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Best Blueberry Muffins by Modern Honey. The perfect blueberry muffin recipe using both butter and oil, buttermilk, and fresh blueberries.

A few weeks ago we stopped at a farmer’s market on the way up to my parent’s house. To my astonishment and great excitement, they were selling cartons of well-known blueberries for 33 cents. You read that right! I loaded up my cart with more blueberries than I knew what to do with and set off to my parent’s. I didn’t want to leave them in the car so I paraded into their house with BAGS and BAGS of fresh blueberries. My Mom looked at me as if I was crazy! All this meant was that a lot of blueberry food was in our future.

Best Blueberry Muffins by Modern Honey. The perfect blueberry muffin recipe using both butter and oil, buttermilk, and fresh blueberries.

My husband knows that I love a good challenge. He said that since our kitchen is filled with blueberries, it’s time to create the ultimate blueberry muffin recipe.

After much experimentation, I found what could be considered the very best blueberry muffins. The key is a combination of both butter and oil. The butter gives the muffin a rich flavor and the oil makes the crumb nice and moist. Buttermilk is a game changer as it creates a tender blueberry muffin.  Baking powder gives it a nice rise.

America’s Test Kitchen cooked down half of the fresh blueberries with a little sugar. The remaining fresh blueberries are folded into the batter. This evenly distributed the blueberry flavor throughout the muffin, as blueberries have a tendency to sink to the bottom of the muffin.  A generous sprinkling of coarse turbinado or sparkling sugar on the top gives it a nice crunch. Wilton White Sparkling Sugar

The batter is scooped high into prepared muffin pans and baked until nice and golden brown. Serve with sweet salted butter and you have the best blueberry muffins. We place these blueberry muffins in Ziploc freezer bags and place in the freezer. My kids have a super quick breakfast or can place them in their lunch box. My favorite nonstick muffins pans are from these two brands — Wilton Nonstick 12-Cup Muffin Pan and USA Bakeware Cupcake and Muffin Pan, 12 Well

Best Blueberry Muffins by Modern Honey. The perfect blueberry muffin recipe using both butter and oil, buttermilk, and fresh blueberries.

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Best Blueberry Muffins

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Classic fresh blueberry muffins are tender and sweet.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 cups Fresh Blueberries divided (plus more for tops)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter melted
  • 4 Tablespoons Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla


  • 1/4 cup Sparkling Sugar or Turbinado Sugar to sprinkle on top


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a standard-sized muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or use cupcake liners.
  • Bring 1/2 cup of the blueberries and 1 Tablespoon of sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mash the berries with back of spoon while cooking, until berries have broken down -- about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • In large mixing bowl, mix sugar, eggs, melted butter, and oil until combined. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Carefully fold in remaining 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries. Do not overmix batter.
  • Scoop muffin batter into prepared muffin cups, filling to the top. Spoon a small dollop of cooked blueberry mixture into the center of each muffin. Using a sharp utensil, swirl blueberry mixture into batter. If you have extra blueberries, I suggest placing several blueberries on the top of each muffin before baking. Sprinkle with sparkling or turbinado sugar.
  • Bake until the muffin tops are lightly golden -- 18-22 minutes. If the muffins are larger, the baking time may need to be increased. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with butter.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Keyword: Blueberry muffins
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The BEST Blueberry Muffins by Modern Honey. Made with fresh blueberries, buttermilk, and a combination of sweet butter and oil. The perfect blueberry muffin recipe!

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Hi, I'm Melissa Stadler!

I am an Award-Winning Recipe Creator. Cover of Food Network Magazine. Two-Time Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist. I am passionate about sharing the best recipes so you have success in the kitchen!

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  1. This is the second recipe I’ve tried and loved from your site. These were delicious! I was short on buttermilk but used a Greek yogurt and milk mix to make up the difference. I used coconut oil and butter. I also didn’t have time for the cooked blueberry step since I was short on time and just tossed them in flour before folding them in. It turned out so good with a great crumb. One of the best scratch blueberry muffins I have baked and there have been quite a few. I got 18 good sized muffins out of this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    these. are. so. good!!!!! make them. make them today. i made mine without the sugar on top and they were still excellent.

  3. 5 stars
    My neighbor loves blueberry muffins, so I try to make them for her once in awhile….and these are the best ones I’ve tried. They are so moist and I love the sugary top.