Orange Glazed Mini Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe


For the muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the orange glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon orange zest for extra zestiness

Equipment and Utensils

  • Oven
  • Mini muffin tins (2)
  • Mini muffin liners
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Toothpick or cake tester
  • Small saucepan
  • Cooling rack


1. Make the muffins

  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line your mini muffin tins with paper liners.
  • Combine dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poppy seeds, and orange zest.
  • Mix wet ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Combine batter: Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently with a rubber spatula until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Fill muffin tins: Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full.
  • Bake: Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool: Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

2. Make the glaze

  • Whisk ingredients: In a small saucepan, whisk together powdered sugar, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Start with 3 tablespoons of juice and add the 4th if needed for desired consistency.
  • Heat (optional): For a smoother, more pourable glaze, heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.
  • Cool slightly: Let the glaze cool for a few minutes to thicken slightly before using.

3. Glaze the muffins

  • Coat muffins: Dip the top of each cooled muffin into the glaze, or drizzle the glaze over the muffins using a spoon. If desired, sprinkle with extra orange zest.
  • Set the glaze: Place glazed muffins on a wire rack to allow the glaze to set.


Fresh citrus: Using fresh orange juice and zest gives the best flavor.

Avoid overmixing: Overmixing can make the muffins tough.

Room temperature ingredients: Using room temperature ingredients helps with better batter consistency.

Adjust glaze consistency: Play around with the amount of orange juice to achieve your desired glaze thickness.


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