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5 from 3 votes

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Do you like homemade muffins? Try these super yummy lemon poppy seed muffins. The muffins themselves are light and not too sweet, with a nice lemon flavor. Then top them off with a sweet lemon glaze. So good!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fluffy, soft, sweet
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • spoon
  • Cupcake/Muffin pan
  • Paper muffin/cupcake cups
  • Ice cream scoop (optional)
  • Spatula
  • Zester



  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour for a lighter muffin use 2 1/4 cups (300g)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder 10g
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda 3g
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 2g
  • 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds 18g may use more or less
  • 1/2 cup butter melted (salted or unsalted) if using salted reduce the actual salt added to 1/4 tsp. (113g)
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar 200g
  • zest from 1 lemon can use more or less
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5ml
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice can add more or less (30ml)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk whole, 2%, 1%, skim, almond, etc. (120ml)
  • 1 cup whole milk greek yogurt or just 1 7-oz container 200g


  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 30ml
  • 1 to 1/4 cups of powdered sugar 200 to 250g


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F/205 C. Make sure the main rack is in the middle position. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and poppy seeds.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop then pour it into a large bowl. Add the sugar and whisk until well combined.
  • Zest one full lemon and add it to the mixture. Then add about two tablespoons of lemon juice, which is approximately the juice from half of the lemon. Add the vanilla extract as well and mix everything until well combined. Mix in both of the eggs.
  • Mix in the milk and the yogurt. You can use sour cream too if you don't want to use yogurt.
  • Finally, mix in the dry ingredient mixture a little at a time until well combined. Start with the whisk, and then switch to a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula. Or use an electric mixer. And now the lemon poppy seed muffin batter is ready to go.
  • Line a muffin pan with paper cups or spray it with cooking spray. Then use an ice cream scoop or spoons to fill up each cavity with batter. You will probably have enough to make 16 muffins, depending on how much you fill each cavity up.
  • Now bake the muffins for 12 to 18 minutes until they are slightly golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean after being poked in the center. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes in the pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Pour the lemon juice into a medium bowl and add the powdered sugar about 1/3rd at a time until incorporated. You may need more depending on the consistency that you want. Dip the tops of the muffin in the glaze. or you can make the glaze even thicker and place it in a piping bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle glaze on the tops of the muffins.
  • Allow the glaze to set for 5 to 10 minutes, then serve. Enjoy!



NOTE: 1 medium to large lemon gives you about 3 to 4 tbsp of lemon juice. 1 large lemon is sufficient for this recipe, for both the juice and the zest.
list of nutritional facts for lemon poppy seed muffins