Perfect Vanilla Muffins

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

These basic vanilla muffins contain a simple combination of butter, sugar, and eggs, along with a generous amount of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste. The muffins are super easy to prepare and bake. 

The muffins are wonderful with preserves or marmalade or 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
  • 8 tablespoons butter (melted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vanilla muffins ingredients
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  2. Heat 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 milk 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.
  • Fill the muffin cups a few tablespoons of batter and then add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of preserves. Top the preserves with the remaining batter.
  • Drizzle the cooled muffins with vanilla glaze.
  • Serve with raspberry or strawberry preserves, marmalade, or your favorite jam.
  • Use vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract.
  • 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.