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Spiced Christmas muffins recipe

These spiced, baked Christmas muffin recipe is easy to make and has spices, fruits, and nuts – they are a lovely family breakfast on Christmas day. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand's recipe finder



  • 2 cups of self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 red apple, grated
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • Zest of 1 orange, finely chopped
  • 80mL (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • 2 free range eggs (59g)
  • 250mL (1 cup) milk
  • 24 pecans


Preheat oven to 180C and lightly grease a regular size 12-hole muffin tin with butter. Sift flour and cinnamon into a large bowl.

Add sugar, apple, sultanas, craisins and orange zest and mix to combine. Whisk oil, eggs, milk and vanilla together.

Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Spoon into muffin tin and top each muffin with 2 pecans. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted into muffin comes out clean.



  • If you don't have a zester, finely grate the orange peel.
  • To reduce washing up, use a clear measuring jug to first measure the oil (to 1/3 cup), then add milk (to 1 1/3 cups), then add eggs and vanilla and whisk.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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