you mean about wanting a season change during a long cold winter. The muffins sound perfect right now for my house too. :) I'm following you from the H&S hop. Please follow me back at Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  3. I am ready for Spring also and I am totally
    with you on the muffins(cheryl@scrapaddict4sure)

  4. I have actually never used fresh cranberries before - I use the craisins - love this muffin though and am dreaming of spring too!

    Thanks for your virtual hugs yesterday! :D

  5. It's too bad I don't like cranberries because those look delicious!

  6. If that doesn't cure your winter blahs, I don't know what will! Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday and posting my button! Hope to see you next week! http://www.messhalltobistro.blogspot.com/search/label/Made From Scratch Tuesday

  7. Mmmm those sound delicious!

    <3, New Follower

  8. I will always eat anything gingerbread and the more ginger in there, the better. These muffins sound like they would wake up my tastebuds in the morning. I have a new linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

  9. Gingerbread is my hero, these muffins are a must bake. thanks.

  10. Aren't kids just the silliest? I actually love it when they turn up their picky little noses - more for me! Thanks for linking the blah curing recipe to the Hearth and Soul Hop!



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