Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins
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Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins (potluck-sized)

If you need to make a lot of delicious lemony mini muffins, this is the recipe for you! This recipe makes about 113 little muffins. The use of two mini muffin pans that fit side-by-side in the oven is essential here, or you'll be baking these muffins until the end of time.
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: lemon, mini muffin, sour cream
Author: Beth Cato


Crumb topping:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, melted

Mini muffins:

  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounce sour cream 2 cups
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Prepare two mini muffin pans with a heavy dose of nonstick spray.
  • Combine the topping ingredients with a fork. Set aside.
  • In a very large bowl, mix the eggs until they are thick and frothy. Add the sugar and oil, and beat until they become creamy. Add the lemon zest and juice, both extracts, baking soda, and salt.
  • At this point, if you are using an electric mixer, you likely need to switch to a big spoon because of the sheer amounts involved. Add the sour cream and flour, pouring in small increments of each to gradually combine everything. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl. The batter might be somewhat lumpy.
  • Use a teaspoon scoop to add batter to each muffin cup. Do NOT fill over 3/4 of each cup--these will grow in the oven! Use a spoon to add crumb topping to the tops.
  • Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, until muffins in the middle pass the toothpick test. Let them cool about 10 minutes, then use something like a chopstick to pry out each muffin to set on a cooling rack.
  • Heavily apply nonstick spray to both pans again, then repeat the process. Using two pans, this will take three batches to bake.
  • Store muffins in airtight containers at room temperature. They can also be frozen for weeks.