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Cranberry Muffins

Here's a recipe I like to make during the holidays. They make great gifts for your loved ones. 

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup orange juice
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, salt, and orange peel. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in orange juice, eggs and vanilla until moistened. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden. Makes 18 muffins.
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