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How to Bake Muffins with Muffin Tops and a Basic Muffin Recipe

Learn how to make perfect bakery style muffins at home with this basic muffin recipe. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 9 Muffins


  • 3 tablespoons Butter softened
  • 1/3 cup 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Flour for tossing the berries
  • 1 1/2 cup Berries
  • optional 1/2 cup Nuts or White Chocolate Chips
  • Plus for the topping:
  • 1 tablespoon Butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon Raw Sugar


  1. Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Fill a muffin tin with 9 muffin liners. Then use an electric mixer to combine the butter and cream cheese. Once well mixed, add the granulated sugar and mix on a medium high speed until the mixture is fluffy. This will take about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the egg, egg white, and vanilla and beat until it is just combined with the butter, cream cheese, and sugar mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup and 3 tablespoons flour,  with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  4. Remove the bowl of the electric mixer, you want to fold everything together by hand. Fold the flour mixture and buttermilk into the ingredients in the bowl from the mixer. Stir in a third of the flour mixture, then half the buttermilk, another third of the flour mixture, the remaining buttermilk, and then the remaining flour mixture. Fold together until it is just mixed - don't over mix. Let the batter sit for 15 minutes.
  5. While the batter is sitting, pour the berries and other mix ins into a bowl. Dust with a tablespoon of flour, and gently mix coating the berries in flour. This prevents the berries from sinking to the bottom.
  6. After the batter has rested, fold in the berries and other mix ins.
  7. Pour the batter into 9 muffin liners, filling them all the way to the top. Then top with the melted butter and raw sugar.
  8. Turn your oven light on, and place the muffins in the oven to bake. It will take 10-12 minutes for the muffins to rise and the muffin tops to brown. At this point, reduce the heat to 350 degrees (don't open the oven though). Let bake for another 5-7 minutes.
  9. Remove the muffins from the oven, let cool for 2 minutes, and then place the muffins on their side on a towel to finish cooling. This prevents the muffin tops for sinking as they cool.