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Blueberry Muffins

This blueberry muffin recipe, from "Martha's Entertaining," features two options for topping: You could always try both, but if you plan on making the crumb topping, prepare that first. Alternatively, sprinkle granulated sugar and freshly grated mace, an aromatic spice made from the outer webbed shell of a nutmeg, over the batter just before baking.

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 dozen
Blueberry Muffins

Source: Martha Bakes, April 2011


For the Crumb Topping

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the Blueberry Muffins

  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for tin
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large whole egg plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • Granulated sugar and mace, for topping (optional)


  1. Make the crumb topping, if desired: Whisk together flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Pour in melted butter and toss with a flexible spatula until large crumbs form.

  2. Make the muffins: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line standard 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.

  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.

  4. With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and granulated sugar until fluffy.

  5. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well combined. Reduce speed to low; alternate adding reserved flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with flour. Gently fold in berries by hand.

  6. Divide batter evenly among prepared cups; if desired, sprinkle generously with granulated sugar and mace. Alternatively, sprinkle crumb topping evenly over batter in each cup.

  7. Bake until light golden on top, rotating tins halfway through, about 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes before turning out muffins. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Reviews (9)

  • LouAnneB 20 Jun, 2014

    This recipe with the crumb topping is perfect! I made these for several different friends and the request for more keep coming.

  • msannomalley 17 Sep, 2013

    I'm making these right now. Even the batter alone tastes wonderful. I'm using blueberries I picked over the summer and froze.

  • haleyannvictoria 1 Aug, 2013

    This is my go to muffins recipe. I make tons of streusel topping, because that's always the best part!

  • Suzy Keleher 7 Jul, 2013

    Bursting with giant summer blueberries, you will find these delightful! We opted for the crumb topping...

  • Kate_friedl 3 Jul, 2013

    Added a little Maple flavoring. So,etching about brown sugar and maple just gives me breakfast chills. Batter tastes exquisite. We'll see when they are done baking!

  • imoz 1 Jan, 2012

    Delicious muffins! But i needed to keep it longer in the oven & used only half the crumble topping..

  • N_Candy 23 Sep, 2011

    I made the "pure" version and liked it very much. The consistency was perfect. Adequate to our german taste I reduced the sugar to 1 cup and didn' t miss a grain.

  • mariloucorliss 12 Sep, 2011

    I made a double batch and the muffins did not rise very well. Although tasty, the consistency was too heavy. Would using frozen blueberries have that effect? I generally don't have any problems with MS recipes. Any thoughts?

  • kdroste 29 Jul, 2011

    this is a really good recipe, though the crumb topping is almost unnecessary.

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