Blueberry Muffins

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These homemade blueberry muffins are light, fluffy, and PACKED with blueberries! They're an all-time favorite, perfect for weekend brunches and grab-and-go breakfast.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Blueberry Muffins

Did you know that blueberries are good for you? They’re considered a “superfood.” Good for the brain. At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m on my third (fourth, fifth) one of these blueberry muffins.

Nutrition justification! (Hah, works every time)

Who doesn’t love a freshly baked blueberry muffin? One bite into a tender muffin with pockets of juicy blueberries—heaven. There are three things I have a hard time resisting—my dad’s tapioca pudding, dark chocolate, and freshly baked blueberry muffins.

Blueberry Muffins piles in basket

Easy Blueberry Muffins

Muffins are not as easy to get right as one might think. Too dry, too dense, too sugary—these are all problems that one can encounter when trying to bake the perfect muffin.

This easy blueberry muffin recipe, however, makes them just right—fluffy and full of blueberries—and still good the next day! Takes just 15 minutes to prepare the batter, then baking time.

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Updated June 5, 2019 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle! No changes to the original recipe.

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one dozen muffins

If you are using frozen berries, you can use them frozen, just separate them so they're not sticking together and toss them in flour to coat. Your cooking time may need to increase by a few minutes.

Some brands of sour cream are much thicker than others. Feel free to dilute the sour cream with a little water if you think it's too thick. You can also substitute the sour cream with plain yogurt; if you do, you likely will not need both tablespoons of added milk.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon for dusting the blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (make sure your baking powder is still good! click to see how)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup plain sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (see Recipe Note)

Special equipment:

Method

1 Preheat the oven and prep the muffin tin: Preheat your oven to 400°F with a rack in the lower middle. Using a standard 12-well muffin pan, place a muffin liner in each well, or if you don't have muffin liners, grease the inside of the muffin pan wells with vegetable oil or butter.

2 Toss the berries with flour: Place the blueberries in a bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour over them and gently toss to coat. (The flour will help keep the blueberries from sinking in the muffin as it cooks.)

coat blueberries with flour

3 Mix the dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients—the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

whisk together dry ingredients

4 Mix the wet ingredients separately: In a large mixing bowl, place the sour cream, sugar, eggs, milk, melted butter, lemon zest, and vanilla (the wet ingredients). Whisk together until smooth.

whisk together wet ingredients

5 Make the batter: Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg mixture a third at a time and mix until just incorporated.  Do not over mix!

Gently fold the blueberries into the mixture.

add dry ingredients to wetmix until just combinedgently fold in blueberries

6  Portion out the muffins: Distribute the dough equally among the cups. You'll need to fill them very high to use all of the batter in 12 muffins, which is fine. They won't spill. If you still have too much dough, start filling another tin.

fill in muffin cups

7 Bake the muffins: Place the muffins in the oven and bake at 400°F until the muffins are golden brown, about 20 minutes. (If the muffins are getting too brown, tent with foil.) Test with a bamboo skewer to make sure the centers of the muffins are done.

8 Cool and serve: Let the muffins cool in the muffin pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove them from the pan. Let cool another 10 minutes before eating.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Sarah

    I have been looking for a good blueberry muffin recipe for years and I think this is finally it. I definitely played around with the recipe a bit (used some brown sugar, browned the butter, did cinnamon instead of lemon zest), but they turned out great! Not too sweet, and had that nice “muffin-y” flavor that I honestly can’t describe, but I know it when I taste it. This is definitely going into my little recipe notebook. Thank you so much!

  2. Anne

    I had only an 8 oz. container of sour cream so changed the milk to 1/2 cup and they still came out perfectly! The lemon zest paired wonderfully well with the blueberries. My husband has a sweet tooth so added sugar to the tops of half before baking and we were both happy!

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  3. Holly

    This is similar to a recipe I use and couldn’t find when I needed it. I did not add 1 Tablespoon of baking powder as stated and am wondering if anyone else had. I put in 1 teaspoon which made a great muffin

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  4. Maria

    Made my first batch tonight and it half gone. I used freshly picked Wild blueberries. I just picked some wild raspberries…. so I’m definitely making another batch tomorrow but going to substitute 1/2 cup blueberries for a 1/2 cup of my raspberries.

  5. Maria

    ABSOLUTELY THE BEST BLUEBERRY MUFFINS!!!! Perfectly moist, with a crispy top, and just the right amount of sweetness.
    JUST WOW!!!
    Thank you for such an awesome recipe!!!

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