Perfect Vanilla Muffins

vanilla muffins
Serve these fluffy vanilla muffins with marmalade, preserves, or jam. Diana Rattray
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 20 to 24 Muffins (24 servings)
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These basic vanilla muffins are made with butter and vanilla. They are super easy to prepare and bake. 

This recipe makes about 20 to 24 muffins. The muffins are wonderful with preserves or marmalade, or drizzle the cooled muffins with a little vanilla glaze if you want a fancier look. See the tips and variations for more.

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon, 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons butter (melted)

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to mix thoroughly.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  5. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. With a spoon, mix thoroughly.
  6. Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin tins and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. A dark pan will take less time than a light colored pan.

    Tips and Variations

    • Use a 1/4-cup measuring cup or scoop to measure an equal amount of batter into each muffin cup.
    • Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with cinnamon sugar or maple flakes.
    • Fill the muffin cups only halfway, add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of preserves, and then top with the remaining batter.
    • Drizzle the cooled muffins with vanilla glaze.
    • Serve with raspberry or strawberry preserves, marmalade, or your favorite jam.
    • Use vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract.