Best Blueberry Muffins

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Best Blueberry Muffins

Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best blueberry muffins.

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Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best blueberry muffins. I’ve tried fussier recipes that call for mashing some of the blueberries into the batter or even swirling homemade blueberry jam into the mix, but there’s no need for all that — this simple recipe tops them all.

What You’ll Need To Make Blueberry Muffins

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As you can see, I use both vanilla and almond extracts — that’s part of what makes these muffins so good. Vanilla is standard, but almond extract adds that unmistakable scent of almond, which complements the berries nicely.

For the blueberries, I prefer fresh but if you’re using frozen, be sure to stir them into the batter without thawing, otherwise they will turn the muffins purple!

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Step By SteP: How To Make Blueberry Muffins

To begin, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

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Whisk to blend.

how to make blueberry muffins

Next, beat the butter and sugar for a few minutes until light and creamy.

how to make blueberry muffins

Beat in the eggs one at a time.

how to make blueberry muffins

Then beat in the vanilla and almond extracts.

how to make blueberry muffins

Gradually mix in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk.

how to make blueberry muffins

how to make blueberry muffins

The batter will be thick.

how to make blueberry muffins

Add the blueberries.

how to make blueberry muffins

Using a rubber spatula, fold the berries into the batter.

how to make blueberry muffins

Spoon the batter into a muffin tin lined with paper liners. (It’s important to use the liners, otherwise the blueberries will stick to the bottom of the pan, making the muffins difficult to remove.)

how to make blueberry muffins

Sprinkle the turbinado sugar over top.

how to make blueberry muffins

Bake for about 30 minutes.

how to make blueberry muffins

Let the muffins cool in the pan for about ten minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

How To Store & Freeze Blueberry Muffins

Since the muffins are full of juicy blueberries, they stay moist for days. The flip side of this is that they tend to get a little soggy. To store them, line a sealable container with a sheet of paper towels. Arrange the muffins in a single layer and cover with another sheet of paper towels to absorb any excess moisture. Store the muffins on the countertop or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat the muffins in the microwave or oven to refresh, if desired.

how to make blueberry muffins

More Blueberry Recipes

Best Blueberry Muffins

Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best blueberry muffins.

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-1/4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (also called raw sugar or demerara sugar)

For Cooking

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 12 paper muffin liners


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Spray the pan and the liners with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar for about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and almond extract. (The batter may look a little grainy -- that's okay).
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, beating on low speed to combine. The batter will be very thick. Add the blueberries to the batter and fold gently with a spatula until evenly distributed. Do not overmix.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin (an ice-cream scoop with a wire scraper works well here); they will be very full. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar evenly on top of the muffins.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, until lightly golden. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin to free it from the pan if necessary (the blueberries can stick), then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 252
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39 g
  • Sugar: 22 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 224 mg
  • Cholesterol: 52 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Reviews & Comments

  • This recipe turned out absolutely delicious!!! I don’t like to cook, but I wanted to try making them for my grandkids. I will never do boxed blueberry muffins again!

    • — Erica O on June 22, 2021
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  • These are the best blueberry muffins I’ve tried! My entire family loved these muffins. Even my mom, who can be quite a critic when it comes to food, absolutely loved these muffins! The little bit of almond extract in this really adds a lot. I have one question though, would I be able to use this muffin recipe to turn into a loaf bread?

    • — Nina on June 19, 2021
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    • So glad they were a hit! Yes, if you want to convert this to a loaf, I’d reduce the oven temp to 350 degrees and start checking it for doneness at about 45 minutes.

      • — Jenn on June 21, 2021
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  • I’m an Aussie mum-of-eight and I LOVE these muffins! I used frozen blueberries because fresh blueberries are expensive here in Australia and it worked beautifully. I also made a dairy-free version with almond milk and coconut oil which also worked beautifully!
    These muffins are so fluffy and luscious inside – and that crispy outside, oh my goodness! So delish!
    Thanks so much for this recipe, it’s helped this not-so-great mummy baker feel like a pro 🙂

    • — Mama J Lawson on June 17, 2021
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  • Great muffins! Not too sweet, and the sweet crunch on top is just right.

    • — Jill M Stengl on June 11, 2021
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  • Omg these are delicious!!!! I’ll never use another recipe to make blueberry muffins!

    • — Christine on June 9, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,
    As you said, baking is chemistry. For repeatability will you include the weights of the ingredients, namely flour, sugar, water, milk, blueberries, etc. ?

    • — Rob on June 9, 2021
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    • Hi Rob, The great majority of my recipes (including this one) include conversions to metric/weight measurements. To view them, scroll down to the recipe, and immediately under the recipe title on the right side, you’ll see a little toggle. If you move it from “cup measures” to metric, you’ll see measurements that will work for you. Hope you enjoy the muffins if you make them!

      • — Jenn on June 9, 2021
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      • Perfect. Thank you.

        • — Rob on June 10, 2021
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  • I’ve tried many other recipes, this is definitely the best Blueberry muffin recipe! 12 muffins do not last long in our family. Sometimes will omit the turbinado sugar on top for a healthier option…. Thank you.

    I would like to try with unbleached flour, will it be heavier? Should I add more baking powder?

    • — Odile on June 7, 2021
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    • Hi Odile, So glad you like them! Unbleached flour is perfectly fine here with no other modifications.

      • — Jenn on June 8, 2021
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  • This recipe is fabulous! I’ve also made your apple spiced and strawberry muffins which are both fantastic. I’d like to know if I can use either the strawberry or blueberry muffin recipes with raspberries? If so, which recipe should I follow and are there additions or substitutions I should make? Thanks.

    • — Susan on June 5, 2021
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    • Hi Susan, Glad you like these! I think either these or the strawberry muffins would work, but I may go with these as a number of readers have commented that they’ve used raspberries in this recipe successfully (and I don’t think you’ll need to make any adjustments). Please LMK how they turn out if you try them!

      • — Jenn on June 7, 2021
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    • I made these muffins today and they were awesome. The texture was great, not crumbly with a delicate yummy butter taste the almond extract was a great addition. I’ll only use this recipe from now on Thank you so much family loved them ❤

      • — Dianne Molinari on June 20, 2021
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  • I have made these blueberry muffins multiple times and they come out perfectly every single time – absolutely delicious! A friend of mine cannot tolerate white flour, so I was wondering Jenn if I could substitute almond flour for the white flour and if so, what ratio would I use? All your recipes are delicious Jenn. Thank you!!!!

    • — Dot on June 5, 2021
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    • Hi Dot, Glad you like them! Unfortunately, I would not recommend almond flour here though — sorry!

      • — Jenn on June 6, 2021
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    • Jenn is correct. Almond flour does not work here. It chemically changes during baking. BUT King Arthurs ” Measure for Measure ” works well for gluten free baking. No adjustments needed. Just be sure to fluff and spoon flour into measuring cup as Jenn suggested in her intro.

      • — GMJ on June 14, 2021
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  • I followed the recipe exactly. They were a little too flour(y) tasting for me. Missing something in the batter, but thank you, everyone is different.

    • — Carol in Cincinnati on June 4, 2021
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  • Can I use frozen blueberries?

    • — Carolyn on May 28, 2021
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    • Yep!

      • — Jenn on May 29, 2021
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  • Hi,

    How long would I cook this for 6 jumbo size muffins?

    Thank you 😊

    • — Autumn on May 24, 2021
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    • Hi Autumn, I’d add an extra 5 minutes to the baking time and then start checking for doneness. (And make sure you use muffin liners.) Please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on May 25, 2021
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  • This is really good recipe

    • — madhavi liyanaarachchi on May 18, 2021
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  • Thanks for sharing this recipe i did it for the first time and it was perfect 🥰

    • — Cecile on May 15, 2021
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  • Jen, I found your site by accident and am very happy I did! You have become my go to person when looking for special recipes to share with family and friends. I made these muffins several times, most recently for my daughter who wanted box mix muffins! She didn’t want me to go to the trouble of making them from scratch. I told her it wasn’t a problem and she was so happy I did. She said these were the best muffins she had ever had! Then just this weekend I found myself with a lot of blueberries so I made 2 batches to take to work. I was concerned there might be leftovers because the office isn’t fully staffed yet but they were all gone before noon. And I received plenty of e-mails telling me how wonderful they were. People really like the turbinado sugar on top too.

    • — Mary Friend on May 10, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn and all your cooking and baking fans and friends,
    I’ve made these muffins multiple times and they always turn out perfectly. This time I thought I’d add a little lemon zest (in fact I thought the recipe had called for lemon..) anyhow I think it added a little something but they were perfect before…
    We have lemons on our tree this time of year so..why not?
    I took a photo – food styling a la Dorie Greenspan’s Baking book but I couldn’t upload it…no matter…
    Happy Mother’s Day!! 🌸💐

    • — Joan - and Nana :) on May 8, 2021
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    • So glad you like these and felt like the lemon enhanced the flavor. And unfortunately, the blog isn’t set up to receive pictures but if you’re on Instagram, you can share it there; be sure to tag me @onceuponachef! 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 10, 2021
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  • Rarely review, but these muffins were exceptional! We loved the taste and texture. I did not have almond extract, so I added 1Tablespoon Orange Juice and Lemon Zest. I always keep 1/3 of the berries to top off each muffin after I spoon them in the muffin pan. I baked only 25 minutes. Perfection…

    • — Chef Robert on May 5, 2021
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  • So, so, so, so delicious! Jenn, this recipe and your Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes are the reasons we go blueberry picking each year. ☺️ Absolutely delicious every time and so easy to make. If I could give ten stars I would!

    • — Jackie on May 4, 2021
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  • These muffins are excellent!

    • — Mike on May 3, 2021
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  • I’ve tried many Blueberry muffin recipes, but this is the last one I need to try. This recipe turned out the best I have eaten, much less cooked. I was not sure I would be a fan of the sugar on top, though I love turbinado sugar, so I left it off of half. Now wish I had put it on all of them. Very small light sprinkle is all it takes, but that tiny bit of sweetness and the really cool texture contrast that results is just fantastic! I used fresh blueberries, but will give it a try with frozen in the near future.

    • — TravisNTexas on May 1, 2021
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  • These muffins are just divine. I used a spoon, not electric beater, and they turned out just perfect. My grandchildren said they were the best blueberry muffins they have ever had. Thank you for sharing. I’ll be making these over and over again.

    • — Linda Scott on April 30, 2021
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  • These couldn’t be better. Baked to perfection in 30 minutes. I only had a bit over 2 cups of blueberries, and made a baker’s dozen (13) delicious muffins. Thank you for this recipe; I love it!

    • — Karen on April 26, 2021
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  • I made these a few times and they never disappoint. I baked a batch of mini muffins in hopes of having a quick breakfast option for the kids this week. We ate half the batch before I could lock them up. So good!!

    • — Kristyn on April 26, 2021
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    • How long did you bake the mini muffins?

      • — GMJ on April 29, 2021
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  • These really are the “Best Blueberry” muffins!!! So moist and flavourful! They still tasted just as delicious & fresh two days after baking!! Thanks again Jenn!🙌🏻

    • — Linda on April 22, 2021
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  • This is the best blueberry muffin recipe but after making it I made 2 changes that I think enhanced them
    I used 1 1/2 sticks of butter and I used 1/4 cup whole milk with 1/4 cup buttermilk…

    • — Patti on April 14, 2021
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  • Loved the recipe! I used instead 1 tsp vanilla/ tsp orange extract, crushed the blueberries to make blue muffins, and cooked for only 23min, until the edges were lightly golden to keep the muffins moist. It was a success!
    I also tried the version above with frozen raspberries (crushed) and white chocolate chips, and that was also tremendous.

    • — Alexandra Holland on April 11, 2021
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