Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Breads and Muffins  |  Published Mar 19, 2023  |  Updated Mar 19, 2023  |  By Tawnie

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. Hello, I love you.

Lemon flavored anything and I’m in love actually. If that’s the case for you too, you’ll have to check out these lemon cookies, this lemon pound cake, or my favorite lemon poppyseed scones. Yum, yum, YUM!

These muffins are soft, fluffy and the batter comes together in minutes. You’ll love how lemony and bright these are and their perfectly high domed bakery-style muffin tops.

Ingredients you’ll need

For the ingredient measurements and entire recipe, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog post where the recipe card is located.

ingredients in small bowls needed to make lemon poppyseed muffins.
  • Flour: be sure to spoon and level the flour by using a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup and use the back of a knife to level off the top of it. Using this method helps because you could end up with 50% more than you need if you just scoop the measuring cup into the bag.
  • Lemon juice: fresh is best!
  • Poppyseeds: of course! This recipe is loaded with 2 Tbsp. poppyseeds.
  • Sugar: You’ll need white sugar for the muffin batter.
  • Butter: Using butter in muffins gives them a richer taste, compared to using oil. I use unsalted butter.
  • Whole milk: I use whole milk to give these muffins a delicious texture and taste and it can help activate the baking soda and baking powder.
  • Sour cream: adds moisture to the muffins.
  • Other ingredients needed: lemon zest, cardamom, eggs, lemon extract.
a stack of lemon poppyseed muffins on a white plate with glaze being drizzled on top.

How to make lemon poppyseed muffins

For the full recipe instructions, scroll down to the bottom of the blog post to the recipe card.

dry ingredients in a blue bowl.
wet ingredients pour poured into the dry ingredients in a blue bowl.
  1. Rub the lemon zest and sugar together.
  2. Whisk in the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Chill muffin batter for 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Bake muffins for 13-15 minutes.
  7. Glaze and enjoy!
muffin batter in a blue bowl.
muffins in a gold muffin tin.

This recipe makes 12 small cupcake sized muffins so they are great for a party or brunch! Or you can make them in a larger muffin tin, just be aware they may take longer to bake!

a muffin on a white plate with glaze and poppyseeds on top.

Tips for making Lemon Poppyseed Muffins:

  • Use fresh lemon! It adds a delicious flavor profile and plus you need a little bit of zest too!
  • Don’t skip out on letting the batter rest. It really helps takes these muffins from basic muffins to bakery-style muffins!
  • Use a spring loaded ice cream scoop when scooping the muffin batter into the tins and filly only about 3/4 of the way to the top.
  • Try not to let the batter sit at room temperature after it’s refrigerated. Keep it chilled until ready to bake. If left at room temp they run the risk of not rising.
  • Alternate the filled muffin openings with the empty ones as much as possible to allow space for the tops of the muffins to spread (see photos and video for guidance).
  • I love the additional flavor lemon extract gives so I highly recommend. But, if you only have vanilla on hand that works too. I’d also recommend almond extract.
  • Don’t over mix the batter: over mixing can lead to a tough muffin.
  • If you don’t have milk, you can substitute milk with buttermilk at room temperature.
muffins in a bowl with glaze on top and poppyseeds.

I hope you all love this recipe!

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Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Better than your favorite bakeries Lemon Poppyseed Muffin. A delicious light and fluffy muffin that everyone will declare their new favorite!
4.72 from 21 reviews
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 318kcal


  • 12 cup cupcake tin


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. poppyseeds
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temp.
  • 8 Tbsp. butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temp.
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract*


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice


  • Add the sugar and lemon zest to a medium sized mixing bowl. Rub the sugar and lemon zest between your fingertips to create a lemon sugar. This helps release the natural oils and infuse more lemon flavor into the muffins.
  • Add in the flour, poppyseeds, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom. Whisk until combined.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream, butter, eggs, lemon juice and extract together.
  • Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined.
  • Cover and let rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to overnight ideally if you have the time. (Letting the batter rest helps to create a perfect tall domed muffin structure and provide an overall bakery-style muffin aesthetic in both taste and texture).
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • You’ll need 2 muffin tins: line each with 6 paper liners, placing a liner in every other cup so they’re evenly spaced. This means you’ll need to bake the muffins in 2 separate batches. This method helps lead to taller muffin tops! But if you only have 1 muffin tin, it’s OK they will still be super delicious. 
  • Bake the muffins for ~13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let them cool for just a couple minutes in the pan but then remove them to a cooling rack so they dont continue to bake from the heat of the pan. 
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the glaze. Once cooled, drizzle over the tops, garnish with more poppy seeds if desired and enjoy!



  • You can use almond extract or vanilla extract if you do not have lemon extract but the lemon extract makes these extra lemon-y!
  • Storage: keep at room temperature and enjoy within 2-3 days for peak freshness. 
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Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 318kcal

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Emily Bruno
4 years ago

My mouth is watering just looking at these! Lemon is my favorite!!

These looks so so delicious! I love that you want to focus on recipes you actually eat. I feel the same way sometimes about the recipes I post! Looking forward to following your blog in 2019!

4 years ago

Perfect muffin recipe!

4 years ago

These look so delicious! And I love the concept of Muffin Mondays – maybe I should join in and we’ll make it the new Taco Tuesday 😉

4 years ago

Love the idea of Muffin Mondays. I love muffins too – sweet, savory and everything in between. The title of these says it all deliciously!

4 years ago

Muffin Monday is a great idea…I love a lemon poppyseed muffin and bonus that you added almonds. These look delicious.

Beth Neels
4 years ago

Oh, these muffins look so delicious! A great start to muffins Monday! Lemon is my favorite in baked goods!

4 years ago

Oh that streusel topping, I could eat that with a spoon!

4 years ago

I’ve under utilized poppyseed, but definitely want to give it a try in upcoming recipes because this muffin looks so good! I’m loving that streusel topping!

4 years ago

These sound over the top delish! Definitely pinning. AND I love a scone, when you get settled with Muffin Monday I will look forward to Scone Sunday!

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