Sunday, November 13, 2011

Four-Ingredient Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Baking from scratch, I love it; I do.  But sometimes, a cake mix comes to the rescue.  Like sometimes in the mornings...when I tend to feel lazy...and the last thing I want to do is create an entire sinkful of dishes before 6:30 am.
I present to you...a lazy mom's (that's me) muffins.
{I am not referring to my muffin TOP here. I mean *actual* muffins.}

They're a snap to put together, a hit with the kids and adults alike, and oh, they're low-fat.  If you're into that sort of thing.

4-Ingredient Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
{technically 5 if you count the water, but let's not.}
yield: 15-18 muffins

1 box French Vanilla Cake Mix
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
2 egg whites, beaten with a fork until frothy
heaping 1/2 c. cranberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, UNthawed)

Preheat oven to 325.  Spray or grease 15-18 cups of a muffin tin.

Stir together the cake mix and pumpkin.  I usually add 2-3 TBSP water here to loosen things up a bit.

Gently stir in the egg whites and cranberries until incorporated.  Spoon into the prepared muffin tins.

Bake for 22-25 minutes, until the centers pop back when lightly pressed.

Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

{Sometimes when you take pictures of food, visitors pop by to see what you are up to.}


Voila! Warm from the oven muffins that you can make even before getting caffeinated.

36 comments:

  1. mmm, these look so good! I like to bake from scratch too, but lately I haven't wanted to cook or fix anything at all! These would surely fix the spot. (My cat is super nosy too, she has to always see what I'm doing!) cute

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  2. These look yummy! Do you by any chance mean "thawed," as opposed to "UNthawed" (as that would mean frozen)?

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  3. How quick and easy! I am not a big cranberry lover, so my 4th ingredient would be chocolate chips!!

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  4. Haha I love your little friend sneaking up to see what's going on! So cute!

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  5. These look so good, I am not a big fan of cranberries. Find them too tart might skip that.

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  6. What a lovely idea! These sound awesome.

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  7. Liz M...you read that right, "UNthawed." If your cranberries are frozen, do not thaw them. I specified that thinking some people might automatically thaw them first.

    Thanks for checking, though.

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  8. Shoot, I wish I knew you were doing these! I could have linked up to you on my post! I did a 2 ingredient cupcake! I guess we both have shortcuts on the brain :)

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  9. Is that one mine? :) They look very tasty
    Kisses from Spain
    Ines

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  10. Okay so...you make breakfast before 6:30 am? Crap. I am soooo doing this mother thing wrong.

    These muffins look gorgeous, so colorful!! Love the shot with your cat ;)

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  11. These look wonderful. The fact that you are even baking before 6:30 a.m., from a mix or otherwise has me feeling that I'm a total plug! Even your cat has more morning pep than I do ;)

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  12. Easy and delicious! Love this recipe!

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  13. yum! i bet the house smelled great while these were baking. i love shortcut recipes :)

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  14. They look delicious. If you don't mind, I take your recipe.

    Love!

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  15. I was just compiling my grocery list when I happened to open this recipe and you can be sure there were four more ingredients added to my list! Thanks for the idea!

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  16. I love easy things like this!

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  17. Okay I'm in love with these pictures. You my dear are a photography whiz! Oh and I heart your cat ;)

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  18. Those look great...and, better yet, easy!

    And I love that your kitty makes the cut, too. I maintain that an essence of cat hair adds both texture and taste. (Kidding...at least I always hope!) ;)

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  19. Haha! I love your "company." Having grown up with cats, I know all about their level of interest in human food.
    I love the simplicity of these muffins! I might need to make them for our Bible study next week (this week I have a cranberry bread lined up that I'm so excited about!).

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  20. Excellent....I love cake mix recipes...as much as I love all ingredient recipes...sometimes a box mix tweaked is just as wonderful and sooooooo less messy and time consuming! I love the flavor combo and want to try it sounds awesome!

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  21. Sometimes I want to be baker-extraordinaire and do everything from scratch, and sometimes I just want the treats in my mouth ASAP. This is an awesome recipe for times like that! :D thanks for a great post!

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  22. i love pumpkin & cranberry together! these look so yummy & cute... thanks for sharing!

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  23. Bridget, thanks for clarifying! That totally makes sense. I can't wait to try these!

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  24. Ummm, YUM!!! Can I say that even I could make these??
    They lok awesome...cant wait to give them a try!

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

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  25. Wow! I would never have thought of adding those to a cake mix, but I should've. You're a smart cookie. ; )

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  26. Oh my yum! These look so tasty! Love it, Bridget!

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  27. What an easy recipe! And some of my favorite ingredients. Definitely a "must try!"

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  28. I love using cake and cookie mixes as short cuts to really, really good treats. These look perfect!

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  29. Is that the kitty in the background or THE KIDDO? ;)
    This looks PERFECT for Thanksgiving morning!
    I'm making these!
    That's the CUTEST can of pumpkin I have ever seen!
    xo
    Everything about you is CUTE!!!

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  30. I'm still LOVING this new adorable blog design by the way!!!!!
    xoxoxo

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  31. Oh I NEED to try this!!.......my favorite muffins are the orange cranberry at Panera! I need to make them too, but these will certainly do for now!

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  32. Thank you for this recipe! I'm going to make it for Thanksgiving! I have freshly picked cranberries which I'm going to use.

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  33. Yum! Do you think using dried cranberries would be a good replacement for fresh/frozen? I always have the dried version on hand.

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  34. I was wondering about using dried cranberries. I know they are sweetened but I like sweets so maybe it'll be ok.

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