Top 18 Best Muffin Recipes

Cranberry Muffins With Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
Diana Rattray

Like most people, I 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 fiber-rich, healthy muffins, savory muffins to go with chili or stew, or delicious, cake-like indulgences, you're sure to find a recipe 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
    Photo: Diana Rattray

     These moist pumpkin date muffins 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
    Diana Rattray

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

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    Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Muffins

    Cranberry Muffins With Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
    Diana Rattray

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

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    Raspberry Nut Muffins

    Raspberry Nut Muffins
    Diana Rattray

    These delicious, moist muffins are such a great way to use fresh raspberries, and the chopped pecans or walnuts give them just the right amount of texture. I sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar or vanilla sugar just before baking.

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    Best Ever Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Best Ever Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Diana Rattray

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

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    Apple Bacon Muffins

    Apple Bacon Muffins
    Diana Rattray

    The sweetness of the chopped apple and the saltiness of the cooked crumbled bacon make a unique and delicious combination in these muffins. I 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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    Sour Cream Lemon Muffins

    Sour Cream Lemon Muffins
    Diana Rattray

     Lemon zest and an easy lemon syrup topping give these fabulous muffins plenty of citrus flavor, 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 Muffin Recipe
    Diana Rattray

    Strawberries and cream are combined to make these delicious streusel topped strawberry muffins, and the crunchy brown sugar topping makes them unforgettable.

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    Date Muffins

    Great Date Muffins
    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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    Surprise Filled Muffins with Preserves

    Preserve Filled Muffins
    Brian Macdonald/Photodisc/Getty Images

     These easy muffins are baked with a surprise filling in the center! Use your raspberry, strawberry, apricot, or your favorite preserves to fill the muffins.

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    Amazing Apple Crumble Muffins

    Apple Crumble Muffins
    Diana Rattray

    These tasty fresh apple muffins are topped with a lightly spiced brown sugar crumble.

    Use chopped pecans or walnuts in this recipe or add a little more chopped apple if you don't care for nuts.

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    Pumpkin Corn Muffins

    Pumpkin Corn Muffins
    Diana Rattray

     These moist corn muffins are lightly sweetened with brown sugar. They make a nice breakfast muffin, and they would make an 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
    Eugene Mymrin / Getty Images

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

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    Savory Onion and Cheese Muffins

    Savory Cheese Muffins
    Diana Rattray

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

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    Banana Nut Muffins

    banana muffins
    Benjamin Torode/Moment/Getty Images

    These moist banana muffins are a great way to start the day! Add some mini chocolate chips instead of nuts if you like.

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    Zucchini Muffins With Shredded Carrot

    zucchini muffins
    Michael Himpel / Getty Images

    These tasty zucchini muffins would also be delicious with about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans, either in addition to the carrots or to replace them. Coconut, raisins, or craisins would be excellent additions as well.