Lemon Blueberry Muffins are light and fluffy blueberry lemon muffins. The lemon sugar topping really makes the muffins!
Originally published 4/10/15. Last updated 5/9/19.
Blueberry muffins are such a nostalgic food for me. I can’t make them without thinking about my mom.
My mom makes amazing blueberry muffins, and she always topped them with a little lemon zest.
That little bit of extra flavor really made the muffins.
The buttermilk and ricotta help to make the muffins nice and tender.
They’re full of blueberries, and the lemon sugar really puts these muffins over the top.
If you like a lot of sugar on top, you’ll want to double the amount of lemon sugar so that you have plenty.
How to make lemon blueberry muffins
Whisk the butter, ricotta, and buttermilk together in a large mixing bowl.
I recommend having the ricotta, buttermilk, and eggs at room temperature. If they’re too cold, they can cause the butter to solidify, and you’ll end up with little chunks of butter in your batter.
Add the eggs, and whisk in until combined.
Add the lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest. Whisk in until combined.
Whisk in the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Don’t overmix.
Overmixing can cause the muffins to be dense or tough.
Add the blueberries, and mix in just until combined. Don’t use an electric mixer to mix the blueberries in, or it will smash the berries.
Divide the batter between the prepared muffin tin cups, and sprinkle with lemon sugar.
What makes these blueberry muffins light and fluffy?
The buttermilk and the ricotta help to make these muffins light and fluffy and super moist.
How to store
These muffins can be stored, covered, either at room temperature or chilled.
They’re best eaten in the first 2-3 days.
More muffin recipes!
If you’ve tried this lemon blueberry muffin recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below. I love to hear from people who’ve made my recipes!
Lemon Blueberry Muffins
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 1/4 cup butter (melted1)
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese2 (at room temperature)
- 1 cup buttermilk3 (at room temperature)
- 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 ounce package fresh blueberries (about 1 ¼ cups)
- Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease or line 16 muffin cups.
- To prepare the lemon sugar, stir together the granuated sugar and the lemon zest. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, ricotta, and buttermilk until well-combined.
- Whisk in the eggs until combined.
- Add lemon juice and vanilla; whisk until well-combined.
- Stir in flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt just until combined. Don't overmix.
- Carefully fold in blueberries.
- Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins.
- Top batter with a sprinkle of lemon sugar.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
- The butter should be just melted, not hot and sizzling. I melt the butter most of the way and then whisk it until completely melted.
- Part-skim or whole milk. I don't recommend fat-free.
- Whole milk or low-fat. I don't recommend fat-free.
- Nutrition values are estimates.