What muffin would be appropriate for Thanksgiving week? Nothing less than a Turducken inspired one, of course! If you haven’t heard, the turducken has become a new Thanksgiving showstopper – it’s a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey.

For my muffins, I went the sweet route and chose cranberry, orange, and chocolate for my three layers of flavor. Cranberry is the inner most flavor because it’s tangy and sour, then comes chocolate, and finally, a refreshing citrus note with orange.

Cranberry Chocolate Orange Muffins

Much like the Turducken, it looks pretty normal on the outside

Turducken-Inspired Cranberry Chocolate Orange Muffins
Makes 32 mini muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Fill muffin tin with enough chocolate muffin batter to just cover the bottom. Press a pate de fruit into the center (or, if using jam, spoon a dollop of jam into the center) . Add just enough batter so the pate de fruit is completely covered. Baked until muffin is completely cooked. The pate de fruit will melt, so you might see jelly oozing out of the top.
  3. Let chocolate muffins cool, then remove from muffin tin. Place in freezer until frozen solid.
  4. Fill another muffin tin with enough orange juice batter to just cover the bottom. Press a frozen cranberry-chocolate muffin in the center. Top with more batter until the chocolate muffin is completely covered.
  5. Bake until tops and slightly golden, about 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool and remove from muffin tins. Store in airtight container.

Orange Juice Muffins (24 of 750)
Adapted from 750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
  • 1 1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, egg, orange zest, orange juice, and oil until well blended.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.
  5. To fill with muffins, follow directions above. Otherwise, divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until tops are light golden brown.

Murphy’s Law paid me a visit the day I made these. It started when I spilled cocoa powder all over my kitchen floor, and then snowballed from there, until my kitchen became a black hole of disaster for the rest of the day. That’s a great way to introduce these muffins, right?

The muffins themselves aren’t as bad as it sounds – they’re certainly not attractive, but they actually taste pretty well-balanced for a muffin that has three different flavors. Orange is the first flavor that you’ll smell, but taste-wise, no one flavor overpowers the others. The cranberry pate de fruit melts into a nice jam, and the bright tart flavor cuts is a nice contrast to the chocolate. The orange muffin on the outside further balances the chocolate and keeps the the whole muffin light, even though the texture is dense.

Step aside, Turducken, there’s a new multi-flavored monstrosity in town!

Cranberry and Chocolate

Cranberries and chocolate go so well together

Cranberry Chocolate Orange Muffins

Three flavors in one!

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