Lemon Muffins

By Shiran

When life gives you lemons, make lemon muffins.
These lemon muffins.
Light, fluffy, cakey and tangy. They have it all.

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I just got back from a 2-day bachelorette party for a dear friend. We spent most of the day hanging out at the pool, talking (girl talk!), and drinking Lambrusco in style. Yep, the good life.
We stayed in a beautiful villa surrounded by enormous citrus trees full of fruit. The owner of the property said we could pick as much as we like. How fun is that? We came back to the house with our hands full of fresh fruits. I picked like 20 lemons.
When I got back home, I had to figure out what to do with all these lemons! I decided to make muffins. I only used one and half lemons , but that’s a start, right?

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The muffins are fluffy and moist and have a cakey texture. Their lemony flavor and scent are amazing. They also have just the right amount of sweetness. I couldn’t stop eating them.
The muffins are wonderful for breakfast and are a great way to start your day.

Remember the Bakery-Style Muffins Recipe I shared with you? I talk there about the difference between a bread-like muffin and a cakey muffin. This one is less bread-like and more cakey. I like my fruity muffins to be cakey. To achieve this, I used more eggs and fat (I chose butter, because buttery lemon cakes taste really good) . The liquid I chose to use was yogurt, which makes the muffins light, tangy and moist.

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You don’t need a mixer for these muffins. They are made by using the muffin method, which means mixing the dry ingredients in one bowl, the liquids in another bowl and then combine the two together. Doesn’t get any easier than that!

To make them even prettier and yummier I made  a sticky lemon drizzle topping, which is really easy to make! Just mix powdered sugar and a bit lemon juice together. When drizzled on top of the muffins, it gives them a nice lemony-sugary crust. You don’t have to add it, but I definitely recommend it … it’s so good!

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Everyone who tasted these muffins  first said “YUM!”, and then asked for the recipe.
Well, here you go. Enjoy!


Lemon Muffins
Yields: 12 standard-size muffins

For the muffins:
  • 1¾ cups (250 grams or 8.8 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup (135 grams or 4.7 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) butter, melted
  • zest and juice of one lemon (mine yielded about 1 tablespoon zest and ¼ cup juice)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
For the lemon drizzle topping:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice

To make the muffins:
  1. Preheat oven to 220C/425F degrees. Butter 12 muffin cups or line them with liner papers.
  2. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix in the sugar and lemon zest.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the yogurt, melted butter, lemon juice and vanilla extract just until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula just until combined. Do not over mix. The batter should be thick and lumpy. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups (almost all the way to the top). Bake for 3 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F and continue to bake for an additional 12-17 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the lemon drizzle topping:
  1. In a small bowl sift the powdered sugar. Add lemon juice until you achieve desired consistency (pourable consistency).
  2. When the muffins are cooled, pour the drizzle over the muffins.

-Muffins are best the same day they are made, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days.
-Muffins can be frozen for up to 2 months.

14 Comments on Lemon Muffins

  1. Laura
    May 19, 2014 at 10:14 am (3 years ago)

    WOW, I just made these muffins and they are truly delightful! 🙂 Thank you so much! I’m already planning to make Double Chocolate Muffins any day soon 🙂

    Greetings from Latvia! 🙂

    • Shiran
      May 19, 2014 at 10:30 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much for sharing Laura! I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 This is one of my favorites!

  2. Kriket
    June 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I made these today, so simple and tasty. I substituted the lemon for orange and lime very tasty. Thanks!

    • Shiran
      June 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm (3 years ago)

      I also use oranges instead of lemons sometimes 🙂 I’m glad you liked it! Thank you so much for sharing Kriket 🙂

  3. Amber
    August 31, 2014 at 5:06 pm (2 years ago)

    So I just made these and they are amazing!!! I’m having a year out and I’m pretty sure it’s going to mainly consist of me making everything on your blog!!! Thank you so so much for sharing your brilliant and wonderful recipes!

    • Shiran
      August 31, 2014 at 5:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Amber, that’s so sweet of you! I’m so glad you loved the recipe! Thank you for sharing, and I hope you enjoy your year out 🙂

  4. Tanisha
    September 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Simply delicious, yummmmmm and the drizzle is really soooo goodddd!!!

    • Shiran
      September 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m glad you like it Tanisha! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Helen
    May 15, 2015 at 1:24 am (2 years ago)

    My first bite is ‘sour’ but very different from other muffins which overly sweet. My family loves it very much. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love tangy lemon taste. Will try the orange the next time.

    • Shiran
      May 16, 2015 at 6:59 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Helen! My family also loves it very much 🙂 They don’t like overly sweet desserts!

  6. Lacie
    June 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Just made these for my roommate and her boyfriend and we all loved them! I think I should have squeezed a little more juice out of my lemon for a stronger lemon flavor, but otherwise they were super moist and really tasty!

    • Shiran
      June 22, 2015 at 12:08 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s great! Thank you so much for sharing Lacie! 🙂

  7. angela
    April 8, 2016 at 8:47 am (11 months ago)

    did you use plain yogurt, would vanilla work??

    • Shiran
      April 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm (11 months ago)

      I usually use plain yogurt but vanilla would work, too!


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