Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with lemon glaze are simply scrumptious. Lemon poppy seed muffins are perfect for breakfast. They are also delicious when served in the afternoon with coffee or tea.

lemon poppy seed muffins with lemon glaze.

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Bakery Style Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

These bakery-style lemon poppy seed muffins are perfectly tender and sweetened with an addicting tart lemon glaze. These muffins are dotted with tasty poppy seeds and are absolutely lemonlicious! They are not too oily either (there’s actually no oil in them!).

Everyone needs a go-to muffin recipe, and this one for poppy seed lemon muffins may be it! Muffins are just so versatile and super easy to make. It’s just a few steps before you’re biting into your new very favorite muffin!

Why This Is the Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

Packed with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, you don’t need to visit a bakery for the best lemon poppy seed muffins. This recipe works so well to give you moist and tender lemon muffins with those delightful little bits of poppy seeds.

Have you ever wanted to make bakery-style muffins at home? Sure, you can go out and buy fancy muffins, but muffins are very easy to make in your own kitchen.

These poppyseed muffins are better than anything at the bakery and are sure to brighten your day! These moist, lemony muffins are great for breakfast or a snack. The fastest way to please your family might be to make these lemon poppy seed muffins for breakfast!

And, there is nothing better than adding a small pat of butter to a warm fresh-out-of-the-oven muffin. Enjoy the best ever bakery-style lemon poppyseed muffins when you make them from scratch.

Make a batch of homemade lemon poppy seed muffins this weekend; you will not be disappointed!

What Makes Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins So Tasty?

These muffins are the perfect marriage of flavors – fresh lemon zest, vanilla extract, and lemon extract. This lemon poppy seed muffins with glaze recipe uses butter and sour cream to make these muffins tender and moist. There is no doubt you will fall in love with these flavorful muffins!


This healthy lemon poppy seed muffins recipe makes moist and tender glazed muffins with only a few simple natural ingredients as follows:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sour cream
  • Sugar
  • Poppy seeds
  • Lemon extract
  • Lemon zest
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
lemon poppy seed muffins ingredients on a baking sheet.

Poppy Seeds are Good for You

When we think about these tiny seeds, we most often associate them with bagels and bread. But, poppy seeds can add great flavor and crunch to all kinds of foods. And, they provide some respectable health benefits as well.

Some suggestions to incorporate poppy seeds into your diet include adding them to rice dishes and salad dressings. Take up the challenge and add a teaspoon of poppy seeds to your day!

How to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Making these lemon poppyseed muffins couldn’t be more straightforward than with this easy stir-together method.

  1. Cream the sugar and butter together.
creamed butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  1. Add the eggs, lemon, and vanilla extracts and blend well.
adding lemon extract, vanilla, and eggs to creamed butter and sugar.
  1. Add the sour cream, poppy seeds, and lemon zest.
adding lemon zest, poppy seeds, and sour cream to lemon muffin batter.
  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients with the creamed butter.
  3. Fill each greased muffin cup 2/3 full with the batter and bake muffins for 24 minutes at 350°F.
  4. While the muffins are baking, make the lemon glaze by combining powdered sugar, milk, lemon extract, and lemon zest.
  5. When the muffins have cooled, drizzle them with lemon glaze. 
lemon poppy seed muffins on a stand and two lemons.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins Recipe Variations

Here are several ways you can make these muffins:

  • For gluten-free muffins, substitute the all-purpose flour with 1-1/4 cups gluten-free flour and 3/4 cup almond flour to prevent dryness.
  • Add a cup of blueberries to make delicious blueberry lemon poppy seed muffins.
  • Make lemon poppy seed muffins with buttermilk or Greek yogurt by substituting the sour cream with buttermilk or Greek yogurt.
  • If you want to make whole wheat lemon poppy seed muffins, substitute only half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. Substituting all of it will make the muffins too dense and dry.
  • No need to miss out on lemon poppyseed muffins because you’re a vegan! Check out this recipe for vegan lemon poppy seed muffins.
  • Make mini or jumbo lemon poppy seed muffins using a mini or jumbo muffin pan. The baking time will need to be adjusted for the size. For mini muffins, bake for 14 to 16 minutes. For jumbo muffins, bake for about 27 to 30 minutes.

8 Tips for Making the Best Muffins Ever

  • Start with ingredients at room temperature – when the ingredients start from room temperature, the leavening ingredients can do their job, and really raise up your muffins high.
  • Don’t overmix the batter – mix just enough to moisten all ingredients, any additional mixing may make muffins tough.
  • The batter should be stiff enough to hold a spoon upright – If your batter is too thin, add a tablespoon (or two) of flour to help thicken the batter.
  • If using fresh fruit, toss with a tablespoon of flour before adding to the batter – coating fruit with flour will keep your fruit from sinking to the bottom of the muffin.
  • Grease the entire muffin pan – If you don’t use muffin liners, don’t skip on greasing the entire bowl of the muffin tin, they will release easier if you cover the entire surface area of the cup.
  • Fill the muffin pan 2/3 full – Do not overfill the pan or when the batter rises during cooking, it will spill over the top. On the other hand, underfilling may mean your muffins will be tough and overcooked.
  • Don’t overbake the muffins – Overbaking muffins can make them tough. To check for doneness, use a toothpick. When a toothpick is inserted, it should come out clean.
  • Allow muffins to cool in the pan before removing – Allow muffins to cool for about five minutes before attempting to remove them. They won’t break apart if you do this.

How to Serve Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon poppyseed muffins are simply scrumptious, and they make the perfect morning treat for breakfast.

You can also enjoy one as an afternoon snack with coffee or tea, or even serve them for dessert with a dollop of whipped cream, Greek yogurt, or ice cream!

There is no doubt you will fall in love with these flavorful muffins!

How to Store Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Place the muffins in an airtight container and store them at room temperature or in the refrigerator. These glazed lemon poppyseed muffins will stay fresh for a couple of days after baking them.

Can You Freeze Muffins?

Yes, muffins can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Defrost them on the counter until room temperature.

If you want them warmed you can reheat them in a 300°F oven for 5 minutes. Note the lemon glaze will melt when reheating them. You can make more glaze to drizzle over them if desired.

glazed lemon poppy seed muffins and lemons.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Enjoy these easy bakery style lemon poppy seed muffins with lemon glaze when you make them from scratch. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 342kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin tin, and use muffin papers if desired.
  • Using a mixer, cream the sugar and butter together.
  • When light and fluffy, add the lemon extract, vanilla extract, and eggs, and beat together until well blended.
  • Add the lemon zest, sour cream, and poppy seeds, and mix until all ingredients are just blended in.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until the mixture is uniform.
  • To combine the dry and wet ingredients, add about a third of the flour mixture and a third of the milk to the creamed butter and stir gently. Then add the next third of the flour and milk, and stir gently. Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Add the remaining flour and milk. Stir until just blended.
  • Fill each muffin tin 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 24 minutes. You may want to start checking the muffins at about 20 minutes by inserting a toothpick to see if they are done. When the toothpick comes out clean, remove the muffins from the oven.

Lemon Glaze

  • Combine the powdered sugar, milk, lemon extract, and lemon zest in a small bowl. Stir until well blended.
  • When the muffins have cooled to room temperature, drizzle the glaze over the muffins.


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Judy

    No idea what happened, I make muffins all the time in the muffins tins I used to make these lemon poppy seed muffins. I spayed the pans with Pam and when I took them out of the pan, 10 minutes after letting them sit, they were really stuck to the pans! With Pam, and the amount of fat in the batter, i can’t figure it out! I’m not new to baking!

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