Treat yourself to a batch of homemade muffins with this collection of best muffin recipes!
BoB’s Best Muffin Recipes
Muffins are one of my favorite grab-and-go treats. They’re great for everything from breakfast to an afternoon snack. Hey, if you want one for dessert, that works, too.
I’ve baked many a batch of muffins over the years, and these are some of the best muffin recipes I’ve shared with you. There’s quite a variety here with banana, berry, citrus, spice, and more. I hope you’ll find a new favorite among them!
First, we’ll start with some tips and info to help you make perfect muffins. If you’re ready to get baking, you can also skip ahead to the recipes.
Tips for Baking Muffins
I’ve made countless batches of muffins over the years, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. In fact, I’ve got an entire post dedicated to my tips for making muffins! Be sure to visit that page for a deeper dive. Here are some basic tips to help make sure your muffins turn out perfectly!
Measure accurately. It’s always important in baking to take care to make accurate measurements. If you have a digital kitchen scale, that’s the best way to ensure you’re on the right track. If you don’t use a scale, be sure to be careful with your measurements.
Use good quality ingredients. Your baked goods will only be as good as what you put into them.
Don’t over-mix. Too much mixing means a tough texture and little tunnels in your muffins. It’s perfectly fine to stop stirring when there are still a few lumps or small streaks of flour in the batter, as those will disappear during baking.
Use a scoop for portioning. A cookie scoop will make quick and accurate work of dividing the batter when it’s time to put it in the muffin pan.
Use a light-colored metal pan. Your muffins will bake more thoroughly and evenly.
Should I Line Muffin Pans?
Unless there’s a specific reason stated in a recipe, lining the muffin cups is a matter of preference. There are a couple of things to keep in mind if you aren’t sure whether or not to add liners.
Liners will create softer sides for your muffins. Also, they make removing the muffins from the pan easier and make them an easier grab-and-go treat. If you opt to use liners, I recommend paper liners.
Unlined pans will create crisper, browner sides. If you’re skipping the liners, I recommend using a cooking spray with flour like Baker’s Joy or Pam for Baking.
How to Store Muffins
Check your recipe’s notes for specific storage information, as different ingredients, toppings, or fillings may require slightly different storage. Here are some general guidelines to help you keep your muffins fresh as long as possible.
Cool the muffins completely. Before you store the muffins, make sure they’ve cooled all the way to room temperature.
Line the container. Muffins tend to give off moisture, making them soggy. Simply lining your airtight container with paper towels will go a long way to help prevent that. If you’re layering the muffins, place a paper towel between the layers. Finally, place another paper towel over the top of the muffins.
Freeze them for longer storage. Most muffins freeze beautifully. I like to wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then place them inside a freezer bag or container. Use the paper towel trick here, too. Most can thaw at room temperature or be warmed briefly in the microwave.
If you’re new to baking or just want a refresher, here are some other posts to help ensure muffin success!
The Muffin Method – Most muffins are made by adding the mixed wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Unless your recipe calls for creaming butter, then you likely will use this method that’s best for recipes like muffins and quick breads that have quite a bit of liquid but not much fat.
Baking Tips for Beginners – These useful tips are great for beginners but also for a good review for more experienced bakers.
Muffins are a delicious and versatile treat that can be enjoyed for breakfast, a snack, or even a dessert. Whether you’re a beginner baker or a seasoned pro, these recipes are sure to please! Each of these recipes are easy and use simple, everyday ingredients that you can find in your pantry or local grocery store.
These Jam-Filled Doughnut Muffins may look fairly plain from the outside, but you'll discover a sweet, fruity filling when you bite into one of them. Just think of all the different flavors you could try!
For all of the citrus lovers out there, Triple Citrus Poppy Seed Muffins are a delicious ode to all things citrus. They're like traditional lemon poppy seed muffins but with lemon, lime, and orange all represented. These muffins are sure to satisfy your citrus craving.
I have a real weakness for baked goods with lots of spices, and I also love the rich, nutty flavor of brown butter. So, it comes as no suppose that these Brown Butter Sour Cream Spice Muffins are one of my all-time favorite muffins. The pecan half on top is optional, but I love the look (and taste!) of it.
Black and White Marble Crumb Muffins are a great excuse to have a little chocolate for breakfast. Vanilla and chocolate batters are marbled together to make these flavorful muffins. And don't forget that chocolate crumb topping!
No collection of muffin recipes would be complete without a blueberry variety. As the name implies, Quick and Easy Blueberry Muffins are a breeze to make. No fuss, no frills. Just a really good muffin.
Lemon lovers will certainly find these Lemon Crumb Muffins to be absolutely delightful! There's both lemon juice and zest in these beauties. Add a simple crumb topping, and you've got a pretty darn delicious muffin!
Keep these Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins in mind for those times you find yourself with an abundance of zucchini. But don't be surprised if you find yourself getting some zucchini just so you can make these delicious muffins!
The frequency with which I have yogurt and granola for breakfast combined with my abiding love of muffins inspired these Yogurt and Granola Muffins. Use your favorite granola to make these muffins to suit your tastes.
For something a little different, try these Cookie Butter Crumb Muffins. They're made with cookie butter, which is a spread made with spiced cookies. (Look for it alongside the other spreads like peanut butter and Nutella.) These muffins make use of the spice in the spread to create a spice muffin without measuring lots of spices.
Coconut Almond Muffins are nicely sturdy muffins with a lovely flavor. They're not too sweet, but rather focus on the flavors of the main ingredients. If you love coconut and almonds, don't miss these!
While I most often bake these Pecan Spice Muffins in the fall, they're a great year-round choice, too. We find these muffins aren't share-worthy, and I mean that as a huge compliment. We always want to keep them for ourselves!
These Chocolate Chip Muffins are always quick to disappear. As much as you'll love the flavor, you may be most smitten with how easy they are to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!
If you like a sturdy, more filling muffin, I highly recommend these Oat Muffins with Nuts and Seeds. They're packed with your favorite seeds, nuts, and a good dose of oats for what may become your new favorite breakfast treat.
I hope all this muffin deliciousness has inspired you to bake a batch of muffins soon! If you’re looking for even more muffin inspiration, be sure to visit the Recipe Index.
3 Comments on “Easy Muffin Recipes for an Anytime Treat”
I like that entries.
Can your muffin recipes be baked in small loaf pan?
Hi, Laura. Most will convert nicely. See my tips for converting muffins to loaves.