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Easy Lemon Breakfast Muffins

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These Easy Lemon Breakfast Muffins are so easy to make and are rich and cake-like, making them perfect for breakfast or brunch.

They are the perfect fruit muffin to start the day. I love enjoying them with hot tea or coffee. They are a bakery-style  muffin and have a delicate lemon flavor and texture. These really go fast when I make them, so know that you have been warned. 


You will love these if you enjoy the lemon flavor. These taste just like you got them from the bakery.Moist and delicious to enjoy at breakfast, brunch or really anytime..

Hello Friends! I hope this week finds you well. We are in summer mode and are loving the longer days. We have already been on several outdoor outings and packing up a meal and eating outside is one of my favorite summer endeavors. Today’s tasty lemon breakfast recipe fits right into the season.

These easy lemon muffins are super easy to make and brighten up any breakfast table. I love that we can grab them for on the go too!


I am thinking of adding some blueberries to the next batch I make.


Close up of Easy Lemon Breakfast Muffins

One of the things I love about this recipe is that these muffins are hearty but not overly sweet. The secret ingredient really adds a rich texture to the muffin. I use fresh lemons for this recipe and you can use the lemon zest of two lemons in the place of the lemon extract if you have an abundance of lemons or are lucky enough to have a tree.

For more great lemon recipes, check out our Simple Lemon Cookies , Sour Cream Lemon Cookies  and our Easy Lemon Breakfast Pastries.

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Main Ingredients for this recipe:

Butter – I always use real butter when I can, but margarine will work too.

Lemon Juice and Zest – You can use a bottle lemon juice if you must, but try to pick up and use a real lemon for the recipe. It really makes a big difference.

Ricotta Cheese – This delicious cheese adds a wonderful flavor and texture to the muffins.

lemon muffin batter

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How to Make Lemon Muffins



Easy Lemon Breakfast Muffins

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Easy Lemon Breakfast Muffins

Servings 12


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350*.
  • Line muffin tin with muffin/cupcake liners
  • In bowl, mix together softened butter, sugar and egg.
  • Add ricotta cheese, lemon zest, juice and extract.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, backing soda, salt.
  • Combine dry ingredients with butter and cheese mixture until well-blended.
  • Divide the batter among the muffin cups.
  • Bake 20-22 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

timesaving tips to streamline recipes

  • Use muffin or cupcake liners to save up on clean up time. I especially like using these parchment liners
  • I have found it very helpful to mix the dry ingredients ahead of time and store them in an airtight container. It really saves time if you are making these in the morning and it streamlines the process. You can make extra all at the same time and store them. Think if it as if you are making your own muffin mix and you will find it helps!


If you are a lemon lover, you are going to enjoy these muffins. They are also great to take to a friend or neighbor that can use some sunshine.

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Easy Lemon Breakfast Muffins on table

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sonya keester

Monday 20th of September 2021

Can I use mini muffin tins?


Tuesday 21st of September 2021

absolutely! Watch the cooking time it will be less.(10-13 minutes)

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Friday 12th of February 2021

I'm having a little trouble with the muffins. Is oil missing in the recipe? I've been cooking them for 35 minutes and they still don't appear to be cooked. The batter was incredibly thick - is that correct?


Saturday 13th of February 2021

Hi Beth, Sorry to hear that you are having trouble. There are a few possible reasons this might be happening. So here are a few possible reasons: if the oven was not preheated, or if the eggs, cheese and butter are cold, the muffins may take longer. Also if the muffin tin is on the larger size, it may take a little longer to bake. Hope this helps!


Monday 14th of September 2020

Can I use the baking cups instead of liners?


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Absolutely Sally!

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