These homemade lemon blueberry muffins are packed with fresh blueberries, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Buttermilk keeps them extra moist. Plus, you’ll learn my 4 easy steps to making big bakery style muffins.

several lemon blueberry muffins arranged on a counter, some whole and some with muffin liners open and bites out, surrounded by lemon slices and whole fresh blueberries

Want to make lemon blueberry muffins that will wow your friends and family? I spent 6 months testing and developing muffin recipes with tall, bakery-style tops, and now I’m teaching you the easy steps I perfected over that time. You won’t have to make any of the baking mistakes that I did along the way when you follow my step-by-step instructions.

I am a sucker for the perfect balance of lemon and blueberry. Something about perfectly tart lemon paired with sweet, juicy blueberries is just irresistible. These moist lemon blueberry muffins are addictive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you! These muffins make a great breakfast, quick snack, and are perfect to grab and go.

a pan full of lemon blueberry muffins with a partially eaten muffin on top, lemon slices and lemon peels

Anyone can make an easy muffin recipe, but there are key elements to making the muffins perfectly moist and tall at the same time. That is what you’ll learn when you follow the steps below. The best part is, you don’t have to be a pro baker. Even if it’s your first time baking, I’ll walk you through the steps so your muffins come out bakery perfect!

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Why You’ll Love These Lemon Blueberry Muffins

  • Simple ingredients
  • Super easy recipe
  • Buttermilk makes a perfectly moist texture
  • Bakery style muffins that will make you look like a professional baker
  • Packed with zesty lemon flavor and plump blueberries
lemon blueberry muffins on a wire cooling rack with lemon slices, lemon peels, and fresh blueberries all around

What You Need for Perfect Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Making the best lemon blueberry muffins will be easy for you when you follow my instructions below. Keep scrolling to get the full recipe in the recipe card below.

  • All purpose flour: properly measured using the fluff, spoon and level method or by weight on a kitchen scale.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Unsalted butter: melted and cooled to room temperature
  • Lemons
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Blueberries
several lemon blueberry muffins arranged on small plates and on a counter with lemon slices, lemon peels and blueberries sprinkled around them

How to Make Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Learn how to make bakery-style muffins with the best lemon blueberry muffin recipe by following my easy steps. Get the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card below.

For best results, rest the batter. This recipe requires a 30 minute rest before baking. If you do not rest the batter, I cannot guarantee the same results. 

Combine dry ingredients. In a medium bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a spoon to combine and set aside.

Combine wet ingredients. In a large mixing bowl combine the large eggs, buttermilk, melted and cooled butter, fresh lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir to combine with a fork or spatula for 30 seconds. 

Combine wet and dry ingredients. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, mixing by hand just until combined. The batter will be very thick!

Fold in blueberries. Gently mix in the blueberries, doing your best to not smash them.

Let batter rest. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes in the fridge. I cannot guarantee the same results if the batter doesn’t rest for 30 minutes in the fridge. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Fill muffin liners. For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other well allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other.

Be sure muffin liners are full. Fill the liners super full with batter. My muffins probably had about 8-10 heaping tablespoons of batter in each muffin liner. Use a butter knife to smooth the tops of the muffins if lumpy. Press extra blueberries on top of each muffin and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Refrigerate batter. While one pan is baking, be sure to refrigerate the other lined muffin tin if it has batter in it. Or refrigerate the remaining batter if still in the bowl.  

Bake muffins. Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF, then keep the muffins in the oven, and turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cool. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing. 

Repeat. Repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to bump the temperature back up to 425ºF.

close up of the side of a lemon blueberry muffin with one bite taken out, sitting on top of a wire cooling rack with a lemon peel beside it

How to Create Bakery Style Muffins

Bakery style muffins are known for their domed tops. Plus, who doesn’t love them? I used a few techniques to help “lift” these muffins so they would have domed tops.

1. THE REST PERIOD

Let the batter rest for 15 minutes after it’s mixed and before you scoop it into the muffin pan. During the resting period, starch molecules in the flour are absorbing the liquid in the batter, causing them to swell and giving the batter a thicker consistency (ref the kitchen whisper). Our 15 minute rest is just a quick rest.

2. BAKE AT HIGH TEMPERATURE INITIALLY

Bake the muffins at a high temperature (425ºF) initially then lower to 350ºF. Starting the muffins off at a higher temperature causes the batter to rise rapidly, producing a domed shape.

3. FILL THEM TO THE TOP

Fill your muffin liners to the top with batter. Yes, this goes against everything you’re heard but it’s important in helping the muffin gain that height.

4. FILL EVERY OTHER MUFFIN CUP

This tip has been a game changer! For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other cup allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. This technique also encourages the muffins to brown, creating a golden muffin top.

a bakery style lemon blueberry muffin with the muffin liner partially peeled away surrounded by lemon peels and fresh blueberries

Tips for the Best Lemon Blueberry Muffins

  • Don’t skip resting the batter: Resting the batter for 30 minutes in the refrigerator is an integral part of this lemon blueberry muffins recipe.
  • Fresh blueberries are best. These blueberry lemon muffins are best with fresh blueberries. However, you can use frozen blueberries if you need to.

How to Properly Measure Flour

The most accurate way to measure flour is to use a kitchen scale, weighing it in grams. 

If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow this method. 

  • Aerate the flour with a whisk or spoon. Flour becomes heavy and compact as it sits. Aerating is the same as fluffing the flour, but not the same as sifting it. Do not sift the flour unless the recipe specifically calls for it.
  • Use a spoon to sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the cup against the counter, as this will compact the flour.
  • Use the back of a butter knife to level off the excess.

Storing & Freezing Lemon Blueberry Muffins

To store these muffins, make sure your baked muffins are completely cooled before you store or freeze them! You can store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 or 4 days.

You can also freeze these in a freezer-safe container. I like to wrap mine two at a time, end to end, in plastic wrap and store my wrapped muffins in a freezer zip-lock bag. You can thaw them individually to satisfy a sweet tooth whenever you want to! To thaw, you can leave them out on your kitchen counter or heat them in the microwave for 15-second intervals until they’re thawed completely.

More Lemon & Blueberry Recipes

Lemon Blueberry Muffin Recipe

4.70 from 13 ratings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 10 muffins
These homemade lemon blueberry muffins are packed with fresh blueberries, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Buttermilk keeps them extra moist. Plus, you'll learn my 4 easy steps to making perfectly big bakery style muffins.

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 420 grams
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups blueberries

Instructions
 

  • This recipe requires a 30 minute rest before baking. If you do not rest the batter, I cannot guarantee the same results.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a spoon to combine and set aside.
  • In a larger mixing bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, melted and cooled butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir to combine with a fork or spatula for 30 seconds.
  • Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, mixing by hand just until combined. The batter will be very thick!
  • Gently mix in the blueberries, doing your best to not smash them.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes in the fridge. I cannot guarantee the same results if the batter doesn’t rest for 30 minutes in the fridge. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other well allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other.
  • Fill the liners super full with batter. My muffins probably had about 8-10 heaping tablespoons of batter in each muffin liner. Use a butter knife to smooth the tops of the muffins if lumpy. Press extra blueberries on top of each muffin and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  • While one pan is baking, be sure to refrigerate the other pan if it has batter in it. Or refrigerate the remaining batter if still in the bowl. Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF, then keep the muffins in the oven, and turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing. Repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to bump the temperature back up to 425ºF.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 419kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 499mg, Potassium: 120mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 390IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 139mg, Iron: 2mg
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