Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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These lemon poppy seed muffins bake up beautifully every time and are never dry. They are fresh, easy to make, and bursting with flavor!

Lemon poppy seed muffins with sliced lemon

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Add bright, fresh lemon to any meal with some of our favorite tangy lemon recipes. For breakfast, try these Lemon Blueberry Scones, for lunch serve up this Chicken Pizza with Lemon, cozy up to a big bowl of Lemon Spaghetti for supper and finish off the day with a slice of Lemon Bundt Cake. YUM!

Lemon poppy seed muffins are the perfect muffin to complement Easter or Sunday brunch. They also make for a great breakfast side or a springtime snack. the tender muffins bake up with a light, fluffy texture and have a fresh lemon flavor that is sure to brighten your day.

How to Get Perfect Muffin Tops

Muffins in a muffin pan

I found this advice from our friend Lizzy at Your Cup of Cake. She is an excellent baker and knows all the fun baking tricks! She suggests adding a good amount of baking powder to the batter so the tops rise nicely above the muffin cups (which is why we use a full tablespoon in this recipe). This trick works great and doesn’t alter the taste at all. She also suggests baking at a higher temperature to begin with so the muffin tops rise quickly and then reducing the temperature to allow the middle of the muffin to bake through without the outside edges getting too toasty. Test the middle of the muffins by inserting a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.

Icing For Muffins

Muffin being brushed with a glaze

The biggest debate when it comes to lemon poppy seed muffins is what kind of icing or glaze goes best over the top. I, personally, like a glaze without any other flavors added (as directed in the recipe below). Others prefer a lemon glaze. For this recipe I use a little milk with powdered sugar but if you want to give your icing a little more “zing”, replace the milk with fresh lemon juice and a little fresh lemon zest. For an almond glaze, prepare as directed below and add a little splash (about ¼ tsp.) of almond extract. You can ice them right in the muffin pan before you set them out on a wire rack to cool.

Need More Lemon Flavor?

These muffins have a bright, fresh lemon flavor but it’s not too overpowering. If you want muffins that have a good punch of lemon flavor, simply add some zest from fresh lemons and a little more lemon juice to the batter. As mentioned above, you can also use a lemon glaze instead of a plain glaze. Feel free to make your muffins as lemony and zesty as you’d like!

Additional Mix Ins

There are so many different ways you can add variety to this muffin recipe! Replace the poppy seeds with any of these different mix-in’s to your batter before baking:

  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Lime juice/zest
  • Shredded coconut
Poppy seed muffin sliced down the middle to show the delicious interior

Tip: Remember to toss any berry add-ins with a little flour before folding in to prevent them from sinking to the bottom.

How to Store Muffins

These muffins taste absolutely delicious fresh, but they can be kept for later too! Store leftovers in an airtight container either on the counter for up to two days, or in the freezer for up to a month. Allow them to come to room temperature or pop them into the oven for a few minutes to serve warm. These can be baked with or without muffin liners. Just make sure that the muffins cool completely from baking before storing them in the freezer.

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How to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon poppy seed muffins on a table

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

5 from 5 votes
These lemon poppy seed muffins bake up beautifully every time and never dry. They are fresh, easy to make, and bursting with flavor!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins



For the icing:


  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together lfour, baking powder, baking soda, poppy seeds, and lemon zest. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together sugar and melted butter until well combined.
  • Stir in egg, almond extract, vanilla extract, sour cream, milk and juice from 1 lemon.
  • Add flour and stir until all ingredients are just combnied (don't over mix). It's ok if it's a little lumpy (like pancake batter).
  • Place baking liners in a muffin/cupcake pan. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the muffin batter into each liner. The liner should be a little more than ¾ of the way full.
  • Bake at 400-degrees for about 8 minutes, you should notice the top of the muffins rising nicely.
  • After 8 minutes, reduce heat to 350 for another 10-15 minutes or until edges become golden brown.
  • Remove muffins from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes before icing.

For the icing:

  • Stir milk and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add more milk (to thin) or powdered sugar (thicken) until you reach your desired consistency.
  • After muffins have cooled for 5 minutes, use a pastry brush and brush glaze genersousy on each muffin.
  • Allow muffins to cool completely before serving or until icing sets.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 284mgPotassium: 182mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 398IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. Hello! 🙂
    I just put these in the oven and am excited to taste them! I did notice though, that the ingredients list says “1 egg”, but it is never mentioned in the instructions. I’m assuming it goes in with all the wet ingredients, but unfortunately I didn’t realize it was omitted until after the batter was in all the liners. Hopefully they’ll be okay without the egg this time 😉

    1. Oh thank you for catching that! I fixed it in the instructions, and you were right about where it goes!

  2. 5 stars
    I just love these muffins! The lemon has such a light, fresh flavor…plus they are easy to make and always a hit at my house!

  3. 5 stars
    Using the larger amount of baking powder definitely helped puff up the tops. I love the flavor in these muffins.

  4. 5 stars
    My daughter loves poppy seeds and we enjoyed making these lemon poppy seed muffins together! They were delicious.

  5. 5 stars
    No better combination than lemon and poppy seed, these look like the perfect breakfast muffins! Thanks for sharing this delectable recipe