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Pint-Size Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins

Pint-Size Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins

When I saw these cute little muffins in the most recent bon appetit magazine I just couldn’t wait to make them. I love mini muffins. They are just so perfect for the kids to snack on or in this case to bring as a small token of appreciation to my YMCA pool staff for all of their great help in our team’s tri training.

Pint-Size Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins

This is also my kind of baking. The recipe is straight forward and they cook up quick too. Nothing fancy about these little muffins, just plain goodness.

Pint-Size Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins

I think my son was a little disappointed when he realized that these weren’t for him…so I guess I can make another batch for the kids tomorrow!

Print Recipe

Pint-Size Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup lowfat milk
  • 1/2 cup lowfat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) finely grated lemon peel
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds


  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Butter and flour mini muffin pans or line with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in medium bowl. Whisk milk, yogurt and lemon juice in small bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, and lemon peel in large bowl to blend. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition until mixture is light and fluffy, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with yogurt mixture in 2 additions. Mix until just blended. Mix in poppy seeds. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups by generous tablespoonfuls.
  2. Bake muffins until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 22-24 minutes (I thought 18 minutes was better). Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pans and cool on rack.

Recipe adapted from bon appetit magazine, May 2009

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Pint-Size Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins


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28 Responses to “Pint-Size Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins”

  1. Mary posted April 7, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Aggie, these are really cute and the ingredient combo is hard to beat. Thanks.

  2. Barbara Bakes posted April 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    So cute! And I’m sure the yogurt makes the moist and tasty!

  3. Kelly Bergsing posted April 7, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I think those would be great snacks for the kids. I will definitely be making those very soon. Thanks!! 🙂

  4. Sharon posted April 7, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I love all things mini! These look flavorful and perfect for spring.

  5. Patsyk posted April 7, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Looks like they turned out really nicely!

  6. biz319 posted April 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I love poppy seeds and lemon poppy seed muffins are my favorite – thanks for sharing!

  7. Jennifer posted April 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I just made lemon poppy seed scones last night!

    I love anything lemon poppy seed and your muffins look so cute!

  8. Leslie posted April 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Yep I saw these and thought about baking them. But I dont have any poppy seeds. They are too cute!

  9. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen posted April 7, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    They turned out great Aggie! YAY! 🙂

  10. Erica posted April 7, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    What a great treat! I bet the people at the Y were loving you!! I love the combination of lemon and poppy seed! YUM!

  11. Meghan posted April 7, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I love mini muffins too – well any mini sweet I guess! Lemon poppyseed is always a great choice.

  12. Pam posted April 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    So cute and tasty. I just bought poppy seeds – I know what I am going to do with them.

  13. Dawn posted April 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I love mini anything! Looks good!

  14. Jessica posted April 7, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I was just looking at this recipe last night and thinking how good it looked. I don’t have mini muffin tins but I think that I might try to make them regular sized instead (even though minis are so much cuter!).

  15. unconfidentialcook posted April 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Love lemon-poppy seed muffins; there’s a great place to buy them here, but now I’m going to make my own.Thanks for the inspirations.

  16. Carrian posted April 8, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Ohhhhh I like the yogurt idea!!

  17. Ninette posted April 8, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Very sweet! I love mini anything.

  18. Gloria Chadwick posted April 8, 2009 at 1:50 am

    I love lemon-poppy seed muffins. Yours are so cute and I bet they tasted wonderful! 🙂

  19. Maria posted April 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    The muffins are adorable. I love lemon! Perfect for Spring!

  20. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer posted April 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    These are the perfect morning grab and go!!

  21. Jenna (KaTom) posted April 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Aww!! They’re so cute. I want to eat a whole pan.

  22. EAT! posted April 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    We do love the mini muffin in our house. And poppy seed with lemon is a fantastic, Springy combo.

  23. nick posted April 8, 2009 at 7:19 pm


    These look really good. I would’ve never even thought to try this combination, till Sara pulled a recipe out of DG’s “Baking From My Home to Yours” of Tuesday’s with Dorie fame.

    Seems like everyone around the blogosphere is really loving these.

    Nice post!

  24. The Bites Site posted April 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Those look so wonderful and perfectly cooked. I will have to try out this recipe. Thanks!

  25. Girl Japan posted April 8, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Aggie.. everything here in Japan is PINT!

    There is something about Lemon-Poppy that has been swooning… What a perfect way to bring in the Spring like weather with something so cool and lush.

  26. Kerstin posted April 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I love mini muffins! These looks delicious and I like how you lightened them up – perfect for spring with the lemon in them!

  27. Anonymous posted April 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Why did everyone comment before actually using the recipe? I like to see reviews based on the recipe and the results…NOT the cute pictures. Yes, they’re cute…but how did they TASTE??!!!

  28. Jeremy posted September 10, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Can I seriously come over for breakfast soon? …… your recipe sounds so yummy…..

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