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Best Muffin Recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Best Muffin Recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Best Muffin Recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
There’s just so many good muffin recipes–but this recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins is one of my faves!

Like my grandma, I’ve got a thing for lemon. Lucky for me, these  are relatively fast to fix. Just make sure to use fresh poppy seeds to avoid a bitter flavor.

The original recipe (from calls for lemon peel. If you have it, go for it, but I have found orange peel to be an easy substitute that helped these lemon poppy seed muffins keep their bright flavor.

Best Muffin Recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Best Muffin Recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 12 Muffins (more or less)

Serving Size: 2 Muffins

Best Muffin Recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, Separated
  • 1 1/3 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • 2 Lemons, Zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk or 1/2 Cup Plain Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Grease Muffin Tin. Set aside.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar.
  4. Add Egg Yolks and beat well.
  5. In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients, including Lemon Zest and Poppy Seeds.
  6. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with Buttermilk, Vanilla, and Lemon Juice. Do this two times. (I combined these items and alternated with dry ingredients as stated)
  7. In another bowl, beat egg whites just until soft peaks form (I skip this step and throw the whole egg in at Step #3). Fold into batter.
  8. Spoon into prepared pan 3/4 full.
  9. Bake 350* for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing.


I've substituted Orange Peel for the Lemon Peel and Milk in place of Buttermilk in a pinch with no issues. Same great taste!

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  1. Jessica Nunemaker

    Glad your family loves them too! :)

  2. Yum. These are delicous. A hit with the whole family. The beaten egg whites make them nice and light.

  3. Jessica Nunemaker

    Happy to hear it!

  4. Jessica Nunemaker

    Glad you enjoyed them! :)

  5. Just made these muffins. Sooo what I needed! Very good (and followed your tweaks).

  6. Great recipe!!! This is a definite keeper :)

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