When I was a kid, my mom’s plan was to teach me to cook so I would someday be a somewhat functional adult. I mean, we all kind of plan that, or at least think about it sometimes, right? Before she died when I was 9, I hadn’t learned a whole lot, but I had a handful of things in my repertoire: Melted Cheese on a Plate (which is exactly what it sounds like–I would put shredded cheese on a plate, melt it, and eat it with a fork like a very classy girl.) Sausage and Sauerkraut (because what 9-year-old doesn’t make that for all her friends? No wonder people thought I was weird.) Campbell’s Tomato Soup made with milk instead of water. Pancakes. And blueberry muffins.

These are not the blueberry muffins of my childhood; these are much better blueberry muffins. They have cinnamon streusel on them and lemon zest in in them and they’re easy to make with stuff you probably either have on hand or can easily get. They are perfect for breakfast or brunch or “hey, I’m feeling snacky, but I have to wear a bra to the grocery store, so it’s either blueberry muffins or melted cheese on a plate again.” Here’s a little life tip: blueberry muffins are almost always better than melted cheese on a plate (notice I didn’t say always, because hey, we all have our dark times.)

time to make the muffins

For these, you’ll need all-purpose flour, salt, orange or lemon rind, baking powder, buttermilk, eggs, oil (although you can sub apple sauce if you want to healthify these a little), blueberries, and sugar for the muffins

ingredients for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

You’ll also need butter, flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the streusel topping.

ingredients for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

Lightly spoon the flour into measuring cups and level with with a knife and combine it in a large bowl with the baking powder and salt,

adding baking soda and salt to flour for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

sugar,

adding sugar to streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

and citrus peel.

adding lemon peel to flour for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Make a well in the center of the mixture.

making a well in the dry ingredients while making streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Place the the egg, buttermilk, and oil in a smaller bowl…

wet ingredients for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Whisk them together and add the mixture to the dry ingredients,

stirring just until moistened.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining flour and sugar and then toss the blueberries in this mixture until they are well-coated. Gently fold the blueberry mixture into the batter.

Spoon the batter into lined muffin tins, filling 2/3 full.

To make the streusel topping, combine the 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or two butter knives until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter

streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Makes 12 muffins.

streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Then you should eat ’em (because they are muffins and that’s what you do).

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streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Description

These are the BEST streusel-topped blueberry muffins ever, but they are also quick and easy made from pantry staples!


Ingredients

Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon grated orange or lemon peel
1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon sugar

STREUSEL TOPPING

1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons butter


Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

Lightly spoon the flour into measuring cups and level with with a knife and combine it in a large bowl with the baking powder, salt, sugar, and citrus peel. Make a well in the center of the mixture. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and oil. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining flour and sugar and then toss the blueberries in this mixture until they are well-coated. Gently fold the blueberry mixture into the batter. Spoon the batter into lined muffin tins, filling 2/3 full.

To make the streusel topping, combine the 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or two butter knives until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Makes 12 muffins.


115 comments

  1. Looks yummy!

    I once tried blending the blueberries into the muffin batter (in hopes that my kids might try them that way) and it did something funky. Made me wonder if there's something in the actual blueberries that reacted with the rest of the muffin mix, or just because I'd used a blender on the batter. Do you know? (And I won't be trying it that way again either 🙂

    1. Steph – You know how in quick bread recipes it says to stir in the dry ingredients “just until moistened”? That could be what the problem was with your batter in the blender experience. Over stirring (or blending) changes the texture and moistness of your end product. Don’t know if it has to do with the leavening agents, the gluten in the flour, etc, but I know that when I over-stir my biscuit dough they end up dry and almost tough.

      Or it might have something to do with the consistency of your batter. Since the blueberries are usually suspended in the batter as opposed to being part of it, your dry to liquid ratio may have gotten out of whack when you blended them. Just a thought.

  2. Oh how I love me some blueberry muffins…but they've GOT to have crumb topping. So this recipe is perfect!!

    I don't want to talk about muffin tops either…sore subject right now with warm weather around the corner. sigh.

  3. Wow these look great! I've been using my MIL recipe for years and have become disenchanted. Really I mean what are muffins without the proper pouffy muffin tops? (ours have been flat…) The only difference between yours and hers is 1/4 tsp less baking powder and buttermilk. The buttermilk has got to make the difference! Now lets see if I fall in muffin love again… Here's hoping!! (plus I need a good birthday pick-me-up as i've got one down w/ possible stomach flu and one at school w/ sinus issues and surgery later this week!!)

  4. Even though I love blueberry muffins…okay any muffins…I'm more interested in what your super exciting little secret is!

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