A Squared: Say it with Krusteaz: Cranberry Pumpkin Streusel Muffins & a GIVEAWAY

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Say it with Krusteaz: Cranberry Pumpkin Streusel Muffins & a GIVEAWAY

One of the things I love most about fall (besides crunchy leaves, cool weather, comfy sweaters, and pumpkin spice everything) is that this is really the season of baking. Fall ushers in cooler temps perfect for weekend afternoons inside baking delicious treats for the holidays and filling the kitchen with the smells of cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin at the same time. But baking for me is also about family and some of my favorite memories from growing up are from baking birthday cakes with my mom, holiday pies with fancy lattice crusts with my aunt, and frosting dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies with my siblings. I hope that baking with me will be one of Hannah's fondest childhood memories too... once she's old enough to "help," that is!

Krusteaz knows that baking isn't just about food, but it's also about making memories which is why they've launched their #SayItWithKrusteaz campaign. Krusteaz wanted to know how their customers demonstrate love through baking, so I decided to whip up some tasty pumpkin muffins with family in mind!

My baking buddy!

My parents are in town for the weekend and are babysitting Hannah while my husband and I are at work and attending a wedding this weekend. So I wanted to make sure there was something delicious and homemade for them to snack on while they're at our house.

I've also got two sisters in college and wanted to send them a little care package because what's more fun than receiving mail at college? Receiving mail with freshly baked muffins in it, that's what!
Pro tip: Place a piece of bread in the airtight storage container with your baked goods. The bread will get stale and your baked treats will stay moist!

I don't have a lot of time to bake from scratch these days, so Krusteaz mixes provide a perfect base for any baking I'm doing this fall. I took their pumpkin spice muffin mix and stirred in dried cranberries, which adds a great tangy sweet touch and chewy texture to the muffins. I also mixed up a quick homemade streusel topping that caramelizes and gets a little crunchy in the oven.

These muffins taste like fall-- spicy and sweet with a hint of pumpkin flavor. They're so easy to make and the perfect baked good for letting someone know you care... even if it's just by serving them to your family for breakfast!

Want to try baking these muffins yourself? You're in luck because I am giving away an amazing package of Krusteaz goodies! One lucky (randomly selected) reader will receive the following:
  • Two boxes of the following mixes: Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Belgian Waffle Mix, Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix, Pumpkin Spice Muffin Mix and Cranberry Orange Muffin Mix
  • 1 Krusteaz branded tote bag
  • 1 Krusteaz oven mitt
  • 1 Krusteaz selfie stick 

Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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  • 1 box Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Muffin mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 Tbs. cold butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease or line muffin pan with paper baking cups.

Stir together water, oil, egg and muffin mix until moistened. Fold in the cranberries until evenly distributed. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, oats, and pumpkin pie spice. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the tops of the batter-filled muffin cups.
Bake as directed (14-16 minutes for regular size muffins) or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; gently loosen and remove from pan. Store cooled muffins in tightly covered container.

Editor's Note: Complimentary Krusteaz products were provided in order to facilitate this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.


  1. I love to bake pumpkin breads and cake. And also apple crisp is an absolute fall favorite.

    1. Excellent choices! Apple crisp is one of my faves too!

  2. I love making apple and pumpkin muffins. Really anything with apples.

  3. I bake cookies all the time, but I love baking things like apple cobbler in the Fall. Cobblers seem very 'Fall' to me for some reason, lol.

    1. You're right! A warm cobbler is the perfect fall dessert.

  4. Pumpkin pie and brownies are my favorite to bake! Sometimes in combination :-)

  5. They have the BEST mixes! Love pumpkin pancakes with spiced whipped cream :)

  6. My favorite are oatmeal scotchies. I also like sugar cookie cutouts. Our kids enjoy decorating those.

  7. I love making caramel apple cupcakes during the fall!

  8. I love baking Spritz cookies for the holidays!

  9. My Favorite Fall Treat To Make Is Apple Dumplings.
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    1. I have never made apple dumplings, but I think they look (and taste) so good!

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    1. I need a good recipe for those-- they are so yummy!

  11. Aww I love the baby pictured. I like a good pumpkin pie during this season. You can never go wrong with muffins though.

    1. Thank you! :) hoping she will grow up to be my little baking buddy!

  12. I love when my mom makes her signature apple crisp. I usually make lots of muffins, waffles, and pancakes. :)

    1. Apple crisp is one of my favorite things my mom bakes too!

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