Blueberry Meyer Lemon Muffins

by Heather on January 13, 2012


Meyer lemons.  I really hate to admit this but…I’m a little terrified of them.  Still.  Even after making a mind-blowing muffin with them, even after Nate ate every single one and talked about how delicious they were, even after….even after everything I’ve been through with them.


Have I mentioned I’m a little wary of change things that are new?


Bet you couldn’t tell that anyway, right?





The reality is that Meyer lemons are kind of amazing, despite my ridiculous fear of the unknown.  They’re a cross between a lemon and an orange and have this incredibly lemony-citrus smell.  Think lemon, but 20x stronger.  And 20x more flavor.


Pair that with blueberry muffins that would make Martha Stewart sing praises and we’ve got ourselves a big fat muffiny winner.


What’s that?  Muffiny isn’t a word?  Well, methinks you should embrace the change :)


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • zest of 2 Meyer lemons
  • 1/4 cup juice from Meyer lemons
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a muffin pan or line with muffin cups.  In a large bowl combine the sugar, sour cream, yogurt, egg, oil, and lemon juice.  Add the dry ingredients and gently stir till just combined.  Fold in the zest and the blueberries.  Scoop into a standard muffin pan, about 1/4 cup of batter per muffin cup.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  Devour warm with a little butter or at room temperature.

Embrace the change people!


***Edited to say: After reading your comments about the muffins not rising and browning correctly I did some research and have adjusted the recipe as needed.  Sorry for the confusion – apparently pregnancy brain means I forgot to write down all of the ingredients!  Thanks for your patience!***

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free January 13, 2012

They sure look gorgeous!

I’ve never had a meyer lemon…are they too sour to eat plain, or can you eat them because they have the added orange in there?


2 Heather January 14, 2012

i wouldn’t eat them plain just because of the lemon part being tart, but you never know til you try!


3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 13, 2012

These muffins seriously rock my world. Yum!


4 Amy January 13, 2012

I have a bunch right now and have been trying to decide what to use them for. I have a few ideas but they’re so pretty and fresh and a bit of summer. I’m thinking some muffins will go on that meyer lemon list too.


5 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 13, 2012

I’ve NEVER been able to find Meyer lemons!! Drives me crazy!!


6 Lisa January 1, 2013

They’re seasonal. Got some this week at a Whole Foods market but they also have them at loads of farm stands and sometimes even at local grocery stores (chains). Have also bought them at Trader Joe’s if you have one. Often sold in net or plastic bags. In season now through about March.


7 Blog is the New Black January 13, 2012

Breakfast?! Looks great, Heather!


8 kelley {mountain mama cooks} January 13, 2012

Meyer lemons are so lovely in just about every way. I would easily gobble up a few of these with my morning coffee!


9 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 13, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous photos – I’m such a lame foodie for never hearing of Meyer lemons before the blog world!


10 Erin January 13, 2012

Thankyou for answering my question as to what on earth makes a meyer lemon different from a lemon. I am not sure if I have ever seen one, are they common in grocery stores? Or is it something I’d get from Fresh Market/Whole Foods? I’d love to find them and make these muffins!


11 Heather January 14, 2012

i think depending on where you live you might have a better chance of finding them at Whole Foods/Central Market/Fresh Market, but right now my local walmart has bags of them!


12 Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 13, 2012

Oh gosh Heather these sound amazing! Printed and making this weekend!


13 Urban Wife January 13, 2012

Meyers lemons are awesome! Our local grocery store (Publix) carries them in case anyone else is wondering where to find them.


14 Heather January 14, 2012

right now my local walmart has them as well, by the bag-full!


15 PB&Jenny January 13, 2012

Hi Heather! I just discovered your blog. It rocks :) Can’t wait to continue reading. Your photography is incredible!


16 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic January 13, 2012

Love blueberry and lemon together! This makes me think of summer :)


17 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables January 13, 2012

lemon and blueberry is such an amazing combination that I recently discovered. I can’t wait to try these!


18 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 13, 2012

I’ve never heard of a myer lemon fear. that is hilarious. My nanny has a tree, so I love them more than regular lemons. regular lemons seem fake to me. lol.


19 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 13, 2012

OH MAN! These look awesome!


20 Lindsay @ FuelMyFamily January 13, 2012

Ooo these might be my afternoon snack!


21 Deanna B. January 13, 2012

Growing up, the only lemons I ever ate were Meyer Lemons. We used to have a giant tree that produced close to year round right outside the kitchen door. When they get really ripe, meyer lemons actually look exactly like an orange. I never realized why people flipped out over Meyer lemons until we had to cut the tree down and I realized that our tree was not a standard lemon. Thank goodness we have replanted the tree and its currently covered in almost ripe fruit.


22 Heather January 14, 2012

wow, lucky!


23 janetha January 13, 2012

Blueberry and lemon are like peanut butter and jelly! Match made in heaven.


24 Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen January 13, 2012

I’m telling you, blueberry always has a way to a man’s heart. I don’t know why, they just do….


25 Krystina (Organically Me) January 13, 2012

Oh man, they’re totally filled with blueberries. I want!


26 Robin Sue January 14, 2012

Lemon and blueberry is a favorate flavor combination of mine. It is hard to get the meyer lemons here. Maybe Trader Joe’s may have a few? Now I know I have something to hunt for.


27 Julie @Savvy Eats January 14, 2012

Lovvvvve baking with Meyer lemons!


28 Emily @LivingLongfellow January 14, 2012

I’ve never heard of a Meyer’s Lemon before. Cool tip. Those muffins look like the perfect breakfast for a Saturday morning :)


29 Amelia January 15, 2012

Lemon times twenty, that could be really scary. Let’s try this, happy baking!


30 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 16, 2012

You’ve got perfect timing, I just grabbed a few meyer lemons today and was looking for what to do with them,


31 Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook January 17, 2012

Mmmm these look great. I love muffins with a cup of tea for breakfast


32 Harry January 24, 2012

Is one-half a teaspoon of baking powder really the only leavening in these? As that’s the equivalent of roughly 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda, I can’t imagine these muffins would rise much, if at all. Given that this is a very acidic batter (yogurt, sour cream and Meyer lemon juice), I’m surprised that the recipe as written doesn’t call for baking soda in place of or in addition to the modest amount of baking powder.


33 SBeezy February 12, 2012

I made these muffins today and like Harry said they didn’t rise and were very dense….is something missing from the recipe?? Mine don’t even look like the pictured ones!


34 Heather February 14, 2012

thanks for the heads up – i just got around to retesting last night and have updated the recipe accordingly!


35 Deb February 15, 2012

I’ve made these three times now and each time they’ve come out hard like racket balls! What am I doing wrong?


36 Heather February 15, 2012

i’m sorry deb…i updated the recipe today so it should be correct now!


37 Deb February 17, 2012

Thanks Heather! I’ll try them again this weekend.


38 Katie March 31, 2012

I made these except I didn’t have blueberries so I used Raspberries – amazing!! I also added a blob of cream cheese to the center before cooking and it was divine!!


39 Amy January 4, 2013

So, just to clarify, the recipe as it is written above is the modified one? I’m very excited to try these as I have some beautiful Meyer lemons waiting to be transformed into something delicious :)


40 Heather January 4, 2013

Correct, it is the modified version! I hope you love them!


41 Anne Marston January 9, 2013

Have a Meyer lemon tree but is still too small to produce a lot of lemons, but yesterday I hit the jackpot! Found 1 lb. bags of Meyer lemons at Walmart priced at $1.00 each!!! I asked the produce guy if the price was correct, and he said yes, they had just received a large load and he priced them to move. I moved 3 bags out with me and think I’ll go back tomorrow for some more. Freezing juice? Sounds good to me. Making your muffin recipe tomorrow. Mouth already watering. Thanks photos did it!!


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