Blackberry Orange Muffins

by jenna on January 18, 2011

I’ll just say it.

I hate winter.

I love warm weather, summer and fresh berries. Sundresses, flip-flops and margaritas. And even though I love all things Christmas, I’m even happier when the temperatures begin to rise and I can trade in my Uggs for cute strappy sandals.

What? It’s still cold where you are? Yeah, here too.

BUT…I found a whole pound of big, juicy blackberries on sale for $3.99 at Trader Joe’s the other day and decided right then and there I would just pretend it was summer regardless of the month and weather.

Everything about these muffins makes me really happy and forget the fact that it’s still January for about 26 seconds.

They’re big and soft and stuffed with juicy blackberries. But you wanna know what makes these guys really stand apart?

vanilla sugar and orange zest! Well, that and the fact that muffins are pretty much an excuse to eat cake for breakfast…and I’m really into that.

Can’t find blackberries? Try raspberries or blueberries…or check your frozen aisle.

You make these like you would make sugar cookies (creaming butter and sugar) instead of the “normal” way to make muffins that usually involves melted butter and little to no stirring. The result is a more cookie-like crumb and a super crusty top! Win.

Yes.

Blackberry Orange Muffins

adapted from Martha Stewart

makes 12 muffins

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp grated orange zest

2 cups fresh blackberries (or berry of your choice..use frozen if you can’t find fresh!)

1 stick butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

Preheat your oven to 375.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, orange zest, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Gently add the blackberries and stir so that the berries are covered with flour. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one by one, until thoroughly combined. Add the milk and blend.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and toss gently, being careful not to crush the berries. Scoop batter into 12 greased muffin tins sprinkle vanilla sugar (or regular granulated sugar) over the tops.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the tops are golden. Let cool for five minutes in the tins then pop out and cool completely.

hello, summer.

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Baking 'n' Books January 18, 2011 at 5:03 am

I have a feeling it’s a lot colder here than there ;)

I love muffins that are like “Fruit Explosion” and look (and taste) like cake :)

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 18, 2011 at 5:05 am

I buttered a white roll, grilled it, and stuffed it with lobster salad the other day. And then I served it with a tossed salad and a giant glass of milk.

I love eating summer in the middle of January. :D

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 18, 2011 at 5:05 am

I love the melting butter on the muffins. Such pretty colors too!

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

I love melted butter on anything.

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The Wife of a Dairyman January 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

Okay, the melting butter caught my eye. I could almost taste and smell those muffins through the desk top screen!

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Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 18, 2011 at 5:05 am

Yep, I’ve been having that “I hate winter” thought lately as well. Once Christmas is over… winter should be over. Right? That’s how it was in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe…

Love these muffins. And the more muffins are cookie-esque, the more I’ll like em :)

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Estela @ Weekly Bite January 18, 2011 at 5:06 am

I too am so sick of the cold. Being from Texas, I have a low tolerance for this type of weather. I just keep wishing for April to get here.

These muffins are a great reminder of summer :)

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Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 18, 2011 at 5:06 am

I love berry muffins, especially blackberry muffins, they’re my favorite berry!
I’ve also been loving the orange flavor lately – I made an orange smoothie and orange cranberry bread a few days ago! :-D

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blog is the new black January 18, 2011 at 5:07 am

I’ve been dying to bake with orange lately! I have all kinds of ideas in my head. Last night I added some zest to a butternut squash ravioli dish I was preparing! Love the zip!

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kristin January 18, 2011 at 5:11 am

“blog is the new black”….that is too cute!

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kristina (downhomeveggie) January 18, 2011 at 5:08 am

YUM, I could use one of those this morning after three hours at the airport and a canceled flight.

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The Blue-Eyed Bakers January 18, 2011 at 5:11 am

Aaaaah summer…we’re counting down the days. All this cold/snow business doesn’t sit well with us either. And these muffins certainly make us miss warm weather even more,..they look so fresh and delicious!

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chelsie January 18, 2011 at 5:12 am

Today’s high is 8. In order to remind us what summer feels like, we grilled brats last night and ate it with a side of baked beans. Because, you know, nothing screams summer to a Wisconsinite like brats and beans.

These muffins look great, but I have a feeling I will be waiting until spring to bake these when I can find blackberries at a semi-reasonable rate.

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Lauren at KeepItSweet January 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

I miss summer SO much! Really, I just miss the days where I don’t need to put on a billion layers to leave the apartment.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 18, 2011 at 5:19 am

i am with you…and last year in colorado it snowed in MAY. awesome. but it’s all worth it for the fabulous summers with their markets and berries and tubing down the river :)

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megan @ whatmegansmaking January 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

If this is anything like your cranberry orange bread, I’m in! I have a bunch of frozen berries that I picked during the summer too :)

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

it has the same crumbly-crumb as the cranberry bread! I think the secret ingredient is butter. muhahaha

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 18, 2011 at 5:22 am

Agreed on the cold weather!! But thoughts of vanilla sugar and muffins certainly make winter more bearable. :)

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

vanilla sugar and freshly baked muffins can make practically anything bearable ;)

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 18, 2011 at 5:24 am

I don’t know that I’ve ever had a blackberry pastry. Ever! Not a pancake, muffin, bread, pie… Can you believe that?! This must be changed! I think I was always worried about the little seeds, but these muffins look too good to pass up!

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

blackberries have always been my favorite berry! Let me know if you make them and what you think!

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

in the name of hating winter, would you be so kind as to send me some delicious berry muffins in the direction of a very chilly Toronto

I think I need some summer too :)

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Abby January 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

Right now we have negative wind chills and icy roads, so anything that speaks of summer works for me. Yesterday I lit a coconut candle only because it reminded me of suntan lotion…it worked for about five minutes ;)

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RhodeyGirl January 18, 2011 at 5:33 am

Damnit! I just finished off a pint of blackberries and only have one left. Probably about a cup.. I’m going to make a special trip to the market later to get blackberries and I am SOOO making these today.

I love winter but right now I neeeeeed some warm weather! Can’t wait to make these and surprise Trig with them!!!!!

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Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 18, 2011 at 5:43 am

Those look delicious. Love the orange zest… and oh how I wish it was summer!

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jen @ taste life January 18, 2011 at 5:47 am

Those are beautiful. Is it okay to say I’m glad savory week is over?

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

hahahaha me too :) Except I do have ONE savory meal this week coming your way!

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annie January 18, 2011 at 5:51 am

Oh wow! I can’t wait to try these!

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sarah k @ the pajama chef January 18, 2011 at 5:51 am

oooh i love summer. my husband and i were just have a winter hate-fest this morning. these look delish!

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Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 18, 2011 at 5:53 am

Blackberries have been on sale EVERYwhere I look! I made BlackBerry Oat Muffins last week that were great. I think I’m going to do Blueberry Oat next, but taking a cue from you, add orange zest (and flax, hehe). Thanks for posting!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

I miss summer so bad. I found a pint of blueberries on sale on Saturday too and they were gone in oh… 8 seconds. I can’t wait til berries are in season again!

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 18, 2011 at 6:13 am

I want one of those!! They look delicious – perfect little treat to have for breakfast before heading out into yucky cold January weather.

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

agreed! Or as a little snack around 3:00 when the sun still hasn’t come out yet and it’s cold and foggy!

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Marie @ PeoniesnCupcakes January 18, 2011 at 6:14 am

Those look scrumptious! I love the berry/vanilla/orange combo..simply divine!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 18, 2011 at 6:16 am

I love winter but am definitely starting to miss warmer weather. These muffins looks awesome!!

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Katherine: Unemployed January 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

Yum! these beat out any caribou coffee scone

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 18, 2011 at 6:24 am

I haven’t made muffins in ages. Those look great, though I’m not a huge fan of muffins with citrus in them. Maybe I can just forget that ingredient…?

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

You don’t have to add it! Totally optional :)

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Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

I couldn’t agree more! I loveee warm weather and everything that comes along with it, which is why I was rejoicing when it reached an awesome 74 degrees yesterday here in Vegas. It was so beautiful and perfect. Pretty much like those muffins seem to be. (;

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Amanda (Eating Up) January 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

I love crumbly goods! And blackberries are my very favorite berry.

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Maria January 18, 2011 at 6:38 am

I am done with winter. Hurry up Spring!!! I do love these muffins though:)

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cathyb.@brightbakes January 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

Me too! I was just flipping through pics of last summer and just about cried it made me so lonesome for warmth! Those muffins could definitely help though!
love,
cathy b.

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katryn@rampantcuisine January 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

Last weekend we made fried chicken with fresh basil, cole slaw and biscuits to eat summer in January. I’m so sick of winter too!

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Stephanie @ Living and Loving January 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

Don’t hate me… but down here in Austin, TX blackberries are on sale for 1 dollar for one of those little cartons. This being said, I need to go make these and pretend it wasn’t 29 degrees last week.

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

$1??!?! Austin has everything—dollar blackberries, Amy’s ice cream and Torchy’s tacos.. no fair.

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 18, 2011 at 6:54 am

These look AMAZING. Hello summer, indeed. Please come quickly!

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf January 18, 2011 at 6:54 am

I can’t stand the blistering, suffocating, humid summer heat of Texas, so I’ll take cold over hot any day. Though now that Christmas is over, I’m ready for Spring. It was in the 70s yesterday and I actually ran errands in flip flops and capri pants comfortably! However, it’s expected to snow tomorrow…

I wish I could skip summer altogether. Or at least skip the summer heat altogether. Anything over 90 degrees and I start getting cranky.

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Louise January 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

Agreed. I live in South Georgia where there are two seasons: Summer and Christmas. I like the tiny bit of Winter that we get: tights, boots, scarfs, etc. Pretty soon it will be oppressively hot again and my hair will be a halo of frizz.

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Ameena January 18, 2011 at 6:55 am

You must come down to Los Angeles Jenna! We have no sign of winter here…it’s been 83 degrees the last few days with no end in sight.

Oddly enough, I want nothing more than to be in cold winter weather?

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 7:51 am

I heard y’all were having the best weather down there! so, so jealous!!

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Stephanie January 18, 2011 at 7:22 am

We can trade places!!!

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Camille January 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

Those are beautiful blackberries! Much as I dislike summer, I can’t wait for all the fresh fruits :)

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Amber K January 18, 2011 at 7:35 am

I love the spring/fall. Not freezing cold, not blazing hot. The perfect middle. Except that here it rains all throughout the spring/fall. But nothing is perfect!

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Kelly January 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

The colors of those muffins are fabulous! I love it.

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Lizz @ Leading the Good Life January 18, 2011 at 8:00 am

Those look terrific! You hear of orange cranberry muffins a lot, but I love how these have fresh, juicy blackberries in them.

However, I have to say that I love winter. (Especially snow!) But I love summer, too. And fall and spring. That’s allowed, right? :)

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Kati @ Living Well January 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

Those are gorgeous!

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Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen January 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

Those muffins looks FABULOUS and I’m totally loving your blog so far. :) And oh man, where I live it’s not cold AT ALL, usually in the 70′s and 80′s during this time. It’s okay though, spring is just around the corner!

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Allison @ Happy Tales January 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

Wow these look SO, so good!!! Love the recipe!!

PS. I hate winter too…. :(

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Moni'sMeals January 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

looks great! Love the combo there.
I normally am not a big fan of winter either but today in LA it is 80!

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

I think eating summery treats makes summer come faster, no?? :)

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salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) January 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

those look sooo bomb!!!

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronciles January 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

I hate winter, too! Who wants to go in on a winter home in Hawaii??? P.S. The muffins look bomb.

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Clare @ Fitting It All In January 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

I have by lying to myself for 23 years by saying I love having seasons. I’m from the midwest, but would love to live in the south. South Carolina would be nice. I don’t need this “wintry mix” going on outside!

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Raya January 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

Looks so great!!! Although I can’t complain about the weather…in Phoenix it’s in the 70′s this week.

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Keely (Sky Blue) January 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

I totally agree!! I live in Northern California too and am SO over this cold. And summers here are so glorious the anticipation while waiting out the dreary winter months just makes it worse.

One of my favorite things about summers here are the fresh wild blackberries. Do you live in a place where you can pick them? I’ll have to save this recipe for when summer comes back around. I’m always on the lookout for good blackberry recipes.

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Formulating Foodie January 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

I’m a summer girl too! But I do like some things about winter. And those muffins? YUMMM!

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Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat January 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

This look great! I am so over the winter (and I live in Texas). Bring on the margaritas!

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Haleigh January 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

those muffins look delicious! so bright and colorful.. definitely reminds me of summer :) i actually enjoy the winter, when it’s a real winter with snow,

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Natalia - a side of simple January 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

I’m right there with you on the whole winter front! The freezing rain we’re having in my area isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Speaking of tea, though, I think baking these muffins would be the perfect excuse to stay inside today so I can have them with some tea. Oh wait. Classes start today? ;)

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Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side January 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

At least you’ve got tasty muffins to keep you warm! You should come to LA- the high is 83 today and let me tell you, I too am a creature of the sun and don’t think I’ll ever be able to sanely live in a place with real winter again.

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mary (what's cookin' with mary) January 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

My Mom would LOVE these muffins! I must make them for her.

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Kailey (SnackFace) January 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

Girlfriend, you are telling me. Every day my boyfriend and I talk about how much we can’t wait for summer or even sunny, warm weather. Most of my winter is spent fantasizing about a life of color again. Berries are nice too, but really? Sunshine, shorts, sunnies, brews. All I want.

Damn, I have to move!

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Jenna @ Eating Green, Staying Lean January 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

Those look awesome! Plus, I too love anything that tastes like/resembles cake, pie, cookies, ice cream…er, I mean muffins…for breakfast :)

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ShortSkirts January 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

These look amazing and I saw flats of blackberries at whole foods on Sunday I think I’m going to go pick some up and make these!

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Tammy @ Palm Trees and Manatees January 18, 2011 at 10:51 am

I am so with you. I hate the cold! My husband and I are actually getting ready to move to Florida next week, so I won’t be worrying about the cold for too much longer. Now I’m worried that it’s the heat that’s going to get to us and the pets. I hope it will be a great change, but I’m nervous! You always seemed to enjoy Florida when you lived there . . . am I right? Muffins look great!

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Sara January 18, 2011 at 11:06 am

So funny…when I discovered the big, juicy blackberries for $3.99 at Trader Joe’s last night (which I, of course, purchased), I also felt a little hope that summer will, in fact, return. Being that I live in Wisconsin and was stopping at the store in the middle of a snow storm, I had to force the hope a little more than usual. :-)

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Lu @ Done Dieting January 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

I’m making these. End of story. My blackberries were free though. Does that me my muffins will be better? Cheaper, yes. Better, I highly doubt it. Looks absolutely amazing!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

those look fabulous!

and TJs has the BEST blackberries. And they are usually pretty cheap$$ which is always awesome.

I am too cheap to ever use raspberries IN a recipe…they are a delicacy that I want to eat just as – is. But blackberries are usually easier to part with, so to speak.

Your muffies look great!

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Michelle January 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

1) These look amazing. Yummy.

2) I have a book recommendation for you. (Random I know.) It’s called The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer and it’s about a Jewish architect and a Jewish Ballet teacher in WWII France. It’s wonderful and I can’t put it down and it’s very in line with the other things you have posted about reading. :)

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I remember the first time buying fresh blackberries and almost cracking a tooth on the pit- not fun!! They sure are delicious though, as are these muffins I’m sure!

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Jaime Ramsay January 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I totally agree with everything you said about summer… and, those muffins look amazing!

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kaila @ healthy helper! January 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

i have the same attitude towards winter that you do! i love christmas but can’t stand the cold! Bring on the heat!

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Kim January 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Thanks for the awesome dose of summer Jenna!!!!! I’m with you, summer is my FAVORITE month. Period. :-)

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Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish January 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

You know what I like about winter?
Not much.
You know what I like about these muffins?
Everything.
:)

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jenna January 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm
Richell January 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I hate winter too and I live in Canada. We just had a week of -25 degrees celcius and non stop snow. Yet I still get my but outside for my runs, it helps me get through the long, cold, dark season. Those muffins look amazing!

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Sana January 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm

You and me both!! I want to paint my toes and flip flop around!

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Andrik January 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

WOW. Just WOW. There are really happy colors in there, you’ve made a really beautiful creation. I HAVE to make these and have all 12 myself…maybe share 1. Thank you for sharing ;)

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Kristy January 19, 2011 at 4:54 am

You just reminded me of the vanilla sugar I have stashed in the pantry – Yippie!

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 19, 2011 at 6:56 am

Wow – these looks absolutely delicious.

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Avery (Young Aspirations) January 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

Soo, if I make these, do you think maybe I could get my tan back for a minute too…??

Fine. Tan or no tan, I’m making them anyway. I can pretend. They look amazing!

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jenna k January 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

i just made these, and they are delicious and soooo easy! i just added the frozen blueberries i already had (and left out the orange). the blueberries were a bit sour, but otherwise, i’m pretty much in love with these muffins.

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jenna January 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

yay! glad you liked them (well, despite the sour blueberries!)

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R @ Learning As I Chop January 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Now on my to-bake list

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Kayla January 20, 2011 at 7:18 am

Yum! Baking these this morning, as temps here are 20 below, with windchills reaching -40! BRRRR! :) Good thing I’m heading to Florida in 2 weeks! :)

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Errign January 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I saw this post while I was sitting in Denver airport & I literally drooled and started planning ways to create them in a hotel room with no kitchen…having come up with no options, I guess they will have to wait until I get home, but they look SO good.

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Ffion @ Chocolate and Raspberries January 21, 2011 at 4:53 am

I really hate winter too. Only a few hours of daylight is not cool with me! I’v not baked anything in ages, I love anything with orange zest in it (I add it to my breakfast sometimes), so I’ll have to remember these next time I fancy baking something!

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Misty January 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I made these today to use up the last of my blackberries (they were on sale for $1/pint, so I bought several!), and they are AMAZING, but they didn’t want to come out of the pan. Several of them came out in two or three pieces. Still taste the same, though!

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Julia L. January 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Yum! I made these with a couple substitutions (whole wheat pastry flour, frozen berry medley from Trader Joe’s, and 1/4 milk to make up for using frozen berries) and they came out GREAT! The orange zest really adds something extra. I have to say, I love that the vast majority of your recipes use simple ingredients I’m likely to have on hand — no special trip to an exotic grocery store for these! :D

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Errign February 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Just made these! I used frozen raspberries, clementine zest, 1/2 spelt flour & omitted the sugar sprinkle and they are aweeeeesome. You rock!

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Lu @ Done Dieting February 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Every time I see your jar of vanilla sugar I think to myself that it is the one thing missing from my life. I would use it in everything. Probably twice a day. Those muffins look amazing.

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Julia L. February 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Made these again today and added dried apricots to the mix too. Yum!

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