Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

Published September 25, 2012. Updated February 1, 2019

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My two favorite muffins are blueberry muffins and almond poppy seed muffins. So a few weeks ago I set out to create an almond poppy seed muffin with the a fluffy muffin top, that had a combination of just the right amount of sweetness and almond flavor and a perfectly tender crumb. This was probably my fifth try but finally I did it =).

The saying that baking is a science is definitely true. I tried different temperatures, different liquids and fats and different ratios. I’m definitely a self taught cook. Baking school could probably teach me a few things but I learn the hard way, through trial and error.

These poppy seed muffins are like the ones you get at the bakery with the delicious golden muffin tops that hang over the sides. I used to frequently eat an almond poppy seed muffin from the bakery along with a chocolate milk for lunch (it made more of a brunch). I don’t know why but I loved the two of them together.

You will definitely want to eat these with a nice cold glass of milk, or almond milk (if you haven’t tried almond milk yet you really should, the stuff is amazing). Enjoy!

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Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

A must have muffin recipe! Sweet and tender muffins swirled with poppy seeds and finished with crisp flaky almonds.
Servings: 12
Prep15 minutes
Cook18 minutes
Ready in: 33 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, attached with paddle attachment, blend together butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy. 
  • Add in egg, egg yolk and almond extract and mix until blended. Measure out milk into a liquid measuring cup then whisk sour cream into milk. Working in three separate batches beginning and ending with flour mixture, add flour mixture alternating with milk mixture to batter and mix on low speed just until combine after each addition. 
  • Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups (in a non-stick muffin tin), sprinkle slivered almonds evenly among muffins and bake in preheated oven 16 - 18 minutes until lightly golden and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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  • Christy

    I love almond poppyseed muffins, but the only well-rated recipes I have been able to find a use a lot of canola oil, which ends up making them feel very heavy to me. These were fantastic! Light and fluffy, crispy on the outside, and delicious. I wouldn’t have minded a bit more almond extract, but I think that’s just a personal preference. Thank you so so much!

  • Kim

    For those of you wondering if you can sub greek yogurt for the sour cream, yes! I didn’t have sour cream on hand and really wanted to make these delicious muffins. So I tried an equal amount of greek yogurt and prayed they’d turn out. Oh! My! Word! they were SO moist and delicious…even more moist than the ones I made with sour cream a few weeks ago. Thank you so much for this yummy recipe! I LOVE anything with almond extract :-)

  • Christelle

    They look and taste great. I had to put 2x more almond extract than the recipe called for, because i could hardly taste it. I also didn’t have any butter so i used cooking coconut oil instead. This could be the reason why I needed more almond extract. Anyway I happy with the results! Thank you!

  • Christina

    Could the poppy seeds not be added and still get the same consistency?

  • Elissa

    I have a silly question: is the butter salted or unsalted? Usually baking calls for unsalted but it’s not specified, so I wasn’t sure! Thanks — these look amazing and can’t wait to try them!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Not a silly question :), I would just use unsalted with these. I hope you love them!

  • Bayleigh

    These are so amazing! I tweaked the receipe a little bit. I used almond milk instead of whole milk to add more natural almond flavor. Then instead of all purpose flour I used cake flour so they would be lighter and airier! Best muffin recipe ever! This website is awesome

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