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All-Star Muffin Mix

I like to keep this basic muffin recipe mix in a handy place, like the pantry or cupboard, so I can mix up muffins quickly for dinner or if a friend is stopping by for coffee. —Nancy Mackey, Madison, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen per batch


  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, whisk first 6 ingredients until well blended. Store in airtight containers in a cool, dry place or in the freezer up to 6 months. Yield: 4 batches (11 cups mix).
  • To prepare plain muffins: Preheat oven to 400°. Whisk together egg, milk and melted butter. Add 2-3/4 cups muffin mix, stirring just until moistened. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-21 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

    For Blueberry Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed, folding 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries into prepared batter.

    For Rhubarb-Orange Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed, adding 1/3 cup orange marmalade to egg mixture and folding 3/4 cup diced fresh or frozen rhubarb into prepared batter.

    For Banana Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed, adding 1 cup mashed ripe bananas to egg mixture.

    For Cranberry-Pecan Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed, tossing 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 3 tablespoons sugar with muffin mix before adding to egg mixture.

    For Apricot-Cherry Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed, tossing 1/2 cup each chopped dried apricots and dried cherries with muffin mix before adding to egg mixture.

    For Cappuccino Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed, tossing 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules with muffin mix before adding to egg mixture.

    For Carrot-Raisin Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed, tossing 3/4 cup shredded carrots and 1/3 cup golden raisins with muffin mix before adding to egg mixture.

    For Apple-Cheese Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed, tossing 1/2 cup each shredded peeled apple and shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese with muffin mix before adding to egg mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 plain muffin: 208 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Sandra
    May 14, 2020

    I absolutely loved these. I have only made the Cappuccino Muffins, but I can't wait to try some of the other flavors. In the past I've stuck to the muffin mixes from, but they don't have as many flavors. Have you tried making any of these with whole wheat flour? I'd love to hear how they turned out...maybe i'll give it a go too.

  • Gwen
    Mar 19, 2020

    Amazing! My family and I loved it so much! Would recommend.

  • debpenns
    Nov 24, 2019

    this muffin mix is amazing!! im keeping on hand for all different kinds of muffins! Deb P VFE

  • Autumn
    Jul 23, 2019

    I first got this recipe from a friend after having the muffins at her house. Now I always keep the mix on hand. I do omit one of the three cups of sugar for the mix, half the nutmeg as my husband is not a big fan of nutmeg, and sometimes I sub white whole wheat flour for part of the flour. I never buy store bought mix anymore!

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Jul 5, 2019

    Great muffin base. I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 plain yogurt, otherwise followed base recipe exactly. I made these on July 4th with blueberries and fresh strawberries for a red, white and blue effect.

  • cathybuxy
    Apr 5, 2017

    I made these but feel that the nutmeg was too strong for my taste. Will omit it next time.

  • piehlar
    May 5, 2016

    This mix is a favorite with our family with consistent results no matter what we add it. We have tried raspberries and white chocolate chips as well as "Turtle" muffins with chocolate chips, caramel bits a pecans!

  • jdog31399
    May 11, 2014

    Very handy recipe. I am currently out...time to make a replacement batch!

  • donnafajardo
    Sep 1, 2013

    This is almost the only muffin mix I use any more. Have made all the variations plus some of my own, love love love this mix. Sometimes I am concerned about the amount of butter in which case I use part applesauce without any difference in flavor or texture. This is a great go to recipe, I always have some made up in the pantry.

  • jwasson
    Mar 20, 2013

    i had to add alot more milk than the recipe called for but otherwise a really good mix