Start with this basic recipe, and add one of several different ingredients for a variety of different muffins.

Lori
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).

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  • Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil. Pour all at once into the well in the flour mixture. Mix quickly and lightly with a fork until moistened, but do not beat. The batter will be lumpy. Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.

  • Variations: Blueberry Muffins: Add 1 cup fresh blueberries. Raisin Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped raisins. Date Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped dates. Cheese Muffins: Fold in 1 cup grated sharp yellow cheese. Bacon Muffins: Fold 1/4 cup crisp cooked bacon, broken into bits.

  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.

Nutrition Facts

181 calories; 5.6 g total fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 233 mg sodium. 29.7 g carbohydrates; 3.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2006
These muffins were really tasty. I baked them just as the recipe said. I used 1 cup of shredded coconut in the batter. I then topped them off with some chopped pecans and more shredded coconut. Yummy! TIP - To get your batter to dome, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. As soon as you put the muffin batter in the oven, reduce the heat to what the recipe says. The initial high heat causes the batter to have greater oven spring or the rapid rise during the first few minutes of baking. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/11/2003
These were far from being the "best ever", they were just basic muffins. I added 1/2 cup chocolate chip and increased vanilla extract, and they were just ok. Next time, I'll try to mix it even less and to bake them for only 20 minutes, maybe I'll like them better this way. P.S.: if you want excellent muffins, try the "best of the best blueberry muffins" recipe on this site; even plain (whithout any blueberry), these taste great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2006
These muffins were really tasty. I baked them just as the recipe said. I used 1 cup of shredded coconut in the batter. I then topped them off with some chopped pecans and more shredded coconut. Yummy! TIP - To get your batter to dome, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. As soon as you put the muffin batter in the oven, reduce the heat to what the recipe says. The initial high heat causes the batter to have greater oven spring or the rapid rise during the first few minutes of baking. Read More
(878)
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2006
These muffins were really tasty. I baked them just as the recipe said. I used 1 cup of shredded coconut in the batter. I then topped them off with some chopped pecans and more shredded coconut. Yummy! TIP - To get your batter to dome, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. As soon as you put the muffin batter in the oven, reduce the heat to what the recipe says. The initial high heat causes the batter to have greater oven spring or the rapid rise during the first few minutes of baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2003
GREAT!!! I changed it a little I used 1/2 cup of milk and 3/4 cup of applesauce instead of oil. Also I added a small mashed banana to the batter. Fill the muffin cups half full and add some chopped stawberries to some, chopped apples to some and dried blueberries to have a little variety. A great on-the-go breakfast for my husband who is on the road all day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
Excellent base recipe for all kinds of muffins. It adapted really well so several substitutions: I used vanilla soy milk in place of milk, and honey in place of sugar. I also added two bananas, cinnamon, and sprinkled oatmeal on top. They turned out fabulous! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2004
This is the upmost delicious muffin recipe!! I had to bake for a bake sale. I made these and they sold very QUICK! So easy and so versable! Our favorite it adding about 1 cup smashed banana and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts added cinnamon and vanilla. I spray my muffin tins with Pam instead of using the liners. You can be so creative with these... with different fruits/jams/preserves and/or veggies/meat and/or cheeses and spices! Thank you SOOOOOO much Lori for posting this recipe! This is a keeper and it has become a family recipe! We give you 12 thumbs up from all 6 of us! This ROCKS!!!! Mmmmmmm!! Oh... I bake them at 350 for 30 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2003
THESE WERE SOOOOO GOOD! I SUBSTITUTED 4OZ OF APPLESAUCE FOR THE OIL EGG BEATERS FOR THE EGG & USED SKIM MILK. FOR THE BATCH I MADE LAST NIGHT I USED SOME LEFT OVER DRIED PEACHES ALONG WITH SOME CANNED PEACHES & A LITTLE OF THE JUICE CHOPPED UP IN THE FOOD PROCESSOR. I ADDED A LITTLE CINNAMON TO THE MIX & SPRINKLED THE TOP W/CINNAMON SUGAR BEFORE BAKING! TASTED JUST LIKE PEACH COBBLER!! I THINK I WILL USE SOME OF MY HOMEMADE BLACKBERRY PRESERVES IN THE NEXT BATCH! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2003
Very easy recipe! I tried a savory muffin first using cheddar, bacon and garlic and would definately cut down on the sugar. 3/4 cup is way too much for a savory muffin. As a blueberry or chocolate chip, they're perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
Excellent recipe. For those watching their fat intake, I used no fat sour cream instead of the oil, and it makes them very moist. I also throw in some frozen blueberries for the antioxidant benefit, and hey, they taste great too! A keeper recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
Indeed these are the best ever muffins!! And soo versatile!! I made one batch with an apple, peeled and shredded with a tsp of cinnamon and tsp of vanilla. I made another batch with frozen blueberries. Oh sooooo good! Love this one folks! And since they're so easy, will make again and again (and keep experimenting)! A+++ Thanks Lori! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2003
So quick and easy! My two kids just love them anyway we mix them up. These muffins are so versatile! We did choc. chips and 1 mashed banana. Real moist and good! We also have done 1/2 c. chopped apple 1/2 c. grated carrot and 1/4 c. raisins with a touch of cinnamon. Talk about yummy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/11/2003
These were far from being the "best ever", they were just basic muffins. I added 1/2 cup chocolate chip and increased vanilla extract, and they were just ok. Next time, I'll try to mix it even less and to bake them for only 20 minutes, maybe I'll like them better this way. P.S.: if you want excellent muffins, try the "best of the best blueberry muffins" recipe on this site; even plain (whithout any blueberry), these taste great. Read More
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