Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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Make a batch of homemade lemon poppy seed muffins, perfect for breakfast or brunch! Easy, old-fashioned recipe for moist, delicious muffins.

Spring is in the air, and with spring and summer, I inevitably start to crave all things citrus. Lemon poppy seed muffins definitely make the list of my favorite lemon recipes.

bite out of homemade lemon poppy seed muffin sitting on cupcake liner on white plate

Think moist, cake-like muffins with tiny, crunchy poppy seeds throughout each and every bite. Add to that the tangy lemon flavor these muffins give to your taste buds. Yum!

Now if you can't find poppy seeds, you can still go ahead and just make lemon muffins. You can even add a lemon glaze to these muffins if you want.

This lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is super easy to make, and you likely have all the ingredients you need in your pantry or fridge.

Want more muffin recipes? Pumpkin muffins and mixed berry muffins are two of my favorites.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my muffin making tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

  • Sugar
  • Lemon zest – We'll talk about how to get this.
  • Unsalted butter, softened
  • Eggs, at room temperature
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice – You can juice the same lemon you're using for zest, or use store bought lemon juice.
  • Sour cream
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Poppy seeds

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer with Large Bowl

Muffin Tin and Liners

Wire Rack

Lemon Zester

Batter Spoons or Batter Dispenser

Cake Tester

HOW TO MAKE LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS

Before you get started, make sure to pre-heat your oven to 350° F, and line your muffin pan with cupcake liners. You'll also need to grate the lemon zest.

HOW DO I GET LEMON ZEST?

Simply put, you use a lemon zester and a real lemon.

hands zesting lemon with lemon zester tool over small gray bowl

A lemon zester allows you to grate the colorful part of a lemon and use that for flavoring your favorite lemon recipes.

While you could use lemon extract in your muffin recipe, I highly recommend the unbeatable natural flavor of real lemon zest. Especially when it's so easy to zest a lemon, why use anything but this?

Just be sure to wash your lemons well before zesting. I usually soak any fruits or veggies in a water/vinegar bath before consuming.

MIXING UP THE MUFFIN BATTER

  1. Mix together the lemon zest and sugar, and let it sit for about 3 to 5 minutes to allow the lemon zest to really infuse into the sugar.
  2. Add the softened butter to the sugar mixture.
  3. Then mix in the eggs.
  4. Mix in the milk, lemon juice, and sour cream.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together, and then add that dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing well.
  6. Gently fold in the poppy seeds by hand.
6 steps for how to make lemon poppy seed muffins batter in metal KitchenAid mixing bowl

Then you can scoop the muffin batter into lined muffin cups, filling each cup 3/4 of the way full; and bake according to the instructions in the recipe card below.

scooping lemon poppy seed muffin batter into lined muffin tin with spatula and batter spoon

Once the muffins have baked, allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes; then put them on a wire rack to cool.

baked lemon poppyseed muffins in muffin tin

Serve them up with butter and honey or your favorite jams, like peach jam, strawberry jam, or blackberry jam.

CAN I MAKE THESE MUFFINS GLUTEN-FREE?

You can make this muffin recipe gluten-free. Just use a good, quality gluten-free flour and add in a couple teaspoons of xanthan gum to help with the leavening process.

My favorite gluten-free flour right now is Authentic Foods Classical Blend. It makes a mean banana breadzucchini bread, and the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

WHAT ABOUT DAIRY-FREE?

If I were going to make these muffins dairy-free (and fair warning, I have not tried this)…

I would sub coconut oil or another acceptable oil for the butter, and then use a dairy-free milk like almond milk instead of whole milk. As for the sour cream, I might sub coconut milk.

one lemon poppy seed muffin in white cupcake liner, sitting on teal and white flowered linen napkin with bottle of milk and muffin tin full of muffins behind

OPTIONAL ADD-INS FOR YOUR MUFFINS:

You may want to add in some optional ingredients to give your muffins even more bang for their buck (although they're delicious just the way they are).

Optional add-ins for your muffin batter…

Optional add-ons for your muffin tops after baking…

3 lemon poppy seed muffins in cupcake liners sitting on white plate

HOW TO STORE LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS

When it comes to storing these muffins, keep them in an airtight container or cupcake holder.

If you want to freeze the muffins, that's totally fine to do! Just be sure to put them in a sealed container or freezer bag so they don't get freezer burn.

MORE LEMON RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY:

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Yield: 18

Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Make a batch of homemade lemon poppy seed muffins, perfect for breakfast or brunch! Easy, old-fashioned recipe for moist, delicious muffins.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F., and line your muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Grate the lemon zest with a lemon zester.*
  3. Mix together the lemon zest and sugar, and let it sit for about 3 to 5 minutes to allow the lemon zest to really infuse into the sugar.
  4. Add the softened butter to the sugar mixture.
  5. Then mix in the eggs.
  6. Mix in the milk, lemon juice, and sour cream.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) together, and then add that dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing well.
  8. Gently fold in the poppy seeds by hand.
  9. Scoop the muffin batter into lined muffin cups, filling each cup 3/4 of the way full.
  10. Bake at 375° F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester (or toothpick) comes out clean.
  11. Once the muffins have baked, allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes; then put them on a wire rack to cool.
  12. Serve them with butter and honey or your favorite jams, like peach jamstrawberry jam, or blackberry jam.

Notes

*If I were going to make these muffins dairy-free (and fair warning, I have not tried this), I would sub coconut oil or another acceptable oil for the butter, and then use a dairy-free milk like almond milk instead of whole milk. As for the sour cream, I might sub coconut milk.

*You can also use a good gluten-free flour with about 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum for leavening.

*HOW TO ZEST A LEMON

Simply put, you use a lemon zester and a real lemon. A lemon zester allows you to grate the colorful part of a lemon and use that for flavoring your favorite lemon recipes.

While you could use lemon extract in your muffins, I highly recommend the unbeatable natural flavor of real lemon zest. Especially when it's so easy to zest a lemon, why use anything but this?

Just be sure to wash your lemons well before zesting. I usually soak any fruits or veggies in a water/vinegar bath before consuming.

OPTIONAL ADD-INS FOR YOUR MUFFINS:

You may want to add in some optional ingredients to give your muffins even more bang for their buck (although they're delicious just the way they are).

Optional add-ins for your muffin batter…

Optional add-ons for your muffin tops after baking…

HOW TO STORE LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS

When it comes to storing these muffins, keep them in an airtight container or cupcake holder.

If you want to freeze the muffins, that's totally fine to do! Just be sure to put them in a sealed container or freezer bag so they don't get freezer burn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

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