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Basic Easy Muffin Recipe with Variations

Easy muffin recipe with variations you can use to make just about any type! Add berries or chocolate chips and the possibilities are endless. Basic, simple and versatile whether you want to make regular size, mini or blueberry muffin tops.

basic muffin recipe with variations

This easy basic muffin recipe will create batter that can then be used for hundreds of different muffins! Add blueberries, huckleberries, chocolate chips or nuts to make the best muffin recipe for breakfast or dessert. (affiliate links present)

Basic Muffin Recipe with Variations

We have used this basic muffin batter a bunch of times. Using fresh fruit or peanut butter chips, either way they turn out delicious! Once you have this down pat you too can play around with it and figure out your favorite add in. Make as “regular” or muffin tops, either way they’re delicious.

If you like to tweak things depending on what your family is craving that morning, this is great. Throw in some chocolate chips, frozen blueberries, nuts, you know what I mean….. Regular take about 17 minutes, or you can bake mini muffins quicker.

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Easy Muffin Recipe for Kids

The ingredients for this easy muffin recipe are quite simple. The biggest tip to take away is to make sure your butter and eggs are room temperature before you begin. In particular if you use cold butter your batter will be a bit chunky. Smooth is always best for consistency and looks.

I started with this recipe and tweaked it a bit to come up with the base you see here.

How do you make easy muffins from scratch?

Follow the usual rules of baking where you mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet items in another. Then slowly combine the dry into the wet ingredients stirring only enough to dampen the flour.

The muffin batter should not be completely smooth. Gently incorporate your add ins and fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way full.

What type of flour is best for muffins?

I always use all purpose flour. It will give you a sturdier muffin while pastry flour will create a lighter more delicate piece. Make sure to measure flour properly so it isn’t to measure flour

What can I use if I don’t have all purpose flour?

Bread flour and/or cake flour on their own or mixed together can substituted if that is all you have. It may create a different texture though. Use this flour substitute chart.

How do you make a small batch of muffins?

If you want to know how to half a recipe to make less, read this post. Tip: Spray your pan with non stick spray to clean a pot.

It is quite easy to make a smaller batch for just 4-6 of you instead of a whole dozen or more. Using good ol’ fashioned elbow grease that is fine too. A mixer isn’t entirely necessary but it sure makes the job quick and easy.

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I like to use my stand mixer to make things easier on me. When incorporating my berries or chips though I use a soft silicone spatula so they don’t break apart.

What can I add to muffin mix?

Or homemade muffin batter in this case? There are a world of possibilities, you can look in the baking aisle to get some ideas but here are a few fun ones:

  • Fresh berries
  • Chocolate chips
    • peanut butter chips
    • butterscotch chips
    • crushed Andes mints
  • Crushed nuts
  • Lemon or orange zest
  • Poppy seeds

You can add more than one too like in our apple zucchini muffins. If adding fruit you do want to make sure that you rinse and lay on a few paper towels to remove any excess liquid from being added into the batter. That would change the overall texture.

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Easy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

You can see above we added huckleberries, but have used blueberries just the same. 2 cups max is great and not overwhelming but makes them very moist and flavorful.

In this base it also calls for sour cream. If you don’t have that on hand, you can use Greek yogurt instead. I had a coconut style once and that works with all other flavors! Get your muffin pan ready and preheat the oven to 425 and follow along. 😉

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Easy Muffin Recipe From Scratch

In a bowl mix dry ingredients together. A large bowl will be needed to mix wet ingredients together. Make sure butter and eggs are room temp. before adding those in. Add 1 egg in at a time.

  • Gently incorporate your berries or chips into the batter.
  • Fill 3/4 cup full in each muffin hole.
  • Bake at 425 for 5 minutes
  • Then turn down to 350 and continue baking for approx. 12 minutes.
  • You do not want to over bake them.
  • Take out when muffin springs back when gently touched in the middle.

If I am using berries I generally add in vanilla extract. If I am using chips I don’t. That is personal preference really but I think fruit calls for it, not chocolate.

How do you bake moist muffins?

The most important thing to remember is to not bake them too long! Set your timer to the minimum suggested timing as each one is slightly different. You don’t want to open the door until the centers are peaked and no longer wet. Then check in the center with a toothpick, you do not want it dry rather with moist crumbs attached is ideal.

easy chocolate chip muffins

Easy Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

1 cup is usually just right no matter what flavor chips you want to use, or mix them up like chocolate AND peanut butter! Just fold in at the very end when your batter is incorporated and smooth and voila, you are set for a little dessert.

Take note that I have never used whole wheat flour to make these. I am sure that would alter the timing, texture, and may not bake properly at all if you swapped this out. Stick with all-purpose y’all.

There are some things I do not add, like shredded zucchini or carrots. This tends to add a bit more moisture than I’d like so I follow more specific recipes for those like our moist zucchini bread recipe in muffin form.

  • A key to this is to shred it over a wad of paper towels. That way they can absorb the liquid that comes out when you shred.
  • In addition to that I wrap it up and squeeze over the sink to get almost all the water off of it.
  • That way you get the taste and a bit of moisture in your sweet bread, but it won’t weigh it down.

The same goes for our pumpkin zucchini muffins. Just use this easy muffin recipe for nut, chocolate, or berry add ins. Just with those combinations there are hundreds of variations to be had!

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

Muffin topping ideas

The possibilities are endless for this too. Unlike cupcakes, muffins really don’t need a topping BUT it can take them to the next level if they do!

  • You can make 1/4 cup of streusel muffin topping to go on top
  • Or just sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the top for some texture and added sweetness.

If you’re making a blueberry muffin in a mug you can add a crumble topping of:

  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/4 c. quick oats
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon

Spoon 1 tsp on top of each one before baking, pat down with back of spoon so it doesn’t fall off and voila as you see here! Now if you are not baking in the oven, like with our Instant Pot blueberry muffins you would have to add this after they were done but otherwise sprinkle on top of the batter.

huckleberry muffin recipe

Muffin Recipes

We have a lot of easy muffins on The Typical Mom blog and are always adding more each month. I really prefer grab and go instead of making an entire loaf. I also feel like it cooks more evenly. Let’s start with what we made last Fall, you can see our huckleberry muffins above.

Here are a few of our favorites: Want healthier versions, use this blueberry bran muffin recipe and add any fruit you like! Nobody in my house likes the heels or ends of loaves so hand held breakfasts are really the way to go around here.

Ready to make these and have an idea in mind? Let us know if you create a new combination you love so we can try it too!

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Easy Muffin Recipe

Easy muffin recipe you can use to make just about any type! Add berries or chocolate chips and the possibilities are endless. Basic, simple and versatile.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword batter, easy, muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 147kcal
Author The Typical Mom



Basic Muffin Batter

What to add to muffins


  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Using a stand mixer, add wet ingredients and blend until smooth. Then slowly incorporate with flour mixture. Gently fold in 1.5-2 c. fresh berries or 1 c. chocolate chips, whichever you desire.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Spoon batter into muffin cups 3/4 of the way full. (if you want to add a crumble to fruit muffins mix together 1/2 c. brown sugar + 1/4 c. quick oats and 1 tsp cinnamon and spoon that on top of each one.)
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes, then adjust temp down to 350 degrees F for 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top and top springs back when gently touched in the middle. Do not over bake.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Muffin Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 229IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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