The Best Blueberry Muffins
These easy blueberry muffins mix together quickly for a perfect morning treat. Soft and tender from sour cream and bursting with blueberries (use fresh or frozen!), these muffins have been a long-time family favorite. Read below for different flavor combinations and topping ideas!
Growing up, I can’t remember my mom making muffins too often, but I fell hard for them during my freshman year in college. A friend got regular deliveries of the gigantic Sam’s Club muffins and was always gracious enough to share. They were an assortment of blueberry, banana nut, and chocolate, and those have forever remained my very favorite flavors of muffins.
Years and years later, I was thrilled to land this recipe for a classic, delicious blueberry muffin. The batter is quite thick and there’s no skimping – the muffin cups are packed full which makes for generous-sized muffins once they come rolling out of the oven. They are, without a doubt, the most amazing, the most perfect blueberry muffins I have ever eaten.
Truly, the best of the best when it comes to blueberry muffins.
Fresh versus frozen blueberries
When fresh blueberries are in season, there is nothing better!
However, what if you are craving blueberry muffins in the dead of winter and the price of fresh blueberries is through the roof?
You can absolutely use frozen blueberries in this recipe. My favorite are frozen wild blueberries, but any variety will do. You do not need to thaw them or make any other adjustments to the recipe.
Blueberry muffins, step-by-step
Muffins are such a fantastic morning treat, typically made in quick bread fashion with just a bowl or two and a whisk, they come together quickly and are meant to be enjoyed warm and fresh from the oven. Here’s how we make them:
- Preheat oven and line a muffin tin with liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Whisk the sugar and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Toss the blueberries in the dry ingredients.
- Fold in the sour cream mixture. Be sure to mix gently to ensure the muffins are not tough.
- Divide the batter between the muffin cups.
- Bake until light golden brown.
Muffin pans and liners
Any standard 12-cup muffin pan will work for these muffins. I’ve had the Wilton Everglide Avanti muffin pan for ages, but it not readily available in most places anymore. If you can’t get your hands on one, my next recommendation is the USA Muffin Pan.
You can spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray or use liners. I’ve used tons of different types of liners over the years, and I absolutely prefer the basic white paper liners. You can find them at just about any grocery store or craft store, but they are incredibly inexpensive if you buy them in bulk online (and they last forever!).
Flavor add-ins and topping ideas
If you’d like to punch up these muffins with some different flavors, here are a few ideas for you:
- Lemon-blueberry muffins: Whisk the zest of one lemon into the egg and then proceed with the rest of the recipe.
- Orange-blueberry muffins: Whisk the zest of one orange into the egg and then proceed with the rest of the recipe.
- Ginger-blueberry muffins: Whisk 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger into the egg and then proceed with the rest of the recipe.
Along the same lines of flavor add-ins, you can also add some delicious toppings for some contrasting flavors and textures. Some of my favorite ideas:
- Cinnamon-sugar streusel: Before baking, mix together ½ cup brown sugar + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the muffins then bake as directed.
- Cinnamon-sugar dipped: Once the muffins come out of the oven, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl. Mix together ½ cup sugar and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon in another small bowl. Once the muffins have cooled for 5 minutes, dip the top of each muffin in melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar. Return to the cooling rack.
- Drizzle with glaze: Whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar + 1 tablespoon milk + 1 teaspoon vanilla and drizzle over cooled muffins. You can replace the milk with lemon juice, orange juice, or lime juice if you’d like.
Storing and freezing blueberry muffins
There are a few different options for storing these muffins:
- Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
- Refrigerator – Kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, these muffins will stay fresh for up to 1 week.
- Freezer – Once completely cooled, wrap each muffin in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container or ziplock freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
More of my favorite muffins for a delicious morning treat:
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These easy blueberry muffins mix together quickly for a perfect morning treat. Soft and tender from sour cream and bursting with blueberries (use fresh or frozen!), these muffins have been a long-time family favorite.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin (or line with paper liners) and set aside.
Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl untill combined.
Whisk the egg in a separate medium bowl until well-combined and light-colored, about 20 seconds. Add the sugar and whisk vigorously until thick, about 30 seconds. Add the melted butter in 2 additions, whisking gently to combine after each addition. Add the sour cream in 2 additions, whisking just to combine.
Add the blueberries to the dry ingredients and gently toss just to combine. Add the sour cream mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until the batter comes together and the blueberries are evenly distributed, 25 to 30 seconds. Small spots of flour may remain and the batter will be very thick. Do not overmix.
Divide the batter among the muffin cups (a large cookie scoop works great for this!). Bake until the muffins are light golden brown and a toothpick or thin knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Immediately remove muffins to a wire rack and cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve immediately or at room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Sour cream: You can substitute buttermilk or plain yogurt for the sour cream.
- Blueberries: Frozen blueberries can be used; no need to thaw them or alter the recipe.
- Flavors & toppings: See suggested combinations and instructions in post above.
- Equipment recommendations: My muffin pan / Another muffin pan / Paper liners / Large cookie scoop
- Mini muffins: This recipe will yield 24 mini muffins; bake for 10 to 14 minutes.
- Quick bread: You can use this batter to bake a blueberry quick bread. Spread it in a 9x5-inch loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
- Storage: Store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Freezing: Once completely cool, the muffins can be wrapped in plastic wrap and transferred to an airtight container or zip-top bag and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
Saturated fat: 5g
Vitamin A: 295%
Vitamin C: 2%
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(Recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated)
[Photography by Dee of One Sarcastic Baker]