Best Blueberry Muffins

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Best Easy Blueberry Muffins

One of the reasons I truly love this recipe is it isn’t too fussy – while you will cream together wet ingredients in a large bowl, and then sift in dry ingredients, you don’t have to be nearly as precise, and I’ve been known to dump everything in a bowl while in a hurry and have it come out just fine.

This recipe is the best for jumbo muffins – they stay nice and moist and don’t dry out.

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If you love blueberries, be sure to visit my easy blueberry peach cobbler and blueberry dutch baby (oven pancakes) recipes as well!

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How To Make Blueberry Muffins

  • Butter – unsalted softened butter adds a richness to these muffins you can’t match with oil or anything else. You can use margarine if you prefer.
  • Sugar – granulated white sugar sweetens the muffins. 
  • Eggs – eggs give these muffins a lift and an extra protein content for a rich batter. 
  • Vanilla extract – vanilla extract gives a strong floral taste to the batter.
  • Lemon juice – lemon juice gives these muffins a sharp kick that compliments the blueberries, add the zest of the lemon before juicing for extra kick.
  • Buttermilk – you can use milk if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, but we love the flavor buttermilk provides to this recipe. Make your own buttermilk by adding a few drops of vinegar to whole milk and letting it sit about 5 minutes. 
  • All-purpose flour – flour gives the muffins structure and a great texture. 
  • Salt – salt is important for seasoning the muffin batter, use a fine grain sea salt.
  • Baking powder – this great leavener will make your muffins bubbly in the oven and light after baking.
  • Blueberries – I often use dehydrated blueberries since they don’t sink when mixing, as pictured in this post. See FAQs for more information about what type of blueberries to use. 
  • Sanding sugar – this large grain sugar gives a nice finish to the muffins just before baking. 
  • Butter – melted butter helps the sanding sugar stick, use salted butter.

Once you have assembled the ingredients, use the following method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream together the butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar until it becomes light and fluffy, preferably in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.
  3. Add in the eggs, one by one, making sure you beat well after each addition.
  4. Stir in vanilla, lemon juice, and buttermilk and mix well to combine.
  5. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into to the sugar, buttermilk, butter, and eggs. Using a sifter will help to reduce clumping and prevent you from overworking muffins.
  6. In a small bowl, lightly mash/smush about half of the blueberries with the back of a spoon (sort of like muddling mint in a drink) and then stir into the batter.
  7. Fold in the remaining blueberries. We also like to save a couple to drop right on the tops of the muffins.
  8. Line a 6 cup jumbo muffin tin or 12 cup standard muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  9. Fill with batter – leave 1/3 muffin tin/liner for muffins to rise above.
  10. Sprinkle the 3 teaspoons sanding sugar over the tops of the muffins, reduce oven heat to 375, and bake at 375 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.
  11. Optional: Reserve sanding sugar until end of cooking. In final 10 minutes of baking, brush tops of muffin with melted butter. Top with sanding sugar. Continue baking until cooked until toothpick inserted comes out completely clean.
  12. Remove muffins from tin and cool at least 30 minutes.
  13. Enjoy!
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Tips and FAQs For Baking Blueberry Muffins

Preheat the oven hotter – I prefer to preheat my oven to 400 degrees before putting my muffins in, so it is piping hot to help the muffins rise. When it’s time to put the muffins in the oven, reduce the heat to 375 degrees, and bake until golden brown on the sides and top.

Grease your muffin tins well – even when you line with muffin liners you want to make sure you, they don’t stick.

Skip the muffin cups – for extra crunchy sides, use a nonstick pan and skip the muffin baking cups.

Add extra fruit flavor – we love the addition of lemon juice to muffin batter, but you can also add a little orange, some almond extract, raspberry, whatever flavor you really love!

Sprinkle with sugar – try sprinkling a little brown sugar on top of the muffins instead of sanding sugar for a bit of extra caramel sweetness.

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muffins made with fresh blueberries

FAQs

What kind of blueberries should I use?

This recipe was formulated to work with frozen, dehydrated, and fresh blueberries.
For evenly spaced blueberries that don’t sink to the bottom and look professional, go for the dehydrated blueberries, soaked in syrup before baking.
For fresh flavor and blueberries that pop with juicy flavor, pick fresh. For easy to work with berries that are extra sweet and don’t sink to the bottom, opt for frozen.

How to keep berries from sinking to bottom

Berries, especially fresh blueberries, sink quickly to the bottom of muffins.
If you are using fresh berries, add to the batter in muffin cups to keep them evenly spaced and from sinking.
Berries that are dehydrated or frozen won’t sink as easily, so that’s why we use them in our muffins often.
You can see in our pictures we made two sets – we used some with dehydrated berries and some with fresh berries.
Save a couple of berries to add to the tops of muffins once in the pan.

When are blueberry muffins done?

Muffins with fruit can be tricky to tell when they are done, since the fruit juice can come off on a toothpick when checking for doneness and make it look “wet” when the batter is cooked.
Look for browned edges, a lightly browned top, and firm muffin dough when pressed to know your muffins are cooked through.
A fully cooked muffin should be light and springy to the touch, but NEVER jiggly like jello!

What temperature is best to bake muffins?

For a great rise and lift, with a moist, delicious crumb, we suggest baking muffins at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
I find it is always best to bake muffins in a fully preheated oven.

How do you prepare blueberries for muffins?

If using fresh or thawed from frozen blueberries, I lightly mash half of the berries, stir in with wet ingredients, and add the rest in to batter just before baking, saving a few to place right on top.
If using dehydrated berries, they need to be rehydrated in a sugar water mixture before baking for the best texture.

Is butter or oil best for baking muffins?

We find butter to give the best flavor and texture for muffins – it contains both milk and the fat we need, giving it a rich, savory taste we all expect in a muffin. Butter’s fat content will help keep your muffins moist and delicious!

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Muffins made using dehydrated blueberries

What to Serve with Blueberry Muffins

Coffee: The robust flavor of coffee complements the sweetness of blueberry muffins, creating a balanced taste experience. A hot cup of coffee can also enhance the muffins’ buttery texture.

Tea: For a more soothing pairing, tea—be it black, green, or herbal—can offer a gentle contrast to the muffins’ richness. Earl Grey, with its hints of bergamot, pairs particularly well.

Fresh Berries: Serving blueberry muffins with a side of fresh berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, or more blueberries, can intensify the fruity flavor and add a refreshing note.

Yogurt: A dollop of Greek yogurt on the side or on top of a muffin can add a creamy texture and a tangy flavor, which contrasts nicely with the muffin’s sweetness.

Nut Butters: Spreading almond or peanut butter on a warm blueberry muffin can add a nutty flavor and a creamy texture, enhancing the overall taste and making it more satiating.

Honey or Maple Syrup: Drizzling a little honey or maple syrup over a blueberry muffin can add a natural sweetness and moisture, accentuating the blueberries’ flavor.

Lemon Curd: The tartness of lemon curd can provide a bright contrast to the sweet and tender muffin, highlighting the blueberry flavor.

Cheese: Surprisingly, cheese, especially a mild creamy one like ricotta or cream cheese, can be a great companion to blueberry muffins, offering a savory contrast to the sweet and fruity flavors.

Iced Beverages: On a hot day, iced coffee or iced tea can provide a refreshing complement to the sweet and soft texture of blueberry muffins.

Smoothies: A fruit smoothie, particularly one with complementary flavors like banana, vanilla, or additional berries, can round out a nutritious and satisfying breakfast or snack along with your muffin.

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The Best Easy Jumbo Blueberry Muffins Recipe

The Best Easy Jumbo Blueberry Muffins Recipe – delicious easy jumbo blueberry muffins that taste better than a bakery and a family favorite!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword best muffin recipe, blueberry muffins, blueberry muffins recipe, breakfast, muffins
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 jumbo muffins
Calories 554kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice*
  • ½ cup buttermilk**
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries***
  • 3 teaspoons sanding sugar
  • optional: 2 tbsp melted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cream together the butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar until it becomes light and fluffy, preferably in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.
  • Add in the eggs, one by one, making sure you beat well after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla, lemon juice, and buttermilk and mix well to combine.
  • Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into to the sugar, buttermilk, butter, and eggs. Using a sifter will help to reduce clumping and prevent you from overworking muffins.
  • In a small bowl, lightly mash/smush about half of the blueberries with the back of a spoon (sort of like muddling mint in a drink) and then stir into the batter.
  • Fold in the remaining blueberries. We also like to save a couple to drop right on the tops of the muffins.
  • Line a 6 cup jumbo muffin tin or 12 cup standard muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • Fill with batter – leave 1/3 muffin tin/liner for muffins to rise above.
  • Sprinkle the 3 teaspoons sanding sugar over the tops of the muffins, reduce oven heat to 375, and bake at 375 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.
  • Optional: Reserve sanding sugar until end of cooking. In final 10 minutes of baking, brush tops of muffin with melted butter. Top with sanding sugar. Continue baking until cooked until toothpick inserted comes out completely clean.
  • Remove muffins from tin and cool at least 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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Notes

*can use lemon zest instead for even more flavor
**can use milk if you don't have buttermilk on hand, but we love the flavor buttermilk provides to this recipe
***can use an equal amount of frozen blueberries, or rehydrate dry blueberries in a bowl of hot water before adding them.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 908mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. ?????? ???? says:

    4 stars
    Amazing muffins, the batter came out a little to thick, however it is moist and amazing.

  2. ?????? ???? says:

    4 stars
    A little to thick, but great muffins. They are moist and delicious.