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Lemon Muffins Recipe

These Lemon Crumb Muffins are a bakery style treat you can make at home! A sweet muffin full of lemon flavor and topped with a crunchy crumble and lemon glaze. Perfect with a cup of coffee!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 28 muffins
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5



  • 1 ¼ cups (155g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter melted


  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (237ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (454g) sour cream
  • 4 cups (492g) all purpose flour

Glaze (optional):

  • ¾ cup (85g) powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin pans with paper baking cups. (This recipe makes 24-28 muffins. Half the recipe for a smaller batch!)
  • Make the topping by stirring together all topping ingredients with a fork in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix eggs with electric mixer about 1-2 minutes until thick and frothy. Mix in sugar and oil, beat until creamy. Mix in lemon zest, juice, vanilla, baking soda, salt. Mix in sour cream then stir in flour using a wooden spoon. (Batter may be slightly lumpy.)
  • Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Sprinkle the tops with the crumble mixture. (I filled mine just a teeny bit too much. They got scary close to overflowing, so stick with 3/4 full!)
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin. Cool 5 minutes in pan then remove to a rack to cool completely.
  • (The glaze is optional but adds another punch of lemon flavor.)
  • Make the glaze: whisk powdered sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over muffins.
  • Muffins should be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze them for up to one month. (If freezing, omit glaze and make it before serving.)



  • Be sure to beat the eggs long enough - they should be thick and yellow and frothy.
  • Be sure your sour cream is room temperature to avoid lumps.
  • The glaze is optional but adds tons of flavor!
  • Do not skip the lemon zest - it adds all the flavor to the muffins.
  • Muffins are done baking when a toothpick comes out clean from the center.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg