Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

My Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are a twist on the original lemon version. Soft on the inside, slight crisp on the outside. And full of flavorful citrus! 

Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - moist, sweet, and full of citrus flavor. No mixer required! Recipe on

When life (Sunkist) hands you (ships you) a box of lemons, what do you do? Bake with them!

One of my favorite muffins in the world (besides blueberry!) are lemon poppy seed muffins. I love these springtime, citrus-infused muffins so much that I included them in my cookbook. Have you tried them yet?

Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - moist, sweet, and full of citrus flavor. No mixer required! Recipe on

Today’s muffins are practically the same recipe, with some orange infusion and a little milk to help thin out the thick batter.

These orange lemon poppy seed muffins are buttery, moist, and bursting with lemon and orange flavors. I’ve had my fair share of bland lemon muffins, but these are a far cry from flavorless. You’ll need 2 lemons, 1 orange, and a splash of vanilla extract for an added flavor punch. Make sure you have a zester handy for the lemon and orange.

A healthy dose of poppy seeds give the muffins a slight crunch. That’s the best part about poppy seed muffins! They’re a perfect contrast to the muffin’s soft interior. I love sprinkling the tops of muffins with coarse sugar. Similar to the poppy seeds, the coarse sugar gives these muffin tops a delightful crunch.

Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - moist, sweet, and full of citrus flavor. No mixer required! Recipe on

The muffins are baked in a very hot oven for 5 minutes. Then, keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the temperature down for the remaining time. This is my beloved “muffin dome” trick. A quick burst of very hot air allows the muffin top to rise up quickly. Then the lower temperature bakes the center.

Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - moist, sweet, and full of citrus flavor. No mixer required! Recipe on

Warm from the oven, these orange lemon poppy seed muffins are not complete without a pat of butter melting into each and every crevice. The perfect springtime breakfast if you ask me!


Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


My orange lemon poppy seed muffins are a twist on the original lemon version. Soft on the inside, slight crisp on the outside. And full of flavorful citrus! 


  • 2 and 1/3 cups (292g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, melted*
  • 67 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice*
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 medium orange)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120g) non-fat or low-fat Greek or regular yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • coarse sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, granulated sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, orange juice, and orange zest together until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition. Whisk in the yogurt, milk, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix together until no pockets of flour remain. Do not over-mix. The batter is thick.
  4. Spoon the thick batter into the muffin tins, filling them all the way to the top. Sprinkle each with coarse sugar. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C).  Keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce oven temperature to 375°F (190°C) and continue to bake for 10-13 minutes longer until tops are lightly golden. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Top with additional lemon and/or orange zest if desired (optional).
  5. Muffins stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Try them with a simple lemon glaze too!


  1. Freezing Instructions: For longer storage, freeze muffins for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up in the microwave if desired.
  2. Butter: I have used salted and unsalted butter interchangeably in this recipe without changing the amount of added salt.
  3. Lemon: 1 medium-size lemon = approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon zest = 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice

Keywords: orange lemon poppy seed muffins

Poppy Seed Fact: It takes 900,000 of these tiny black polka dots to equal one pound!

Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - moist, sweet, and full of citrus flavor. No mixer required!
Orange Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - moist, sweet, and full of citrus flavor. No mixer required!


  1. I loooove orange . I loooove poppy seeds. These are perfect for me. I want them NOW in my life!

  2. I have lemons. And a bag of poppy seeds. Hmmm. An idea forms…

  3. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron says:

    Kevin cracks me up – that is hilarious!! Lemon poppyseed muffins are one of my favorite muffins – and the citrus from the orange is an awesome addition! Pinning to make!

    1. Thanks for pinning Chelsea! You’ve gotta try these sometime.

  4. Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission says:

    I love lemon poppyseed muffins, but have never tried orange lemon poppyseed. Sounds delicious. I think if you do draw your recipes it will definitely make you stand out. Bahaha – loved that, Sally.

    1. Hahahaha Kevin was being 100% serious. lol

  5. I love love the twist you did on these muffins! I haven’t even gotten around to trying my hand at lemon PS muffins, but when I do you can bet I’m going to be adding orange to my batter! I love how soft and moist these muffins look! That split muffin photo is just begging to be spread with cream cheese. 😉 Pinned.

    1. Thanks Sarah! You’re going to love poppy seed muffins. Truly one of my favorite varieties.

  6. Chantal Boganda says:

    Wonderful Sally, I like the combination of flavors .

  7. Love these! I baked the similar version from your cookbook. The orange twist is so good for breakfast!

    1. So glad you made the version from my cookbook. Try them with a little orange next!

  8. Sara @ Dear Skim says:

    Hoooly moly, my love for lemon poppy seed anything knows no bounds. These look & sound amazing!

  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    Those look so beautiful and fun Sally! I want this in my life now!!

  10. Lisa @ Simple Pairings says:

    Ah! Sally, I saw poppy seed muffins earlier this week somewhere on the blogosphere, and my craving hit. I haven’t gotten around to making them yet, and I’m glad that I haven’t, because I love your orange AND lemon twist even better! Especially now that it’s warming up – citrus fits the bill perfectly. You always have such delicious stuff on your blog!

    1. Thanks Lisa – and you’ve got to try these. Hands down the best lemon muffins I’ve ever had. Love the orange infusion too!

  11. All I can say is, THANKS!!!!!!!

  12. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    What a great idea to through together orange and lemon! These little cuties look delish!

  13. Can’t wait to try these. We love lemon poppyseed muffins, so these are sure to be a hit. I loved the little drawings of the ingredients. So cute. You and Kevin need to write a cookbook for kids and have him illustrate all the recipes!

    1. Awesome idea, Dawn. I can pitch that cookbook idea to my publisher. 😉 I know Kevin would be happy. Ha!

  14. These are great, Sally! I love the specks of poppy seeds in the bright yellow!

    1. Yeah, Cassie! Poppy seed muffins are always so pretty. Have a great weekend!

  15. erin @hooleywithaz says:

    these look like exactly what i need on a snowy day like today! so summery and delicious, and they remind me of summer.

  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Sign me up for Lemons Anonymous, too, because this baby’s got me wanting citrus nonstop! These muffins are irresistible, Sally!

    1. Haha Georgia, I knew you’d join me. You love lemon as much as I do!

  17. Wow! These look so fluffy and delicious. I absolutely love the idea of orange and lemon with poppyseed. So smart. And I think Kevin is on to something. 😉 Have a lovely weekend, sweet Sally! xoxo

  18. I love the amount of lemon, orange, and citrus-y flavors popping up these days!!! So excited for warmer weather and to make lighter recipes. And I must say, I am so happy to have read about your muffin dome trick! It definitely makes a nice looking muffin!

    PS. A recipe full of drawings would have been the GREATEST april fools!

    1. Hahahaha Lauren, yes – that would’ve been the BEST April Fool’s joke. Totally writing it down for next year. You’re a genius.

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Love these bright citrusy muffins, perfect for spring!

  20. Sally these look so good! You wont believe it but i’ve been thinking of poppy seed muffins for ages! Unfortunately the black seeds arent available in India very easily, i’ve looked all over 🙁 hoping to find them and make these soon!

    1. If you find them and get to try these out, let me know how you like them Gayatri. Thanks so much.

  21. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    These are so you! My mom loves poppyseed muffins and when I see the mega abundance of seeds in these, I know she’d love them! And with the citrus, so perfect for spring!

  22. Molly | memo2munch says:

    Sally, we’ve got some major telepathy going on. I just posted a recipe for lemon poppyseed muffins on my blog today too! I even used the technique of baking the muffins at a high temperature for the first five minutes, a trick I learned from you first!

    Your muffins look spectacular–I love the addition of orange, it must add a whole new dimension to the citrus flavor! Next time I make muffins, I’m trying these. Than is for yet another delicious recipe!


    1. Molly, that’s too funny. Great minds think alike! The high temperature trick works wonders. I swear by it. Hope you give these a try!

  23. Marina {} says:

    Lemon Poppyseed muffins are my kids’ favorite and these sound even more amazing. Love that dusting of beautiful zest. Perfect for Spring!

    1. The extra zest on top was a last minute decision. Gave the tops a little flavor boost! Thanks Marina

  24. ashley - baker by nature says:

    I am a poppyseed fanatic these days! Love this bright little muffins 🙂 xoxo

  25. Shelby S says:

    Oh my these look delicious! Love the colors! 🙂

  26. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says:

    These warm from the oven…that’s EXACTLY what I’m craving right now. Love the lemon/orange combo. How spring-y!

  27. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I freaking love these!!! So yummy!

  28. YEEESSSSS!!! 😀 Sally, thank you! Poppy seed muffins are my favorite and I couldn’t stop grinning when I saw this new recipe. I think I’ll make these over the weekend! 🙂

  29. Kenton @ Lemon & Olives says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I’m a big fan of these muffins and love the fact you included orange. I hope you decide to make the bagels, because that would be epic!

    1. Thanks Kenton! Ok, now I definitely have to make those bagels. I’ll get around to it, I promise. Hope you try these!

  30. Oh man, I can’t wait to try these. They look so good
    Also, I just made the Maple Almond Cluster Granola. It is to die for. I Can’t stop munching(crunch crunch) on it!

    1. Love that stuff! Thanks Sue.

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