Blackberry Muffins

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Pssst… you know what the secret is to making the best blackberry muffins?

Muffins that are rich, tender, and loaded with blackberries?

No, it’s not the butter (though butter makes everything better IMHO).

If your guess is it has something to do with the type of berries, you’re close. Wild blackberries do make the best pies, muffins, and cakes. But you can only get those a couple months of the year.

No, the secret to making the best muffins is sour cream! Rich and tangy sour cream not only intensifies the flavor of the berries, but makes the muffins irresistibly tender and delicious.

This blackberry muffin recipe is one of my favorite recipes on the site. Easy to put together and perfect for breakfast or a Sunday brunch.

From the recipe archive with updated photos, first published 2005

Blackberry Muffins Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 18 muffins


  • 2 1/2 cups (320g) all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (236ml) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 8 Tbsp warm melted butter (1 stick, 112 g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 5-6 oz, about 150g) of blackberries, fresh or frozen (if using fresh berries, cut them in half, if using frozen berries, defrost first, drain excess liquid, then coat them lightly in flour)


1 Preheat oven, prepare muffin pan: Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a standard 12 muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups. (Actually, with the berries you'll have more batter than just for 12 muffins. This batch made 18 muffins.)

2 Combine dry ingredients: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

3 Combine wet ingredients and sugar: In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla.

4 Add wet ingredients to dry, then add berries: Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and mix together with a few light strokes, just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Add the berries. (If you are using frozen berries, defrost them first, then drain the excess liquid, then coat them lightly in flour.)

Do not over-mix! Over-mixing will cause the muffins to be dense, not fluffy. The batter should not be smooth, but rather lumpy.

5 Put into muffin cups and bake: Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake at 400°F (200°C) until a toothpick inserted into the middle of 1 or 2 of the muffins comes out clean, 17-20 minutes (or longer).

6: Let cool: Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack.

Serve as soon as possible, preferably within a few hours of baking.

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Blackberry Muffins

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  • Sky

    I make these muffins regularly but I do add a few extras, I often substitute for sour cream for yogurt, and it works out perfectly. I also include a cup or two of cottage cheese with the yoghurt or sour cream, and it is amazing! It usually takes a couple more minutes to cook but not much more than that. Adding shredded coconut or coconut flakes is also something I do when I have it,I include that with everything as well.. I substitute regular sugar for coconut sugar. And I use about half the amount of sugar called for.with all those extra ingredients I put in really as much as I feel like, and often it’s quite a bit. It makes a dozen really big muffins or a couple dozen mini muffins. If you’re doing the mini muffins you don’t need to cook it quite so long.

  • J-Mom

    I made these for breakfast and they were lovely. One question: what does 1 tsp of milk bring to the recipe?

  • Jeannie

    These blackberry muffins turned out SO good, especially warm out of the oven.
    Will make these again soon!!

  • vivian

    So good, and the slight tartness of the fresh blackberries was wonderful. Like almost all muffins, these were simple to make. Regarding the metric amount of sour cream, I believe one cup is 250 mL. I used all of a 250 mL tub of sour cream and it worked well for me. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  • Janet Leonard

    Just made these with 1/2 the sugar & used spelt flour instead! Absolutely delicious especially with the sour cream! Thanks for the recipe!

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