Best Orange Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

Citrus-flavored Orange Poppy Seed Muffins are moist and fluffy. This muffin has a fantastic texture and a tiny crunch from grainy sugar!


– 3 cups all-purpose flour – 2 Tablespoons poppy seed – 2 teaspoons baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1 cup granulated sugar – 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened – 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil – Zest of 2 oranges, divided – 2 large egg – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – ⅔ cup orange juice *See note 1 – ⅔ cup sour cream – 3 Tablespoons Turbinado sugar, or other coarse sugar


Start with a 375-degree oven. Fit 16 muffin cups with paper liners. Mix flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, soda, and salt in a bowl.

Step 1

Mix the sugar, butter, oil, and all except 1 teaspoon of orange zest with an electric mixer on medium high speed for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Step 2

Beat each egg carefully after adding it. Mix in vanilla. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture and whisk gently. Stir in all the orange juice, then add ⅓ of the flour mixture, scraping the bowl and blending on low speed.

Step 3

After adding the sour cream, add the remaining flour mixture. The batter will be thick and lumpy.

Step 4

Fill each cup 2/3 full. Mix coarse sugar and leftover orange zest with your fingertips in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture equally on muffin tops.

Step 5

Bake for 19-22 minutes in the preheated oven until tops are firm and edges are light golden brown. 

Step 6

Transfer to a wire rack after five minutes of cooling in the muffin tray. Serving warm is preferred.

Step 7

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