Sweet and Savory Muffin Recipes

 

From sweet and streusel-topped to savory and filled with veggies, muffins are the breakfast pastry that just won't quit.

 

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Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

A pecan-and-pepita-filled streusel gives these muffins satisfyingly sweet crunch. The pumpkin puree, allspice, ground clove and pumpkin seeds add rich fall flavor, but feel free to enjoy them year-round.

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Cornmeal-Molasses Muffins

A mixture of cornmeal and flour gives these muffins extra dense and hearty texture, and the molasses in the batter ensures a deliciously crispy and caramelized top.

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Savory Ham and Cheese Muffins

Butter-kissed cornmeal, sharp cheddar cheese and chopped ham: These muffins are the crumbly, melty, delicious breakfast of your dreams.

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Cranberry-Citrus Muffin Tops

Every Seinfeld lover knows that the top of a muffin is truly the baked treat’s best part. These tart-sweet tops are actually the size, batter-wise, of an entire muffin, so there’s even more of the fluffy, slightly crispy top to enjoy. Make sure to chill the dough first to ensure proper puffing.

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

These classic blueberry muffins get a burst of flavor from lemon zest. Kelsey Nixon coats the blueberries in flour before adding them to the batter to keep them from sinking in the muffins.

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Garlic and Sun-Dried Tomato Corn Muffins

Giada De Laurentiis' corn muffins are moist and delicious, thanks to buttermilk and sour cream, and they have savory, chunky texture in every bite, courtesy of whole corn kernels.

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Plum Poppy Seed Muffins

Deb Perlman of Smitten Kitchen knows a thing or two about the making of muffins (she comes up with seven new recipes every year). For instance, people will love you for baking with butter, but they’ll love you even more if you use browned butter. And, as in the case of these plum-filled muffins, an extra-thick batter helps keep fruit from sinking to the bottom.

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Peach Cobbler Muffins

Made with a buttermilk base, cinnamon and almonds, these muffins possess rich, nutty flavor, but it’s the freshly baked peaches peeking beneath the surface that make them feel truly indulgent (much like the summer dessert of the same name).

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Mini Spiced Carrot Muffins

Filled with freshly grated carrots, raisins and sweetened coconut, these mini muffins are the perfect bite-sized pick-me-up for any carrot cake lover.

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Apple-Vanilla Mini Muffins with Cider Glaze

Honey- and cinnamon-infused apple cider is reduced down to a syrupy glaze to top off these fragrant vanilla-and-apple minis.

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Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Packed with bananas and spice, Giada's muffins would make a delicious morning treat, but when topped with her tangy and creamy mascarpone-honey frosting they become a decadent dessert.

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Chocolate Caramel Monkey-Bread Muffins

To give monkey bread a more crowd-friendly twist (read: sparing your floors of sugary-gooey residue), Zoë François bakes individual-sized monkey bread muffins with layers of chocolate and caramel. She doesn’t abandon the pull-apart notion entirely, though — each portion contains four little biscuits, ready for sticky-fingered eating.

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Yogurt-Fruit Muffins with Bran Crumb Topping

The diced fruit and peach Greek yogurt in the batter add moisture and sweetness to these breakfast-ready muffins topped with a nutty bran mixture.

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Morning Glory Muffins

Combine old-fashioned oats with cinnamon, molasses, dried plums and carrots for fiber-rich, surprisingly low-calorie muffins (165 each) that will surely make your morning glorious.

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Apple Muffins

Filled with chunks of sweet Golden Delicious apples and chopped pecans, these muffins gain substance and nutty flavor from whole-wheat flour.

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Matt's Lemon Blueberry Muffins

The combination of lemon juice, extract and zest makes these muffins triply tangy. Bursting blueberries add just a touch of sweetness to balance the intense citrus flavor.

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Gooey Chocolate Muffins

As if these dense chocolate muffins weren’t enough of a treat, they’re filled with a rich and gooey milk chocolate ganache. (What’s inside really does count the most, in this case.)

 

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Pumpkin and Rosemary Muffins

Whole cubes of pumpkin, plus rosemary and finishing salt, give this light, crumbly muffin a range of savory flavors (and beautiful color), but if you’d like to sweeten the dish, feel free to add an extra “squidge” or two of honey to the batter.

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Gluten-Free Banana-Nut Muffins

You certainly won't miss the flour in these muffins filled with sweet banana flavor and flecked with toasted walnuts. Filled with nutritious ingredients, they are great as an energizing breakfast or afternoon snack.

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