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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Best lemon poppy seed muffins

Today is the day!!! We are having an online baby shower for the most darling pregnant lady I know, Caroline from Chocolate & Carrots!! Seriously, are you following her on instagram? She is so stinking talented, sweet and darling! Make sure you scroll down to see what everyone brought. Caroline has been craving citrus so we wanted to really hit that craving for her, like these lemon poppy seed muffins! Enjoy!

We made these lemon poppy seed muffins a few weeks ago for a breakfast with our church. I knew it was a busy week and wasn’t up for contributing much so I only signed up for jam. I figured it’s homemade so it was still yummy, but I didn’t have to actually do anything other than remove it from the freezer. This was until my husband mentioned the night before the breakfast that he had signed us up for muffins. (We now have a wonderful little agreement called, “honey, you don’t sign up for anything. I’ll sign up if I decide we are going to bring something”.)

Best lemon poppy seed muffins

I sat down with him to decide on a muffin recipe, but we both concluded we wanted to try something new so we decided on Lemon Poppy Seed with a light glaze.

Best lemon poppy seed muffins

These lemon poppy seed muffins turned out wonderful. I will totally make them again.

Will Poppy Seeds Cause a Positive Drug Test?

In most cases, consumption of poppy seeds in foods will not cause a positive drug test.

However, it could be possible, depending on the amount eaten, and it is impossible to determine how long morphine or morphine metabolites from poppy seeds will stay in your system.

How Long Will Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Keep?

Muffins will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to one week.

Muffins can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Can You Make Muffins Without the Paper Liners?

As long as you grease the baking pans, you can bake excellent muffins or cupcakes and remove them safely from

pans without using baking liners.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Best lemon poppy seed muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12


For the Muffins

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • lemon zest and juice about just under 1/4 cup
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup sour cream I used light sour cream
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted and cooled

For the Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice fresh


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, rub sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of lemon is strong.
  • Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds.
  • In another bowl, whisk the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir to blend. Do not over stir!
  • Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. (There apparently was a note to try adding a dollop of blueberry jam in the middle before baking, but I didn't have any so I didn't.)
  • Bake 18-20 minutes.
  • Transfer pan to a cooling rack.  Cool 5 minutes then remove from pan.
  • Cool completely, then glaze with icing.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 364IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Can you give the yield for this recipe please?

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  • I am just now reading this delicious Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin recipe. 400 degree oven seems so hot, I am worried they will burn on the bottom before they are done in 20 minutes. I see the Carrot Cake Muffins bake at 375 degreees.

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    • Hi Julie, it is in fact a 400 degree oven. Many other muffins range between 350-450 and this one happens to be a middle child, much like myself. 😉

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  • I don’t see where the poppy seeds are added in the recipe. Also for the lemon juice, do we remove 2-3 TB lemon juice from the squeezed lemon, or get that from another lemon? Any guess how much lemon juice goes into the muffin? I got about 1/4 cup but not sure if I take out the juice for the glaze from this. Thanks

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    • Hi Laurel, yes 1/4 is about right though sometimes it’s just under and that’s ok too. I’ve added that to the recipe. The 2-3 Tablespoons is in addition to the 1/4 cup. 🙂

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      • Thanks. When do we add the poppy seeds? Could you include that in the directions. Thanks.

      • Ack! I think I deleted it. It’s in there!

  • Gotta love those boys and the things they sign us up for! Well, I suppose it’s always with a good intention and hey – at least you had an excuse to try these muffins! Lemon poppy seed is my favorite!

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    • Right? Oh, men…

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  • These muffins look to die for, I am drooling over that glaze!

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  • Oh that dripping glaze is KILLING me! It looks divine! I have a bunch of meyer lemons, so I think these muffins needs to happen ASAP.

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    • Aren’t meyer lemons the best?!

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  • Ha! Love that your hubby signed y’all up to bring muffins & mentions it the night before. Lol! These look amazing and that simple icing dripping down them looks to die for! LOVE!

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    • Yes, he has learned his lesson now 😉

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  • Beautiful muffins!! Love that glaze!!! 🙂

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    • Thanks, lady!

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  • You know I am digging the lemon in this!!! So gorgeous – wish we were partying in person!

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  • These look super delish. If a muffin has frosting, I’m in 😉

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    • Right?! It’s like the best start to a morning

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  • These are so pretty! Love anything with lemon! xoxo

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    • Me too! It’s my fave!

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  • That glaze is just calling to me… love how delicious these muffins look!

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    • I love a good glaze!

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  • Carrian! These are perfect in every way. I’m such a sucker for citrus and lemon poppyseed muffins are the epitome of citrus desserts in my book! Thank you so much for this baby shower. It was such a happy surprise to wake up to! You are amazing. P.S. I think that’s hilarious that your husband signed you up to make something. That’s totally something my husband would do to. 🙂 Thank you again for everything!

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    • Oh I just hate that! I had no plans to make anything at all! Hahah! Next time he does it I’m going to go buy fried chicken and dump it on a platter. haha!

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  • That drippy glaze looks sooo good! I need to try sour cream in muffins. I always use Greek yogurt because it’s always around but sour cream sounds even better. 🙂

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    • Thanks Erin!!

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  • I totally agree, these are great muffins! Glad you enjoyed them!

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  • I've made these before, they are tasty! We missed you on Friday, we should get together another time!

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  • These look so good with the icing dripping on the plate. I think I would want to lick the plate too!

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