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Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins - Moist, flavor-packed blueberry muffins flecked with lemon zest and finished with crunchy sugar for a coffee shop-style muffin. | foxeslovelemons.com

Guess what? This week marks my one-year anniversary of blogging. It’s pretty hard to believe it’s been just a year, because so much has happened in 365 days. I’m crazy busy all the time between this blog, freelance works and lots of other random projects, and I wouldn’t have it any other way, because you know –  loving what you do and all that. I won’t get all gushy about how much I would love to high-five each and every person reading this if I could, because I wrote you a little love letter HERE just a few weeks ago.

Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins - Moist, flavor-packed blueberry muffins flecked with lemon zest and finished with crunchy sugar for a coffee shop-style muffin. | foxeslovelemons.com

If you’re new around here, I named this blog Foxes Love Lemons as an ode to my maiden name (Fox) + my favorite ingredient. Many people stumbling over here probably expect to see lemon desserts every day, but I guess that’s not what this blog has turned out to be. I’ve always been more of a savory cook, and my love for lemons is really more about how great they are as a flavor enhancer to other foods (thus, why I ALWAYS have a big bowl of them in my fridge).

The greatest use of lemons as a recipe enhancer? It has to be in blueberry muffins. The first time I added lemon zest to muffin batter (after hearing a tip somewhere), it was genuinely life changing. The lemon zest made the blueberries taste more like blueberry! It was almost like a magic trick.

Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins - Moist, flavor-packed blueberry muffins flecked with lemon zest and finished with crunchy sugar for a coffee shop-style muffin. | foxeslovelemons.com

I call these the Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins because I have been honing and tweaking this recipe for years, and I think it’s pretty close to perfect. The two key factors are the generous amount of lemon zest in the batter, as well as the coarse sanding sugar sprinkled on top. This gives the muffins a crunchy, sweet muffin top that’s impossible to resist. Oh, and it looks sparkly too.

I hope you enjoy these muffins that I’ve cooked up to celebrate my blogoversary. I also want to celebrate by giving one of YOU a big gift! Check out the Rafflecopter below the recipe to enter to win a bounty of lemon-related kitchen tools from Williams-Sonoma!

Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins - Moist, flavor-packed blueberry muffins flecked with lemon zest and finished with crunchy sugar for a coffee shop-style muffin. | foxeslovelemons.com

Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 6 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sanding sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, granulated sugar and lemon zest 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  3. Using rubber spatula, fold in flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with milk in 2 parts, until just combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
  4. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners. Divide batter evenly between muffin cups and sprinkle tops with sanding sugar. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffins comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Food Network Kitchens.

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127 Responses to “Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins”

  1. itzia — February 11, 2014 at 10:18 am

    lemon bars

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  2. Brandi Fitzpatrick — February 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Strawberry lemonade!

    Reply

  3. alycep — February 11, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    My lemon blueberry pound cake

    alyce poalillo

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  4. Shannon Baas — February 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I love to make lemonade.

    Reply

  5. kelly — February 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I like to make lemon chicken for my family.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  6. Zenetta Smith — February 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    My favorite thing to make with lemons is a lemon sauce for my seafood.

    Reply

  7. sottovoce — February 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I love to make moist, tart lemon pound cake….yummy! :-) Thank you

    Reply

  8. Lori — February 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    lemonade

    Reply

  9. Mary Beth Elderton — February 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Lemon Poppyseed cakes

    Reply

  10. Sarah — February 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Lemon ricotta pancakes

    Reply

  11. Mer — February 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Lemon meringue pie is my favorite, though I enjoy lemons in just about any format.

    Reply

  12. Lorena Keech — February 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I like to make Lemon Crinkle cookies, so good!

    Reply

  13. AnnaZed — February 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I like making a Lemon Pound Cake.
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  14. kl — February 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    lemonade

    Reply

  15. Joanne — February 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I enjoy your blog so much, I’ve been spreading the word!

    Reply

  16. Karen D — February 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I like to make lots of things with lemons: pie, cake, sangria, lemonade. And they are the perfect accent note to any kind of berry!

    Reply

  17. Jamers483 — February 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Someone once changed my life by having me add lemon zest to blueberry muffins!

    Reply

  18. Karen D — February 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Happy blogiversary!

    Reply

  19. monacpete — February 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    lemoncello

    Reply

  20. GourmetGetaway — February 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Oh I haven’t made blueberry muffins for ages, I will have to make some for the kids lunches. This is a bit of a secret but in the spirit of winning a fantastic prize I will share. “Sticky Date Pudding” you NEED lemon zest in sticky date pudding for it to truly shine :)

    Reply

  21. amry still — February 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I make Face Wash with lemon juice.

    Reply

  22. nmhutchison — February 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Ohhhh I’ve been looking for a blueberry muffin recipe — thanks for sharing yours! I love adding lemons to my ice water (cheesy?!) and using fresh lemon juice in marinades. YUM!!!!

    Reply

  23. Nancy — February 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Happy one year blogiversary, Lori! Wow, you’ve only been doing this for 1 year? You’re a total pro! I love this blog – your writing is hilarious, photos are gorgeous, the recipes are delicious, and I’ve learned so much from you (especially through your “What I learned in culinary school” series). Here’s to many many more years of Foxes Love Lemons. I’m always searching for the best blueberry muffin recipe so I can’t wait to try this. They look fabulous in their adorable muffin liners.

    Reply

  24. Kira — February 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    My favorite thing to make with lemons is to use the Frozen Citrus trick!

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  25. Lori | Foxes Love Lemons — February 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks so much, Nancy! I did work at a food magazine publishing company for a few years before I started this blog, so I sort of had a tiny head start ;) Those muffin cup liners came from this great cake decorating shop near me. I went in for one tiny thing and ended up with a whole basket full of random stuff.

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  26. Abby — February 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    A spritz over roasted veggies sends them over the top!

    Reply

  27. cng261974 — February 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    its a tie between lemon bars and lemon pie.

    Reply

  28. sexybrat — February 12, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Lemonade.

    Reply

  29. MaryB — February 12, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I love sour cream lemon pie.

    Reply

  30. Karen @ The Food Charlatan — February 12, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Happy blogiversary Lori!! That’s so exciting! Keep it up! (Oh and PS there is nothing better-nothing-than a lemon blueberry muffin.)

    Reply

  31. Jennie — February 12, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I make tahina sauce with lemons at least once a week. Tahina, lemon juice, water, pinch of salt, bit of garlic, stir until smooth. We think the sauce makes (nearly) everything taste better!

    Reply

  32. Goat Girl — February 12, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Homemade Fish Tacos with Lemon and Spicy Coleslaw!

    Reply

  33. Mya Murphy — February 12, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Lemon Meringue Pie!! myawinz@mail.com

    Reply

  34. GrinningFool — February 12, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Lemon Bars

    Reply

  35. hawkshoe — February 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I like making lemon curd.

    Reply

  36. Mary — February 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    lemon squares!

    Reply

  37. Gina Guthrie — February 12, 2014 at 11:54 am

    cocktails!

    Reply

  38. Kim Henrichs — February 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I love to make a simple bundt cake with a lemon cake mix, and squeeze the juice of a whole lemon into the mixture. These muffins look SO GOOD!!

    Reply

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  40. dglitter — February 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I love making lemon bars-they are so good!

    Reply

  41. mckim — February 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I like lemon meringue pie.

    Reply

  42. Ashley B — February 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Lemon cake! :)

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  43. The Hubs — February 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    1) I have eaten this blueberry recipe probably 20-30 times as it was perfected. You are right in this being the best. 2) My favorite part about the post was the one with the adorable candle in it. 3) Congratulations, honey, on your Blog Anniversary! I am so proud of you.

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  44. Jenn Giannetto — February 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    lemonade is my favorite thing to make with lemons! but i also love lemon scones

    Reply

  45. Rebecca Peters — February 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I love lemonade

    Reply

  46. tracydavis — February 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    lemon curd

    Reply

  47. debattinella — February 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I love a Lemon Drop Martini :) PS – Happy Anniversary – mine is tomorrow and I hope will you stop by – I’m giving away something you might like but it isn’t lemons :)

    Reply

  48. Christine — February 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    lemon pound cake

    Reply

  49. Mindie w — February 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I love my lemon tree! I love to make lemon curd, lemon bars, lemon merengue pie….

    Reply

  50. Brittney House — February 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I like to make lemon squares.

    Reply

  51. Ariel R — February 12, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I love making lemon bars and incorporating it into pasta dishes :)

    Reply

  52. melisa — February 13, 2014 at 8:46 am

    My husband and family and I make limoncello.

    Reply

  53. Adrianne Braun — February 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love to make lemon rosemary shortbread cookies.

    Reply

  54. Monique Rizzo — February 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Homemade fresh squeezed lemonade.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  55. Emily Morelli — February 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    My favorite thing to make with lemons is hollandaise sauce. Yum!

    Reply

  56. Natalie yeoman — February 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    lemon squares

    Reply

  57. Summer D — February 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Lemon bars

    Reply

  58. Leslie Rigsby — February 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I have a recipe for Lemon Raspberry Muffins that is awesome!

    Reply

  59. carogonza — February 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I love making lemon spaghetti

    Reply

  60. Aysegul — February 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Happy anniversary my friend! I hope your success will continue for many many more years!
    Cheers to your wonderful blog!
    Ice

    Reply

  61. karen — February 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

    lemon poppyseed muffins

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  62. debbie_suburbsanity — February 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Lemon cake. Soooo good!

    Reply

  63. meredith — February 14, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I like making lemon sorbet

    Reply

  64. VC — February 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Lemon bars!

    Reply

  65. Pam — February 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    My favorite thing to make with lemons is lemon meringue pie!

    Reply

  66. rsmth — February 16, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Lemonade :)

    Reply

  67. Danielle Marie — February 16, 2014 at 3:53 am

    a french 75. i suppose you mean baking… ;) xdanimarie(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Reply

  68. Nikki — February 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    My favorite thing to make with lemons is lemon chess squares. Thanks!

    Reply

  69. Lauren Watson — February 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I know it’s simple but fresh lemon aid is my favorite!

    Reply

  70. Eugenia Hall — February 17, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Lemon Curd

    Reply

  71. Lyndi Malarchuk — February 17, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I love to make Lemonade Bars. They taste like SUMMER!

    Reply

  72. Nicole C — February 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    My favorite thing to make is lemon pound cake.

    Reply

  73. Helga — February 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I like to make lemon bars.

    Reply

  74. Brittany Koelmel — February 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Lemonade! yummmmm

    Reply

  75. Holly T — February 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I love lemon bars, homemade lemon curd and so many more. Lemon is one of my all time favorite flavors :)

    Reply

  76. Cadry — February 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Like you, I use lemons daily. My favorite thing to make with lemons is cashew salad dressing.

    Reply

  77. jnmacdonald — February 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I love to make a lemon bread loaf.

    Reply

  78. Denise Laird — February 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I like making lemon chicken and fresh lemonade during the summer!

    Reply

  79. rosannepm — February 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Lemon bars, lemon meringue pie and lemon poppy seed muffins Rosanne

    Reply

  80. coriwestphal — February 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Lemon bars of course! And this is kinda funny, but I love using a little lemon on my skin! I just slice it, rub it on my face, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse it off. It brightens and smooths and exfoliates…and it smells great!

    Cori Westphal
    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  82. Angela @ JoyouslyDomestic — February 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Lori! My answer would be my Blueberry Scones with Lemon Drizzle Glaze. :)

    Reply

  83. susitravl — February 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I like lemon pudding.
    myfoxypup(at)gmail(dot)com

    Reply

  84. deanac — February 19, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I love to make lemon merainge pie

    Reply

  85. Lisa P. — February 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I like fresh lemonade.

    Reply

  86. Lisa Voyce — February 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I like a lemon-pepper fish.

    Reply

  87. Paula Michele — February 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    My favorite thing to make is old fashion lemonade.

    Reply

  88. courtney gibson — February 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I love lemon bars I cant get enough of them.

    Reply

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  90. Deb Ford — February 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Lemon chicken and lemon meringue pie

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  91. Alice Choi — February 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve also made lemon blueberry muffins. . which rock the house. . so the muffins (or even a blueberry/lemon loaf) might be my fave but also hello?! lemonade!

    Reply

  92. eddi — February 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    lemonade, or lemon pound cake :)

    Reply

  93. Erica Carnes — February 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Lemon meringue!

    Reply

  94. Lorri — February 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I add a little lemon to almost everything from Waffles with Georgia Pecans to brighten the flavor to old standbys such as dressings or sauces for my fish.

    Reply

  95. tinareynolds — February 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    yummy lemon shakeups

    Reply

  96. Samantha — February 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Definitely lemon meringue pie!

    Reply

  97. Richard Hicks — February 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Like to make lemon cupcakes!

    Reply

  98. Tina W — February 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Lemon poppyseed muffins.

    Reply

  99. Amy Bond — February 23, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I make lemon chia seed muffins that are sugar free and use almond and coconut flour, we love them!

    Reply

  100. Courtnie — February 23, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I like making raspberry lemonade!

    Reply

  101. joegersh — February 23, 2014 at 5:17 am

    i like lemon pound cake

    Reply

  102. Karen Drake — February 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

    My favorite thing is lemon cream frosting that I use on carrot cake.

    Reply

  103. AsTheNight — February 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    My favorite thing to make with lemons is Simi, which is a lemon mead.

    Reply

  104. Debra Hall — February 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    i would make a lemon cake

    Reply

  105. Mihaela Day — February 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Strawberry lemonade :)

    Reply

  106. Jaime Cummings — February 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I make Lemon Drop, an alcoholic beverage :)

    Reply

  107. Laurie Emerson — February 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Lemon Meringue Pie.

    Reply

  108. BreanneT — February 24, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Lemon Bundt Cake

    Reply

  109. Wendy Darling — February 24, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I love quick breads and muffins, one of my favorites is a lemon raspberry yogurt bread

    Reply

  110. Laurie Is Awesome — February 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I LOVE LEMONZ TOOOOOO :)

    Reply

  111. kimchi_mom — February 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I will have to say Marcella Hazan’s roasted chicken with two lemons.

    BTW, the blueberry muffins look awesome!

    Reply

  112. susansmoaks — February 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    my favorite thing to make with lemons is lemon cake. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

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  113. christinasinger — February 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    fresh lemonade

    Reply

  114. Holly — February 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    lemonade

    Reply

  115. slehan — February 24, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Fresh fish with lemon & lemon zest.

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

    Reply

  116. Desiree DeYoung — February 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Lemonade!!!^_^

    Reply

  117. Lynne T. — February 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Lemon Squares.

    Reply

  118. kimbly — February 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Lemon pie is my favorite thing to make

    Reply

  119. Victoria C — February 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I love making lemon blueberry bread and lemon bars!

    Reply

  120. californiapoppy — February 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    My favorite things to make with Lemons is Lemon Ice Tea
    californiapoppys@yahoo.com

    Reply

  121. Atreau — February 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I love to make lemon bars.

    Reply

  122. usnamom2014 — February 24, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Lemon meringue pie

    Reply

  123. Joy Q — February 24, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I love making a lemon meringue pie

    Reply

  124. Bryan E. — February 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway… we make lemon pound cake !

    Reply

  125. Melanie Comello — February 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Good old home made lemon juice!!

    Reply

  126. Astor — October 4, 2014 at 12:43 am

    yummy

    Reply

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