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Lemon Muffins

Light and fluffy homemade lemon muffins that are topped with a lemon powdered sugar drizzle.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time52 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 19
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Julie Evink


Lemon Muffins

  • ½ cup olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For additional lemon flavor add 1 teaspoon of lemon extract


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk sugar, olive oil and eggs with an electric handheld mixer until smooth. Stir in the milk, vanilla extract, lemon extract (if using) and lemon juice.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients. Mix on low until everything combines. Stir in lemon zest.
  • Pour the batter into muffin tins (lined with muffin liners first). I used this.
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few breadcrumbs.
  • Let the muffins cool before moving to the next step.
  • Make the glaze by combining all the ingredients. Drizzle over the muffins with a spoon or a fork and let set. Garnish with lemon zest of 1-2 lemons (optional).


How Do You Make Moist Muffins?
  • Ingredients: Use room temperature ingredients – they are easier to mix without having to overmix the batter.
  • Measuring: Use dry measuring cups for dry ingredients and liquid measuring cups for liquids. Also, use the spoon and level method when you measure the flour.
  • Mixing: Use two bowls to mix the dry and wet ingredients. When you combine them mix at low speed just until combined. If you overmix, your muffins won’t be as light and fluffy.
  • Baking: Every oven is different, so check on your muffins early! When a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs they are done. If you overbake them, your muffins will be dry.
What Can You Add To Lemon Muffins?
If you like lemon poppy seed muffins, you can add poppy seeds to the batter. Or mix in some blueberries to make lemon blueberry muffins. Other fruit would work, too, like raspberries or chopped strawberries.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg