Sweet Muffins

You can make sweet muffins anytime. These are easy to make, and you can add anything like blueberries, or semi-sweet chocolate chips if you like. This is my mother’s recipe, I have had these for years, and I would like to share my family’s secret recipe with you.

Blueberry and plain sweet muffins on a plate.

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Simple Homemade Muffins

Simple homemade muffins will bring a smile to your breakfast table or elevate your afternoon tea. With a soft, moist interior and a perfectly golden top, these muffins are the epitome of home-baked goodness.

The basic muffins can be baked plain or with add-ins such as blueberries or other fruit, chocolate chips, and nuts. See the recipe variations section below for lots of ideas for muffins to make with the base recipe.

Muffin History

The English word muffin comes from the French word moufflet. However, muffins did not originate in France. Rather they are British and American specialties that vary both in taste and history.

British Muffins are flat with a hollow inside. They originated in Wales in the Middle Ages and were made with dough cooked in a special ring-shaped mold. Muffin recipes began to appear in the Victorian era, and muffins were sold from street carts. Bells were rung to attract buyers, which inspired the English song Do You Know the Muffin Man?

American Muffins are made from batter, not dough. Until the beginning of the 19th century, a chemical yeast (pearlash) that produced carbon dioxide was used in the batter. Nowadays, baking powder is used.

Official State Muffins

Did you know there are three states that have official muffins?

  • Massachusetts: corn muffins
  • Minnesota: blueberry muffins
  • New York: apple muffins

Why You Should Try This Sweet Muffins Recipe

This best homemade sweet muffins recipe makes the most moist, sweet, and delicious muffins. If you and your family love a good muffin, this basic muffins recipe will serve you well because you can easily add any of your favorite flavors. Although these are called sweet breakfast muffins, they are not overly sweet.

If you want to get your kids involved in baking, this muffins recipe is a good start. Ask your children to read the recipe and scoop the ingredients. You could even have some fun by introducing them to the muffin man song (see muffin history above).

Sweet Muffins Recipe – Ingredients You Will Need

Basic ingredients to make basic muffins:

  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Oil
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Blueberries or other add-ins (optional)
Ingredients for sweet muffins on parchment paper.

Want Sweet Muffins for Breakfast? Here’s How to Make Them

These sweet breakfast muffins couldn’t be simpler to make as follows:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease some muffin pans.
  2. Beat together the egg, milk, and oil in a large bowl.
Wet ingredient mixture for sweet muffins in a mixing bowl.
  1. Add the remaining base ingredients and mix.
Batter for sweet muffins in a mixing bowl.
  1. If using add-ins, stir them into the mixture.
  2. Pour the batter into the muffin tins.
  3. Bake at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes.
Homemade basic blueberry and plain sweet muffins on a plate.

Recipe Variations

This recipe gives you basic muffins, making it ideal for incorporating your favorite muffin additions. Here are some ideas:

Sweet Blueberry Muffins: Coat 1 cup of blueberries with a teaspoon or so of flour. Gently stir into the batter before pouring the batter into the muffin tins. (You could also use 3/4 cup of frozen blueberries, thawed and drained.)

Sweet Cranberry Orange Muffins: Fold in 1 cup of cranberries cut in halves and a tablespoon of grated orange peel.

Sweet Apple Cinnamon Muffins: Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the flour and stir 1 cup grated apple into the batter. Top with a sweet caramel glaze.

Sweet Almond Strawberry Muffins: Added 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the batter. Fill the muffin cups 1/2 full. Drop in a teaspoon of strawberry jam and add more batter until the cups are 2/3 full. Sprinkle the tops with sugar.

Sweet Jelly Muffins: Fill the muffin cups 1/2 full with batter. Drop in a teaspoon of jelly and add more batter on top until the cups are 2/3 full.

Sweet Coconut Muffins: Add 1 cup of shredded coconut to the batter. Top with more shredded coconut and chopped pecans.

Nut Crunch Topping: Mix together 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup chopped nuts, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Other suggested additions:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Raisins
  • Chopped dates
Blueberry and plain sweet muffins on a wood board.

How to Serve Old-Fashioned Sweet Muffins

Place a warm basket of these on the breakfast table together with banana bread French toast, a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes, or homemade waffles.

Serve sweet muffins for breakfast or your mid-morning coffee break.

Although this is a recipe for sweet breakfast muffins, you can eat them anytime you want. And they make a great after-school snack for your kids.

How to Store Muffins

Storing: Leftover muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature – best eaten within a couple of days.

Freezing: Arrange cooled muffins on a baking tray and place it in the freezer for about an hour. Once frozen, transfer the muffins to a freezer-safe bag or container. Good for up to 3 months.

Thawing: Let the muffins thaw at room temperature or place them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Homemade blueberry and plain sweet muffins on a plate and on a wood board.

More Muffin Recipes

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Recipe Source: Judy Eynard. Topeka, KS. 1975.

Blueberry and plain sweet muffins on a plate.

Sweet Muffins

These Sweet Muffins are very diverse, you can add in any type of fruit you desire. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 183kcal


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • blueberries or jelly optional (see variations below)


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease muffin tins.
  • Beat the egg with the milk and oil.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix until the batter is moist and lumpy.
  • Pour the batter into the muffin tins until the cups are 2/3 full.
  • Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or has a few moist crumbs on it.


Blueberry: Coat 1 cup of blueberries with a teaspoon or so of flour. Gently stir them into the batter before pouring the batter into the muffin tins.
Jelly: Fill the muffin cups only 1/2 full with batter. Drop in a teaspoon of jelly and add more batter on top until the cups are 2/3 full.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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. Mochi 808

    Shucks!! I was going to try this recipe and I noticed… in the instructions.. it says beat the eggs. But there is no eggs mentioned in the ingredients. Argh! is this a typo?? Makes me wonder about the other comments.. how could their muffins turn out good with no eggs?

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for noticing this. I recently imported the recipes on the website into a new recipe app. When it completed the import it dropped eggs on some recipes for some reason. I am sorry this happened. This recipe was made in the past, it’s been on my website since 1995. Again my apologies!

  2. paige

    5 stars
    Omg these look so good!!! the texture is too!!! I put apples in them and I added a sweet caramel glaze on top!!

  3. Rachel

    I have been looking for this recipe for a hot minute.i use to make these all the time when I was little.thanks so much for sharing your awesome😁

  4. Krysta

    5 stars
    These were really good actually. Light and fluffy, with an angel cake texture or coffee cake taxture. I added a cinnamon and sugar crumb top to these and it was a great mqtch. The muffin is not too sweet at all, which I was happy with. These could be customized numerous ways for sure! The oil could be swapped for butter margarine or apple sauce. The flour can be whole wheat. Very basic recipe that went into my recipe book.!

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