Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

by Jennifer on February 4, 2013

in Breakfast Sweets

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Not Your Momma's Cookie

I have a confession.

I kind of watched the Super Bowl. I know.

It just happened. My husband and I were sitting in the living room, trapped on the couch by sleeping kitties. Instead of reading, writing poetry, or using our minds in some redeeming way, we flipped on the TV. After watching the Puppy Bowl for a while, which ALSO included hamster pilots (!!!), we just started watching it. We took a break at 9pm for Downton Abbey, and then back to the game.

To be fair, the only reason my husband was interested was because he participated in a betting pool at work (which he actually won!). I had no excuse. We mostly commented on all of the unnecessary fighting/douchebaggery of the players and rating the commercials.

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Not Your Momma's Cookie

Like the Super Bowl, these muffins just kind of happened. I’ve been wanting to make something with my newly acquired poppy seeds from Penzey’s and lemon is great for brightening up those dreary winter days. The gorgeous damask cupcake liners are from Bakers’ Stock!

5.0 from 3 reviews

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon powdered lemon peel, optional
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • The zest of two lemons, finely grated
  • Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teapsoon lemon peel (can substitute 1 teaspoon lemon zest instead)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and powdered lemon peel (if using). Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together the sugar, milk, eggs, butter, poppy seeds, and lemon zest until well-combined. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix gently until just combined.
  4. Scoop into muffin cups. Makes approximately 18 muffins.
  5. Bake for 19-22 minutes or until knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Glaze: Whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon peel, and milk. Add more or less milk to reach desired consistently. Drizzle onto the tops of the muffins.
Cake recipe adapted from Saveur

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1 The Bearfoot Baker February 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

I totally think they should have a Hamster Bowl! Hahahahha! You are so funny and these muffins look divine! The dripping icing……need I say more?


2 Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Thanks, Lisa! I would absolutely watch a Hamster Bowl. Actually, I think I would watch any “cute, furry animal” Bowl :)


3 Julia {The Roasted Root} February 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl but I made sure I ate pizza and drank beer as though I was watching it ;) LOVE lemon poppymseed muffins and yours look terrrriffic! The glaze gives great bonus points!


4 Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thanks, Julia! It is perfectly acceptable to enjoy Super Bowl food without actually watching the Super Bowl ;)


5 Amanda February 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

I LOVE lemon poppy seed baked good and haven’t made any muffins in a while. These look fantastic, especially with that glaze. These might have to be made soon!


6 Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Thanks, Amanda! They are definitely not the same without the glaze!


7 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings February 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

these look great! Superbowl– commercials were ehh….but the halftime show was great. Yay to a Destiny’s Child reunion :)


8 Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I totally agree – commercials weren’t so great, but I liked the half-time show. I told my husband that she better do “Single Ladies”…and she did, WITH Destiny’s Child. So, that was awesome :)


9 Paula February 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

My husband is a big football fan so I kinda watched the Superbowl with him. Was not impressed with the halftime show but really impressed with these muffins!


10 Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Thanks, Paula!


11 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Yum! I am a huge muffin fan, and these look perfect! We had a party for the Super Bowl, so it was on at our house. But I didn’t really watch much of it. It was more of an excuse to hang out with friends :)


12 Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Thanks, Erin! That seems like a common theme with Super Bowl parties…sometimes it’s less about the game, and more about the company…and food! :)


13 The Partiologist February 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I watched the game too but I didn’t have a choice – I live with a football fanatic! I would make the choice of eating those lemon poppyseed cupcakes – one of my favorites!!


14 Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thanks, Kim!


15 Hani@haniela's February 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

Lemon and Poppy seeds, love those 2 together.
I grew up on poppy seeds and the glaze… ooh that glaze yum.
you are too funny :-)


16 Jennifer February 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

Thanks, Hani! :)


17 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

Haha love that you watched the Super Bowl. I think I caught like 30 seconds of it.

Oh and these muffins – man, oh man, wish I was having a couple of these for breakfast!


18 Jennifer February 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

I know – I couldn’t believe it. I think the extended Downton Abbey break made it a bearable experience ;)


19 Mike @ Semi Sweet February 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

I missed this yesterday! I thought Monday after the Superbowl would equate to a slow day at work. I was wrong. :) Love these muffins though! Muffins kind of just happen at my house too.

Random question– Are you planning on going to CookieCon 2014?


20 Jennifer February 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thanks, Mike!

I definitely want to go to Cookie Con! I just saw that they released the date. I hope I can go this time :) Are you planning on going? It’s not quite as far of a trek for the West Coasters :)


21 Mike @ Semi Sweet February 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Yes! I’m determined to make it to the next one. It looks like I missed out on a lot of the fun at last year’s. I’m crossing my fingers no surprising conflict pops up a year from now. I hope to see you there!


22 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel February 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

First, I LOVE your damask liners. So stinkin’ cute.
Second, I adore lemon poppyseed muffins. The lemonier, the better. Also, I learned from Elaine on Seinfeld to never eat poppyseeds before a job interview. :)
Third, waaaaah the Superbowl is only good for the food–not even the commercials anymore! And at least you guys had muffins to nosh on. YUM!


23 Jennifer February 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Haha – I actually asked my husband about it, since they occasionally do drug testing at his work, and he said that they actually raised the acceptable levels for opiates just because of poppy seeds! Such trouble for a fancy, little seed :)


24 Britt February 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Lemon poppy seed is the best. These look scrumptious. I was the exact opposite- I watched the Superbowl and checked in a couple times on the Puppy Bowl. I even caught the end of the kitten half-time show!! So cute!


25 Jennifer February 6, 2013 at 8:03 am

Thanks, Britt! The Puppy Bowl was pretty darn cute :)


26 Sue {munchkin munchies} February 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I watched the Super Bowl too (on purpose:)), mostly because we like the Niners and my son-in-law loves football! What we didn’t like was all the hype, and Beyonce…not a family oriented performance.
I do love poppy muffins though! The glaze looks like the perfect touch!


27 Jennifer February 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

Thanks, Sue! I thought the half-time show was pretty good, but I can definitely see how it wouldn’t be appropriate for all members of the family!


28 Carrie@BakeNoPrisoners February 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

These look so wonderful!! I totally have no interest in any sports involving a ball, but I totally made sure to check out the hedgehog cheerleaders!!


29 Jennifer February 6, 2013 at 8:03 am

Haha – awesome! :)


30 Elizabeth February 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

I love your addition of poppy seeds to these muffins + the drizzle of the glaze!


31 Jennifer February 6, 2013 at 8:03 am

Thanks, Elizabeth! :)


32 sandra February 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

great recipe, I´ve made them yesterday and luv them!!! thanks!!!


33 Jennifer February 7, 2013 at 8:26 am

Awesome! I’m so glad you liked them, Sandra :) Thanks for letting me know!


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