Cranberry Lemon Mini Muffins

This post is brought to you by Hamilton Beach.

It’s been a long time since I’ve made mini muffins or mini cupcakes. They’re cute, but they’re a big pain in the backside to make. When I first bought a mini muffin pan, I picked up one with only a dozen wells…And then decided it was a good idea to make mini Red Velvet Cupcakes. I think it took me well over 3 hours to make them all. I’ve since added a 2-dozen well mini muffin pan to my collection, so it doesn’t take that long now if I need to make something like these Cranberry Lemon Mini Muffins.

cranberry lemon mini muffins spread out on napkin

These were actually for a friend–Her department was doing a holiday potluck, and she asked if I minded baking for her. I did not, and asked if she minded me trying my hand at these Cranberry Lemon Mini Muffins, though she’s the one who asked that they be mini, rather than regular-sized.

cranberry lemon mini muffins on blue plate with napkin

I had a little help in making these from Hamilton Beach.

Hamilton Beach mixers on counter

I was sent a Stand Mixer, as well as the 6-Speed Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case. I especially love that the hand mixer comes with the storage case for the attachments.

mixer with snap-on storage case and attachments

I don’t know about you, but if I stick mixer attachments in one of my utensil drawers, inevitably one of the pair will disappear right when I need it most. It probably goes off to visit the Land of Socks Lost in the Dryer.

The stand mixer is nice as well, which is what I’m going to focus on for the rest of this post.

stand mixer on counter

It’s small, but a lightweight powerhouse. It utilizes the same mixing action as a Kitchen Aid, which means nothing to me, only because my other stand mixer is another brand. But Kitchen Aid is rather popular, so perhaps that means something to my readers! It also comes with the standard attachments–The paddle, whisk, and dough hook. Which means you can mix up Cranberry Lemon Mini Muffin batter:

stand mixer and cranberry lemon muffin batter

And you can whip cream or egg whites for a meringue, as well as knead some bread dough. The bottom of the mixer also has suction cups that help control the inevitable mixer shaking when beating or whipping something on high speeds. The bowl and attachments are also dishwasher-safe (as long as you don’t use the “sanitize” cycle/setting on your dishwasher–The higher temperature can damage the parts).

Yield: 36-40

Cranberry Lemon Mini Muffins

Cranberry Lemon Mini Muffins
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 C fresh cranberries
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/4 C (half a stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


Line the wells of a 24-count mini muffin pan with paper liners and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut cranberries in half, and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and butter together on medium speed. Add in the milk, lemon zest, vanilla, and the eggs. Mix well.

Add the dry ingredients all at once, and mix on low speed just until combined. Fold in the cranberries.

Using a small (1-Tbsp.) scoop, place the batter in the prepared muffin pan(s). Bake the muffins for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown, and a tester inserted in several muffins comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and cool completely on wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Recipe Source: Hurst's Berry Farms

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Now, the fun part of the post. Hamilton Beach is very generously giving one of my readers this same set of mixers! One of you will also receive the Stand Mixer, as well as the 6-Speed Hand Mixer. As usual, all you have to do is leave me a comment. It can be as short or as detailed and lengthy as you’d like. Tell me what you’d make if you won the mixers. What’s your favorite holiday cookie? Are you someone who goes all out for the Christmas season, or are you a Grinch like I am? What’s your favorite song? It doesn’t matter, just leave a comment! I’ll randomly choose a winner and Hamilton Beach will ship the mixers directly to that person.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: This giveaway will run from now until 6:00 PM CST, Friday, December 18, 2015. A winner will be chosen using a random number generator, and contacted via email. If there is no response within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen in the same manner. The winner must be 18 years or older and reside in the 50 United States or Washington D.C. Hamilton Beach cannot ship to P.O. Boxes.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided these two mixers to review by Hamilton Beach. No other compensation has been given. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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13 Replies to “Cranberry Lemon Mini Muffins”

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  2. I would love a new hand mixer from Hamilton Beach. The first thing I would make would be sugar cookies with my son, thanks for the chance! :)

  3. I just lost my brother so I am feeling very un-Christmasy. I AM baking some because that is my therapy. Holiday baking is one of my favorite things, using old family recipes.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope that baking with your family recipes brings you some comfort during this time.

  4. I would make batter for a caramel cheesecake: I like gingerbread cookies during the holidays; I am a bit of a Grinch; I like Jingle Bell Rock. Thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  5. And in the morning….I’m making WAFFLES….and everyone is invited! I’m going to love to make waffles with this new mixer. And make some real whip cream with the hand mixer…with cranberry topping………
    Can’t wait to win!

  6. I hope I win so my girlfriend can make me some delicious banana bread! It’s my favorite!