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Get ready to hear “this is the best breakfast ever” when you make these bakery-style peanut butter muffins! Don’t skimp on the chocolate chips!

If you’re eager to create muffins that are on par with those from a professional bakery, I have some exciting news for you!

After dedicating six months to testing and refining various muffin recipes, I’ve finally mastered the techniques for creating bakery style muffins into a few easy, step-by-step instructions!

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peanut butter muffins with chocolate chips arranged in a grid pattern on brown parchment paper

Peanut butter and chocolate are the perfect pair. These muffins taste like a giant reese’s cup. You’re welcome.

Why these are the best peanut butter muffins

  • Packed with peanut butter 
  • Made with everyday ingredients & prepped in 10 minutes
  • Add in chocolate chips for extra delicious bakery muffins
  • Moist, soft muffins with tender crumb
  • Tall and domed muffin tops (bakery style!)
peanut butter muffins with chocolate chips arranged in muffin pan

What You’ll Need for Peanut Butter Muffins

These simple ingredients make the best peanut butter muffins! Keep scrolling to get the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card below.

  • creamy peanut butter: adds flavor
  • granulated sugar: adds sweetness and flavor
  • egg: binds the batter together by providing structure
  • vegetable oil: adds fat and moisture 
  • buttermilk: makes the bread moist & fluffy
  • vanilla extract: adds flavor
  • all purpose flour: flour is necessary to build structure
  • baking powder: helps to leaven and lift the batter
  • salt: just a pinch to balance the sweetness and enhances the other flavor

How to Make Peanut Butter Muffins

These easy peanut butter muffins look like they came from a bakery, but are so easy to make! Get the entire recipe in the recipe card below.

  1. Combine dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a spoon to combine, set aside.
  2. Combine wet ingredients. In a larger mixing bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and peanut butter. Stir to combine. 
  3. Combine batter. Gradually mix the dry ingredients and 1 ½ cups chocolate chips into the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. The batter will be very thick!
  4. Rest. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF / 220ºC.
peanut butter muffin batter in muffin pan
  1. Prepare pan. For bakery style muffins, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Fill the liners with 6-8 heaping tablespoons of batter. Add the remaining chocolate chips to the tops of the muffins. Sprinkle them with sanding sugar. 
  2. Bake. Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF / 220ºC, then keep the muffins in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 16-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter, bumping the temperature back up to 425ºF.
baked peanut butter muffin in muffin pan

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.
peanut butter muffins displayed on white wire rack

Gluten free peanut butter muffins

I have made this recipe multiple times with King Arthur’s Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour with great success. You can also try another brand of gluten free all purpose flour. Be sure to measure the flour properly. 

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 large, 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. 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 muffin 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.

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. 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, setting the outer surface of the muffin, producing a dome shape.

peanut butter muffins with chocolate chips arranged in muffin pan

Storing and Freezing Muffins

Muffin Storage

If you’ll be eating the muffins within 24 hours of baking, you can leave them uncovered on the counter. The muffins will not dry out while left at room temperature for 1 day. 

In fact, muffins are so moist they can become soggy and those crunchy, sugary tops can disappear when stored in an airtight container.

But I have a trick to help that – paper towels. 

For longer storage, 2-4 days, line the bottom of an airtight container with paper towels. Place the muffins in a single layer in the container then cover the muffins with any additional layer of paper towels. The paper towels will act like a sponge, absorbing the moisture they release while they are stored. 

If the paper towels become too moist around day 2 or day 3, replace them with fresh paper towels. 

How To Freeze Muffins

Individually wrap each muffin in plastic wrap. Then place them in a ziploc bag or airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To thaw, leave them at room temperature until defrosted, about 1 hour. Or unwrap them and microwave at 20 second intervals until defrosted.

More Peanut Butter Recipes

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Peanut Butter Muffin Recipe

By: Beth
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Peanut butter muffins are moist, soft and have a tender crumb! Add chocolate chips for gooey chocolatey muffins!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, 360 grams
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, not natural
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional

Instructions 

  • In a mixing bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a spoon to combine, set aside.
  • In a larger mixing bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and peanut butter. Stir to combine.
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients and 1 ½ cups chocolate chips into the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. The batter will be very thick!
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF / 220ºC.
  • For bakery style muffins, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Fill the liners with 6-8 heaping tablespoons of batter. Add the remaining chocolate chips to the tops of the muffins. Sprinkle them with sanding sugar.
  • Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF / 220ºC, then keep the muffins in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 16-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter, bumping the temperature back up to 425ºF.

Nutrition

Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 4mg
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19 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Excellent. Mine looked just like the picture. I used buttermilk because I had some leftover from another recipe. The batter, after resting the 15 minutes, is thicker than you might expect and airy and a little sticky. It is not like thin, runny cake batter.
    I used an ice cream scoop to put dough in the muffins cups. I used heaping scoops.
    For sugar free bakers, this orks great with Splenda and sugar free chocolate chips.
    Thanks for this fantastic recipe! Can’t wait to try more from you! <3

    1. Yes! I love and have had great experience with King Arthur’s GF all purpose flour.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, and so easy to make! Followed all your tips and got super domes! I can’t wait for the muffin cookbook to come out. ❤️

  3. 5 stars
    These are the best muffins I have ever had! They are soft with a slight crunch on the outside. I used Gluten Free All Purpose Flour to make GF and wow. Tastes better than a bakery! Can’t wait to make these again.

  4. 5 stars
    You can’t go wrong using this recipe for the most delicious , super dome, hard to eat just one, peanut butter muffins!  

  5. 5 stars
    Made these last week and they came out great! Made half with chocolate chips and half without, both really good. They weren’t as domed as some of the other muffin recipes but very good and I know I will make them often. 

  6. 4 stars
    I wish these packed more of a peanut butter punch! The texture is great. The taste is lovely, but I would almost not be able to tell this wasn’t just a plain chocolate chip muffin. The peanut butter flavour is just a little too subtle for my liking. I used Kraft Creamy Original Peanut Butter.

    1. Without personally testing that substitution myself, I can’t say if it will work, sorry!