These soft and fluffy muffins are perfectly sweet, easy to make, and filled with fresh strawberries!
I’m thinking that we should make “Muffin Monday” a thing. Mondays are much more tolerable if we’re snacking on fluffy and sweet strawberry-studded muffins.
It’s no secret that I absolutely love muffins. They are easy to make, bake quickly, and they’re perfect for snacking. My “research” (ahem) tells me that these Strawberry Muffins are extra delicious when they are split open, toasted, and topped with salted butter and jam. Swoon.
How to make strawberry muffins
- Combine the dry ingredients: Sugar, lemon zest, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to mix and aerate them.
- Whisk the wet ingredients: buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the wet into the dry and mix until they are almost combined.
- Toss diced strawberries with flour and gently stir them into the batter.
- Scoop the batter into 12 lined muffin cups and sprinkle the tops with sugar.
- Mix the muffin batter until it is just combined. Do not beat the batter vigorously, mixing it lightly creates a tender crumb.
- Use the ripest sweetest strawberries you can find. The amount of strawberry flavor will vary based on the strawberries you use.
- Chop the strawberries small. Since strawberries have a lot of moisture it is best to have small pieces distributed throughout each muffin rather than large pieces.
- Don’t have buttermilk? Try one of these Buttermilk Substitutes.
- Increase the strawberry flavor by serving the muffins with strawberry jam.
Serving and storage
These muffins are best the day they are made. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
I highly recommend serving these muffins warm (or toasted) with salted butter and strawberry jam.
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
- finely grated zest of one medium-sized lemon
- 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, divided
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 3/4 cup buttermilk*
- 2 large eggs
- 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or the seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries
- strawberry jam and salted butter, for serving
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-count muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar and lemon zest. Using your fingers, rub the lemon zest into the sugar until evenly distributed. Add 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk until combined.
- In a large glass measuring cup, whisk melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until almost fully combined.
- Gently stir the strawberries with 1 tablespoon of flour. Add the strawberries to the batter and stir until combined, being careful not to overmix.
- Divide the batter between the 12 prepared muffin cups (I use an ice cream scoop). Sprinkle the tops with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Bake for 16-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a rack to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the muffins from the pan and place them directly on the rack to continue cooling. Tip: If the muffin tops have baked onto the edge of the muffin cups just run a thin knife around the outside and they will should remove easily.