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Blackberry Muffins

These homemade Blackberry Muffins are a special treat, perfect for breakfast or a sweet snack. Bursting with juicy blackberries, each bite has a delicious blend of sweetness and a hint of tartness.

The muffins have a moist and fluffy texture, and the simple yet zesty lemon glaze adds a delicious finishing touch.  

Blackberry muffins stacked on wire a rack.

These blackberry muffins are perfect for so many reasons. Aside from the obvious burst of blackberries in every bite, it's the quick prep time that makes them my absolute go-to. Seriously, 7 minutes to prep? I’m all in for a treat that practically makes itself!

Now, about the blackberries – if you're dealing with these massive ones, chop them up a bit. Otherwise, they'll take up half the muffin. I like to have smaller pieces throughout the muffin.

The lemon glaze is a game-changer. It adds this zesty kick that brings out the sweetness. Though, if you're not a lemon fan, no biggie. Swap out the lemon juice for milk and add in some vanilla extract – still divine. You can also leave the glaze off altogether if you prefer!

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make blackberry muffins set out on the counter.
  • Flour: Forms the base of the muffin, providing structure and texture.
  • Baking Powder: Acts as a leavening agent, making the muffins rise and become fluffy.
  • Salt: Enhances the overall flavor, balancing the sweetness.
  • Oil: Adds moisture to the muffins, ensuring a tender and soft texture.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetens the muffins, creating a delicious contrast to the tartness of the blackberries.
  • Egg: Binds the ingredients together, contributing to the muffins' structure.
  • Vanilla Extract: Give muffins a subtle vanilla flavor.
  • Buttermilk: Provides acidity, reacting with the baking powder for a light and airy texture.
  • Blackberries: Bring a burst of juicy sweetness and vibrant color to each bite.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens and thickens the icing, creating a luscious drizzle.
  • Butter: Adds richness and a smooth consistency to the glaze.
  • Lemon Juice: Gives a zesty citrus flavor to the glaze, complementing the sweetness of the muffins.

How To Make Blackberry Muffins

Flour, salt and baking powder in bowl.
Oil, sugar, egg and vanilla in mixing bowl.

First, preheat the oven to 350º F. Then, grab a bowl and mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set the dry ingredients aside. 

Buttermilk is added to the sugar mixture in the mixing bowl.
Flour mixture added to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl.

In another bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Now, add the buttermilk and give it a good stir. 

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, gently mixing until it’s all well incorporated.

Blackberries added to the muffin batter in the mixing bowl.
Blackberry muffin batter in a mixing bowl.

Next, add in those blackberries – if they're huge, chop them up a bit; nobody wants a blackberry takeover.

Blackberry muffin batter in muffin pan.
Baked blackberry muffins in muffin pan.

Now, grease or line 12 muffin tins. Divide that batter evenly among them. Into the oven they go for 18-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them; you want that toothpick test to come out clean.

While they're cooling, whip up the lemon glaze. Powdered sugar, butter, and lemon juice – mix till smooth. Drizzle that goodness over your muffins. Oh, and a tip: if lemon's not your thing, swap it with milk and a few drops of vanilla extract. Personalize it!

And voilà, you've just created a batch of delicious blackberry muffins. 

Lemon glazed blackberry muffins on wire rack.

I love making these lemon-glazed blackberry muffins for breakfast and brunch. You can even make a big batch and freeze the leftover muffins. Just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, and boom – fresh-baked goodness.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use blueberries instead. Swap out blackberries for blueberries for a different burst of sweetness.
  • Make mixed berry muffins. Use a combination of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries for a vibrant mix of flavors and colors.
  • Add whole wheat flour. Replace half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a heartier and nuttier muffin.
  • Add a nutty crunch. Fold in a half cup of chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans for added texture and richness.

Storing and Freezing

Store- Leftover muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. For longer storage, refrigerate them for up to a week. 

Freeze- To freeze, individually wrap the muffins in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw muffins in the refrigerator or at room temperature before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure that the eggs and buttermilk are at room temperature for easier blending and a smoother batter.
  • When adding the blackberries, fold them into the batter gently. Overmixing can lead to denser muffins.
  • Keep an eye on the muffins towards the end of the baking time. Oven temperatures can vary, and you want a clean toothpick test.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This prevents them from becoming soggy.
  • Adjust the glaze consistency by adding more powdered sugar for thickness or a touch of lemon juice for a smoother pour.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use frozen blackberries for this recipe?

While fresh blackberries are recommended for optimal texture and flavor, if using frozen, thaw and drain them well. Excess moisture can affect the batter consistency.

Can I substitute buttermilk with regular milk?

Yes, you can. Add a teaspoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk, stir, and let it sit for 5 minutes. This creates a buttermilk substitute.

Can I omit the glaze?

Absolutely. The glaze adds a sweet touch, but the muffins are delicious on their own. If preferred, skip the glaze or dust the muffins with powdered sugar for a simple finish.

A blackberry muffin topped with lemon glaze on a plate.

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I love these Blackberry Muffins because they offer a delicious combination of juicy blackberries and a soft, fluffy texture that's simply irresistible. Give them a try, and you'll see why!

Blackberry muffins topped with icing on a wire rack.

Blackberry Muffins Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
These Blackberry Muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. They are bursting with juicy blackberries, a blend of sweetness, and a hint of tartness.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 11
Calories 223 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • cups blackberries

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin liners.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla together.
  • Add buttermilk and whisk together.
  • Then stir in flour mixture until just combined.
  • Gently stir in the blackberries.
  • Divide batter between 11 of the prepared muffin tins.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • While the muffins are cooling, whisk the glaze ingredients together.
  • Drizzle glaze over the muffins.

Notes

If the blackberries are large, I like to cut them in half so they are evenly spread throughout the muffin.
If you prefer not to use lemon in the glaze, you can replace it with milk and add a few drops of vanilla extract.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 132IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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