A Multitude of Muffin Recipes — for Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, and Snack Time

updated Jun 12, 2023
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Muffins are a funny food. They look like unfrosted cupcakes, and yet it’s totally acceptable to eat one for breakfast. Not that I’m complaining: Muffins are one of my favorite breakfast treats. I fully support your decision to start the day by eating a tiny cake.

Although you can buy them from a store or coffee shop, I prefer my muffins home-baked. There’s nothing better than a warm, fresh muffin straight from the oven. And I’m not alone in my love. Here are our most popular muffin recipes — a mix of classics and fresh twists that Kitchn readers love, and are sure to become your morning favorites as well.

Fruit-Filled Muffins

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Classic Blueberry Muffins

These blueberry muffins are not only easy to make (they require just one bowl) but they’re also perfect in nearly every way: they’re not too sweet, boast a tender crumb, and are bursting with blueberries in each and every bite.

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Strawberry Muffins
These light and tender muffins are packed to the brim with juicy fresh strawberries.
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Banana Muffins
These one-bowl banana muffins are perfectly moist and so easy to make.
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Lemon Blueberry Muffins
For a bright morning muffin, whip up this batch in less than an hour.
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Apple Muffins
These tender muffins are studded with chunks of fresh apple and showered with plenty of cinnamon-sugar.
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Cranberry Orange Muffins

These super-simple cranberry orange muffins, inspired by that loaf my mom loved, are a make-ahead breakfast that was made for busy mornings.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
These muffins have a hearty dose of rolled oats, but you'd never know eating them because they're super plush and tender witth blueberries for some sweetness.
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Sour Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins
These hearty muffins have a swirl of tart and tangy sour cherries and chopped dark chocolate for a summertime breakfast treat.
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Peach and Spice Tea Muffins

These muffins were born out of our love of tea – especially tea with citrus and spices – and a packet of dried peaches.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Muffins
Mixed with chocolate chips and topped with a buttery, cinnamon-spiced crumb topping, these banana crumb muffins rival anything you'd buy at the bakery.
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Spiced Pear Muffins

These muffins have a bit of white flour and a bit of wheat, a bit of table sugar and a bit of brown. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger bring some spicy warmth, while a splash of vanilla lingers hauntingly in the background.

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Apple Streusel Muffins

A streusel topping creates contrast to the tender muffin and the crunchy, buttery flavors definitely gild the lily in the best way possible.

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Blueberry Bran Muffins

Here's a healthy bran muffin that is actually moist, is truly packed with fruit, and that feels substantial and satisfying for breakfast.

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Orange and Strawberry Muffins
The real highlight of these hearty, orange-scented muffins is the fresh, chopped strawberries studded throughout the center and over the top of each one.
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Sweet Corn Blueberry Muffins
A simple cornbread-like muffin recipe made with fresh blueberries and topped with a crunchy cornmeal streusel.
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Chocolate-Cherry Granola Muffins

These muffins come with tart-sweet dried cherries and a sprinkling of granola on the top for crunch. It’s a bit like a yogurt parfait in baked good form, but one that freezes extremely well, so I can just throw it in a lunchbox the night before to thaw.

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Banana Nut Muffins

These banana nut muffins are extra moist and tender — you can slice one in half, slather it with butter, and take a healthy bite, all without fear that your breakfast will disintegrate into crumbs.

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Muffins Made With Veggies — But Sweet

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Zucchini Muffins
A full pound of zucchini goes into these lemon-y muffins, perfect for using up that summer bumper crop.
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Carrot Cake Muffins
Turn your favorite, spice-packed cake into a morning muffin.
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Morning Glory Sweet Potato Muffins

The texture of these muffins comes from the mixture of shredded sweet potato and apple, plump raisins, coconut flakes, and chopped walnuts that are stirred into the whole-wheat batter.

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Curry Kabocha Crumble Muffins
These egg- and dairy-free muffins are uniquely spiced with Japanese curry powder in addition to the usual cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Olive Oil Carrot Muffins

These muffins are so fluffy and moist, you wouldn’t even guess that they’re made with whole-wheat flour and are completely vegan, too.

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Apple Zucchini Muffins

These apple-zucchini muffins have an oat crumble topping and dollop of sweetened crème fraîche.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This version is packed with a rich pumpkin spice aroma and bakes up with a super-soft, tender crumb and tall domed top. Best of all, it comes together in a single mixing bowl with a whole can of pumpkin.

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Muffins are a great way to use up a bumper crop of zucchini, especially when there’s chocolate, chocolate chips, and cinnamon involved.

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Pumpkin Muffins with Eggnog Cream Cheese Swirl

Tender pumpkin muffins are topped with a little swirl of eggnog-flavored cream cheese.

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Savory Muffins

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Cornbread Muffins
These cornbread muffins have just a touch of sweetness, and are perfect alongside a bowl of chili.
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Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins
Spicy, savory corn muffins that are flecked with cheddar and jalapeños — perfect as an accompaniment to chili or pulled pork.
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Savory Sweet Potato & Parmesan Muffins
Bring your breakfast baked goods to the dinner table with these savory muffins.
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Savory Radish and Goat Cheese Muffins

This recipe makes a muffin that’s buttery and hearty, with a soft texture and a light crumb. Baking works to tame the bite of the radish a bit, and it pairs so well with the creamy crumbles of goat cheese.

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Ham and Cheddar Lunch Box Muffins
These hearty muffins are mixed with cornmeal for extra heft and texture, and loaded with thick-cut chunks of ham, sharp cheddar, and a pinch of chives.
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Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins
This savory muffin's got it all: eggs, sausage, cheese, spinach, and even a bit of apple to help you power through your day.
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Savory Muffins with Prosciutto and Chives

These hand-held breakfast bites are a pleasant meet-up of quiche and muffin.

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Cornmeal Muffins with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta

These muffins come together quickly and are a great high-protein option for those of us who are looking for a bigger hit of protein in the morning.

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Savory Tomato-Basil Morning Muffins

Part muffin, part frittata, these savory breakfast muffins boast a texture that’s soft, airy, and rich.

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Many More Muffin Recipes

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Just Plain Muffins: The Simplest, Easiest Method

Our most basic recipes you can customize dozens of different ways.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
A step-by-step guide to making the very best classic lemon poppy seed muffins.
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Pistachio Crunch Muffins
These nutty, pistachio-filled, streusel-topped muffins will make you forget all about those other muffins.
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Bakery-Style Muffins
This is a crumb-cake-meets-muffin combo that's directly inspired by the classic bakery breakfast cake.
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Blender Muffins Recipe
Erin Gleeson's blender muffins are an easy, flavor-packed breakfast treat
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Sourdough Muffins Recipe
Adding sourdough starter to your blueberry muffin batter is definitely a game-changer.
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Copycat "Baker's Muffins" from City Bakery
These pull-apart muffins are a bit like monkey bread and full of cinnamon-sugar goodness.
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Whole Grain Gingerbread Muffins

These holiday-ready gingerbread muffins boast really subtle warm spices and just the right amount of dark sweetness.

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Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

These citrus-infused muffins are light and tender, buttery and moist.

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Coffee Cake Muffins

These muffins are lightly spiced and have a little heft to it, much like coffee cake, with a nutty brown sugar topping and a sweet glaze.

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Double Chocolate Muffins
These double chocolate muffins walk the line between breakfast and dessert. Greek yogurt add tenderness and protein.
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Eggnog Doughnut Muffins

These doughnut muffins have the remarkable texture and flavor of classic cake doughnuts, plus a generous glug of eggnog for good measure.

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Pecan Pie Muffins Recipe
Fluffy pecan pie muffins are the perfect, festive morning treat.
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Cinnamon Muffins Recipe
These leftover-friendly muffins are the perfect on-the-go breakfast all week long.
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Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins Recipe
Add some extra oomph to your chocolate chip muffins with chia seeds.
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Prange's Sour Cream Cinnamon Sugar Muffins Recipe

A recipe based on the originals served at Prange's Department Store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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Double Chocolate Butterscotch Breakfast Muffins

These double chocolate muffins have a hint of butterscotch and rich undertones of dark brown sugar. They’re good any time of the day and a snap to whip up without any butter creaming or need for a mixer.

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Quick and Homey Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

This easy recipe delivers a reliably tender, moist crumb with cozy flavor.

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One-Bowl Food Processor Muffins with Oats, Figs, and Hazelnuts

A delicate, flavor-packed, nutrient-rich muffin with chunks of figs, hazelnuts, and oats.

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The Most Lemony of Lemon Muffins
My mother's award-winning recipe for lemon bread in muffin form soaked in a simple syrup, sunny and bright. So easy, no mixer required!
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Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins

These muffins are oh-so-moist, nutty, and sweet all at the same time. They are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast, but rich enough to feel like you’re getting a treat

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

An easy recipe that will bring you back to your slumber party days.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Easy lemon poppy seed muffins that are naturally gluten-free thanks to almond and oat flour.
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