Mitten muffins

Claire Gallam

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Are your kids fighting breakfast again? Can't seem to get them to eat anything that doesn't come covered in sugar or syrup? Instead of donuts, cereal or pancakes, why not serve them these adorable mitten-shaped muffins?

Mitten muffins

These cute little muffins are easy to make, fun to decorate and are a sure way to get your kids to eat their breakfast. And the best part? No bribery required!

Mitten cranberry orange muffins

Serves about 12


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange
  • Red and green icing gel
  • Chopped candy canes


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a mitten-shaped muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and grated orange together. In another bowl, beat the brown sugar, sugar, egg, applesauce, orange juice and canola oil until creamy. Stir in the dry mixture and mix to combine.
  3. Gently fold in the cranberries. Pour the mixture into the prepared muffin tin, filling about 2/3 the way full.
  4. Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Let cool. Once cooled, frost with icing and sprinkles.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.