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Glazed Orange Muffins

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Remember orange rolls?

I'm talking about the ones you can unroll from a tube and bake in 3 minutes.

Buttery soft dough and an orange glaze. Best served the morning after an unintentional all-nighter where you're devouring The Hunger Games + eating an entire batch of party balls, and your husband is playing Flight Control on his iPhone.

Dang, orange rolls are good.

Whole wheat glazed orange muffins topped with a sugary zest.

I'm pretty sure these Glazed Orange Muffins

  1. are reminiscent of orange rolls, in a better way.
  2. made my face shine radiantly with joy the moment I took a bite of the soft, pillowy muffin and sweet, candied citrusness.

If these bright little cuties don't catch your eyes, I don't even know who you are. Look at those crunchy little sparkles all over the top! LOVE! They're like fake sprinkles, only better. More like muffin bling.

And in honor of New Years resolutions, these Glazed Orange Muffins were made with whole wheat pastry flour.

New years resolution: eat more whole wheat. Check. Check, check. Check, check, check... Check.

Whole wheat covered with candied orange sugar sprinkles. That's my favorite kind of whole wheat.

Whole wheat glazed orange muffins topped with a sugary zest.
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Glazed Orange Muffins


These delicious whole wheat glazed orange muffins are topped with a sugary zest. So easy to make, bright, and fresh for breakfast!


  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • juice of 1 or 2 oranges (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • generous 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • orange zest + white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Whisk together the milk, oil, egg, corn syrup, orange juice, and a pinch of zest.
  2. Mix in the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt until batter is just combined. Pour batter into a greased muffin tin and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until tops spring back when pressed.
  3. For the glaze, mix the powdered sugar with the orange juice, adding 1 additional teaspoon of orange juice at a time to achieve the desired consistency. For the sugared zest, combine 1 part zest with 2 parts sugar and combine with your fingers until crumbly.
  4. When muffins are done, cool completely before dipping tops in glaze. Once dipped in glaze, immediately sprinkle with sugared zest.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: whole wheat orange muffins, glazed orange muffins, orange muffins

Can I just say thank you so much for all the feedback you gave in yesterday's post?!

I wish I could feed you a muffin right now.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    That sugared zest topping looks just amazing, all crunchy and wonderful! And I applaud your use of whole wheat in these muffins, definitely a good resolution for the year.

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    The Hunger Games are seriously the most addicting series…I love them! I’m so excited for the movie that comes out in March!! Way to go on the whole wheat flour! I think that calls for some extra sprinkles. 🙂

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      I know! Me too! I stayed up so late the night before going back to work again reading HG1 like crazy… not a good move, but worth it. 🙂 Now I’m ready for HG2!

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    Bad muffin joke: (from Caribou napkin)

    Muffin 1: hey, what’s up ?

    Muffin 2: oh muffin’

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    Yummy! I actually remember some orange rolls that my mom used to mix in a bread maker and then take out and roll in butter and orangey sugar before baking. They were amazing. And these looks fantastic(and much easier!) Love the whole wheat 😀

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    “Whole wheat covered with candied orange sugar sprinkles. That’s my favorite kind of whole wheat.” haha. That’s why I love this blog.

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    These look delish and I have an unposted recipe that uses orange zest and was waiting for a day where I needed something citrusey and bright to post it…and your muffins look wonderful! If food can be cheery, this is it!

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      Actually the muffins themselves taste great plain too so you can save the topping for a snack on its own! 🙂

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    I can’t believe how good they look, oragen has always been one of my favorite ingredients while baking but your muffins really make me hungry

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      Yes. I’m already debating the midnight showing. I’m assuming there will be midnight showing, right?

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    Oh my! I love, love, love the bling….and it’s *natural* bling versus the nasty food dye stuff. This is thrilling, frankly. I can’t wait to make these (and if they turn out well I’ll post about them and link back). Question: is there a sub for the corn syrup? I don’t usually use it. How much would the muffins miss it? Thanks!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      We just made these again this morning … They turned out even better the second time. You guys would love them! 🙂

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    “Best served the morning after an unintentional all-nighter where you’re devouring The Hunger Games + eating an entire batch of party balls, and your husband is playing Flight Control on his iPhone.”

    I think we might live the same life. Just found you on tasty kitchen but that comment alone will make me start following you. Oh yeah… and the muffins…yum!

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    Ok, Lindsay – no need to do any birthday shopping for me. Just wrap up a few dozen of these and I guarantee it will put a very big smile on my face a month from now!!


    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Did Steph share the ones I sent home with her?? I sent two in a little baggie because she said you wanted to try them! They are so easy to make, though, I’ll just have to make them again for you. 🙂

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        She finally did offer up the last one yesterday and I had it for breakfast this morning. And for being 2 days old and spending part of that time in her jacket pocket – it was still great! I would be willing though to try some fresh ones. Scary – but maybe I’ll have to put on my chef’s hat and give this recipe a try!!