Almond Poppy Seed Muffins


My mom has been making these almond poppy seed muffins for years. It's just one of those recipes that sticks out from my childhood. It's delicious.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 muffins


  • 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ⅛ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 large eggs, separated, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 2 ½ tablespoons poppy seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

  2. Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.

  3. Beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy; the mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add 1 egg yolk and beat until fully blended into the butter mixture; repeat with the remaining egg yolk. Beat in almond extract and lemon zest.

  4. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture in 2 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beating batter briefly after each addition. Fold in poppy seeds.

  5. Beat egg whites in a glass or metal bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into the batter. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until muffins are golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 15 to 18 minutes.

  7. Remove muffins from the oven, turn out onto a wire rack, and cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
9g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 272mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 58mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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