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Orange and Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

 Tender little muffins with orange zest and brown butter in the batter. Perfect for fresh summer blueberries. Orange and Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins are my new favorite variation of a traditional muffin favorite!

Orange and Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

As if you needed one more thing to make before the long weekend, right?

But listen.

You’re gonna wanna have these on hand. I mean it.

So pack up your picnic baskets with a batch of these, a few drinks, and some fruit for good measure. Head out to the lake or the beach or that nice green patch of grass that will be all yours for the evening, lean back, and wait for the sun to set.

And by all means, enjoy every minute.

Blueberry Muffins with Brown Butter and Orange

Orange and Blueberry Muffins with Brown Butter

Orange Blueberry Muffins

Orange and Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

Orange and Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins

Orange and Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes

Orange and Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins are deliciously flavored with a perfectly tender crumb. The brown butter lends a rich nuttiness to the batter while the orange zest gives these muffins some fresh zing. Fresh blueberries make these muffins perfect for a summertime grab 'n' go!


For the Muffin Batter:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 medium orange (about 2 teaspoons-- reserve a little for the topping)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • reserved orange zest (see above)
  • 3 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 375. Line a standard muffin pan with paper liners.

  2. Step 2

    Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat. The butter will melt and start to crackle and pop. Watch it closely because you don't want it to burn. It will turn a pretty amber color and smell nutty, and there will be little delicious browned bits. Remove it from the heat and pour it into a small bowl so that it does not continue cooking.

  3. Step 3

    In a large bowl, add the sugar and orange zest. Rub them together with your fingers until all the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk them all together.

  4. Step 4

    Measure the buttermilk into a liquid measuring cup. Add the egg plus egg yolk and orange juice. Lightly whisk them together. Then pour the brown butter in just a little at a time, whisking between each addition. This will help to temper the eggs so they don't cook and scramble in the bowl.

  5. Step 5

    Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.

  6. Step 6

    The batter will be THICK. Divide it evenly between the prepared muffin cups.

  7. Step 7

    To make the streusel, add the 3 tablespoons of sugar and the reserved orange zest to a medium bowl. Work them together with your fingers just like you did with the batter. Add the softened butter and flour to the bowl and continue working together with your hands until coarse crumbs form, the largest crumbs about the size of peas. Sprinkle the streusel all over the muffin batter. There will be enough to completely cover each muffin.

  8. Step 8

    Bake for 18-20 mins, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g


Friday 8th of January 2021

And with all that sweet please tell me you live accross the street and are so excited to just call and say hey get coffee on cause I am brining the goodies like,,,Orange and Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins I mean Idaho can not be that big

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Sunday 6th of July 2014

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Choc Chip Uru

Friday 4th of July 2014

I would LOVE to enjoy these delicious muffins, so picnic perfect :D

Cheers Choc Chip Uru


Friday 4th of July 2014

these look like a great breakfast!

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