Almond and Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffin on a blue napkin from the Humane Table Cookbook
Image by Andrew Meade

One of Dr. Robin Ganzert’s passions is the humane treatment of animals that are reared for food production. As the president and CEO of American Humane, she authored The Humane Table: Cooking with Compassion, to help guide home cooks to choosing quality meats and animal byproducts prepared by purveyors that have animal welfare top of mind. The sour cream and butter that are used in her cranberry muffin recipe is from Clover Sonoma, who seeks to do good by supporting their dairy cows’ wellbeing with sustainable practices. Not only are you supporting the safety of farm animals by using this recipe, but it is a delicious treat that accompany Christmas morning breakfasts.

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12 muffins

  • 1-1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large Clover Sonoma eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup (1⁄2 stick) Clover Sonoma butter, melted
  • 1⁄2 cup Clover Sonoma sour cream
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3⁄4 cup sliced, unblanched almonds
  • 1⁄2 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a 12-cup (or four 6-cup) muffin pans with foil baking cups.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, break eggs. Whisk in butter, sour cream, and almond extract. Then stir in 1⁄2 cup almonds.
  5. Pour egg mixture over dry ingredients and fold in, just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  6. Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into each baking cup. Top with 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce, then top each with remaining batter. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.
  7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until brown and springy to the touch. Let stand 20 minutes before removing muffins from cups.

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The Humane Table: Cooking with Compassion

Author: Robin R. GanzertDelicious recipes for home chefs who are mindful about the welfare of animals ​Now, more than ever, we are conscious of where our food comes from. We want to support farmers and ranchers who do things right and care deeply about the well-being of their animals. In line with this holistic approach, Dr. Robin Ganzert, CEO of American Humane–America's first national humane organization– has compiled delicious recipes featuring ingredients that are compassionately produced by farmers, ranchers, and other organizations that are American Humane Certified(TM). The recipes are constructed around the seasons– summer, fall, winter, and spring–so that whether you are simmering a stew on a cold night or grilling out under balmy skies, you can set a humane table year-round. Compassion and love are the ingredients for a humane table–a setting where American Humane's shared values of treating animals with kindness, respect, and dignity are truly celebrated. If you're a home chef who supports these same principles, The Humane Table is for you.


Feridies Salted Almonds 9oz

9oz OU Kosher Certified Non-GMO Project Verified Almonds are one of the most nutrient dense tree nuts and are considered to be one of the world's healthiest specialty crops. Feridies source their jumbo almonds from the Mediterranean-like climates of central California where they shell the almonds, roast them with their skin in-tact and give them a light dusting of salt to produce this delicious snack that’s high in antioxidants and vitamin E.

  • Recipe reprinted from
    Dr. Robin E. Ganzert, The Humane Table: Cooking with Compassion (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2022)

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