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Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

4.5 stars based on 15 votes

blueberry cornbread muffins

You can’t help but love these little muffins. The slight crunch and savory flavor of the cornmeal make a perfect foil for the blueberries, which burst as they bake, creating pockets of juice that keep the muffins tender. Plus, they’re so simple to make: with just a few bowls and a whisk, you can whip them up in 15 minutes, and enjoy them warm out of the oven with your coffee 30 minutes later.

ingredients

Begin by zesting the lemon (you’ll use the zest later) and combining the milk and lemon juice. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, and you’ll have homemade buttermilk. (You could just use buttermilk, but since the recipe calls for lemon zest, you might as well just use the juice and avoid buying buttermilk.)

lemon-and-milk

Meanwhile, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt and in a large bowl. I like to place the ingredients in the bowl neatly, so I can see what I’ve already added — otherwise, I’m likely to forget.

dry-ingredients

Whisk until well combined.

dry-ingredients-whisked

To keep the berries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins, toss them with 1 teaspoon of the flour mixture. Set aside.

blueberries

In another bowl, whisk together the milk and lemon mixture with the eggs, vanilla and lemon zest.

liquid-ingredients

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, along with the melted butter. Stir until just blended.

mixing-wet-and-dry-ingredients

Add the flour dusted blueberries.

adding-blueberries

Stir until just combined.

batter

Spoon the batter into a muffin pan lined with paper liners. They will be very full.

ready-to-bake

Bake for about 30 minutes, until set and lightly golden.

baked-muffins

Let the muffins cool for a few minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a rack.

cooling

Serve warm with butter. Enjoy!

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Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

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

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (see note)
  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup blueberries (see note)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1-1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners (don't skip the liners or the blueberries will stick to the pan).
  2. Combine the milk and lemon juice. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Place the blueberries in a small bowl and toss with 1 teaspoon of the flour mixture. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk/lemon mixture, vanilla and lemon zest. Add to the dry ingredients, along with the melted butter. Stir until just blended; and then stir in the blueberries. Do not overmix.
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup very full. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until the tops are set and golden around the edges. Cool the muffins for a few minutes in the pan, then serve warm with butter or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Notes: Be sure to zest the lemon before juicing it. Don't be tempted to increase the blueberries: one cup is just the right amount -- if you jam-pack the muffins with berries, they'll be too tart and wet.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (12 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 228
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Sodium: 275mg
  • Cholesterol: 53mg

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    Excellent recipe – came out perfect in 28 minutes cooking time. The only addition I did was added some clear Sanding Sugar on top for that extra sparkle.

    - Chef D on July 28, 2017 Reply
  • Can you use frozen blueberries? Do you have to let them thaw before using?

    - Deborah on June 22, 2017 Reply
    • Yes, Deborah, using frozen is fine. Don’t defrost them, though, or your batter will turn purple, 🙂

      - Jenn on June 22, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This are a family favorite. I freeze summer berries and make them all year long.

    - Jacquie Rohricht on May 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Whole family loved them!! Great for a busy morning or after school snack, too!

    - Tammy on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jen…hands down THE best blueberry muffins! The corn meal gives them such a lovely texture….I find most blueberry muffins are too cakey, these are perfect. I’ve been making them with frozen huckleberries we picked last summer. This recipe doubles really well, I make 12 large muffins, and reduced the sugar by one cup for a double recipe.
    Thanks so much for all your recipes, I love your website!!

    - Glenda on October 3, 2016 Reply
  • Can I substitute buttermilk for milk? Should any other adjustments be made? Can’t wait to try, they wound wonderful!

    - Alisa on August 19, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Alisa, It’s fine to use buttermilk; just omit the lemon juice as well.

      - Jenn on August 19, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are excellent. They’re moist and tender and not too sweet. I doubled the lemon zest and didn’t find it overpowering. One cup of blueberries is ample as noted in the recipe. The muffins don’t rise much so filling the cups very full as instructed is important. I used fresh blueberries that had been washed and air dried and they didn’t bleed into the batter as frozen ones tend to do. My muffins were done in 26 minutes. I used cast iron muffin pans without paper liners and didn’t have a problem removing the muffins. They’re light and fragile until they cool but came out of the pan easily once cooled.

    - Sadie on August 10, 2016 Reply
  • I want to make these gluten free. Can I just sub gluten free flour?

    - Toni on July 11, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Toni, I haven’t made these with gluten-free flour, but I think it should work. I’d love to know how they turn out if you prepare them!

      - Jenn on July 11, 2016 Reply
  • 2 stars

    A little disappointing for me. I was expecting a lot more taste. I followed the recipe exactly, but they were bland.
    I spend an enormous amount of time in the kitchen baking and cooking and these weren’t anything special.
    I served them still warm, but also had one after it completely cooled, sorry to say, very disappointed.

    - Caz on July 11, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! I made these one morning and they didn’t last too many mornings after the first. I had some buttermilk I wanted to use up, so just used that instead of the milk/lemon juice mixture, and they were still wonderful.

    - Katie on July 10, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Is this recipe in your book? It should be! It’s great, instructions, measurements, baking time all just right and it tastes wonderful. The lemon juice and zest is perfect. It’s not too sweet, too heavy, too hard to make or “too” anything. It’s just right! YUMMMMM.

    - Pam Minkley on July 9, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Pam, so glad you liked the muffins! This recipe won’t be in my book (but you can always find it here :).

      - Jenn on July 9, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made these today. So nice and light. Not overly sweet. Just a lovely lemon taste with a few blueberries. Good suggestion not to overdo it with blueberries. Like the little crunch of the cornmeal.
    Will be making these again and again! 🙂

    - SandraM on July 8, 2016 Reply
  • Oh Jenn, these muffins are dangerous! Thank you for this amazing recipe. I baked them this afternoon … they’ve been out of the oven, for precisely 10 mins. & I’ve eaten 2!!! (Freezer, here we come!) 😉

    - Brenda on July 7, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are delicious. I made a double batch just to try them out 2 days ago, and my family has gobbled them up!

    - Tanya on July 6, 2016 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Made these this afternoon and my husband and I love them. The lemon zest adds that little extra. Recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

    - Dana on July 5, 2016 Reply
  • what do you think about making mini muffins?

    - cheryl wilk on July 5, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Cheryl, Yes, I think mini muffins would work. I’d bake them at the temp that the recipe specifies and start checking for doneness around 12-15 min. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on July 6, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wonderful flavor and so easy to make. I will be making these often. Thank you!

    - Kathleen on July 3, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just made the muffins and they turned out great. just like all your other recipes I’ve tried from your site. Always looking forward to your weekly emails.

    - Terry fro MontreL on July 2, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Most muffins are somehow disappointing – these were WONDERFUL. My only note is that it only made ten muffins for me. Thank you Jen!

    - Annie on July 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfect. I swear Chef Jenn you will make a baker out of me yet! These are very tasty, love the sweet blueberry with the savory cornbread! They looked just like yours, my husband was so excited to see I made something special. Thank you!

    - Laura Deitz on July 1, 2016 Reply
  • Looks delicious!! I usually make large muffins.. What would be the bake time?

    - Sue Whitfield on June 30, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Sue, I’ve never made these jumbo-sized, but I think should you should add about 5 – 10 minutes to the baking time. (I’d start checking them after 5 extra minutes.)

      - Jenn on July 1, 2016 Reply
  • Do these freeze well?

    - Sandu on June 30, 2016 Reply
    • Yes Sandu, these should freeze nicely!

      - Jenn on July 1, 2016 Reply
  • My hubbie has diabetes and I would love to make him these cute little bites of goodness! Can Splenda be used in place of sugar in this recipe?

    - Thalya Cuilty on June 30, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Thalya, I’ve never baked/cooked with Splenda, so I can’t say for sure, but I think it’s likely to work. I’d love to hear how they turn out if you prepare them with Splenda!

      - Jenn on July 1, 2016 Reply
  • Could this recipe be made with more corn meal and less flour, for gluten free alternative?

    - Kate on June 30, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Kate, I’m afraid without the flour that the muffins wouldn’t rise and would be very crumbly. You could always substitute the all purpose flour with a gluten-free variety.

      - Jenn on July 1, 2016 Reply

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