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Orange Muffins

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These fresh orange muffins taste like ray of sunshine! Light and airy, these tall bakery-style confections boast delicate crisp crowns and tender fluffy middles. Drizzle them with a fruity orange muffin glaze, or give the tops a light sprinkle of sparkling sugar or powdered sugar. So delicious.

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Orange muffins sprinkled with powdered sugar next to fresh oranges and bottles of milk.

BEST ORANGE MUFFIN RECIPE

This orange muffin recipe was first published in 2017.

In 2022, after being wowed by fresh orange muffins from a high-end bakery, I was inspired to rework my original recipe to elevate the taste and texture. [Note: The original “orange muffin glaze” recipe remains unchanged.]

During recipe development, I collaborated with a professional baker who was willing to share industry secrets and expert tips. It’s how I was able to achieve the BEST orange muffin recipe to share with you here.

Now, in your very own kitchen, you can whip up a batch of glorious orange muffins that taste just like those from a high-end bakery. You’ll be delighted by their high domes, crispy tops and moist interiors.

A bite taken out of a fresh orange muffin with glaze.

Additional updates to this post include fresh photography, expert tips, and a helpful user-friendly format.

Drizzle the domed tops with orange muffin glaze or a sprinkling of powdered sugar. To further enhance the citrus flavor, and for bright tantalizing color, sprinkle the muffins with orange zest. Just like you’d sprinkle confetti.

Fresh orange muffins are perfect for breakfast, mid-day snacking, Sunday brunch, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s day. When presented in a simple bakery box, they make a thoughtful hostess gift. As an extra touch, include a recipe card with the ingredients and directions.

Two fresh orange muffins on a wooden board.

INGREDIENTS

Orange Muffins

  • Granulated Sugar: Aerates the batter for light tender crumbs, while providing the orange muffins with the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • Butter: Adds delicious richness, and savory flavor, to the recipe.
  • Vegetable Oil: Adds moisture to the batter. It also slows down gluten formation, which helps keep the muffins tender and moist with a fluffy texture.
  • Large Eggs: Bind the ingredients together.
  • Whole Milk: Adds moisture while giving the muffin batter a creamy texture. If desired, you can use 2% milk instead. (Unsweetened almond milk and soy milk are good substitutes as well.)
  • Freshly-squeezed Orange Juice: Add fresh orange flavor and moisture to the muffins.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavor and sweetness of the recipe. My preference is Mexican vanilla extract because of its luxurious taste and sweet buttery aroma.
  • All-purpose Flour: Is an essential ingredient for this recipe. It builds structure. Be sure to measure your flour carefully, as excess flour can make the muffins dry and dense.
  • Baking Powder: Is a rising agent. During baking it forms gas bubbles that get trapped in the muffin batter. These bubbles are the air spaces that make muffins light and fluffy.
  • Sea Salt: Balances the sweetness in the batter while enhancing the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Orange Zest: Enhances the orange flavor.
Ingredients for fresh Orange Muffins.

ORANGE MUFFIN GLAZE

  • Powdered Sugar: These fine sugar crystals dissolve quickly without being heated, so the icing is smooth and creamy.
  • Cream Cheese: Adds creaminess, richness and tang to the orange muffin glaze. It makes the frosting irresistible.
  • Orange Juice: Adds a bright citrus flavor to the icing while balancing out the sweetness of the powdered sugar.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Fine Salt: Just a pinch is needed to tamp down sweetness.
  • Orange Zest: Adds additional orange flavor.
Fresh orange muffins with glaze sprinkled with orange zest.

RECIPE STEPS:

ORANGE MUFFINS

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray down the wells of a muffin pan AND the top flat surface of the pan with non-stick baking spray.

  • STEP 1: In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter and oil.
  • STEP 2: Add eggs, milk, orange juice, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • STEP 3: In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, sea salt, and orange zest.
  • STEP 4: Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Fold them together until just combined. The batter will be thick, and there may be some lumps, but that’s okay. Do not over-mix the batter!
How to make the batter for easy orange muffin recipe in 4 simple steps.
  • STEP 5: With a metal scoop, divide the batter between the wells of the prepared pan. Fill each well all the way to the top! We want tall bakery-style muffins with sky-high domes. If you won’t be glazing the muffins after baking, sprinkle the muffin tops with white (coarse) sparkling sugar. Or after baking, you can sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
A 12-well muffin pan filled with fresh orange muffin batter.
  • STEP 6: Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F, then reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of 2 muffins comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Do not over-bake or the muffins will be dry. Let them cool in the pan 5 minutes, then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
One dozen fresh orange muffins cooling on a wire rack.

ORANGE MUFFIN GLAZE

  • STEP 1: Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a medium bowl and an electric mixer): powdered sugar, cream cheese, orange juice, vanilla extract, pinch of salt. Beat until smooth.
  • STEP 2: Drizzle orange muffin glaze over the top of the muffins. If serving immediately, garnish with a sprinkling of fresh orange zest. If serving the muffins later, skip the zest as it dries out quickly.
Drizzling orange muffins with glaze while they're cooling on a metal rack.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions when making orange muffins, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

HOW TO MAKE LIGHT, FLUFFY, TENDER MUFFINS?

Use both butter and oil. Butter adds rich savory flavor, while oil adds moistness for tender muffins. Use room temperature eggs for a smooth batter that can better rise and expand in the oven for light fluffy muffins. And don’t over-mix the batter. Fold wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Small lumps in the batter are okay. Bake muffins for 20 minutes max.

HOW TO MAKE MUFFIN REMOVAL FROM THE PAN EASIER?

Lightly spray the flat surface of the muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then spray down the wells of the pan OR line the wells with parchment paper liners. This will help with muffin removal from the pan so they’ll slide straight out without tearing.

HOW TO MAKE MINI ORANGE MUFFINS?

Use a mini muffin tin. Bake the batter for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of 2 muffins comes out clean.

ORANGE MUFFIN RECIPE VARIATIONS?

The taste of orange goes well with fresh blueberries, cranberries (fresh or dried), shredded coconut, macadamia nuts, and dark chocolate. Or try adding lime zest to the batter (along with the orange zest), and sprinkle it on top of the baked muffins too.

Bite taken out of a fresh orange muffin.

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Friends in Mexico are always requesting these scrumptious orange muffins when we get together down at the beach. My California family loves this recipe too! I’m making a double batch of these for our brunch next week.

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Bite taken out of a fresh orange muffin.

Orange Muffins


Description

These fresh orange muffins boast a delightful citrus flavor. They’re fluffy and tender with sky-high domes. Ice them with orange muffin glaze, or sprinkle the tops with sparkling sugar or powdered sugar.


Ingredients

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ORANGE MUFFINS

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • OPTIONAL: White (coarse) sparkling sugar or powdered sugar

ORANGE MUFFIN GLAZE – OPTIONAL

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

Instructions

ORANGE MUFFINS

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray down the wells of a muffin pan AND the top flat surface of the pan with non-stick baking spray.

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter and oil. Add eggs, milk, orange juice, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sea salt, and orange zest. 
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Fold them together until just combined. The batter will be thick, and there may be some lumps, but that’s okay. Do not over-mix the batter!
  4. With a metal scoop, divide batter between the wells of the prepared pan. Fill each well all the way to the top! We want tall bakery-style muffins with sky-high domes. If you won’t be glazing the muffins after baking, sprinkle the tops with white sparkling sugar. (Or after baking, sprinkle with powdered sugar.)
  5. Bake 5 minutes at 425°F, then reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of 2 muffins comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Do not over-bake or the muffins will be dry. Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.

ORANGE MUFFIN GLAZE – OPTIONAL

  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a medium bowl with an electric mixer): powdered sugar, cream cheese, orange juice, vanilla extract, pinch of salt. Beat until smooth.
  2. Drizzle orange muffin glaze over the top of the muffins. If serving immediately, garnish with a sprinkling of fresh orange zest. If serving the muffins later, skip the zest as it dries out quickly.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Orange Muffins, Fresh Orange Muffins, Orange Muffins with Glaze, Orange Muffin Recipe

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What do you think about these fresh orange muffins with glaze? Will you serve them for breakfast or enjoy them as a mid-day snack? Share your thoughts on this bakery-style recipe in the comments below.

31 thoughts on “Orange Muffins”

  1. My 18 month old (and my husband) love EVERYTHING citrus. I will totally be trying these! I’m sure they will be a hit in my family!

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  2. I just love orange muffins, especially those that incorporate orange zest. Not only is the recipe amazing, so are your pictures. Such a beautiful presentation. Cheers!!

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  3. I am baking too. I’d love to try this too so I will save and reserve this for my next baking session. Yay! Excited to finally make my own version of this. Hopefully I can successfully do this.

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  4. My hubby likes citrusy flavored dessert. This looks so yummy and easy to make. I appreciate easy recipes to follow and this one is right up my alley. I’m going to try making this.

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    • Nefeli, I’m so happy you discovered this delicious recipe for Orange Muffins here on my blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. :-)

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  5. My husband LOVES citrus and always brings home flats once it gets to citrus season. I enjoy them but my teeth don’t like plain citrus; I’ll definitely have to test this recipe!

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