Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins Recipe

These Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins are so perfect for a snack or breakfast treat for any time of the year. This recipe was one of the early recipes originally shared way back 0n November 24, 2009. I thought I’d reintroduce it since not only is it a fantastic muffin recipe but it also comes with a song by my beloved. Yes, it’s a bonus.

These Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins are so perfect for a snack or breakfast treat for any time of the year.

You’re in for a treat. Instead of telling you all about how yummy this muffin recipe is, my husband, who I love so much, wrote a song about these Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins that he loved so much (he loves me too, much more). Never a dull moment around here folks.

Take it away, Randy …

Hope you enjoyed the little ditty. In our home we break out in song at the drop of a hat, but these muffins were definitely song worthy.

These Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins are super easy with a great cast of ingredients: butter, chocolate, cranberries and pistachios are the main players. Such a tasty combination! I do like how cranberries add a little tartness to counter the sweetness in these muffins. Mix them all up with some eggs, flour, sugar and a splash of vanilla and you’ve got yourself some muffins that’ll make you sing. Or at least hum a little.

These Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins are so perfect for a snack or breakfast treat for any time of the year. These Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins are so perfect for a snack or breakfast treat for any time of the year. These Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins are so perfect for a snack or breakfast treat for any time of the year.

 So good.

For real.

Make ’em and you can see for yourself. And maybe you’ll sing a little too.

These Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins are so perfect for a snack or breakfast treat for any time of the year.

This recipe came way through my friend, Ansley, from her mom who I’ve never met but I love like a mom too for this fabulous muffin recipe. Thank you Ansley’s mom. The muffins were originally called Traveling Muffins but since they inspired song they’ve been renamed. (Another reason I renamed them is because, as a traveling muffin, they wouldn’t last long in my car.) The original also called for raisins (instead of cranberries) and pecans (instead of pistachios).

I hope you enjoy this muffin recipe. Here are a few other muffin recipes to check out while you’re here:

Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Muffins Recipe
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An easy cranberry, chocolate, and pistachio muffin perfect for any time of the year.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Makes 10 jumbo muffins.
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3 squares (3 0z.) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup cranberries (washed and dried)
  • 1¾ cup shelled dry roasted, salted pistachios
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Grease muffin tins or use paper liners.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat melt butter and chocolate.
  4. Add cranberries and pistachios. Let cool. Did you hear that? Let it cool, man.
  5. Mix together flour, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Do NOT beat; just mix until combined. Over mixing ain’t good – it makes for one tough muffin.
  6. Fill prepared muffin tin with batter. For jumbo muffins, use about ⅓ cup batter per muffin.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes for jumbo muffins or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Adjust cook time depending on muffin size.

Updated. Originally published 11/24/09.

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  1. 1

    Michelle (What's Cooking) says

    What a wonderful man! I love that your house must be full of song. Thanks for sharing him with us :-)

  2. 2

    cbp says

    I can’t decide which I like most… the muffin recipe or the fact that your husband wrote a song for you about the muffin recipe! Now that’s what you call sweetness… you’ve got a good man there Mrs. Hat Lady!

  3. 4

    Denise says

    Do you know the Muffin Man?…yeah, and he can sing! Go Randy!!

    Homemade muffins of any kind make me sing…can’t wait to try these!

  4. 5

    Angie B says

    The muffins look FABULOUS! I’m sure I’ll be humming Randy’s muffin blues while I mix ’em up too….catchy tune there, hat man.
    Y’all are just too cute. 😀

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    Crystal says

    This is too funny and very sweet. I will have to share this with Chuck tonight. He will LOVE It. We also write songs around our house about everything. Can’t wait to try these muffins. They look great :)

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    What a lucky girl! Yummy muffins AND a wonderful hubby! I’ll have to give these a try. I love the flavor combo of cranberries and pistachios!

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    I always sing when I bake…it is a must. I am looking forward to turning on the holiday tunes and baking the day away. The muffins look wonderful! Glad you have such a great hubby:)

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    Well that is just too cute. What a duo; you the cook and Randy the songwriter/singer. The muffin recipe isn’t too bad either; in fact, I think it looks awesome. May have to try that one. ~Martha

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    Nanny says

    I love it! Pa is so sad – Randy and Amy do not sing and play for him anymore!!!!

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    I love this little ditty especially how he makes “fall” rhyme with “doll”. Have bookmarked this recipe for future muffin hankerings.

  11. 13

    Dana says

    Wow, those look amazing! My husband’s name is Randy too! But I’m the singer in the family. :)

  12. 14

    Amy says

    Randy dropped your card by some time ago and we had a few extra minutes today so I decided to check it out. Absolutely love your blog. Tell Randy his PCS friends loved the song! ♥

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    SouffleBombay says

    That is great…I don’t know what is more awesome, the muffins or the fact you husband sang a song about them – to cute!!!! I have to go with your husband!

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    foodwanderings says

    Wow, maybe this will encourage me to make muffins. Still got abag of cranberries & at last a proud ownder of unbleached cupcake tins. Thx better go and bake!! These muffins look gorgeous!! Shulie

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    Marie @ Chocolate & Wine says

    This seems like a perfect recipe to ring in the fall season!!

    xo Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

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    This made me chuckle; my daughter is the singer in the family and that girl is always coming up with a ditty for something, anything. She refuses to let me tape her though so I’m going to her church on Christmas Eve and at least taping audio of her solo when she sings ‘O Holy Night’ – a mom deserves having that much!

    These contain a favorite combo of mine…cranberries and chocolate. How could they be anything but fabulous!

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    becky Smith says

    ” she give me peaches in the summer, and apples in the fall, but my baby give me cranberries in my muffins, all year long” LOVE IT! Can’t wait to try them. Good song Randy.

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