Blueberry Doughnut Muffins

by Jamie on May 23, 2012

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I have never been and probably never will be a morning person. Instead, I’m that person who sets their alarm to buzz about 30 minutes before I have to wake up just so I can hit the snooze button several times – it makes me feel like I’m pulling one over on the Sandman even though I’m really just driving Brian ever so slowly to insanity each morning.

With the school year coming to a close – just 6 more days – we’ve decided to add in one last potluck to celebrate our staff. Only this wasn’t a typical potluck, it was a breakfast, which meant two things: first, I definitely needed a game plan, and second, that whole snooze button thing wasn’t going to be happening if I made a hot dish. So immediately the notion of Orange-Cardamom Sticky Rolls was tossed out the window.

My first inclination was to bring a fruit tray with dip – perfect for breakfast, right? However, the idea of cutting up fruit at 6am made me wince a little and worry over the safety of my fingers. So I decided that that I would make Blueberry Doughnut Muffins with a lemon glaze. Simple, summery and absolutely delicious.

Blueberry Doughnut Muffins start off with the batter from the ever so popular Glazed Doughnut Muffins, but they get a summery makeover with the addition lemon zest and fresh blueberries. A double dip in a sugary lemon glaze takes them to a level of crazy goodness.

I’m pretty sure these muffins will have my building principal missing me all summer. If you have to work through the heat, make these to appease your fellow workmates. They’ll be singing your praises in and out of the meeting room.

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Blueberry Doughnut Muffins

May 23rd, 2012

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time:


zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 1/3 cup fresh blueberries

For the Glaze

3 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar; sifted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon warm water


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin, or line with 12 paper muffin cups.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest and sugars. Use your fingertips to incorporate the zest into the sugars until it is moist and fragrant.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating to combine.

4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined. Fold in the blueberries.

5. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the cups nearly full.

6. Bake the muffins for 15 to 17 minutes, or until they’re a pale golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.

7. In a medium bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing together the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and water. Whisk until smooth.

8. When muffins have cooled slightly, dip the muffin crown into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. At this point, you can leave them as is or go for the double dip. I glazed my muffins twice.

9. Serve warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. Muffins will keep at room temperature for about a day.


If you prefer a little more intense kick of lemon, feel free to substitute more lemon juice for the water in the recipe for the glaze.

My Baking Addiction adapted from King Arthur Flour

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avatar Helena / Rico sin Azúcar May 29, 2012 at 5:31 am

I love your photos, Jamie! Look divine, really. I’m looking forward for the blueberry season to try these muffins!!!!

Take care ;-)


avatar Krystle May 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

Hey! These look soooo yummy. I have frozen blueberries on hand..can I use them for this recipe?


avatar Jamie May 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Hi. I have never tried this recipe with frozen blueberries; however, I think they’ll be just fine. I hope this helps!


avatar Kris May 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

I made a double batch of these on Memorial Day. Not only did my family LOVE them (the kids ate 3 muffins each), but our neighbors raved over them as well. I thought it would be hard to top my current crumb top blueberry muffin recipe, but this one did it!


avatar Jamie May 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe – it’s all about the glaze! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


avatar Jan Siler May 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Made these last weekend. Got rave reviews from everyone who tried them. Very tender and tasty.


avatar Ashley May 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I made these, but i didn’t have any lemon or butter. I used margarine instead. THEY WERE STILL AMAZING. The best muffins I have ever made.


avatar Carolyn Fraser May 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I made these with raspberries the other day because the store was out of blueberries. Quite delicious. I gave most of them to my nieces and brother, they loved them! Especially the 5 year old, she had berry all over her face.


avatar Michelle May 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Can’t wait to try and make them.


avatar Yvonne McLeod June 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

thank you for the recipe, I have made them twice now , they are very easy to make and my son loves them even though he does not like bluberries
thanks again


avatar The Hungry Mum June 3, 2012 at 4:19 am

Love me some lemon in baked goods. And glaze….mmmmm. Bookmarked!


avatar Marissa Kubinski June 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I made these muffins Sunday they morning and they were delicious. The taste is very similar to that of a donut. I think they tasted better after they’ve cooled off. It also allows time for the glaze to harden on the top.


avatar Clover June 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I made these this morning finally. I’ve been wanting to since this was posted. They were so delish! Made 18 muffins though. The 12 I over-baked a tad (16 min in my oven too long) Luckily I had 6 more and 14 min was just right and they were perfect. I will make these again–just be more careful about how long to bake them.


avatar Christine June 15, 2012 at 9:04 am

These are just as good as I thought they would be. Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe!


avatar Emilia Godoi June 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

These are incredible… when I tasted the batter.. I knew they’d be amazing, and they were!!!


avatar Jamie June 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for taking to the time to come back to come back and let us know how it went. Have a great day.


avatar Mutsa July 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

Just made these and they taste amazing!!! The glaze I felt came out a bit too thick but it tastes delicious. I’m so happy with the result. Fantastic recipe :)


avatar Aya B. August 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Wow…. that’s one amazing muffin


avatar Sandra August 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I made these cookies for dessert at my mom’s place last Friday. They are so delicious. Everybody enjoyed them tremendously. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper :)


avatar Jamie August 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the muffins – thanks for sharing your experience with the recipe!


avatar Lori August 18, 2012 at 3:04 am

This looks absolutely fabulous and I can hardly wait to make these!


avatar Marissa September 21, 2012 at 12:17 am

I didnt have blueberries so i used frozen raspberries and they turned out very good, everyone that has eaten one has only said good things about them, amazing recipe!!!


avatar Jamie September 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know how the recipe worked for you! Raspberries sound delicious!


avatar Chloe January 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I just made these… the house smells like Springtime and I’m in a snowy Alaska! Thank you. The glaze is delicious by the way, reminds me of my Mom’s :)


avatar Nicole January 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

These were so incredible! Thanks for the recipe. I got 18 muffins. I really like the idea of adding lemon extract in the glaze instead of vanilla…will try that next time.


avatar Rachel January 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

worth every bit of effort. Zesting lemons and rubbing sugar may make you shy away from this recipe because who doesn’t want to make the easiest muffins possible?? Fear not! Every step of this tasty goodness is woooorth it. MMMMMmmm. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!


avatar Maria March 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Hi there, I haven’t tried these yet but they sound delicious and I am planning on doing the recipe. I’m just wondering if you or anyone has tried putting all the batter in a bundt pan and baking like that and then pouring the glaze over the whole thing? I know you would have to adjust the baking time (I would work that out) but would love to know anyone’s input on this idea..? Thanks so much! Happy baking and thanks for the recipe!


avatar Maria March 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

So I didn’t go for the full bundt pan but I did pour the extra batter I had into small baby loaf pans and they turned out YUMMY! I needed to cover them the last 5 or so minutes of baking because the tops got too brown, but I have a weird oven. I frosted everything about 5 minutes after it came out of the oven so the frosting goodness sank into the warm muffins and loaves and then I refrosted them when they were cooler – DELICIOUS! Thanks again for the recipe!


avatar Kris May 21, 2013 at 12:33 am

Can’t wait to try these!


avatar Jamie May 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

They are so delicious – definitely report back if you give them a whirl!


avatar Kris May 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hi Jamie. YUMMMM, having one now. Love the donut-y texture. Can’t wait to share your recipe with my customers.


avatar Jamie May 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

I am so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for reporting back – have a great day.


avatar Chelsea June 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that I featured your delicious muffins on my blog!


avatar Sumner July 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Just made them- they’re gorgeous! Though I think I might have overwhipped the dough–they have much more of a muffiny texture than doughnuty. But I’m not complaining! :)


avatar Kay August 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

These are the best blueberry muffins EVER!!!!! They taste just like blueberry cake doughnuts! I was amazed. My whole family loves them and wants me to make more. The only thing I did differently is to cut back on the lemon, since we don’t care for a lot of lemon flavor. I used the zest of one lemon instead of two, and omitted the lemon juice from the glaze. Outstanding flavor. Will definitely be making these again.


avatar Jamie August 19, 2013 at 10:45 am


Thank you so much! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for stopping back to share your experience. Have a fantastic day and thank you for following MBA!



avatar Becky w September 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I just finished making these and even on the lesser aking time they are very brown. Mine do not look like your picture. Is the oven supposed to be 425 I don’t think I have ever baked muffins t that high of a temp before. Thanks for your help.


avatar Jamie September 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hi Becky,
The temperature these bake at is definitely 425°. Higher heat actually helps muffins get the perfect dome on top. I would suggest checking your oven temperature. Not what’s on the setting when you turn it on, but with a separate oven thermometer. My own oven actually runs about 10 degrees hotter than what it says on the dial. This can ruin many a baked good. Even those 10 degrees can make a huge difference in outcome.


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avatar Sue Barker March 19, 2014 at 9:41 am

I bake a LOT! Almost EVERY day, and most stuff is “Hey this isn’t so bad”…but this recipe HIT me! I COULD EAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE! PERFECTION! JUST PERFECTION!


avatar Jamie March 19, 2014 at 11:18 am


Thank you so much! I’m thrilled to hear that you loved the recipe, and thanks for stopping by to share. Have a fantastic day and thank you for following MBA!



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