Bakery Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins


Yes these seem like a very summery muffin indeed but right about now I start craving summer and all the fresh flavors it has to offer. I’ve been able to find decent blueberries at the store lately, not quite as sweet at the ones I can find during the summer but these muffins don’t require the best of the best. I’ve absolutely love the lemon and blueberry combination so I’m not sure why I haven’t shared a lemon blueberry muffin recipe yet? But better late then never though.

Bakery Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins | Cooking Classy

I made these muffins twice and topped them differently each time. The first time I added some sparkling sugar to the tops before baking (raw sugar works great as well) then the second time I baked them without the sparking sugar and instead brushed a lemon glaze over the top after baking. I loved them both ways, but if you are looking for even more lemon flavor I’d go with the glaze. Also, I tested these with 1 Tbsp of lemon zest the first time and 2 Tbsp of zest the second time. The 2 Tbsp obviously upped the lemon flavor and also gave them a more yellow color, so just do as you’d prefer here as well. And if you are wondering why I consider these “Bakery Style,” it’s the domed muffins tops. That’s sort of my definition of what bakery style is. A soft and tender muffin inside with a perfect, heaped muffin top. You’re going to love these with all their fresh and bright flavors and wonderful texture! And if you’re like me you’ll be savoring those muffin tops. Enjoy and happy baking!

Bakery Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins | Cooking ClassyBakery Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins | Cooking Classy


Bakery Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins

4.8 from 5 votes

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 2 1/2 cups (353g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (220g) granulated sugar
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 Tbsp (56g) butter, softened
  • 4 Tbsp (60ml) vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (125g) sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 2/3 cups (250g) fresh blueberries
  • Topping:
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sparkling sugar/raw sugar or make a lemon glaze with 1/2 cup (62g) powdered sugar mixed with 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  2. Add sugar to the bowl of an electric stand mixer, add lemon zest and using your fingertips rub zest with sugar for about 1 minute. Place bowl on stand mixer, add butter and 1 Tbsp vegetable oil then fit mixer with a paddle attachment and whip mixture until pale and fluffy. Mix in remaining 3 Tbsp vegetable oil. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove bowl from stand mixer.
  3. In a bowl or liquid measuring cup whisk together buttermilk, sour cream and lemon juice. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and fold until nearly combined, then add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture and fold until nearly combined. Repeat process with flour and buttermilk mixtures once more. Fold in last 1/3 of the the flour mixture until nearly combined then fold in blueberries (batter should be combined at this point but don't over-mix, it will be thick and starting to fluff up). Divide batter among paper lined-muffin cups filling each cup heaped full (about a slightly heaped 1/3 cup in each. Use up all the batter), if using sanding sugar sprinkle evenly over tops of muffins (if doing the glaze instead you'll be adding this after baking). Bake in preheated oven 8 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees and continue to bake 10 - 13 minutes longer until toothpick inserted into center comes out free of batter. Remove from muffin pan and cool on a wire rack. If doing the glaze instead of the sugar topping, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl to blend well (you want it to be somewhat thin so add a little more lemon juice 1/2 tsp at a time as needed). Brush over tops of warm muffins and let set at room temperature. Store muffins in an airtight container.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy



  • Laura Dembowski: I will happily take anything that reminds me of summer, especially these muffins! The blueberries have been excellent lately. January 29, 2016 at 6:39am Reply

  • Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen: They do look so beautifully made. Love the combination of lemon and blueberry, they must taste very fresh and moreish. Beautiful photography! January 29, 2016 at 7:43am Reply

  • Karin B: These are really beautiful! January 29, 2016 at 9:21am Reply

  • Frn: These look delicious! Can’t wait to make them! Can the sour cream be substituted with another ingredient since I don’t have it at hand? Maybe double the buttermilk? Would that work? January 29, 2016 at 10:48am Reply

  • Serena @ Serena’s Kitchen: These look fantastic! I’ve made your lemon poppyseed muffins countless times and they’re absolutely delish, can’t wait to try these out! January 29, 2016 at 11:02am Reply

  • Danae @ Recipe Runner: I’ve really been craving all things lemon lately. These bakery style lemon blueberry muffins look absolutely perfect and would really satisfy that craving! Seriously such a gorgeous domed top on these muffins! January 29, 2016 at 11:33am Reply

    • Wendy: Im looking forward to making these!! They sound lush. I too have recently started liking lemon cakes too. I now know I lurve lemon in anything!! Happy baking everyone!! February 1, 2016 at 3:55pm Reply

  • donna roche: could you make these in a loaf pan?

    Thank you January 29, 2016 at 2:01pm Reply

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness: These muffins are gorgeous!! Now that is snowing almost everyday here, I am SO ready for summer. Or at least summery muffins ;) January 30, 2016 at 5:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Cathleen! January 31, 2016 at 12:52am Reply

  • Chels: I love blueberries and lemon together. Tastes like spring! January 30, 2016 at 11:18am Reply

  • Shelley: I made these muffins this evening. Absolutely scrumptious! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. February 3, 2016 at 7:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Shelley! Thanks for leaving a comment :)! February 4, 2016 at 5:59pm Reply

  • Alexa: I made these muffins and they taste lovely! My boyfriend already ate 4 of them. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe :) March 10, 2016 at 9:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad they were enjoyed :)! Thanks for your comment Alexa! March 10, 2016 at 10:50pm Reply

  • Kelly: These were so good! I found a coffee and chocolate shop while away from home on a 3-week jury trial, and they had the most delicious blueberry lemon muffins. I tried out this recipe and they were just like theirs :) Thank you for posting! April 30, 2016 at 10:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked this recipe Kelly thanks for your comment! April 30, 2016 at 10:58am Reply

  • Allison: how do these freeze? June 25, 2016 at 7:37am Reply

  • chevy: What can I substitute instead of the buttermilk and sour cream? Thanks. I want to make it non dairy. BTW I love your blog your pics are stunning!! October 12, 2016 at 10:14pm Reply

  • Daphne: These muffins are absolutely delicious! My husband was pleasantly surprised by the lemon and blueberry combination :) these will definitely be in my regular rotation of breakfast muffins! Thanks for posting and by the way, BEAUTIFUL photography! February 23, 2017 at 8:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So sweet of you to say – Thanks Daphne! February 27, 2017 at 12:37pm Reply

  • Debbie: I just finished a double batch of these muffins. I made them gluten free and they melt in your mouth. I am so excited to pack them up to take them to my grandchildren. Just thrilled with this recipe! Bless you for sharing! I will definitely be trying more of your recipes. :) March 31, 2017 at 11:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you were able to make them gluten-free Debbie! April 1, 2017 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Linda Reid: Great recipe!l August 9, 2017 at 11:44am Reply

  • Liz: These are delicious – I’ve made them twice and will do so again. They do take a little longer than other muffins but they are really worth the effort. September 1, 2017 at 9:13am Reply

  • Kristin Stanley: I made these today in a mini muffin pan and they turned out great! It made 45 muffins! I also used YL Lemon Vitality essential oil in place of the lemon juice and grated lemon and they were perfectly lemony!! Yum!! September 8, 2017 at 10:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked them and happy to hear the lemon oil works well also! Thanks for your review! September 9, 2017 at 11:46pm Reply

  • Kathryn: I made these this morning for breakfast at work! The are amazing! I also made banana nut using the same basic recipe. The rose beautiful and were the most tender muffins I’ve ever made. I will never need another muffin recipe. Thank you for sharing!!! February 2, 2018 at 5:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! Thanks for the great feedback! February 5, 2018 at 12:48pm Reply

  • Leslie Cartwright: Love this recipe! Delicious. How do you get the blueberries to not bleed? I used frozen blueberries and they changed the colour of the batter instantly :S May 17, 2018 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: With frozen bluberries it works best to not thaw first then they don’t tend to bleed as much. Wild blueberries will be worse though. May 17, 2018 at 9:06pm Reply

  • Marilyn: These were really good! I made 6 giant muffins, so I turned the oven down again to 350 after the recipe indicated time. They were perfect with an additional 10 minutes at 350. May 21, 2018 at 9:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Can’t go wrong with a giant muffin, sounds good right about now! May 21, 2018 at 2:24pm Reply

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