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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

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Lemon poppy seed muffins
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Remember that morning you were so busy you missed breakfast, and had to settle for grabbing a lemon poppy seed muffin on the way out? That was a pretty good morning.

Makes 12 Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick (1/2-cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • finely grated zest from 2 lemons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl, and reserve until needed.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest, until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly before adding the next. Stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the lemon juice, and 1/2 of the sour cream until combined.

Add half of the remaining flour mixture, and stir until combined. Stir in the remaining sour cream. Stir in the rest of the flour mixture, and then the poppy seeds.

Line a 12-muffin tin with paper baking cups. Fill each to the top with batter. Bake about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. While the muffins are baking, mix the lemon juice and powdered sugar together for form a thin glaze.

Remove the muffins from the oven when ready, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Brush the lemon glaze evenly over the top of each muffin. This is not intended to be a frosting, but just a very light glaze to give the tops a little shine and extra kiss of lemon flavor.

When cool enough to handle, remove muffins from the tins and cool completely on a rack before serving.
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 5 out of 5
Perfect Poppy Pleasure, Member servlet

These muffins came together very quickly in my electric mixer, and they turned out perfectly. The lemon is aggressive and bright while the glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness. My muffins were moist, light, and delicious. I live at high altitude, and the recipe worked just fine. I will definitely add this recipe to my baking repertoire.

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