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This is our favorite blueberry muffins recipe! They’re extra buttery, soft, and moist. For that bakery style goodness, top with cinnamon brown sugar streusel. Prepared with basic ingredients and a couple mixing bowls, you’ll appreciate this easy breakfast recipe.

Blueberry muffins with streusel topping in muffin pan

If you’ve tried Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins or bakery style Chocolate Chip Muffins, you know we’re serious about muffin recipes. Muffins are a favorite because they’re easy to make, quick to bake, and the flavors are endless just like scones. Everyone appreciates a fresh batch of muffins and, best of all, muffins double as breakfast and snack. (Or in the case of double chocolate muffins… dessert!)

But when it comes to muffin varieties, blueberry muffins hold the crown. Nothing compares to the classic blueberry muffin and today we’re showing you exactly how to prepare them.

Blueberry muffins with streusel topping

Why Are These Our Favorite Blueberry Muffins?

Originally published on this day in 2014, these blueberry muffins are a personal and reader favorite. I found myself baking the muffins often, swapping blueberries for apples, peaches, and other fruits. This blueberry muffin recipe quickly turned into my Master Muffin Batter, a basic muffin recipe for infinite muffin flavors. Read More: 1 Muffin Batter for Infinite Muffin Recipes.

These muffins stand out from the rest:

  • Easy to prepare
  • Made with EXTRA blueberries
  • Buttery and moist
  • Not dense
  • Soft and cakey
  • Tall muffin tops
  • Delicious cinnamon streusel

They’re a texture lover’s dream with soft centers and a crunchy cinnamon brown sugar on top! They’re not as dense as jumbo blueberry muffins and have more flavor from the brown sugar and butter.

Blueberry muffins on yellow plate

Overview: How to Make Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

There are no secret ingredients, no tricks, or no complicated steps in this blueberry muffin recipe. You only need a few bowls and a mixer, which is perfect for hungry tummies in the morning.

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients: flour, leaveners, and salt.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients: butter, sugars, eggs, sour cream or yogurt, and vanilla.
  3. Combine & add milk
  4. Spoon into muffin pan
  5. Add streusel topping: just brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts
  6. Bake

That’s it! The sour cream is the magical ingredient because it adds so much moisture and produces the softest blueberry muffins ever.

Blueberry muffin batter in muffin pan with streusel topping

How to Create The Perfect Tall Muffin Tops

For big bakery-style muffin tops, there are 3 directions to follow closely:

  1. Make sure your muffin batter is THICK. (This one is!)
  2. Fill your muffin tins all the way to the top.
  3. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at an initial high temperature, then lower it.

This initial high oven temperature quickly lifts up the muffin top. Once the temperature is lowered, the centers of the muffins bake. I do this in all my muffin recipes.


Are Blueberry Muffins Healthy?

It depends on the recipe. We wouldn’t consider these healthy blueberry muffins because they’re made from butter, flour, and sugar. However, they’re homemade and you know exactly what’s inside the batter. If you are looking for a healthier alternative, you’ll appreciate these applesauce muffins.

Blueberry muffins and inside of blueberry muffins

How to Freeze Blueberry Muffins

Freeze the muffins for up to 3 months. Cool completely, then place each in a freezer-friendly zipped-top bag or container. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator or out on the counter. To warm up, microwave on high for about 20 seconds or bake at 300°F (149°C) for 6-10 minutes.

If blueberry muffins are your favorite, you have to try these cake-like blueberry muffin cookies and super easy blueberry muffin bread.

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Blueberry muffins with streusel topping

Blueberry Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These blueberry muffins are buttery, soft, and moist. For that bakery style goodness, add an easy cinnamon brown sugar topping. This thick muffin batter combined with my initial high oven temperature trick guarantees tall muffin tops. Prepared with basic ingredients and a couple mixing bowls, you’ll appreciate this easy breakfast recipe.


Ingredients

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Brown Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (67g) chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Muffins

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (219g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream or plain/vanilla yogurt, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (250g) fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners. Grease/line a second pan with 2 liners because this recipe yields about 14 muffins. Set aside.
  2. Mix all of the topping ingredients together. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. On medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla extract on medium speed until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, add the dry ingredients and milk into the wet ingredients and beat until no flour pockets remain. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Spoon brown sugar topping on each, gently pressing it down into the surface so it sticks. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 23-25 minutes, give or take. Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin pan, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  6. Muffins stay fresh covered at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Freeze baked & cooled muffins for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature before enjoying.
  2. Sour Cream: Sour cream adds so much moisture. Plain yogurt is a great substitute. Unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana may also be used.
  3. Milk: You can use any milk, dairy or nondairy.
  4. Blueberries: If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw.
  5. For a jumbo muffin pan: 425°F for 5 minutes, then reduce to 350°F for 22-25 minutes for a total of 27-30. Makes about 6. For mini muffins: 350°F for 12-14 minutes. Makes about 36-40.
  6. Quick Bread: Here is my blueberry muffin bread, which is essentially the same recipe in a loaf pan.
  7. Why is everything at room temperature? All refrigerated items should be at room temperature so the batter mixes together easily and evenly. Read here for more information.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. These were the BEST muffins. My friend said, “These are ‘professional quality!” So so so so so so good. If you want to impress someone, make these!

  2. Omg! These are seriously heavenly! They are so delicious, that I just ate two of them! lol
    Thank you, for all your success tips! I’m definitely a new fan of your channel. I’m gluten intolerant and used gluten free flour. I also used Trader Joe’s full fat Greek vanilla yogurt! This recipe is the best of the best!

  3. Definitely a delicious muffins recipe plus the added crunch of turbinado sugar on top added the flavor I like. Your chocolate chip muffins was the one I first started out with. Love your baking recipes and tips. thanks.

  4. I make this recipe frequently. It is our family favorite. Today I made it again but switched out the blueberries with fresh cranberries. It was really good this way too.

  5. Hi! I have made blueberry muffins before but the blueberries always end up turning the muffin purple. I am not using frozen blueberries so they are not melting. Is there anything that I can do to make this not happen?

    1. Hi Olivia, With this recipe, if you gently fold the fresh blueberries in as the very last step the batter should not be purple. Using a spatula to fold them in instead of your mixer so that they stay whole will help!

  6. LOVE, LOVE , LOVE this recipe! It’s my go-to muffin recipe! I’ve had people tell me that they are the best muffins they’ve had! I often change up the fruit with pineapple and strawberry or peach pieces. I just add a little more flour if it’s a juicier fruit. I’ve also tried different combinations of nuts on the topping. Every time, they turn out amazing! I bake mine as muffin tops. I found a special muffin top pan online. The muffins are crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Thanks Sally!

      1. Hi Iman! That *should* work, but we haven’t tested it. For best results, you may consider making the full batch and freezing half the muffins for another time. Happy baking!

  7. OMG, these muffins are SOOOO delicious. LOVE the crunch and sweetness that the crumble adds, and sooo SOFT in the inside. Hubby normally isn’t a muffin kind of guy and he even said these were SO GOOD… Kids gobbled them up so quickly and asked for seconds. This recipe will definitely be on repeat. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

  8. Tender, moist, delicious. Sally’s Banking Addiction is my go to for baked goods. @Sally – you know how to “get ‘r done”. 🙂

  9. Love these muffins, made them many times! I add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter as well as the topping just to add a bit of extra spice.

  10. Will certainly be making these again. I made a batch of muffins using this recipe but added various fruits (blueberry, banana, raspberry) to the muffins and it worked out just fine, so feel free to get creative with your flavors. My family loved them, as did I. The lovely little streusel topping is such a nice touch, too.

  11. Love, love, love these muffins!! Instead of making the regular sized muffins, I made 6 giant sized muffins! They turned out beautifully! Just had to bake them for about 5 to 6 minutes longer! Thanks Sally for giving me my go to blueberry muffin recipe! DELICIOUS!!!!!

  12. Love, love , love these muffins!! Instead of the regular sized muffins, I made 6 giant sized muffins! I followed the recipe as written but just upped the baking time about 5 or 6 minutes! They turned out beautifully!!Thanks Sally for giving me my go to blueberry muffin recipe! They were delicious!!

  13. I tried this recipe for the first time and followed it precisely using a scale to measure. They taste fantastic. There are a couple issues though. I used frozen berries. I ran them under cold water until it ran clear. That helped keep the blue/gray down. The berries were very small. Because of that I should have used a little bit less. The structural integrity of the muffin suffered slightly. Still tolerable though. The real issue was the topping. There was way too much. I suspected so as I was applying but wanted to use it all to make the recipe precise. Next time I will use 1/4 of the amount. My muffins have a complete crust on top. Aside from being a little messy, it hindered the rise. I made 14 muffins and next time I will extend that to 16.

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