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Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muffin, muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
This Basic Muffin Recipe, while delicious on its own, can be used as a base to create any variety of muffins you need or desire. This recipe is easy to make and results in a delicious, tender muffin every time.



  • Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with baking spray or line the cups with baking papers, then spray with baking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold the two together gently. Mix until just barely/almost combined. This is the key to light and tender muffins. Do not overmix.
  • Spoon the batter into each muffin paper until about 3/4ths of the way full. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove the muffins from the pan when they are cool enough to handle. Allow them to finish cooling on a wire rack.


If you are making this basic muffin recipe without any additions, I recommend adding 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry ingredients and sprinkling the tops of the muffins with coarse sugar before baking.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 238mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 124IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 1mg
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