My mother was an old-fashioned cook. She carried around a Betty Crocker cookbook, full of every kind of recipe from muffin to meatloaf. I couldn’t have been happier when, out of her three kids, I scored that prize.
While today I cook many “modern” dishes, sometimes you can’t beat the classics. This muffin is always a favorite with it’s flavorful blueberries and light sweetness. So I decided to update my 2011 post for today’s cookbook roundup!
What Makes This a Winner
- Great Classic Flavor – I don’t know what it is about older recipes but they always taste like comfort food to me. I’d say it’s nostalgia but my Gen Z daughter got wide-eyed and happy just like me, when I took these out of the oven!
- Quick & Easy – This can be made in one bowl, and mixed and baked in just over a half hour!
- No Special Ingredients – Except for the blueberries (which you can “stock” in your freezer), you’re likely to have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already. No grocery runs for buttermilk or sour cream!
Step by Step Directions
Add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder to the same bowl, then gently stir the dry ingredients together. When roughly combined, stir into the milk mixture. Mixture should be thick (scoopable, not pourable) but if it is very dry, add some extra milk.
In a muffin pan that is greased, or lined with disposable muffin cup liners, divide the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups. The highest point may reach to the top but because the batter is thick, they won’t fill in to to the sides until they cook (so they are effectively the usual 3/4 full).
How to Serve
For an easy breakfast, Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins are lovely just served with a glass of milk. And if you are thinking of something more formal, like a special breakfast or brunch, serving up a basket of these muffins would add a touch of elegance.
Muffins can also make an nice side dish with lunch or dinner, especially if you are doing something festive like a baby or bridal shower. Or add them to an artisan bread basked for a formal dinner party.
Betty Crocker called the base recipe (sans blueberries) a sweet muffin and offered up a whole variety of options to consider. So feel free to shake things up according to your tastes.
Instead of blueberries, you could use other fruits or even chocolate chips. Now if you do use another fruit, pay attention to size and chop first if the fruit is large (e.g. strawberries). And even though fresh cranberries are small, I’d chop these to distribute the tartness.
How to Make this as a Sweet Bread
While I’ve never tried making this recipe as a bread, I switch up muffin recipes and sweet bread recipes all the time. Basically 12 muffins = 1 loaf, though oven temperature and cooking times change.
Since this recipe doesn’t produce towering muffins, I’d go with a 8 ½ x 4 ½ pan rather than 9 x 5 if you can. You should also lower the heat to 350 and cook for about 50-60 minutes. Be sure to carefully check for doneness with a toothpick and cook longer if needed, since sweet breads are harder to get reliably cooked through.
For more on this check out King Arthur’s tips.
Tips & FAQs
Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins are pretty foolproof! That said I tend to mix them by hand. Overworking muffins can develop the gluten in the flour and make them a little tougher. And since you mix them so little, it’s even easier than cleaning a mixer!
The original recipe calls for all-purpose flour and you can use that if you prefer. I like to up the health value slightly by using half whole grain flour like white whole wheat flour.
Can I use a non-dairy milk? I haven’t personally tried a non-dairy milk but I have successfully used every dairy milk from skim to whole. So I’m confident it non-dairy would work fine.
Can I substitute applesauce for the butter or oil? This is something I don’t recommend. ¼ cup of fat is really the minimum for a moist muffin that doesn’t stale almost immediately. Divided by 12 muffins, it’s only 1 teaspoon each, so it won’t break the calorie bank in any case.
Can I freeze these? Wrapped airtight, these muffins will freeze well. And while I try to bake the day of for a special event, I wouldn’t hesitate to bake the day before if need be. Any leftovers should last a few days if kept covered.
And for more fun check out these other tasty recipes!
National Cookbook Month
- Betty Crocker Blueberrry Muffins by Art of Natural Liviing
- BBQ Chicken Tortilla Wraps by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting by An Affair from the Heart
- Chickpea Tortilla Soup by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Chocolate Crepes by That Recipe
- Joanna Gaines Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jen Around the World
- French Classics Made Easy: Savory Stuffed Crepes by Our Good Life
- German Chocolate Cookies by Blogghetti
- Helga’s Meatballs by Palatable Pastime
- Lima Beans with Bacon and Mustard by Food Lust People Love
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins by Family Around the Table
- Vegan Green Loobia Polo by Magical Ingredients
- Wild Rice and Onion Bread by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Classic Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins
- 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour may sub unbleached
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk plus up to an extra 2 Tablespoons if needed
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter melted, or oil
- 1 cup blueberries or a bit more
- Preheat the oven to 400 F
- Beat egg with a whisk, then combine with 1/2 cup milk. While whisking, add melted butter or oil to egg/milk mixture
- In the same bowl, gently mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients and add additional milk if needed (mixture should be thick but not dry).
- Gently fold in the blueberries.
- Divide evenly between 12 muffin cups.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until muffins are a rich gold color and an toothpick comes out clean.
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