Top 17 Best Muffins

Finished vanilla muffins

The Spruce

Like most people, we love muffins. They make a great quick breakfast or snack, a side bread with a meal or brunch, or a lunchbox treat.

Whether you like muffins loaded with fiber, savory muffins to go with chili or stew, or delicious, cake-like indulgences, you're sure to find a recipe you'll enjoy among these favorites. 

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    Vanilla Muffins

    Vanilla muffins
    The Spruce

    These vanilla muffins might seem plain and simple, but they are brimming with flavor. The muffins are fluffy, and they are wonderful with marmalade, preserves, or jam. Or bake them with a dab of preserves in the center. I topped a few of them with maple flakes.

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    Pumpkin Oat Muffins With Dates

    Pumpkin oat muffins with dates

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These moist pumpkin oat muffins with dates get extra texture from the oats and the simple streusel topping, Feel free to substitute raisins or dried cranberries for the dates in this recipe.

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    Carrot Muffins With Walnuts and Cream Cheese Spread

    Carrot muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These carrot muffins with walnuts and cream cheese spread are moist and full of flavor. The muffins are made with shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, and spices and are excellent with an orange-flavored butter or cream cheese spread.

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    Sweet Potato Muffins With Cinnamon Sugar Topping

    Sweet potato muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These tasty sweet potato muffins with cinnamon sugar topping are delicious. Add toffee bits or use walnuts instead of pecans.

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    Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Muffins

    Cranberry pumpkin seed muffins

    The Spruce

    These cranberry pumpkin seed muffins are filled with flavor and texture. Fresh cranberries and pumpkin seeds make them perfect for fall and winter.

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    Best Ever Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Best ever chocolate chip muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These best ever chocolate chip muffins are incredibly good, and they're loaded with chocolate chips. We used milk chocolate chips in them, but you could use semisweet or mini chips as well. 

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    Lemon Blueberry Muffins

    Lemon blueberry muffins on a serving plate

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    These classic lemon blueberry muffins have a pecan and brown-sugar crumb topping and the bright flavor of lemon from both zest and juice. Their tartness is the perfect partner for fresh blueberries, although frozen berries also can be used to good effect.

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    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

     Kristina Vanni

    Perfect use of those overripe bananas on the counter, these muffins are moist and delicious. Oatmeal is not only in the batter but also made into a crumble with butter and cinnamon, making for a nice crunchy topping. Enjoy these muffins for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

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  • 09 of 17

    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

     Kristina Vanni

    Take that banana chocolate chip batter one step further with the addition of chocolate in the batter. Melted butter, cocoa powder, and water are combined and mixed with the rest of the ingredients to create a rich, moist muffin that is studded with chocolate chips. A little dusting of confectioners' sugar is the perfect finishing touch.

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    Apple Bacon Muffins

    Apple bacon muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The sweetness of the chopped apple and the saltiness of the cooked crumbled bacon make a unique and delicious combination in these apple bacon muffins. We love them as they are, but feel free to add about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds for additional crunch. 

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    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Kristina Vanni 

    These fluffy, cinnamon-scented muffins are topped with a deliciously crunchy and nutty topping. Pecan pie muffins have all of the flavors of the favorite fall dessert in portable, breakfast form.

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    Sour Cream Lemon Muffins

    Sour cream lemon muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Lemon zest and an easy lemon syrup topping give these fabulous sour cream lemon muffins plenty of citrus flavors, and sour cream gives them a wonderful, delicate texture. The recipe makes 1 dozen moist, delicious lemon muffins.

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    Strawberries and Cream Muffins

    Strawberries and cream muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This delicious streusel-topped strawberry and cream muffins with crunchy brown sugar topping are truly unforgettable.

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    Date Muffins

    Great date muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Dates are one of my favorite ingredients. These date muffins are delicious with or without the chopped walnuts. Add more dates if you like.

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    Pumpkin Corn Muffins

    Pumpkin corn muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These moist pumpkin corn muffins are lightly sweetened with brown sugar. They make a nice breakfast muffin, and they would make excellent bread to serve with a bowl of beans or chili. Try them with whipped maple butter.

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    Cranberry Orange Muffins With Pecans

    Cranberry orange muffins


    Svitlana Romanenko / Getty Images 

    A little orange zest adds fabulous flavor to these cranberry orange muffins with pecans. The fresh cranberry muffins are perfect for a fall or winter morning.

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    Savory Onion and Cheese Muffins

    Savory cheese muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Cheese and browned onions make up the savory combination in these great tasting savory onion and cheese muffins. Use a purchased or homemade biscuit baking mix for this recipe. top the muffins with butter and poppy seeds for extra crunchiness.