Perfect Vanilla Muffins

Vanilla Muffins
The Spruce
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 24 muffins (24 servings)

These easy, tasty vanilla muffins contain a simple combination of butter, sugar, and eggs, along with a generous amount of vanilla extract. For a richer, more decadent vanilla flavor, try using 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste.

Serve these muffins with raspberry or strawberry preserves, marmalade, or your favorite jam. You can also drizzle the cooled muffins with a tablespoon of vanilla glaze if you want a fancier look.


  • 4 cups/18 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 8 tablespoons butter (melted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vanilla muffins ingredients
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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  3. Grease 24 muffin cups or line them with paper cupcake liners.

    Add paper cupcake liners to muffin tray
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  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to mix thoroughly.

    Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl
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  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.

    Whisk together milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla
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  6. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. With a spoon, mix thoroughly.

    Pour milk mixture into dry mixture
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  7. Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin tins.

    Spoon muffin mixture into muffin tins
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  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. A dark pan will take less time than a light colored pan.

    Finished vanilla muffins
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  9. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with cinnamon sugar or maple flakes before baking or immediately after taking them out of the oven.
  • Fill the muffin cups with a few tablespoons of batter and then add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of your favorite fruit preserves. Top the preserves with the remaining batter.
  • If you crave more texture in your muffins, add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips or chopped pecans, or add 1/2 cup of each.


  • To keep your muffins uniform in size, use a 1/4-cup measuring cup or scoop to measure an equal amount of batter into each muffin cup.