Best Ever Blueberry Muffins

from ButterYum
makes 12-16 standard size muffins 

Ingredients

Muffins:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh, canned, or frozen)

Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (I like to use sanding sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (cinnamon works well too)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.  Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan by spraying well with baking spray or line each cup with a foil liner (not paper - paper will stick terribly). 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. 
  3. Using a fork, mash 1/2 cup of blueberries; set aside. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and nutmeg; set aside.
  5. Using a hand mixer, cream butter and 1 cup sugar together in a medium bowl until creamy and light in color; add eggs, vanilla, and 1/2 cup of mashed blueberries. 
  6. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture; mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated. 
  7. Add 1/2 of the milk and mix just until combined. 
  8. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture, followed by the remaining milk. 
  9. Fold in the remaining 2 cups of whole blueberries. 
  10. Portion batter evenly into muffin cups and sprinkle with sugar/nutmeg topping. 
  11. Bake 25-30 minutes.

My Notes

  • I've never made this recipe using canned blueberries, but I've made it many times using frozen blueberries.  
  • This recipe works equally well with as little 1 1/2 cups of blueberries.  
  • For the topping, I sometimes substitute cinnamon for the nutmeg.  
  • I also like to sprinkle vanilla sugar on top of the muffins.  
  • Batter makes nice mini bread loaves too.

Mary's Note:  Mary says you can freeze the muffins for up to two months before baking - portion the batter into foil-lined muffin pan and place in the freezer until the batter is firm, then pop the frozen muffins out of the pan and store in a freezer-safe container.  When you want freshly baked muffins, simply pop the frozen batter-filled foil cups back into a muffin pan and bake as directed; adding 5-6 minutes to the total baking time.

adapted from Everyday Cheapskate by Mary Hunt

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