Brown Butter Muffin Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Oct 21, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Feb 16, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This Muffin Recipe has an incredible twist you don’t want to miss. The addition of brown butter creates an aromatic Butter Muffin that the whole family will enjoy! 

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We are big fans of sweet breads in our house. In fact, my collection of sweet bread recipes is one of the most frequently visited sections of the blog. I love every variation!

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I love a good basic muffin recipe, and I’m happy to pull out my muffin pans at any time. This is a great recipe that allows for many variations throughout the year, on a whim. What’s your family’s favorite muffin?

The Best Muffin Recipe

The secret to making the best muffins is browned butter. Browned butter is having a bit of a moment in the recipe world these past couple of years. Why? Because it’s quite simply delicious. In fact, I am convinced that pretty much anything is better with the addition of browned butter. Yes, it’s an extra step, but I promise it’s completely worthwhile! It enhances the flavor of everything, especially baked goods like these muffins. This Martha Stewart article is a great reference if you’re interested in learning the technicalities about browned butter.

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A Butter Muffin is sweet, but balanced by the savory, nutty addition of brown butter. (Yes, I am obsessed with brown butter – you simply have to try it! Read on to see why.)

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Brown butter creates a deeper, richer, fragrant flavor that is unbeatable in anything it touches. Pastas, cookies, the delicious browned butter muffin recipe we are discussing today… the list goes on. Adding this slightly nutty flavor to these muffins was a delicious stroke of luck that I am thrilled to share with you! To make this easy muffin recipe, follow these quick and easy steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) and set aside
  • Brown your butter
  • In a large bowl, beat egg, milk, butter, buttermilk, and vanilla
  • Gradually beat in dry mixture until moist – be careful not to over mix!
  • Grease or line your muffin tin and fill each to 2/3 full

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Where To Serve This Butter Muffin Recipe

This butter muffin recipe is easy enough you can whip them up at any time to serve for breakfast (slather them with a little butter or jelly!) or with dinner. They are perfect to serve with chili or any soups/stews (in lieu of cornbread) for a slightly sweet accompaniment. Sometimes, simple is simply the best. That’s what I love about these muffins – we always enjoy a classic muffin recipe!

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We also love snacking on them after the girls get home from school! Of course, they work beautifully as a not-too-sweet dessert option. Whip up a little homemade whipped cream and serve with berries for a delicious, sweet and savory dessert that will blow your guests away!

A Quick Spin: Turning Butter Muffins Into Donut Muffins

If you know me, you know I always love to throw in some cinammon and sugar or chocolate chips, so these classic muffins can easily take a much sweeter turn. Simply brown a little extra butter, mix up a little cinnamon and sugar, and dunk each muffin in the butter and then the cinnamon sugar mixture. With that simple twist, you’ve taken these donut muffins into a delicious treat for brunch.

These donut muffins are melt in your mouth delicious and best served warm. They’re always a hit with kids!

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What’s The Difference Between Muffins And Cupcakes?

Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin…and muffins are healthy, Okay, healthier. You’re welcome!

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This is a serious question, friends… and it’s one I receive quite often. In my (somewhat unofficial) opinion, there are some slight variations between muffins and cupcakes.

  • Muffin recipes are generally a touch less sweet than cupcakes. That said, they also tend to have fruits and nuts in the batter, versus the additions of frosting or chocolate chips.
  • While cupcakes are always sweet, muffins can be savory, meaning they can easily be served alongside a meal in lieu of traditional options like biscuits and rolls.
  • Texture! Muffins are a little less moist than cupcakes, and they tend to have a little more crisped-up edges.
  • Muffins are acceptable for breakfast. In general, cupcakes are not, but you know I’d never judge!

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Tips For Making These Brown Butter Muffins

  • If you brown a little extra butter, it’s fun (and delicious) to dunk the muffins in the leftovers right when they come out of the oven.
  • Don’t overmix these.
  • Don’t have buttermilk on hand? It’s so easy to make!
  • If you want mini muffins, simply fill your traditional muffin pan 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350 just like the recipe suggests, but you’ll only need to cook for 12 minutes.

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I hope you and your family love these donut muffins, too. If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below and use my 5 star rating system {5 being the best}. Enjoy!

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If you love these muffins, you have to check out my chocolate chip cookie muffins for another sweet treat your family will love! Need help with baking conversions? Check out my Essential Measurement Conversion Chart 

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Butter Muffin Recipe

This Muffin Recipe is subtly sweet with a twist. These Butter Muffins are the perfect breakfast, brunch or snack the whole family will love!
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 12


  • 4 tbsp butter browned
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brown butter (add to step using brown butter recipe). Allow to cool 5 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and brown butter.
  • Add egg/egg white, vanilla and buttermilk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cornstarch and salt. Gradually fold into wet mixture until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Fill muffin tins with liners and pour batter into tin just below the top of the liner.
  • Bake 22 minutes.


Note: for larger muffin tops, allow batter to rest 10 minutes before baking.
Turn them into donut muffins by dipping them in melted butter, followed by cinnamon and sugar.
Just melt 1/4 c butter in a shallow bowl. Combine 1/2 c sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon.
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If you love making different variations of muffins, you may also love this Homemade Cornbread with Maple Butter Topping!