Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

My favorite lemon poppy seed muffins! They're perfectly soft with big muffin tops and have lots of bright lemon flavor.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 15
Author: Jaclyn


  • 3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp (26g) poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp (220g) granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp (85g) unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (155ml) milk
  • 2/3 cup (150g) sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) lemon juice


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds. 

  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-high speed, whip together sugar, butter, lemon zest and 1 Tbsp canola oil until pale and fluffy. Mix in remaining 3 Tbsp canola oil. Blend in eggs one at a time mixing until combined after each addition. Blend in egg yolk and vanilla extract.

  4.  In a 2 cup liquid measuring cup (used to measure milk), whisk together the milk, sour cream and 3 Tbsp lemon juice.

  5. Using a rubber spatula and working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with half of the milk mixture and fold just until combined after each addition. 

  6. Divide batter among 12 - 15 muffin cups**, filling each to the top and bake in preheated oven 15 - 18 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. 

  7. Cool in muffin tin several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Drizzle tops with glaze while still warm. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

For the glaze:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp lemon juice until well blended.

Recipe Notes

  • **I did 12 because I like big muffin tops, but the muffins slightly touched each other on the sides so with that said if that would bother you just make more and don't fill them so heaping full.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy