Christmas Morning Muffins

Welcome to my new morning obsession, Christmas morning muffins!

Christmas Morning Muffins

If you are anything like me, come Christmas morning you want a treat for breakfast but none of the hassle of making it. It’s a busy enough day as it is and spending hours over a stove in the morning is just not my idea of fun.

But I want something a little more fancy then a bowl of cornflakes but not so filling that I can’t eat my Christmas dinner. These muffins are your answer, trust me πŸ˜€

Quick to put together

Like most muffins these are quick to put together and you can even prep your ingredients the night before so all you have to do in the morning is mix up the wet ingredients combine them with the already prep’ed dry ingredients. Scoop them into a muffin pan and bake!

Christmas Morning Muffins

Christmas flavouring

The amazing thing about these muffins is, they taste like Christmas in a muffin. They are packed full of Christmas spices like ground cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

Christmas Morning Muffins

Chopped nuts, dried cranberries, glace cherries, mixed peel, raisins and marzipan.

Christmas Morning Muffins

I broke up the marzipan into little balls so it is dotted throughout the muffins and you get a bit of it in every bite.Β The decoration (which it optional) is also made of marzipan to boost that lovely almond flavour even more.

A Lighter Alternative

Because these lovely treats are muffins they are a lot lighter than Christmas cake, and some people (strange people I know) don’t actually like Christmas cake because they find it too heavy. This is a great way to let people feel part of the party! The flavour is just like it but so much lighter.

Christmas Morning Muffins

It doesn’t matter if you make these for breakfast or have them for afternoon tea, these muffins will put even the most bah humbug of people in the Christmas mood.

Sweet, spicy and chocked full of festive flavour you can’t lose with these Christmas morning muffins.

What treats do you enjoy for Christmas breakfast?

Christmas Morning Muffins
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A sweetly spiced muffin, packed full of festive ingredients. Tastes just like Christmas cake but a much lighter alternative.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 375 grams Plain flour (All Purpose), (3 cups)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 90 grams marzipan, (1/4 cup)
  • 40 grams chopped mixed nuts, (1/4 cup)
  • 50 grams dried cranberries, (1/4 cup)
  • 16 whole Glace Cherries, (halved)
  • 50 grams raisins, (1/4 cup)
  • 40 grams candied mixed peel, (1/4 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200 grams granulated sugar, (1 cup)
  • 120 millitres vegetable oil, (1/2 cup)
  • 240 millitres milk - cows or almond, (1 cup)
  • 2 and ½ teaspoons orange extract, (vanilla extract can be used if you do not have orange extract)
  1. Preheat your oven to 230C / 450F / Gas mark 8. And lightly grease your 12 hole muffin pan or if using liners line your pan.
  2. Sieve the flour, baking powder, salt and all the spices together in a medium sized bowl and place to one side.
  3. Weigh / measure out all your add ins, the marzipan, chopped nuts, dried cranberries, glace cherries, raisins and candied mixed peel.
  4. Chop your glace cherries in half and take your lump of marzipan and roll it into as many little balls as you can. Mix all your add ins into the dry ingredients bowl,
  5. In a large mixing bowl add in the sugar, vegetable oil, milk, eggs and orange / vanilla extract and whisk them all together until they are pale and well combined.
  6. Very gently fold in the flour mix and add ins until they are just combined.
  7. Spoon / scoop the mixture into your muffin pan. Fill the cups right up to the top and then pop them into the oven.
  8. After 7 minutes you need to turn the oven down to 190C / 375F / Gas mark 5. The initial heat will help give them the high dome but you need to turn them down to the lower heat so they will bake all the way through without burning. Bake them for a further 18 to 20 minutes.
  9. Once baked take them out of the oven and leave them in their pan for 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool down.
  10. If you wish to decorate them like mine dust them with a little icing sugar and roll out a little marzipan and using a cutter, cut out some holly leaves and place a few silver sugar balls on top.
  11. Kept in an airtight tin these muffins will keep for 4 to 5 days. But they are best eaten fresh.


Author: Emma

I make, photograph and write every post on Bake Then Eat. If you ever come over to visit you will be presented with a plethora of home bakes, expect to leave my home a few pounds heavier and with a doggy bag!

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    • Hi Maureen, you’ll love them I promise πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Emma, don’t worry you are not alone my fella is not a fan of Christmas cake either, he finds it too heavy but he really loved these muffins!

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  1. Mmm, I can practically smell Christmas from here! This mixture of spices and sweetness sounds lovely, and these muffins are so festive and pretty, too!

    My family always has homemade caramel rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. They rise overnight so they just need to be popped in the oven the next day. It’s a tradition we love!

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    • Hi Brianna, thank you πŸ™‚ Oh those caramel rolls sound lovely I hope you share them on your blog soon πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Angie, thank you. Yes they definitely have less calories than Christmas cake!

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  2. These muffins look amazing! They would definitely get me in the Christmas mood! I love all the spices and you decorated them so pretty!

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  3. I’d love to start my Christmas morning with your gorgeous muffins! Those marzipan leaves are just the cutest garnish…so festive!!!

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