Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (video)
You’ll love these easy and delicious lemon poppy seed muffins! They’re so delicate and moist, thanks to a buttermilk batter. I make them with loads of lemon zest and poppy seeds, then glaze them with a simple lemon glaze that adds even more flavor! You can also add lemon oil for more lemon flavor! These easy muffins are bound to become a breakfast favorite!
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How to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins!
These lemon poppy seed muffins are seriously amazing, thanks to buttermilk batter. It not only makes the muffins more moist but also more fluffy! I like to make my own buttermilk using milk and lemon juice. Just combine the milk and juice and let it stand for 5 minutes, allowing the milk to sour. White table vinegar will also work in a pinch. If you prefer, you can also use regular buttermilk for this recipe. Here are a few more tips for making these lemon muffins:
- Do not overmix the batter once you’ve added the flour. Mix in the flour just until incorporated. Overmixing will cause the gluten to develop too much, resulting in thick and gummy muffins.
- Add lots of lemon zest! I like to add the zest of 2 to 3 lemons but feel free to add even more. You can also add 1 tsp of lemon oil for even more lemon flavor.
- My poppy seed muffins are not too sweet but you can add more sugar if you want them to be sweeter.
Adding the Lemon Glaze
To finish off these lemon muffins, I add a simple lemon glaze made with confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice and a bit of lemon zest. These muffins aren’t too sweet so the glaze adds a little extra sweetness and more lemon flavor. When making the glaze, start with a few tablespoons of lemon juice and sugar, then add more milk as needed to get the glaze to the right consistency. It should run freely, covering the muffins well.
How to Store Poppy Seed Muffins
Did you know that muffins freeze very well? This lemon poppy seed muffin recipe makes 12 jumbo muffins. If you are not planning to enjoy them all right away, consider freezing them for later! Just allow the muffins to cool completely, then place into an airtight container and into the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, take them out and thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour, until they’re soft again.
Loved this easy lemon dessert recipe? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
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- Maple Lemon Poppy Seed Bread – a twist on everyone favorite lemon bread! This moist, lemony bread is best enjoyed warm with a cup of tea!
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Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe (video)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- zest from 2 to 4 lemons
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
For Lemon Glaze:
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 to 2 tbsp milk, if needed
- lemon zest from 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 350F/177C. Prepare your muffin tins by lining the cups with liners, or use a starched baking spray and spray the inside of the tins very well. This recipe will make 12 jumbo muffins or 24 regular, cupcake size muffins.
- In a measuring cup, combine the milk and lemon juice to make buttermilk. Whisk the lemon juice into the milk and let it stand for 5 minutes. You can also use store-bought buttermilk. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until the eggs are smooth. Add in the soured milk and mix again for a minute, until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the muffin batter, then mix just until incorporated, about 1 minute. Do not overmix the batter! Add in the poppy seeds and zest from 2 to 4 lemons, then stir to combine. Watch my video recipe to see how I make these!
- Fill each muffin tin with batter, filling the tin a little more than 1/2 way. Do not overfill the tins; the batter rises quite a bit! Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for 27 to 30 minutes if using jumbo muffin tins, until the tops are golden brown. If using regular, cupcake tins, reduce the baking time to 22 to 25 minutes.
- Next, prepare the glaze. In a medium bowl, combine the confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice. Whisk to combine and then add more milk as needed for a thinner glaze. The glaze should flow easily over the muffins. Use a pastry brush to brush the glaze over warm muffins.
- How to freeze: If you are not planning to enjoy them all right away, consider freezing them for later! Just allow the muffins to cool completely, then place into an airtight container and into the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, take them out and thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour, until they’re soft again.
Is the amount of chemical leavening agents (baking soda and powder) correct? I made the muffins today and I did think it was quite a lot of baking soda and powder but added the 2 tsp of each anyway. I can taste and smell them in the final product. I triple checked and added only the amount indicated. I’m wondering if it is a typo in the recipe or something else might have happened.
Hi! Yes, that is the correct amount, I’m not quite sure why the taste came through… Maybe the baking soda didn’t react properly? I typically don’t like to use baking soda for that reason.
do you think i could make these with whole wheat flour?
they sound super yum!!!
Hi! I think these will be great with wheat flour, too! Enjoy! 🙂
Hi there, i ran out of flour only to realise midway through baking…..made my own oat flour from raw oats (blitzed to smithereens😜) and the muffins turned out great. Just need to use silicone moulds as they retained their shape better 😋
Oh, no! Glad you were able to save the recipe and enjoyed the muffins! 🙂
Thank you Tatyana. DELICIOUS!!!!!!🤤
These are hands down, the BEST Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins i have made! They are moist & properly full of lemon!!!
I have LOVED Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins since i was very small! But disappointingly, so often recipes for them turn out dry.
(How do i give it full stars??)
Hi Ashley!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe so much! These are my favorite, too! 🙂 Lemon and poppy seed go so well together! 🙂
The muffins have a heavy bircard flavour, similar to scones that leave your mouth with a cotton-mouth feel.
Hmm, perhaps the baking soda didn’t react properly? Did you add the lemon juice into the milk?
I’ve just baked these muffins and they are moist, light, fluffy and very tasty. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
Wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for leaving a review!