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Whether you like fruity, chocolatey, or another flavor profile, this collection of Muffin Recipes has something for you! Muffins make the best on-the-go snacks.

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A collage of various muffin recipes.

Our favorite snacks

Muffins are a go-to, portable favorite in our house. They are perfect for a snack, breakfast, and even dessert.

Whether you like fruity or spiced, I have the perfect Muffin Recipes for you! Make these mini or large – either way they are perfect grab-and-go bites for the busiest family.

They freeze well too, so don’t be afraid to whip up a big batch, or two!!

Before I even get into the recipes, I have LOADS of muffin-making tips for you.

Muffin Recipes - Zucchini muffins on a white plate.

What’s the difference between muffins and cupcakes?

  • Toppings: Cupcakes are typically topped with frosting and other decorations like sprinkles and candies. Whereas muffins are plain and have a strudel, crumble, or a simple glaze.
  • Sugar: Muffins typically have less sugar than cupcakes. They can be both sweet and savory and served for breakfast, a snack, an appetizer, a side dish, and more. Cupcakes are definitely in the sweet dessert category.
  • Consistency: Muffin batter is thicker resulting in a denser texture. Cupcake batter is thinner and easily pourable. They bake to be lighter and fluffier than muffins.
  • Muffin method: Some cupcakes use the method, but nearly all muffins do – hence the name. This method is when the wet and dry ingredients are first mixed in separate bowls before combining. This helps ensure all ingredients are properly mixed without over-mixing the batter.
A basket of blueberry muffins - one of our favorite muffin recipes.

Secrets to Light and Moist Muffins

Our recipes have been tested for the best taste and texture, all you have to do is follow the instructions. With that said, there are always a few good tips to keep in mind when baking muffins:

  • Accuracy. Baking is a science so measure accurately and combine the ingredients as stated in the recipe. Seemingly simple changes can affect the outcome. 
  • Texture. Muffin batter should be thick and spoonable, but not pourable. When using ingredients like oats, bran, coconut flour, or corn meal it may seem like the batter is too runny. But these types of ingredients tend to be moisture-absorbing, leaving just the right amount of texture in the end.
A platter full of monkey bread muffins.
  • Fats. The fat from melted butter and oil gives a moist texture. If the recipe turns out too dry, add 1-2 more tablespoons of oil next time.
  • Moisture. Try adding 1-2 tbsp of applesauce or sour cream to add moisture. Shredded zucchini and carrots will add moisture as well as texture.
  • Fresh fruit berries add more moisture than dehydrated ones. Be careful not to add too many fresh berries or the muffins will go from moist to soggy.
  • Do not overbake. To test for doneness, simply insert a toothpick into the center of the muffin. If it comes out with just a few moist crumbs, then it’s done. You may need to retest if you insert it into a more liquid part of the muffin such as a blueberry or cranberry.
Muffin Recipes - Orange Muffins topped with an orange glaze.

How to Get Fluffy Muffins

  • Using room temperature ingredients helps the batter rise properly giving a fluffy texture. Unless otherwise stated this includes room-temperature butter, eggs, and dairy.
  • Chewy and dense muffins could mean over-activated gluten. To avoid this, do not over-mix the batter. Mix the dry ingredients separately before adding them to the wet ingredients. Having small lumps is completely fine.
  • No electric mixers needed. Most muffins can be easily mixed by hand. This also helps to avoid overmixing. About 12 stirs with a whisk is all it takes for the ingredients to combine. If adding berries, raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips, FOLD them in the batter.
Muffin Recipes - One chocolate muffin with the wrapper peeled off.

How to Get Round Top Muffins

Leavening agents. Be sure the leavening agents, typically baking powder or baking soda, are not expired. Using a poor leavening agent means a poor rise to the muffin.

Making the batter too far ahead of time will cause the leavening agents to lose their effectiveness. If the batter has been refrigerated, make a test muffin. If it doesn’t rise well, add a bit more baking soda or powder to revive them.

Bake temperature. Try to bake muffins at an initial temperature of 425°F. The increased heat will cause the muffins to rise quickly and the outside to bake before they have time to settle down. This will take about 10 minutes.

Once you have beautiful tops, reduce the oven temperature to whatever the recipe states and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Batter. Once the batter has been added to the tin, spread it evenly and right to the edge of the liner. This will help the batter rise evenly with a nice rounded top.

Many recipes state to fill the muffin liner ⅔-¾ of the way full. For an even higher dome, fill the tins to almost full. They may spread outward as well creating a mushroom top, so only use every other tin to prevent spreading. (Add a bit of water to the empty tins when baking).

Muffin Recipes - Glazed lemon poppyseed muffins on a white plate.

recipe tips

Liners. For a crispier muffin, don’t use a liner. Simply spray the muffin tin with cooking spray and add the batter directly into the pan.

I generally use liners because they make cleaning up a lot easier. Good quality paper liners peel right off the muffin without taking a layer of muffin with it. You can also invest in reusable silicone liners. 

To make jumbo muffins use a large muffin pan or free-standing paper baking cups. They can be placed on a cookie sheet and they’ll keep their shape. 

Easy to add delicious ingredients. One great thing about muffins is how easy it is to add more delicious flavors and textures. 

  • Add chopped nuts or toasted coconut to the top of the batter before baking.
  • Baking chips are also easy to add. Here are many different flavors and sizes you can choose from.
  • Dried Fruit adds great flavor and texture without changing the batter.

Adding fresh fruit. Many recipes call for fresh fruit, mostly fresh blueberries. Adding fresh fruit to a recipe that doesn’t already include it may change the way the batter behaves (due to added moisture from the juices). Typically the other ingredients need to be changed to compensate.

  • When a recipe does call for fresh fruit one tip I have found is to toss the fruit in a bit of flour. A quarter cup of flour for every 2 cups of fruit should work. The theory behind this is that the layer of flour helps keep the fruit suspended in the batter instead of sinking down to the bottom.
  • If a recipe does call for fresh fruit, replace the fresh berries with an equal amount of similarly sized fruit. Your favorite blueberry muffin recipe may just become your favorite recipe for raspberry muffins or strawberry muffins.
Muffin Recipes - Chocolate chip muffins on a cooling rack.

Adjust the size

Mega muffins, regular (cupcake-size) muffins, and mini muffins can generally be made from any muffin recipe. 

  • Mini: Mini tins require about 2 tbsp of batter. Generally, mini muffins bake for 8-10 minutes. This is about 5-8 minutes less than what is called for in the standard sizes recipe.
  • Regular: Regular tins require about ⅓-½ cups of batter. Standard-size muffins usually require 18-22 minutes.
  • Mega: Jumbo muffins require about 1 cup of batter. Mega muffins can take about 20-24 minutes. Or add about 8-13 more minutes to the time listed in the standard-size recipe.
Snickerdoodle muffins stacked on top of each other.

Storing Muffins

STORE. Muffins tend to be moist. Place a paper towel at the bottom of the container before adding the muffins. This will help keep the tops of your muffins from getting moist and sticky. 

FREEZE. I love having muffins in the freezer. I can pull a few out when I get up and they’ll be ready to heat for breakfast. I also love tossing one into my kids’ school bag for a snack. To freeze:

Once the muffins have cooled, wrap each muffin with plastic wrap, or place each one in a foldable sandwich bag. Place them all together in a freezer Ziploc and freeze for about 3 months.

Pumpkin butterscotch muffins stacked on a white plate.

Making and Storing Ahead of Time

Overnight muffin batter. Muffins are a type of quick bread which means they rely on a rising agent such as baking soda and baking powder to make them puff up. The batter can be mixed up, covered, and stored in the fridge.

In fact, many people prefer chilling their batter and feel that it produces a better result. Most muffin batters should be able to last for 5-7 days in the fridge. 

Freezing muffin batter. I don’t do this often as it is just as easy for me to freeze baked muffins, but it is doable.

  • Fill a silicone muffin liner with the amount of batter suggested in the recipe and place the batter-filled liners in the freezer.
  • Once fully frozen you can transfer the cubes of batter to a freezer-safe Ziploc. They should keep for about 3 months.

When you wish to bake up a few muffins, place the batter cubes into a muffin liner and bake at the temperature suggested in the recipe, but add a few extra minutes to compensate for starting with frozen batter.

If you let the batter thaw first, just bake according to the recipe directions.

Best Muffin Recipes

The most classic and popular flavors of muffins are all on this list! From blueberry to chocolate, and a little pumpkin in between, I guarantee these will be the BEST muffin recipes!

Lemon Crumb Muffins

Soft and delicious Lemon Crumb Muffins are topped with a buttery crumb topping and a delicious lemon glaze, making them irresistible!

1 Lemon Crumb Muffin Recipe

Breakfast Lemon Crumb Muffin Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.70 from 13 votes
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Blueberry Muffins

These soft, delicious Blueberry Muffins are simple and perfect for breakfast, snack or after-school treat. They’re filled with blueberries and topped with coarse sugar making them irresistible.

2 Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Breakfast Blueberry Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.94 from 47 votes
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Banana Muffins

Everything you love about banana bread in muffin form! Moist, fluffy banana muffins sprinkled with a little cinnamon and sugar on top.

3 Banana Muffins Recipe

Bread, Breakfast Banana Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate muffins loaded with semisweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate chunks, then topped with more chocolate chips and sprinkles.

4 Chocolate Muffins Recipe

Breakfast Chocolate Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

You can never have just one of these soft and delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. After trying several recipes, this one is our favorite!

5 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Bread, Breakfast Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe
Total Time: 27 minutes
4.96 from 22 votes
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Mini Glazed Pumpkin Donut Muffins

A donut muffin filled with pumpkin and cinnamon flavors, topped with a spiced white chocolate glaze. These mini glazed pumpkin donut muffins are totally irresistible!!

6 Mini Glazed Pumpkin Donut Muffins Recipe

Breakfast Mini Glazed Pumpkin Donut Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins are so moist and full of cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin. Top them with cinnamon sugar, or with a delicious cinnamon buttercream spread!

7 Easy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Bread, Breakfast Easy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 32 minutes
4.80 from 5 votes
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Mini Applesauce Muffins

These Mini Applesauce Muffins are the perfect snack for the whole family! Deliciously moist muffins filled with applesauce, and dipped in an irresistible cinnamon sugar topping.

8 Mini Applesauce Muffins Recipe

Bread Mini Applesauce Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 21 minutes
4.91 from 20 votes
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Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Fluffy and flavorful Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are topped with a tasty glaze making them simply irresistible.

9 Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Bread Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 from 2 votes
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Monkey Bread Muffins

If you like monkey bread, you’ll LOVE these Monkey Bread Muffins! They’re a cinch to put together and are ready to eat in under 20 minutes. 

10 Monkey Bread Muffins Recipe

Breakfast Monkey Bread Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 19 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins are soft and tender, studded with creamy butterscotch chips. They are practically a dessert!

11 Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins Recipe

Bread, Breakfast, Snack Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Snickerdoodle Muffins

Soft and sweet Snickerdoodle Muffins taste just like their cookie cousin! They’re a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or late-night snack.

12 Snickerdoodle Muffins Recipe

Bread, Dessert Snickerdoodle Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Orange Muffins

Bright & vibrant Orange muffins topped with an orange zest glaze are absolutely delicious! They’re perfect for breakfast or dessert.

13 Orange Muffins Recipe

Bread, Breakfast, Snack Orange Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 36 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins are deliciously full of warm apple bits and topped with a scrumptious crumble. This is a family favorite bakery style muffin!

14 Apple Muffins

Bread, Breakfast, Snack Apple Muffins
Total Time: 43 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Chocolate Chip Muffins

Delicious Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Muffins – so delicious!

15 Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Breakfast Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 21 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Lemon Zucchini Muffins

Simple no yeast Lemon Zucchini Muffins are tender and delicious, topped with a vibrant lemon glaze! They are perfect for freezing for later.

16 Lemon Zucchini Muffins Recipe

Bread Lemon Zucchini Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
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Almond Poppyseed Muffins

Topped with a light lemon glaze, almond poppyseed muffins are tender, sweet, and perfect for snacking. They are practically a dessert!

17 Almond Poppyseed Muffins Recipe

Bread Almond Poppyseed Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
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breakfast muffins

While all muffins are tasty breakfast options, these next recipes are an especially perfect way to start the day.

Mini Donut Muffins

Mini Donut Muffins are coated in cinnamon sugar and topped with a DELICIOUS cream cheese frosting. It’s hard not to eat the whole batch!!

18 Mini Donut Muffins Recipe

Breakfast, Dessert Mini Donut Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 23 minutes
4.50 from 2 votes
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Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Delicious Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Muffins with a glaze on top! Soft, buttery, and full of cinnamon flavor with a glaze made from powdered sugar!

19 Cinnamon Roll Muffins Recipe

Breakfast Cinnamon Roll Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 28 minutes
4.60 from 5 votes
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Glazed Donut Muffins

These muffins taste just like a donut, with just the right hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, and are topped with the most delicious glaze!

20 Donut Muffin Recipe

Breakfast, Dessert Donut Muffin Recipe
Total Time: 32 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Coffee Cake Muffins

Tender & sweet glazed coffee cake muffins filled with a brown sugar streusel are the perfect breakfast treat!!

21 Coffee Cake Muffins Recipe

Dessert Coffee Cake Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.58 from 7 votes
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French Toast Muffins

These French Toast Muffins are easy to make, using things you already have in your pantry! Your choice of bread, cubed and covered in egg and vanilla mixture, topped with a delicious sugary topping, and baked until golden and crispy.

22 French Toast Muffins Recipe

Breakfast French Toast Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 37 votes
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Healthy Muffins

While there may be few to choose from, these recipes are lighter and have healthier ingredients. You can also make any muffin recipe a little healthier by trying the following:

  • Replacing butter/oil with applesauce.
  • Reducing the amount of white sugar.
  • Using whole wheat flour instead of white flour, or a mixture of the two.
  • Add fresh fruit or vegetables. You may need to add a bit more flour to compensate for the added moisture, as well as increase the bake time just a little.
  • Add chopped nuts, like walnuts or pecans, which are high in Omega 3 fats.

Banana Crumb Muffins

Delicious and simple Banana Crumb Muffins are Perfect to use up those over-ripe bananas. The whole family goes crazy for these muffins!

23 Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe

Breakfast Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 26 minutes
4.80 from 10 votes
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Sweet Honey Muffins

These simple sweet honey muffins are sweetened with a little bit of agave (or honey). They are melt-in-your-mouth good!!

24 Sweet Honey Muffins Recipe

Bread, Breakfast Sweet Honey Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Zucchini Muffins

These soft and flavorful zucchini muffins are sweet and topped with a delicious glaze. The kids will never even know they’re filled with zucchini!

25 Zucchini Muffins Recipe

Bread, Breakfast Zucchini Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 26 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple cinnamon muffins are moist & tender. With chunks of apples and a cinnamon sugar topping, they’re perfect for breakfast or a snack.

26 Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

Breakfast Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
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Bran Muffins

Homemade Bran Muffins are healthy, delicious, and whip up in under 20 minutes! Make them your own with your favorite mix ins.

27 Bran Muffins Recipe

Bread, Breakfast, Snack Bran Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 22 votes
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Healthy Apple Muffins

Delicious and Healthy Apple Muffins filled with oats, bran, and cinnamon. These muffins are not only simple but are great for breakfast and after-school snacks.

28 Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe

Bread, Breakfast Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Whether you are looking for the perfect breakfast, snack, or treat you’re sure to find one (or several) of your new favorites!

Make sure to check out all of our Breakfast Recipes and Bread Recipes.

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