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Orange Cardamom Muffins

Orange Cardamom Muffins

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Orange Cardamom Muffins are tender, flavorful and moist! A simple muffin scented with orange zest and ground cardamom is sprinkled with sparkling sugar for a touch of sweetness and crunch. The perfect treat with coffee or tea. This recipe yields 12.
Course Breads & Baked Goods, Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, cardamom, muffins, orange
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 246
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice freshly squeezed and strained of pulp
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sparkling sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 350° and line a standard baking pan with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, measure and add flour, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine and set off to the side.
  • Add the zest and granulated sugar to a bowl, use your fingers to massage them together until it resembles wet sand.
  • In a separate bowl, measure and add the orange sugar, brown sugar, eggs, oil, milk, orange juice and vanilla. Whisk thoroughly to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry, use a rubber spatula to mix until just combined.
  • Evenly divide the muffin batter among prepared liners and bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway during baking.
  • Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes back clean but with a few crumbs attached.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg