Mandarin Muffins

There would ordinarily be a tandem cooking post written by Nance and I, but Nance and Rick are on a sudden, unexpected road trip, so I’m putting up this recipe instead.  The tandem post will be back next week.

Nance and Rick might be on their way to Alabama to visit us! But that could just be a rumor. I can neither confirm nor deny.

(Shhhhh, I’m confirming it. Don’t tell anyone!)


I first had these muffins several years ago. My parents, sister, and nephew came to Alabama for Christmas, and my sister made these muffins. I loved them, and they’ve become my Christmas morning go-to almost every year since. I meant to put this recipe up before Christmas so that anyone who wanted could also make them for Christmas brunch (they are SO good), but you see how that worked out. What can I say? I suck.


Mandarin Muffins (1)

Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter (softened), sugar, 1 egg (slightly beaten), canned mandarin oranges (drained), golden raisins, orange juice. Note on the raisins: I don’t like raisins in anything but Raisin Bran, but I love ’em in these muffins.

Sift together your dry ingredients – flour, baking powder and soda, salt – and set aside. I didn’t take a picture of that step, so you’ll have to just use your imagination.

Mandarin Muffins (2)

Beat your butter and sugar together ’til combined. Add egg, oranges, raisins, and orange juice and mix until just combined.

Mandarin Muffins (4)

Toss in your dry ingredients and mix well.

Mandarin Muffins (5)

Grease your muffin tins and fill each cup with 1/3 c. batter. (Mine are a bit overfilled here.) The recipe makes 15 – 16 muffins, so if you don’t have an extra muffin tin, you’ll have to bake the muffins in two batches. I recommend you buy a six-cup silicone muffin pan to keep on hand for just these occasions because I KNOW you have unlimited space in your cabinets.

Mandarin Muffins (7)

(That tin is CLEAN, it’s just STAINED and also SHUT UP.)

Bake for 15 – 16 minutes.

Mandarin Muffins (8)

Okay, they’re not PRETTY muffins, but they are so so so good.

Let cool slightly, and then shove ’em in your face. THE END.

Mandarin Muffins (9)


Mandarin Muffins
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Original Source/Author:
: Breakfast
Serves: 15-16
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1¼ t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ c. soft butter
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 - 11 oz. cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • ¼ c. golden raisins
  • ½ c. orange juice
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and butter. Add egg, oranges, raisins and orange juice, and mix until just combined.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well.
  4. Grease muffin tins and fill with ⅓ c. batter for each muffin. Bake at 400 for 14 - 15 minutes.



Mandarin Muffins — 17 Comments

    • I absolutely love it! Unless I’m making whipped cream – which is when I use the wire whisk – I always use the flex edge beater and it does an amazing job.

      • Well if both Robyn AND Nance give it two thumbs up, I’m off to Amazon immediately! Thanks.

  1. I’ve been making these since you first posted the recipe on Bitchypoo, and everyone loves them! I use dark chocolate chips instead of raisins and add a little flax seed/oat bran combo. I’ve made them with pineapple, too! Yummy!

    • I meant to add that we’re going on a day-trip to go snowboarding tomorrow and I’m thinking of making these for a snack to bring since they’re so popular with my family. Thanks!

      • Ooh, chocolate chips instead of raisins sounds good! And they’re definitely a good snack. Have fun snowboarding. 🙂

  2. Many thanks for posting a recipe by my favorite cookbook writer ever: Some book about inns somewhere. These Muffins sound yummy, and since you’ve made them before, I guess a kitten taste tester wasn’t required. Still, Sungold, Mr. Stripey, and Newt would have color coordinated well.

    • I think there were actually no cats around that I could grab pictures of when I was making the muffins – that, or I was in a rush to get the recipe done and didn’t take the time. 🙂

  3. Those look yummy. I have a request: make a recipe with Bisquick. I use it instead of flour, etc. There’s even a low-fat Bisquick, and I’ve tried it too. I just like the convenience of not adding the right amount of baking powder/soda.

    (My grandmother would have a fit if she read what I just wrote. She was “old-school” when it came to cooking from scratch. But I didn’t inherit her cooking talent, unfortunately.)

    P.S. Hope you’re enjoying your company & they are snuggling with the kittehs!

  4. Robyn I saw these on your other site and though “eh, I like mandarin oranges, maybe I’ll make these.” Then I saw then again here so I figured that was a sign. OMG! I am shoveling them in my pie hole right this minute. Why wasn’t this the first recipe you did? Why is this recipe not required in order to read about kitties, chickens and doggies?! Why have you not taken over the planet with these delicious bites of orangey goodness?!! If you bribed me with these I would totally vote for you as ruler of the world.

Comments (%)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *