1 Batter for Infinite Muffin Recipes

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What Is a Master Muffin Recipe?

This is 1 muffin batter that can produce all sorts of different muffin varieties and flavors. These muffins are soft and buttery where the chunks and chips are just as mouth-watering as the muffin crumbs themselves. I’ve been using this base recipe for a few years already including for:

  1. Cranberry Cardamom Spice Muffins
  2. Blackberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
  3. Peach Streusel Muffins
  4. Apple Crumb Muffins
  5. Blueberry Muffins
  6. Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins
  7. Cranberry Orange Muffins

And in addition to those 7 muffin recipes all stemming from the same starting point, I have 5 more variations pictured for you today. Plus 10 more variations listed out under the recipe.

That’s 22 muffin flavors that all start from the same exact place.

overhead image of various ingredients for muffins including chocolate chips, raspberries, blackberries, lemon, apple chunks, and blueberries

What You Need

The muffin batter starts with basic dry ingredients like flour, baking powder + soda, and salt. More often than not, I add ground cinnamon. The only time I don’t add it is when we’re preparing a citrus-y flavored muffin. The wet ingredients are just as simple. Creamed butter and sugar, plus 2 eggs, vanilla, sour cream/plain yogurt, and milk. That’s it. Based on the flavor of the muffin, I use brown sugar or granulated sugar. I use either plain Greek yogurt or sour cream based on what I have. Same with milk– whole milk, 1% milk, buttermilk, almond milk– honestly, it all works in this master muffin recipe.

  • That’s 11 ingredients total including the cinnamon. And all 11 ingredients are baking staples, nothing new or difficult to find plus you have wiggle room with the sour cream and milk depending on what is convenient for you.

The Best Muffin Trick

I’ve been using this muffin trick for years and SWEAR by it. Fill your muffin cups/liners all the way to the top. Bake the muffins for just 5 minutes at a high temperature. Reduce the temperature for the remaining bake time. This initial hot burst of air lifts the muffins straight up, creating a solid dome. The rest of the time at a normal baking temperature cooks the center of the muffin.

NOTE: This only works with certain muffin batters. Muffin batter has to be thick and sturdy, like most of the muffin recipes on this site including today’s.

mixed berry muffin batter in a muffin pan

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Today’s New Muffin Flavors

Details for making each are in the recipe notes below.

  1. White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins
  2. Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  3. Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (with lemon glaze)
  4. Mixed Berry Muffins (with lemon glaze)
  5. Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins

WHITE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY MUFFINS:

stack of 3 white chocolate raspberry muffins

APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS:

apple cinnamon muffins with a bite taken from one

LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS:

lemon poppy seed muffins on a blue plate

MIXED BERRY MUFFINS:

mixed berry muffins

CHOCOLATE CHIP STREUSEL MUFFINS:

chocolate chip streusel muffins on a white plate

PS: 10 more flavors below the recipe! And if you’re looking for a chocolate base, try these double chocolate muffins.

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Master Muffin Recipe

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 muffins
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Use this master muffin recipe to make any muffin you love! They’re basic, easy, delicious, and freezer friendly.


Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (219g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (115g or 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar (or granulated)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk (any kind), at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and beat on high until creamed, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute, then turn up to high speed until the mixture is combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until just about combined. Add the milk and continue to beat on low until combined. Fold in add-ins. (See flavors/details in the notes below.)
  5. Spoon the batter evenly into each cup or liner, filling each all the way to the top. Bake the muffins 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 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 22-23 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. Glazed muffins stay fresh stored in the refrigerator for 1 week, unglazed muffins stay fresh stored at room temperature for a few days– then transfer to the fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins – Fold 1 cup raspberries + 3/4 cup white chocolate chips into the batter as instructed in step 4. Sprinkle muffin tops with coarse sugar before baking.
  2. Apple Cinnamon Muffins – Mix an additional 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg with the dry ingredients in step 2. Fold 1 cup peeled chopped apple + 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts into the batter as instructed in step 4. Sprinkle muffin tops with oats before making.
  3. Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – Leave out cinnamon and use granulated sugar instead of brown sugar. Mix 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds into the dry ingredients in step 2. Add 2 teaspoons lemon zest and the juice from 1 medium lemon (about 3 Tablespoons) into the batter when you mix in the milk. Sprinkle muffin tops with coarse sugar before baking. Drizzle lemon glaze onto warm muffins after baking.
  4. Mixed Berry Muffins – Fold 1 and 1/2 cups mixed berries into the batter as instructed in step 4. Drizzle lemon glaze onto warm muffins after baking.
  5. Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins – Fold 1 and 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips into the batter as instructed in step 4. Press crumbs slightly down into muffin tops (so they adhere, but aren’t submerged) before baking.
  6. Make Ahead Instructions: For longer storage, freeze muffins for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature or warm up in the microwave if desired.
  7. Jumbo Muffins: 425°F for 5 minutes, then reduce to 350°F for 22-25 minutes for a total of 27-30. Makes about 6.
  8. Mini Muffins: 350°F for 12-14 minutes. Makes about 36-40.
  9. Chocolate Muffins: If you’re looking for a chocolate base recipe, use these double chocolate muffins.

10 More Muffin Flavors

  1. Cinnamon Pecan Muffins: master muffin batter + 3/4 cups toasted chopped pecans + 3/4 cup cinnamon chips. With this crumb topping.
  2. White Chocolate Nectarine: master muffin batter + 1 heaping cup peeled chopped nectarine + 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. With brown sugar nut streusel.
  3. Blueberry Lemon Muffins: master muffin batter + zest and juice of 1 lemon + 1 and 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (leave out cinnamon)
  4. Pear Spice Muffins: master muffin batter + 1 and 1/4 cups peeled chopped pear + 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, ground cloves, + allspice
  5. Crumb Cake Muffins: master muffin batter + extra 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + this crumb topping
  6. Banana Nut Muffins: master muffin batter + 3/4 cup mashed banana + leave out sour cream + 1 cup chopped walnuts. Cheesecake filling would be delicious in these.
  7. Ginger Peach Muffins: master muffin batter + 1 and 1/4 cups peeled chopped peaches + 2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger. With brown sugar nut streusel.
  8. Pineapple Coconut Muffins: master muffin batter + 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut + 3/4 cup finely chopped pineapple (fresh or canned)
  9. Birthday Cake Muffins: master muffin batter + 3/4 cup rainbow sprinkles + 1 teaspoon almond extract (leave out cinnamon)
  10. Cranberry Apple Muffins: master muffin batter +  1 cup peeled chopped apple + 3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries. This crumb topping would be great.

471 Comments

  1. Hi Sally, I haven’t tried this yet but I really want to. I have a few questions though. What if you want a smaller batch of muffins? How would you reduce the number of muffins? Thanks in advance, your reply would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Kristina, It would be fine to cut this recipe in half for a half batch. Enjoy!

  2. Melinda Karlson says:

    I love your recipes. What do you do if you want to add cocoa powder and make double chocolate chip muffins.

  3. I’ve made the chocolate chip ones and it’s amazing! Though the top of my muffins don’t puff out as much even if I follow the high heat instructions:( Any tips?

    Also, can I use blueberry filling for the blueberry muffins?

    Thank you!

  4. I made the birthday cake muffins today for my hubby’s birthday and they turned out delicious! They are fun, festive, and tasty! I think these will be a new tradition in our household to celebrate all the birthdays. Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. Hi, I’d like my one year old to be able to eat these too so do you think I could replace the sugar with applesauce? Or should I just leave it out ? I’m just wondering about possible substitutions to make them a little healthier. Any tips would be appreciated!

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Julie! We love these Baby Apple Banana Oat Muffins for little ones! That muffin recipe can be easily customized to incorporate ingredients your little one loves – see the “Possible Ingredient Substitutions” heading in the blog post

      1. Perfect, thanks! I’ll try those

  6. Robert Alexander says:

    I woke up with a taste for muffins for breakfast this Saturday morning and Google showed me straight to this recipe. I bolted out of bed and whipped up a version (White Chocolate Rapberry). They were just resting on the cooling rack when my wife came out of the bedroom wondering what smelled so delicious! She rated them a 10 out of 10! They were easy and delicious. The dishes were cleaned and put away as they emerged from the oven. It was a lovey way to start a Saturday in the new year.

  7. I don’t have sour cream or yoghurt on hand right now. Could I substitute something else?

    1. Hi Katie, the same amount of mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce work in a pinch.

  8. Hi, can we sub the butter for some oil? I don’t have sour cream. Can Greek yoghurt be used instead?
    Ps: love your recipes. Tried out a few of them and they never disappoint.

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Danya, We don’t recommend oil for this recipe. You could likely replace the butter with the same amount of softened coconut oil (since it must be creamed). Yes, Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream. Enjoy!

  9. Julianna Groenhof says:

    Hello! If I were to use oats for one of the prime ingredients, would I use a regular cup or would that make the muffins dry?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Julianna, adding oats to this recipe would take more testing – you can reference this muffin recipe for an oats based muffin. Hope you love them!

      1. Julianna Groenhof says:

        Definitely will be experimenting, then. Thanks so much! Your recipes never fail to amaze my family and I!

  10. I made the infinite muffin recipe with my children and we added 1 cup of chocolate chips. These muffins are excellent! Finally a muffin that rises and is light like a bakery style muffin. Thanks again Sally! There’s no other baking site I love more.

  11. You have become my “go to” baking guru! My family say “best muffins ever” when I use your base recipe!

  12. sylvia melanson says:

    Hi Sally I haven’t made this recipe yet ..can’t wait to start … my son can not have any eggs…what would be the Egg Substitution for this recipe

  13. Sharmin Gandhi says:

    Hi Sally, have you tried this recipe with whole wheat flour? Thanks!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Sharmin, Whole wheat flour will produce a muffin that is more dense and hearty. You can try subbing half of the all purpose for for whole wheat or when you search recipes by ingredient (Whole Wheat Recipes) there are many muffins you can try. Hope this helps!

  14. Ann Ostrokolowicz says:

    I would like to use my new silicone large 6 muffin pan. Any adjustments should I make in filling the cup or baking time.?
    Thanks Ann

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Ann, see recipe notes for details on using this batter to make 6 jumbo muffins. We don’t have much experience baking with silicone pans, but they may take a bit longer to cook all the way through. Keep a close eye on them and use a toothpick to test for doneness. Happy baking!

  15. I would love to try your recipe, but struggling with cup measurements as I’m UK based. How much is a cup of blueberries in grams please and what is all purpose flour, we have plain or self raising here 🙂

    1. Hi Sue, use plain flour. 1 cup of blueberries weighs about 180-190g.

  16. This recipe is a keeper!

    In one batch I varied the flavors to appease different family members: chocolate chip, banana and berry mix. The texture is fluffy but not crumbly at all! Flavor is well balanced. The only difference is I needed an extra 5 min for baking during the 350 degrees part: 5 min at 425 degrees and a total of 18-20 min at 350.

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  17. Hi, sally! I’ve made this recipe a few times, and it always turns out great! but i was wondering, could you use buttermilk as a substitute for the milk and the sour cream? i was thinking that 1/2 cup of buttermilk would be an ok substitute, but i wanted to get an opinion before trying. Thanks!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Julie, In a pinch you can substitute BOTH the sour cream/yogurt and milk for buttermilk (or a DIY soured milk). Use 3/4 cup buttermilk in place of both. I hope this helps!

  18. Deborah cobern says:

    Can I use Sucrose (Splenda) in this recipe to lower the carbs! T I A

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Deborah, we haven’t tried this recipe using Splenda or any other sugar substitutes, but let us know if you do give it a try.

  19. I’ve made the banana muffins and apple cinnamon. I’ve a hankering to try carrot cake. Would you add carrot and dates with mixed spice to create this with the master recipe? I’ve been subbing some flour with oatbran and mixing soft brown sugar with demerara. I’m a wing it and see kinda person but thought I’d ask and see what you thought!

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Lynne, we suggest using this Carrot Cake Loaf recipe and following the muffins instructions in the recipe notes. Hope you love them!

  20. Is it possible to use frozen berries??

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Gina! Definitely. Do not thaw the berries before using.

  21. Layra Rayje Baking says:

    Flavour is super. We added dark chocolate chunks. Did 6 jumbo muffins, for 23 mins. They turned out a little dry. Would add half a banana next time, and only bake for 20 mins.

    FYI. Batter was surprisingly very thick and doughy not runny like traditional muffin batter.

  22. Great muffins! Everyone loved the pear spice flavor. We’ll be trying every flavor we can think of!

  23. I followed this recipe to a T and it was a disappointment. It tasted like baking soda and powder and hardly sweet. Not sure where I went wrong with it but I’m sad they didn’t turn out good.

  24. Hi, I can’t wait to make these! Curious about the lemon blueberry version. Do I add both the lemon juice, zest, and fold in the blueberries after completing step 4? Or would I add the lemon juice and zest to the wet ingredients step. Thank you!

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Gina, you can add the zest and juice with the wet ingredients and fold in the blueberries at the end. Happy baking!

  25. Beautiful Baker says:

    I made 2 batches with this recipe. I followed instruction’s and ingredient’s exactly, even the .5min 425 F trick to fluff up muffins. I used mixed frozen berries from Costco leaving them in the fridge to thaw and excess juices to strain. I also used 18% full fat sour cream and 2 % milk. These muffins are moist, rich, creamy…and gone. lol Baked on convection bake for exactly 5 mins at 425F leaving muffins in pan, reduced to 350F for exactly 15 min. Muffins did not stick are so beautiful.

  26. Hi do you have the macros per muffin for the basic recipe?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Amber, We don’t usually include nutrition information as it can vary between different brands of the same ingredients. Plus, many recipes have ingredient substitutions or optional ingredients listed. However, there are many handy online calculators where you can plug in and customize your exact ingredients/brands. Readers have found this one especially helpful: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  27. I just used this to make cherry/orange/CC muffins. Man they smell good. Only added an 1/8 or so orange peel and the same with the orange extract. With the cherries, I did semi-thaw them. Seemed to work well that way. Did not end up with pink muffins. Ended up with 14 muffins. The first 12 I did the 425 deg trick, the last 2 are for me, so just baked at the 350 temp. I did notice, they still had a good rise and they needed an extra min or so to bake through.

    1. This has the fluffiest and most tender crumb. Tastes amazing too. I’ve made tons of muffins and tried many recipes… and this is my go to.

  28. This muffin recipe is the best! I made them myself and they were so fluffy. I was so amazed how fluffy these muffins are! I love a good muffin with a crunch on the top, and these muffins had the perfect crunch to it! This recipe is going to be my next muffin recipe!

  29. Hi, I am 12 and i baked this recipe by myself! These muffin smelt amazing and the were so fluffy and crunchy! I shared them with my family and they were all over the muffins and they were going back for more! This recipe is truly delicious and i think i am going to make more!
    -Little baker

  30. Hi, I am 12 and i baked this recipe by myself! These muffin smelt amazing and the were so fluffy and crunchy! I shared them with my family and they were all over the muffins and they were going back for more! This recipe is truly delicious and i think i am going to make more! My mom is fan of you and your baking recipe! Keep doing what you are doing!
    -Little baker

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      So happy you loved this recipe! Thank you for your kind review

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