Blueberry-Lemon Muffins

Recently, my friend Carlee over at Ladybird Ln. talked me into getting involved in the Crazy Cooking Challenge at Mom’s Crazy Cooking, and I’m so happy she did!  This month’s theme is blueberry muffins, and I never would have stumbled onto this fabulous recipe had I not been out searching for inspiration among the delectable foodie blogs out there.

I visited Lana over at Never Enough Thyme, who seems to have shared this recipe specifically for me. :)  It was so delicious!
I was really intrigued by the sound of a Blueberry Lemon Muffin.  It turns out, not only is this a less-sweet muffin (perfect!) but its roots are in a place near and dear to my heart: Michigan. :) This recipe is adapted from Mackinac Island’s Iroqouis Hotel recipe.
Now, my husband and I honeymooned in northern Michigan.  Here we are just south of the Mackinac Island Bridge:
So I just love that this is a recipe from up there. :)
I halved the recipe that Lana shared.  She reported a yield of a dozen muffins, and I decided that six muffins would be plenty.  Apparently, though, I have really small muffin tins or something because I still ended up with ten!  You can visit her for the original recipe, if you want – she takes photos of each step along the way if you haven’t done some of these things before, and would like to see it in more detail.  Here, I’m going to share the half-recipe version I made, with a quick photo-rundown.  If you like my recipe, click me below, I’m #39!
Blueberry-Lemon Muffins
  • 1-1/3 c. flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 3/4 c. blueberries
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest (divided for the muffins and for the topping)
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • sugar for the topping (the recipe called for another 1/4 c. but I only used about half that)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease your muffin tin (or use muffin papers).  Zest your lemon.  Sift your dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl, whisk your eggs, then add the milk and oil.
Make a well in your flour mixture to help combine your wet and dry ingredients, stirring the mix as little as possible.  Add your egg mixture into it, and stir it until the flour is moistened.  In another bowl, combine your blueberries and 3/4 tsp. of the lemon zest.  Fold the lemon-blueberry mix gently into the batter.  These muffins are quite light, and to keep them that way, you’ll be doing the minimum amount of stirring necessary to mix your batter.
Now, spoon them into your muffin tins, and bake.  Lana suggested 20 minutes, but my smaller muffins were done in 15.  Just check them – you’ll want to remove them once they’ve browned lightly.
Melt your butter and in a separate small bowl, combine the remaining lemon zest with up to 1/4 c. of sugar.  Use a knife to loosen the muffins from the pan if necessary.  Brush each top with melted butter, and roll it in the sugar mixture to give it a sugar dusting.  Cool them on a baking rack.  Then try not to eat them all immediately. ;)

If you want to be inspired by some other bloggers’ blueberry muffin experiments, check them out below!  Thanks to Mom’s Crazy Cooking for organizing the linky!


  1. Terry says

    Oh wow, these look great. Tim Horton's used to have a lemon blueberry muffin (maybe they still do – I never go anymore now that it is no longer en route to work),….anyway, I loved them but never thought to duplicate them for some reason. This sounds just like them. Thanks for the share.

  2. Kadie says

    I love muffins!! A little to much, like I end up eating the entire pan by myself with tons of butter!:) These all look so good. I can't wait to try some of them out!:)

  3. Lyuba says

    Great looking muffins! Love the blueberry lemon combination :)
    Thank you for sharing!
    Come see me, #44

  4. Joan says

    Lemon and Blueberry, perfect! Love that you have sweet memories associated with this recipe, makes it even more special.

  5. Rachel says

    Sounds delicious! Love the pic of you and your hubby ;-) I did a lemon blueberry muffin, too :-)! Welcome to the CCC

  6. Patty says

    Thanks for stopping by (#14). Yes, the lemon was delicious in the muffins! Your look wonderful too!

  7. Fashion Meets Food says

    These look amazing! I will definitely have to make up a batch. Love your blog and I am your newest follower. xo

  8. AndiWinslow says

    They look delicious and the blueberries are hugh……….I picked my blueberries last summer and froze them, but they are small Maine wild blueberries………….andi

  9. Rachel says

    Those look delish! Thanks for sharing at my party.

  10. Jill says

    Those muffins sound delicious!! I love blueberries! I am going to have to try this out!! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursdays' Temptation!

  11. Shiloh says

    These look so delicious! We're going blueberry picking in the next couple weeks, and I can't wait to make some muffins.:)

  12. cookinglady.bell5 says

    The muffins look fantastic. Great pic! That's what makes me want to make them

  13. D says

    These look delish! Your photos are great! I'm going to have to try this blueberry-lemon combo! Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share and I'm #94 in the CCC too!

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