Lemon Crumb Muffins

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These Lemon Crumb Muffins are simple to make. They’re moist, full of lemon flavor and have an amazing crumb topping!

Soft, moist muffins flavored with lemon. The crumb topping is amazing!

Lemon Crumb Muffins

How is it that summers always go so fast? We had a busy month of June. All through June I thought, “If I can just make it until July, things will slow down.”  July is quickly coming to an end and I look back at that thought and laugh.  July has been busier than June!

August starts up all of the back-to-school craziness….soccer, piano, ballet, cross-country.  I’m going to be driving the kids everywhere the next few months and hopefully not driving myself crazy.

Soft, moist muffins flavored with lemon. The crumb topping is amazing!

It’s all good stuff, though, and we’ll fit everything in, just as we always do.

These Lemon Crumb Muffins are simple to make. They re moist, full of lemon flavor and have an amazing crumb topping!

These Lemon Crumb Muffins make me stop and smile.

What makes a good muffin for us?  It has to be moist, full of flavor and have an amazing crumb topping.  This muffin fits all three of those criteria.  Although we are huge fans of lemon flavor, our absolute favorite part of this muffin is the crumb topping.  It’s simply flour, sugar and butter, but it fits perfectly on top of this simple muffin and gives it that extra pop of sugary-goodness. The muffin itself has a very simple flavor. Don’t leave off the streusel topping. In fact, double it if you’d like!

These Lemon Crumb Muffins are simple to make. They re moist, full of lemon flavor and have an amazing crumb topping!

A reminder when making any quick bread or muffin is not to overmix the batter. If you overmix the batter, your muffins will be tougher and more compact.  Mix the batter just until the wet and dry ingredients are combined. There may still be a few lumps or a tiny bit of flour, and you may be tempted to keep mixing.  Don’t worry, though. Those lumps and that little bit of flour will all bake together so flawlessly! Although these muffins are moist, they are thick and a “heavier” muffin than some other types of “cakey” muffins.

Take some time and make these sweet little muffins. I’m pretty sure they’ll make you smile, too.

**Due to feedback from some readers stating this recipe was dry, we test this recipe several more times. The main changes I made were to use half & half instead of milk, and I upped the sugar to ½ a cup.  I also reduced the baking time 4 minutes. I’ve found that once you reduce the baking temperature to 375 degrees, they only take 8 minutes to bake in my oven. Overbaking them will cause them to be dry.

These Lemon Crumb Muffins are simple to make. They're moist, full of lemon flavor and have an amazing crumb topping!
These Lemon Crumb Muffins are simple to make. They're moist, full of lemon flavor and have an amazing crumb topping!

Lemon Crumb Muffins

4.41 from 5 votes
These Lemon Crumb Muffins are simple to make. They're moist, full of lemon flavor and have an amazing crumb topping!
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened, but not melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the oil, lemon, sugar, egg, milk and lemon zest. Mix well. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not overmix! Divide the batter among 12 muffin cups that have been lined with a cupcake liner.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the topping until you have coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon streusel topping on the top of each muffin.
  • Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425 degrees, then, without opening the oven, lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 8 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin should come out clean.
  • Makes 12 muffins.

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 155mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 239



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Erika
7 months ago

Can we use lime instead of lemon?

Fiona
3 years ago

5 stars
I made this a while back for breakfast and it was AMAZING! I didn’t make streusel since it would be too sweet. But the muffin was perfectly moist and lemony. I replaced the extract with juice and tossed to sugar on top and dipped it into a lemon cream cheese icing and it was heaven! Making it again tomorrow!

Melissa
4 years ago

4 stars
I added 1/2 C sour cream , 2 Tbsp poppy seeds and 1 tsp almond flavoring and they are outstanding! I also doubled the streusel so that I didn’t have to stretch it- You can leave it milk rather than half n half if you add sour cream. The texture is light and airy.

Abigail
7 years ago

Any substitutes for half and half???

Simone
8 years ago

How much lemon juice would you use??
Seems such a waste to zest a lemon then throw it away… Why use lemon essence????

Penny
8 years ago

Made these for a muffin sale at work. Totally forgot the egg and lemon flavoring in the first batch, still tasted great. Did the next two batches exactly as written, loved it. Will add to my Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing.

Becky
8 years ago

Made these tonight. I didn’t have enough lemons for 2 tablespoons of zest so I tried to sub lemon extract and I don’t think I used enough. Muffins also took longer to bake, as they were not done after the first 13 min. Probably around 18 by the time all was said and done. They turned out ok.

Jill
8 years ago

I made these and they were dry and bland. The only nice thing was the topping!

Melissa Hood
9 years ago

I followed all the instructions. Sadly they turned out very dry 🙁

Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker
9 years ago

I totally agree–summer goes way too quickly, especially when you know you have to start classes again in a few weeks! Definitely want to try these muffins, maybe they’ll make waking up for class during the semester a bit easier :).

Baby June
9 years ago

Those look awesome! Love all of the streusel. :0

Stacey
9 years ago

Confused. The ingredients list lemon extract but your instructions list vanilla. Which is correct?

Thalia Ho
9 years ago

ive surprisingly never had a lemon muffin before, i think i definitely am missing out on something great. looks seriously delicious!

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
9 years ago

These muffins look amazing…and for me, it’s the opposite! Summer feels crazy to me and the school year is like a mini break 🙂 I’d take one of these muffins now AND then!!

dina
9 years ago

i’d love one for breakfast!