Muffins with marzipan, cranberries and crocanti. Christmas recipe

There are many recipes for typical Christmas sweets that we can prepare at home, but it can also be a good idea to give a special touch to certain preparations. These marzipan, cranberry and nut crocanti muffins are perfect for a breakfast or Christmas snack, and they are also easy to prepare.

The dough also has a small proportion of ground hazelnut that provides a little point of delicious flavor and that I associate a lot with this time. You could use ground almonds, but I recommend using hazelnuts. If you do not find it already ground, they can be crushed at home using peeled and lightly toasted nuts, to give them more flavor. Marzipan is the raw dough that is used to prepare desserts, and which could be substituted for almond paste.


For 12 units
  • Unsalted butter 100 g
  • Milk 300 ml
  • Egg L 2
  • Vanilla essence 5 ml
  • Small orange zest 1
  • Pastry flour 200 g
  • Ground hazelnut or almond 30 g
  • Chemical yeast 5 g
  • Sodium bicarbonate 5 g
  • Salt 4 g
  • Brown sugar 75 g
  • Ground cinnamon 5 g
  • Ground nutmeg 2 g
  • Marzipan 200 g
  • Dried cranberries 100 g
  • Almond or hazelnut crocanti

How to make muffins with marzipan, blueberries and almond crocanti

Difficulty: easy
  • Total time 45 m
  • Elaboration 25 m
  • Cooking 20 m

Try to have all the ingredients at room temperature before starting. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and prepare a tray or molds of 12 muffins. Melt the butter and mix with the milk. Add the eggs and beat with the vanilla essence and the orange zest.

In a larger container, sift the pastry flour with the hazelnut or ground almond, brown sugar, salt, yeast, baking soda and spices. Add the mixture of wet ingredients and start mixing gently. Add the chopped marzipan and the chopped blueberries. Mix everything very well but just, until there are no dry lumps.

Distribute the dough in the molds and cover with crocanti of dried fruits to taste, pressing lightly so that they adhere well. Bake for about 20 minutes, wait a little outside the oven and unmold. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

With what to accompany the Christmas muffins

Christmas marzipan, cranberry, and crocanti muffins can be great to have a somewhat special breakfast over the holidays, much better if we have kids at home as they can help us make them. Another option is to bake them for a snack in good company, especially on one of those cold afternoons when you feel like staying safely inside the house. When baked they will flood the house with homey aromas.

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