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Lemon Crumb Muffins Recipe

Lemon Crumb Muffins Recipe

I love to have the dough for these muffins ready and waiting in the refrigerator when company comes. They bake up in just 20 minutes and taste delicious warm. Their cake-like texture makes them perfect for breakfast, dessert or snacking. —Claudette Brownlee, Kingfisher, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min./batch YIELD:40 servings


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 cups butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream, butter, lemon peel and juice. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm muffins. Serve warm. Yield: 40 muffins.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • If you're cooking for a smaller group, pop some muffins in the freezer for later or halve the recipe.
  • Calling all Key lime pie lovers: Use lime juice (both Key and regular work) and lime zest for a summery iteration of this tasty treat.
  • Feeling fancy? Try using Meyer lemons if you can find them. This cross between a true lemon and a Mandarin orange is beautiful (deep honey-yellow and a bit smaller than standard lemons) and sweeter. with an aromatic, almost herbal quality.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 each: 308 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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    docseuss User ID: 4146320 268390
    Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

    "These are definitely my Sunday "go to" breakfast. The combination of sweet and lemony is just perfect."

    amsm User ID: 8302234 263860
    Reviewed Mar. 25, 2017

    "Yum!!! I enjoy lemon once in a while and these muffins hit the spot. I think my favorite part was the streusel topping with the glaze."

    naydan User ID: 6879594 252209
    Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

    "These were delicious and easy to make! Next time, I may add a little lemon extract to boost the lemon flavor."

    key-ko User ID: 2829787 248281
    Reviewed May. 16, 2016

    "I made half , turned out easy and look cute, I like it !"

    tracyatkins User ID: 8420437 228154
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

    "i just really wanted to let everybody know that I followed this recipe down to the last teaspoon. And let me just say, waaayy too many eggs! my whole kitchen smelled like eggs and the muffins were not good at all. I would say reduce eggs down to 6 or maybe 5. I was hoping for a yummy moist lemon muffin but instead I got an eggy, smelly gooey mess. very dissapointed."

    slfish68 User ID: 3117428 227929
    Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

    "I liked the topping, very delicious."

    niccijane User ID: 8363829 225964
    Reviewed May. 6, 2015

    "The recipe was great but instead of sour cream I used lemon curd....I didn't make the topping but I will do next time...."

    lynn in ma User ID: 5510054 222744
    Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015

    "I also scaled down the recipe to make 10 muffins. Next time I may add a little lemon extract to the batter and some grated lemon zest to the glaze to make them a bit more lemony. All in all, these are very good muffins."

    deannasnz User ID: 6542477 172532
    Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

    "Very good recipe."

    JenniSchulzDC User ID: 7735283 100975
    Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

    "Made these for a church gathering. Everyone loved how moist and lemony they were. Followed recipe as shown, no tweaking. Just make sure not to over-cook or may become too dry."

    Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 209869
    Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

    "Excellent recipe. I, too, halved the recipe and got nine jumbo-sized muffins which were enjoyed at a breakfast I catered. I used plain yogurt since I was out of sour cream--excellent results."

    smile_e2003 User ID: 7111430 87938
    Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

    "Absolutely delicious. The lemon flavor is just perfect and they were very moist. Cut the recipe in half for a smaller party and they came out great. Plan to make a full batch soon for a larger gathering."

    martylb User ID: 1456305 113366
    Reviewed May. 27, 2014

    "These muffins are FANTASTIC! So flavorful and moist. Not too dense either. Plus they have a very appealing appearance. Will definitely make them again."

    changde User ID: 7168013 174621
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

    "Very good! Made these as is but cut recipe in half. Next time I might try adding a teaspoon of lemon extract to the batter. Maybe even some poppyseed??? Still, really good as is."

    LiteraryBaker User ID: 7775129 209868
    Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

    "Since the recipe made 40 muffins, I halved it and it still made 24 full muffins. I also made this a day ahead of Easter. Though the recipe says to serve warm, they are absolutely wonderfully refreshing right out of the refrigerator. I followed the recipe and though I thought the glaze would initially be too sweet and lemony, it was actually perfect after it soaked in. Even for people who aren't fans of lemon desserts, this one is a pleaser."

    gamegal56 User ID: 7591621 113364
    Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

    "These are delicious! I did adjust a little. I did add 3/4 teaspoon real lemon extract to the batter after reading other reviews saying it wasn't lemony enough. Glad I did because I wishing had added a whole teaspoon. I also doubled the crumb topping as it didn't seem like much. I also added an additional 2 Tablespoons of cold butter to second oven batch of topping, because it was to thin and floury. Still should of added more butter. It wasn't the normal consistency of what crumb topping should be. I'm surprised no one mentioned it in other reviews. As the recipe is, the crumb topping just falls off when removing from pan.

    As for glaze.... I mixed regular sugar and lemon juice. I wasn't a fan, so I added approx 2cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla,1/4 teaspoon lemon extract,2 Tablespoons butter and pinch of salt. Stirred well and heated about 20 seconds in microwave before drizzling on muffins.
    I got 63 muffins probably because I didn't put as much in each paper. Will be putting most in freezer. Good luck to you all. Hope this helps :)"

    DragonSlayersRosebud User ID: 198468 141541
    Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

    "Delicious, family & friends enjoyed them with afternoon tea."

    angela32 User ID: 3084463 172531
    Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

    "These are awesome. I halved the recipe, they are fantastic!"

    jeannancy User ID: 7453891 209867
    Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

    "These muffins are awesome, and enough to give as gifts and to freeze... Thank You..."

    pammybo User ID: 5523460 100974
    Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

    "Made these for an Easter/Spring bake sale. Wonderful flavor. Well worth the steps involving making them from scratch, making topping AND glaze. I even added a teaspoon of lemon extract to the muffin batter. A big hit!"

    Mom4JesusJMJ User ID: 7109455 105161
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

    "With a few of my own tweaks/touches, these muffins came out amazing! I made 12 regular size, 24 minis & 2 loaves which I added blueberries to before baking. Delicious!!!"

    MsDixie9 User ID: 4579481 100972
    Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

    "Moist, sweet but not OVERLY sweet... absolutely scrumptious!"

    germanycook User ID: 6411056 92650
    Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

    "Super yummy with crisp crumb topping and high tops, nice and moist. But I thought it needed more lemon punch so I only gave it 4 stars! I want to make them again and add some lemon extract."

    Charliemutt123 User ID: 6873945 158828
    Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

    "Delicious. I used a square muffin tin 1st batch and filled almost full. Had to cook them longer. 2nd batch turned out better. Glazed some and left the rest unglazed since they ate sweet enough on their own."

    love2beMom User ID: 5558560 209866
    Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

    "I make these with strawberry yogurt in place of the sour cream - and add a little more strawberry yogurt to the glaze. Fantastic (and a lot more healthy)! :)"

    love2beMom User ID: 5558560 172529
    Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

    "Delicious! My family loves these muffins! :) I also occasionally leave off the glaze - but it does add a wonderful lemon tang!"

    Dandiloin User ID: 6612743 158827
    Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

    "Wonderful, even without the lemon & sugar syrup drizzled on top."

    Rikku User ID: 3386142 161801
    Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012 Edited Nov. 30, 2013

    "Every time I've made these I've gotten requests for the recipe and they don't last long around my house, everyone fights over the last one! I do halve the recipe as 20 muffins is more than enough for us, but the flavor can't be beat!"

    Rikku User ID: 3386142 174547
    Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012 Edited Nov. 30, 2013

    "The Best Lemon Muffin ever!!!"

    BrenC11 User ID: 6100335 209865
    Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

    "I loved these sweet, moist muffins! This recipe makes a huge batch, though. I found out that they keep in the freezer well and can be warmed up and enjoyed in a jiffy!"

    KatKer User ID: 5846776 92648
    Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

    "I halved the recipe and it turned out great!"

    selias User ID: 281817 104909
    Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

    "My grandaughter loves lemon as do I... They're great!"

    2B JRH User ID: 5883138 105126
    Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

    "These are great! Very moist and a just perfect taste!"

    balletgirl818 User ID: 4970681 172499
    Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

    "So much fun to bake and eat! Everyone that has tried these have loved them! They are over all exclent"

    SJo80 User ID: 5825310 141540
    Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

    "Yum! I skipped the glaze though, because they are sweet enough without it."

    clumbatt User ID: 4429302 209864
    Reviewed May. 11, 2011

    "These muffins were great. I made them as mini muffins so the struessel didn't turn out as pictured but they were still really good. Lemon is not usually my favorite but these were really good. My family has asked me to make them again."

    lmorro00 User ID: 3000106 161796
    Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

    "These are incredible, not too sweet, soft cake-like texture"

    imcuddles2 User ID: 1217904 104907
    Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

    "These are excellent. I added poppy seeds to half of the batter."

    amsmomhampton User ID: 4920332 158815
    Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

    "we found these to be heavy, a bit dry and lacking in flavor.."

    abbie2005 User ID: 5306017 174011
    Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

    "These are honestly the best muffins I've ever had!"

    lsal86 User ID: 5361202 161795
    Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

    "I halved the ingredients because I have no need for 40 muffins. These taste very good, theyre very dense and the lemon adds a nice zing. Also I could really taste the sour cream which was kind of weird. The only negative I would say is that the crumbly topping albeit good was very messy when I was transferring these to a wire rack"

    Meredith1975 User ID: 3486009 209863
    Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

    "Love these! They have the perfect amount of lemon."

    jslvsclf User ID: 919747 174546
    Reviewed May. 25, 2010

    "These are very good; thank you."

    iluvlemon User ID: 4743462 141539
    Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

    "These muffins were DELICIOUS!!! They were a little messy but it is worth it totally!!!! These are moist and wonderful! They aren't rich or anything either! This is definitely my favorite lemon recipe!"

    girlcook09 User ID: 4171202 100971
    Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

    "These muffins are delicious and so easy to make. I especially love the crumb topping. My favorite muffin so far!!!"

    dcli23 User ID: 984103 104904
    Reviewed May. 8, 2009 Edited Feb. 3, 2017

    "These muffins are delicious! My kids go crazy for the bright lemon flavor. These muffins freeze beautifully. It also tastes great with a little crystalized ginger chopped into the batter. Yummy!"

    Mattiep. User ID: 3595893 174010
    Reviewed May. 8, 2009

    "Oh my goodness! These muffins are wonderful. I just made them today for a fund raiser bake sale tomorrow (5/9/09) and I am very pleased with them. I only ate one but could easily eat more. The lemon glaze that you put on them after baking is what makes them amazing! If you like lemon, you will love these. Thanks for the recipe Claudette.

    Pauline from upstate N.Y."

    cfcarver User ID: 2863518 104832
    Reviewed May. 5, 2009

    "I agree - 40 muffins will be great for our Mother's Day Brunch at the library where I work!  Are these muffins the regular size or the mini ones?


    BEV325 User ID: 2858080 100969
    Reviewed May. 2, 2009

    "IF when you make these muffins and ONLY want to make 6,HOW do you keep the remaining dough and How long can you keep it?"

    Bagfamily User ID: 124206 104831
    Reviewed May. 1, 2009

    "I can hardly wait to make these muffins. Finally I can make more than 6 or 8 jumbo muffins without wondering what will happen if I double the recipe. More recipes like this, please."

    speedyqltr User ID: 3524914 172497
    Reviewed May. 1, 2009

    "I've frozen many types of crumb cake/coffe cake muffins before, and they come out even more moist after they've defrosted........(if frozen in a zippered plastic bag with the excess air removed.)  They freeze very nicely."

    Malachite1957 User ID: 347296 105097
    Reviewed May. 1, 2009

    "Golly! 40 Muffins!? Who needs 40 muffins? Wonder how these freeze? If I make these, I will have to cut it to one third of the recipe!"

    mneff User ID: 2631073 174544
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

    "These are really great muffins! A TOH favorite...."

    rottiedogs User ID: 1463594 173429
    Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

    "These muffins are absolutely wonderful. I made them as Christmas gifts jumbo sized and they were a big hit. I made the recipe as is except I doubled the lemon juice to 4 tablespoons. Thank you for a really great recipe."

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