Raspberry Lemon Muffins

Raspberry Lemon Muffins are packed with bright flavors and beautiful colors. They’re the perfect spring muffin, great for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any day!

Raspberry Lemon Muffins

These raspberry lemon muffins are a recipe I grew up with, and it was always a good day when they were on the menu. I think the recipe originally came from a Pillsbury recipe booklet, as in the kind they used to sell in the checkout line at the grocery store. Any other 90s babies remember those?

I’ve also turned the recipe into a Raspberry Lemon Crumb Cake, but there’s really nothing like the classic right? The only thing I’ve changed this time (I really can’t help myself) was allowing the frozen raspberries to thaw before stirring them into the batter. While the muffins were always pretty with their crisp, sugary tops and the colorful bursts of raspberry inside, thawing the berries really took it to the next level. The inside still has raspberries studded throughout, but there’s also a hint of pink to them too from berries bursting as I mixed the batter. So pretty! And so perfect for spring too. I feel like these would be the perfect addition to your Easter or Mother’s Day brunch menu

Raspberry Lemon Muffins

How to Make Raspberry Lemon Muffins

  • Start by lining your muffin tin with paper cups or greasing them well. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, lemon juice, vanilla, and eggs until they’re smooth.
  • In a separate, larger mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients–flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest– until thoroughly mixed. Toss the raspberries in the flour mixture to lightly coat them in flour, then create a well in the center of the bowl by gently pushing the flour up the sides of the bowl.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the well in the center of the dry, and gently stir just until the batter has come together and there is no more flour visible.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, then generously sprinkle the top of each one with a heaping 1/2 tsp. of sugar.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with only a few moist crumbs.
  • Remove from the oven and cool before enjoying
  • Store the muffins in an airtight container or bag on the counter or in the pantry.
Raspberry Lemon Muffins

Recipe Notes

  • If you only have Greek yogurt on hand, you can use it by replacing three tablespoons of yogurt with milk. Whisk the milk and yogurt together before adding the other wet ingredients.
  • You can use fresh or frozen raspberries, but if you want the batter and muffins to be pink, you’ll need to use frozen raspberries and allow them to thaw before mixing them in.
  • Don’t overmix your batter–simply stir until there’s no more flour visible. Overmixing activates the gluten in the flour, which gives you tough, chewy muffins.
  • In order to have your muffins turn out the same size, I recommend using a portioning scoop. This one from Oneida makes perfectly sized muffins and is a great all around ice cream/cookie/portioning scoop to have on hand.
  • Don’t be skimpy with the sugar on top! It may seem like a lot, but it’s what will give you the crackly, crusty top.
  • If you don’t have a muffin tin, you can use stiff parchment muffin cups (like these ones) and simply line them up on a baking sheet!
Raspberry Lemon Muffins
Raspberry Lemon Muffins

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Raspberry Lemon Muffins


  • Author: Rebecca Neidhart
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 18 muffins 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt (not Greek)
  • 1/4 cup oil (canola or vegetable preferred)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Instructions

 Preheat the oven to 400° and line a muffin tin with paper cups.

In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, oil, lemon juice, vanilla, and eggs.  Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest.  Gently stir in the raspberries to coat them with flour. To make the batter pink, allow them to mostly thaw before stirring in the wet ingredients.

Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, and gently stir until completely combined and there is no flour visible.  Divide the batter between the muffin cups. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 


Notes

  • If you only have Greek yogurt on hand, you can use it by replacing three tablespoons of yogurt with milk. Whisk them together before adding the other wet ingredients.
  • You can use fresh or frozen raspberries, but if you want the batter and muffins to be pink, you’ll need to use frozen raspberries and allow them to thaw before mixing them in.
  • In order to have your muffins turn out the same size, I recommend using a portioning scoop. This one from Oneida makes perfectly sized muffins and is a great all around ice cream/cookie/portioning scoop to have on hand.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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