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This Ultimate Muffin recipe is THE master muffin base that is perfectly flavorful, tender, and moist. The flavor and add-in options are limitless!

Ultimate Muffins

This Ultimate Muffin recipe is THE master muffin base that is perfectly flavorful, tender, and moist. The flavor and add-in options are limitless!  Download my free Ultimate Muffin Guide here! 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 12 muffins
Recipe by Tessa Arias

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (if desired)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners or coat with nonstick cooking spray (or both).
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a liquid measuring cup beat together the buttermilk, butter, egg, and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir JUST until combined, do not overmix. Divide evenly among the muffin tin cups.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 400°F (don’t forget this!!). Continue baking until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about another 12 minutes.

Mix-ins

  1. Add about 1 cup chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, candy, etc.

For fruit muffins:

  1. 1 1/2 cups fruit (such as berries, apples, etc.), finely chopped and well drained
  2. If using fruit, add in with the dry ingredients to make sure the fruit stays evenly distributed and doesn’t sink to the bottom.

Banana muffins:

  1. 3/4 cup mashed overripe banana (from about 2 small bananas)
  2. Add in with the wet ingredients.

Lemon Poppy Seed

  1. 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  2. 1 large lemon, zested
  3. Add the poppy seeds with the dry ingredients and the lemon zest with the wet ingredients.