Cafe Style Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Summer break as an adult with a handful of children is difficult work.  Just this week alone we’ve had playdates at friends house’s, gone swimming (4 times), bounced a morning away at Monkey Joes, ventured to the movies, treated ourselves to frozen yogurt, treated ourselves to dinner, and motored our way downtown for a morning at the Discovery Place (our resident science museum). The kids are having a summer break they won’t soon forget.  I,  on the other hand, need a well earned time out from all the fun.

Thank goodness for hot coffee and a muffin the size of my head.  These treasures have been making my mornings a whole lot better for the past few days.  Simply slice one in half, grab a large vessel of steaming hot caffeine and who knows where the day can take us?  I’ve conquered lemon poppy seed and my next challenge is obtaining blueberry perfection.  All I know is if I have one of these treats at my side, there’s nothing I can’t handle.

If you’re in search of summer break sustenance, then you’ll need to cream up a little sugar and butter and throw in a few goodies such as eggs, vanilla, and lemon in both the zest form and the juice form.

In a separate bowl you’ll mix up a few dry ingredients.  I won’t bore you with the “dry” details.  Eek.  That was bad.

Add dry to wet and mix it into beautiful harmony.

And to ensure an enticingly moist crumb, I like to portion in a little yogurt.

Stir it until just combined and then pour the gorgeous batter into gargantuan greased muffin tins.  Make note that this recipe will, of course, work just fine with regular muffin tins as well.  You’ll simply need to consume two muffins instead of one for the desired effect to take hold.  Not a difficult task for this muffin munching mommy.

Oh yea, I suppose I should mention that bonus I sprinkled on the top.  Believe me it’s worth it.  Think brown sugar, almonds, coconut, and cinnamon.  Aka, early morning turbo charge.

Slide them into the oven and behold your greatest breakfast creation to date.

With my muffin in one hand and my coffee in the other, I’m an unstoppable force.  Today it’s geocaching, next week gem mining, more swimming, cupcake making with the neighbors daughter, another playdate, biking at the park to let Nick practice his new found two wheeled skills and vacation bible school.  Who’s with me?  Maybe I better grab a second muffin for the road.

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Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Total Time: 1 hour


1 Stick Butter
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Almond Extract
1/2 Lemon, Zested
1 Lemon, Juiced
11/2 Cups Flour
1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 Cup Plain Yogurt

For the Streusel Topping:

11/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp Slivered Almonds
3 Tbsp Shredded Coconut
1/4 tsp Cinnamon


Cream together the butter with the two sugars.

Mix in the eggs, vanilla, almond extract, lemon zest and juice.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

Add it to the wet mixture and combine well.

Drop in the yogurt and stir until just combined.

In a small bowl, mix together the streusel topping ingredients; the brown sugar, almonds, coconut, and cinnamon.

Pour the batter into greased muffin tins and sprinkle with the streusel topping.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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27 Responses to “Cafe Style Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins”

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — July 15, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I remember these! Did you post this already, or maybe just a picture? Because this is dejavu for me, which basically means I should make them. Today. Now. Yummm!

    • Julie replied: — July 15th, 2011 @ 9:06 am

      Good memory! I posted a teaser pic up on the facebook page a week or two ago. I loved the picture so I had to share. The muffins aren’t half bad either. :)

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    Mari's Cakes — July 15, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    Another to add to my collection. Looks delicious Julie, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend :)

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    Melissa R — July 15, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    I agree with Mari… looks delicious!! : )

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    Faith — July 15, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Those muffins are to die for. Love how moist they look. A great treat for all times.

    Have a great week end.

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    Jenna — July 15, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Wow, your summer schedule of entertaining the kiddos sounds exhausting! You should definitely take a break when school starts back up. =) The muffins look awesome, and I love how you add yogurt to ensure moisture. And the almond/coconut topping? Oh yes.

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    Christina — July 15, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    I love lemon poppy seed muffins. Yours look beautifuL!

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    anne — July 15, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    I know I would love this–poppyseeds are my favorite!! thanks for the share, anne

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    Laura in Cancun — July 15, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    My mom used to make these (but smaller). Ah, the memories!

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    Ameena — July 15, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    I try to stay away from gluten as much as possible but muffins…I find them nearly impossible to resist.

    I totally get you on the summer thing – my gosh it’s hard to entertain the kids full-time isn’t it? And I only have one kid so I can only imagine your predicament.

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    Maria — July 15, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    I love lemon muffins. These look perfect!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — July 15, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    What pretty muffins. This is definitely a great mommy reward at back-to-school time. We’ve had such fun, but I totally know the feeling. :)

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    Rita — July 16, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    What a Perfect photo; I can almost taste the lemony goodness,

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    Georgia Pellegrini — July 16, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    These look so wonderfully light and fluffy. I perfect summer breakfast muffin!

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    Shelby — July 16, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Gorgeous muffin and I’m sure it taste fab too!

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    Chef Dennis — July 16, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    when did muffins get so big? I guess we can thank starbucks for that. But your right a steaming cup of good coffee and a muffin and your set for the day! Your muffins looks delicious especially with that added topping, I can just imagine them warm from the oven!
    That is a great picture!

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    Monet — July 17, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    These look even better than what I could find at a cafe! Just lovely. And I love the almonds you sprinkled on top. What a nice touch! Thank you for sharing another beautiful recipe. I hope you had a lovely weekend, and I hope you have an even lovelier week. Many blessings and much love…

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    Anna — July 18, 2011 @ 1:20 am

    Oh yeah… Yummo. I’m craving muffins, and your perfectly presented muffins are just the recipe to settle the craving. Thanks lovely. Can’t wait to try. :)

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — July 20, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    These look beyonnddd perfect, like seriously the most beautiful summery muffins ever! Maybe im biased because I cannot ever get enough citrus in my life to satisfy me, but these really do look delightful :)

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    grace — July 21, 2011 @ 3:48 am

    them’s some big, honkin’ muffins, julie! i especially like the sliced almonds–nice crunch up top!

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    Roxana GreenGirl — July 21, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    sounds like your day is jam pack. I’m happy tho you found the time to make these delicious muffins and shared them with us!
    I love them, especially the coconut-almond topping. With one of this in my hand, definitely the days seems brighter :)
    Thanks for sharing Julie

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    Juliana — July 26, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    I love lemon/poppy seed muffins but never got around to make them…yours look delicious, light and fluffy. Would love to have one right now…even after a big lunch :-)
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Julie!

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    Maranda — July 26, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    I love muffins the size of my head!!! A friend of mine gave me some poppyseeds that I haven’t known what to do with…I think we may have a winner here!

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    melissa@the hungry artist — July 29, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    Ooooooh! These look SO good. I have not had a poppy seed muffin in ages. The topping you put on looks SO amazing. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe. :)

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    Matthew "mmWine" Horbund — August 9, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Looks fabulous. I love poppy muffins, but never have made them!

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    Juliana — January 15, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

    Julie, these muffins look fabulous…I just can image how they taste…with a cup of coffee…yum!
    Have a great week :)

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