Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.



Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins
Panera Bread Copycat Recipe

Serves 10-12

1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
3/4 cup sugar divided
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.  In a bowl, stir together cranberries, 1/4 cup sugar and orange zest.  On a larger bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and the rest of the sugar.  Add oil, orange juice and eggs all at once to the flour mixture and stir until moistened.

Fold in the sugared cranberries and nuts.  Pour the batter into muffin pan, evenly dividing the batter between cups.  Sprinkle tops with coarse sugar.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


  1. I'm curious about this recipe. I just finished one of their muffins and their were no nuts in it. I've not had the muffin before but really enjoyed it. Why does your recipe call for nuts?

  2. There are no nuts in the Panera cranberry orange muffin-curious why the add?

  3. Agreed, had my 1st one the other day and no nuts.

  4. Same here. Their orange cranberry muffins are a seasonal item and so I wait for them every year. THERE ARE NO NUTS IN THESE MUFFINS!

    1. if you don't want nuts don't put the nuts in. If you love walnuts, put those guys in. Does it really matter that Panera does not like nuts?

  5. We don't add nuts because it's a health hazard. Too many people love them to add nuts and lower the amount of people who can enjoy them.