Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Bursting with citrus flavor, these muffins are a delightful morning treat. For an extra sweet bite, sprinkle them with coarse sugar!

Serves: 12Prep: 10 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • Coarse sugar, for topping if desired


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare standard muffin tin with paper liners or grease with butter.
  • In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, cream together butter, lemon zest and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream. Stir in poppy seeds and lemon extract.
  • In 3 parts, fold flour mixture into butter mixture, alternating with milk in 2 parts. Stir until just combined.
  • Evenly divide mixture into the prepared muffin tin. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  • Cool slightly and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container.