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Glazed Lemon Muffins on a rack.

Glazed Lemon Muffins Recipe

Glazed Lemon Muffins - fluffy muffins with fresh notes of citrus! Soft and fluffy muffins with lemon zest and sweet glaze are perfect for a snack or a quick breakfast!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon glazed muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 239 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c buttermilk or sour milk see note
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp to 3 lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease lightly the muffin cups. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Whisk in the lemon zest. Set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk/sour milk, vanilla, egg and oil.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir in with a wooden spoon until well combined. DO not overmix. Slightly lumpy batter is okay.
  6. Scoop the batter with an ice cream scoop onto the prepared muffin pan.
  7. Bake for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F. Without opening the oven, lower the temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 14 to 17 more minutes, or until the toothpick inserted into each muffin comes out clean and the tops are golden.
  8. Cool muffins completely before glazing.

to make the glaze:

  1. Sift the powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl. This will prevent lumps in the glaze.
  2. Add lemon juice and whisk until smooth and thick. The glaze should be slightly runny.
  3. Glaze muffins over a cooling rack set on a baking sheet. Let the muffins sit until the glaze sets.

Recipe Notes

I never buy buttermilk. Instead I always make sour milk by combining whole or 2% milk with acid, like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Simply pour 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (works great for these muffins) and add as much milk as needed to make 1 cup of sour milk. Stir and let sit 5 minutes until the milk curdles.

Recipe source: CrunchyCreamySweet.com

Nutrition Facts
Glazed Lemon Muffins Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 247mg11%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.