Blueberry Muffins with Raspberry Jam Swirls


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 How many blueberry muffin recipes does the world need?

Apparently one more because these are my new favorite blueberry muffins.

Blueberry Muffins with Raspberry Jam Swirls stacked

Big, bakery-style, fluffy muffins that are oozing with blueberries and swirls of raspberry jam in every bite.

Between the oodles of blueberries and dollops of jam, you’re getting a serving of fruit in each one of these light and tender babies.

Servings of fruit via muffins and jam. Rationalize much?

Blueberry Muffins with Raspberry Jam Swirls

I wanted big, domed, puffy, bakery-style muffins, and the only way to create those is by filling the muffin pan liners past where you think you should. Ignore the two-thirds full rule and go with three-quarters full, at least.

Just don’t go too far or the bottom of your oven will be wearing blueberries.

Blueberry Muffins with Raspberry Jam Swirls

I made one dozen muffins and had I had another muffin pan, probably should have made 14 muffins, but who wants to deal with two stray muffins. Plus, my oven here in Aruba has one rack and I have one muffin pan, so one dozen it was.

I did over-fill a few and a couple turned out more like mushrooms rather than muffins. The proverbial muffin top with plenty of overhang on the sides was in full force on a few but I love a good muffin top, so no problems there.

Blueberry Muffin with Raspberry Jam Swirls

This recipe is my new go-to recipe for blueberry muffins (or other berry-based muffins) because it made exceptional muffins, and exceptional muffin tops.

The muffins are soft, fluffy, tender, delicate and who can resist berry-packed and jam-filled bites.

The sweet perfume of blueberries and raspberries while these bake is scrumptious. I wish I could bottle that fragrance and wear it.

Blueberry Muffins with Raspberry Jam Swirls

I could, and did, go around happily picking off a few muffin tops.

I don’t think Scott and Skylar even know what a muffin top tastes like when I’m around, but what they don’t know doesn’t hurt them.

Blueberry Muffin with Raspberry Jam Swirls


Blueberry Muffins with Raspberry Jam Swirls

Makes 12 to 14 large bakery-style muffins

1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)

1 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon, for dusting

2 large eggs

1/2 cup cream or milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 to 2 cups blueberries (frozen preferred, fresh are okay)

1/4 cup raspberry jam or preserves

Preheat oven to 350F, line a 12-count muffin pan with liners; set aside. To the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, 1 cup sugar and beat on medium-high to high speed for 2 to 3 minutes to cream ingredients, or until light and fluffy, stopping at least once to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs, cream, vanilla, and beat for 2 minutes, or until mixed and smooth; stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and mix until just combined; do not overmix or muffins will be tough. Add blueberries (I used 2 cups but if you want to keep this recipe at strictly 1 dozen, use 1 3/4 cup) and fold in by hand (I prefer frozen blueberries – do not thaw them – simply add them frozen; this prevents batter from turning blue). Add the jam and stir very slightly to incorporate, leaving swirls in the batter.

Distribute batter equally among muffin cups, filling each about three-quarters full; don’t be scared of overfilling because this is what creates big, domed, bakery-style muffins. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over the tops of the muffins, distributed evenly among the dozen. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes, or until tops are set and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before removing them. Serve immediately. Muffins will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Optionally, after muffins have cooled and before serving, glaze with a simple confectioners’ sugar and cream or milk glaze. Mix about 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons cream and whisk until smooth and desired consistency is reached.


Blueberry Muffins with Raspberry Jam Swirls

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  1. I thank you so much!!! These are the first muffins I love, , just made them for my husbands birthday and they are woooow! Better than Starbucks or anything. This recipe is unique!

    Rating: 5
  2. Hi! I’m thinking of making this but i do not have raspberry jam on hand. Is it okay if i omit the jam? Will it affect the moistness and softness of the muffins?

    1. Yes, it probably will, plus you’ll be missing some sweetness. I would make these when you have some sort of jam or jelly to include.

  3. Oh my my my. Even with a lousy oven like mine this recipe came out stupendously spectacular.Starting my second batch now.

    1. You know what’s funny, I made these muffins at a vacation home that’s not my main oven and my oven runs hot, uneven, and temperamental. I HATED that I chose to bake muffins in it (bars & brownies, okay but muffins are less forgiving) – anyway so when I read your comment about the oven, that makes two of us! :) Glad you love ’em & are starting a 2nd batch!

  4. My muffins are in the oven, wish I’d read comments prior to putting the batter together for I was shocked that the batter is super thick ( wish I’d added a dollop of yogurt but thought about it too late). My oven is on the fritz (boo) so I’m worried! Someday we will be able to get a new oven but maybe I should pick up a temperature gage in the meantime. I’ll report back post tasting.

  5. I love your recipes, Averie. I made this muffin recipe for my boyfriend (he’s been buying muffins at the coffee shop every morning and I told him to save money he should let me bake for him instead because I love baking but don’t want to eat all of the product!). The recipe turned out great – super moist and delicious! I wish I’d baked them at a slightly higher temp to get a crispier outside with the interior still moist and delicious… I’m not used to my oven yet and I think it runs on the cool side. Oh, also, I subbed 1/3 of the butter out for coconut oil, used nonfat milk, and instead of raspberry jam I used a nice ripe peach because that’s what I had on hand. The batter was so tasty, it was almost addictive. And I usually like to savor my treats, but when I ate one of the muffins, I just devoured it in about 15 seconds. Yikes! That’s good stuff! My boyfriend is thoroughly enjoying them as well and refers to them as “slammin’.” :)

    1. So glad you enjoyed these! If you swapped out butter and added oil, that’s one reason the outside won’t get as crispy. It’s a scientific impossibility – so use oil if you want soft, use butter if you want a little more crispiness. That holds true for all cakes, muffins, etc. I love that your boyf called them slammin’ and that you inhaled in 15 secs. Awesome :)

  6. These are perfect! I used buttermilk instead of milk or cream b/c I needed to use it up. I turned the oven down to 325 during the last 5 minutes. They are super duper good. And at around 200 calories a muffin, they are worth it. Of course I had two though. :) Loved them. My daughter said they were the best she’s ever had.

    1. I love that you used buttermilk and I made these while I was traveling and didn’t have any (and didn’t think to make some with a splash of vinegar into milk) and I bet they were super good and tender with the buttermilk! And good call on turning oven down in last 5 mins. They can tend to get just a touch extra golden, so good thinking! Thanks for the report & glad you had two :)

  7. These looked so good, they’re in the oven now! Can’t wait to taste! But, the batter was really thick, I had a hard time stirring it. I didn’t have a stand mixer so I had to use the old hand blender for the first couple of steps. I used a wooden spoon to stir the dry ingredients and blueberries, but it was still super thick. I added some extra cream to thin it out a bit. We’ll see what happens. Just wondering if this was normal? Thanks very much, and I’m still optimistic! I’ll repost once they’re done!

    1. Honestly no, I don’t remember the batter being unreasonably thick. The post is 6 mos old now and I havent remade them exactly like that, to the letter, since that post. But I mean it was thick-ish but within the realm of normal. Plus when you put that jelly in, it’s going to thin out the batter. Good call on adding more liquid if you felt like it needed it and blueberries have lots of moisture they’ll leach while baking…so I think you should be fine…I mean 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 stick of butter and 2 c of flour. That’s pretty standard muffin making and I had a few readers who made these and loved them and wrote to me…but LMK!

      1. Thanks for the reply, I wanted to let you know they turned out perfect!! Very moist and delicious! My new go-to muffins!

      2. I had a feeling they were going to turn out just fine…and now, they’re your new go-to muffins….Well that’s wonderful! Thanks for LMK!

  8. Just made these beautiful muffins today! They came out perfect! I did have to bake mine a little longer than the directions stated, about 30 min for mine. Not only are these muffins delicious they are so pretty! I’m taking these to work tomorrow and I hope that everyone enjoys them as much as I do. Definitely a recipe I’m going to keep handy. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Ovens are so variable, especially with the blueberries and the jam and how much moisture they each respectively contain which can effect baking times. And glad you baked them for the perfect length given your oven and ingredients and are so pleased with the results! Yay! You have lucky coworkers!

  9. holy wow. i just made these, and they are literally the best muffin that’s ever come out of my oven. thanks!

    1. Omg I LOVE feedback like this, thank you! Another friend/reader of mine emailed me the other day and said she made them for her kids and they were gone, pronto! Glad you loved them!

  10. The addition of raspberry jam swirl makes the good old blueberry muffins extraordinar! The tops look delicious! I have to try these….

  11. Wow– those look better than any muffin I’ve seen at our bakeries!! You’re quite the baker, girl! :-)

    1. girl that’s such high praise coming from you b/c you are SUCH a fab cook – so thank you :)

  12. These look so yummy and fresh and perfect for the little bit of spring we have left. I am sure my boys will be making a big huge mess with blueberry covered faces – but everyone loves blueberry faces ;-)

  13. I would actually prefer this muffin over fresh blueberries muffin because I love jams!! :) And my girls could have fun making the swirls! Thanks, Averie!

  14. WOW! These muffins are kind of ridiculous. And perfect! I love smearing raspberry jam on any muffin so this is my dream muffin!

  15. I love, love, love muffins and make them all the time on my blog. The addition of jam is total genius. And I always fill the tins to the top. The muffin tops are huge, but that’s how I love them. I make muffins a few times a month and have thankfully only had them bake over once,

  16. HUGE berry fan, I will be making these asap! Lemon-blueberry is one of my favorites, and I am game for anything raspberry :)

  17. I looooove making muffins. Unfortunately as a singleton I rarely make them. If I made them as often as I’d like I’d have a freezer full o’ extra muffins. Or a belly overly full of muffins…these look smashing. I love the raspberry addition.

  18. I’m not usually a muffin fan, but these look great! I’ve been dreaming up ideas for a lemon-blueberry something, and I bet lemon curd would be great in place of the raspberry here. I’ll take on e of each please! ;)

  19. Averie, your muffins looks soo good (are some of them without the top too?) :) I need some sweets in my days now when school started and I am suffering from having two hours less to sleep…:) I am sure one (or two) of those muffins with my favorite earl grey tea would pick me up in the morning…
    I’ve been doing a lot of savory muffins lately (, and some corn muffins. I think it’s time to advance to a big girl stuff: blueberry muffins! :) Love the addition of jam. Oh, yes, I forgot, I made an apple pie with raspberry jam today. Not for my blog, just to enjoy…:)

  20. These look awesome! The thing about blueberry muffins is, it’s so hard to make one that is moist and delicious! These look both and your photos are so awesome! Soo yummy looking, Averie!

    We love blueberries here. The boys will eat them straight up or in a muffin for sure. I also throw them in their smoothies all the time. Can’t beat blueberry smoothies!

    1. ” it’s so hard to make one that is moist and delicious” — yes! Either too dry, too cakey, too airy, too dense, doesn’t rise, too this or too that – so I was really happy with these!

  21. Averie, these look sooo beautiful and delicious. I love blueberry muffins and these just look over the TOP with the jam – in a good way! :)

  22. I love the jam swirls! And apparently the world needs another one, because I am posting blueberry muffins tomorrow :)

  23. Truly, I saw these on pinterest this morning and thought, ooohhh…those look good! And wouldn’t you know- you baked them- of course they’re good! Cheers and can’t wait to try :)

    1. LOL that’s too funny that you saw them and then realized, they were mine. I have a few people tell me they can normally spot ‘my stuff’ even without knowing it’s mine based on the pics but here in Aruba, all bets are off with the pics b/c my lighting and oven and everything is just so random!

  24. Never enough blueberry muffin recipes!! And including raspberry jams?!?! Sheer genious!! A perfect end-of-summer snack…

  25. Yum these look amazing! The added raspberry jam definitely makes these muffins look even more delicious!

  26. These look fabulous! I have no had blueberry muffins in ages, but have been itching to make some after seeing some amazing recipes on the blogosphere!

  27. Baking blueberry muffins in Aruba? What a life! These look like to die for muffins, the violet and magenta berry colors are so pretty—you are such a blogger-pro, blogging and baking while on vacation!

    1. Well it wasn’t quite as glamorous as it would sound…between the mixer, my oven, one rack, super temperamental and charring things on one side & leaving them raw on another and then lighting issues, these were not my finest hour :) They tasted great but a wee bit of effort was put into them – but hey I embarked on them, right! Which is why most of my stuff when I’m here is no-bake :)

  28. there HAS to be a muffin perfume out there, I just know it. Demeter or something has to have one ;)

    you cannot have too many blueberry muffins, and yes, filling them past the halfway mark is always a must!

    1. I bet Demeter does, actually. They have everything else…including dirt and moss and stuff like that!

  29. Blueberry muffins are my favorite kind of muffins, and adding swirls of raspberry jam just makes it sound even more delicious. I wish I had one of these right now!

  30. you always have the best light for all your photos.
    we rarely get sunlight, boooo
    these muffins look really good girl!

    1. I just wrote this to another friend: ‘Then, the lighting. It was quite a trick to make the jam not just look like black blobs and the blueberries to look like black dirt hidden in some dough. Perfect lighting? If you only knew how many bounces and reflectors and edits there were. Ahem.’

      They made the house here to stay dark for a/c-running purposes. Great for the cooling bill, horrible for food photography! Oy.vey. :)

  31. Oh man, I LOVE blueberry muffins. These look like some of the best I’ve ever seen (no, seriously). Usually muffins are so puny, I can’t stand it. Or not fluffy and puffy and perfect. What’s the point? I really need to make these because uh, I’m hungry, it’s breakfast time, and I need me some amazing muffins!

    1. Best ever? Well thank you!! They tasted like it! Not sure if they look like it – the photos were tricky. Totally agree that puny wimpy muffins aren’t even worth bothering with!

  32. wow those look magnificent! i love the raspberry jam swirl! They’re so pretty with all the colors! great recipe!

  33. I have absolutely no problem with another blueberry muffin recipe. Is there such thing as too many muffins? i think not.

  34. Holy yumminess! I usually put a scoop of blueberry preserves in with my muffins but I’m so trying it with raspberry jam next time. These look amazing! Hope you’re having a great time in Aruba and soaking up all the delicious sun!

    1. We are having a blast – thanks! And I used raspberry because that’s what I had open and it worked perfectly!

  35. MMMMM those look incredible. I always just used the Martha White premixed blueberry muffins. I’m sure they taste absolutely nothing like yours! I’ve never been adventurous with trying to bake muffins actually.

    1. Muffins seem like they should be easy but there’s a lot that can go wrong from the dough being too dry, too heavy, not rising, rising too much – so I was pleased these came together with my very temperamental oven :)

  36. These look amazing! I usually avoid muffins, but as long as I can make them healthier and look this beautiful, I may have to go back to them!

    1. Thanks, Melissa – I normally make bars or things in a pan rather than muffins too but I was feeling adventurous :)

    1. Oh I bet those are AWESOME!! The oats in buttermilk overnight – my mouth is watering just thinking about how tender and awesome they are!

  37. I am a berry lover (all kinds) and these look wonderful. I typically like a dense muffin or quick bread (banana comes to mind) but when berries are involved, I like a lighter batter. And seriously, who prefers a muffin bottom over a muffin top?!?! I think I’ve seen muffin top pans–there are so many novelty shaped bakeware items I’d love to have but I always hesitate because of the storage factor!

    1. I have a whoopie pie pan (Two of them) which in many respects is pretty similar to a muffin-top pan. There is something about trying to cheat the system though, and JUST bake muffin tops (Ive seen other blog posts about them) and they never look quite right. Good, but not that always-coveted muffin top. I just don’t think you can cheat on that one :)

      And I prefer density almost always, too. Except in blueberry muffins. I wanted them to be light, but not dry or toooo crumbly. I am highly picky!

  38. In my opinion, the world can never have too many blueberry muffin recipes — the more the merrier. :)

    At holidays, we often grab those JUMBO sized muffins from a local bakery and I’m often found grabbing muffin top edges — the best! Love that you swirled jam into these, great idea for extra fruity flavor.

    1. Tried to maximize the fruit in these and bakery style muffins are just one big dome, perfect (and extra large surface area) for JUST snagging off the muffin top parts :)

  39. A very berry BEAUTIFUL muffin recipe Averie! I love the raspberry jam swirls. I saw blueberry jam in a recent blueberry muffin recipe and fell in love with it. Adding jam to berry muffins is honestly genius. I’m thinking a peach jam in my peach muffins would be amazing! You know I love peach!

    It’s hard to find that keeper recipe for a classic like blueberry muffins – everyone has a favorite! I know a lot of work went into these and I am SO SO glad you found a winner. They look so fluffy, so soft, and those high muffin tops – you know those are my favorite. The creaming butter method & cream.. I can only imagine how soft these are.

    And the photos! Perfect lighting for these muffins. The colors just POP and I literally want to jump throughout the screen and grab one!

    1. Oh you have no idea. Well you probably do, yes, these babies were work. First, no quality mixer here and was mixing these with a hand mixer that I think I bought about 10 years ago at Target and brought down here. Not ideal – omg. Must bring better mixer next time – or don’t make mixer-required recipes, which has been the name of my tune other than these.

      Then, the lighting. It was quite a trick to make the jam not just look like black blobs and the blueberries to look like black dirt hidden in some dough. Perfect lighting? If you only knew how many bounces and reflectors and edits there were. Ahem.

      And did I mention I have the worst oven down here. So yeah, finding my perfect recipe and then all my other little issues, these were definitely more than just a ‘quickie thing’ but I didn’t have a new blueberry muffin recipe on my site and that’s fixed now :)

      1. Problem solved! Now you have a KILLER blueberry muffin recipe. One that can even stand awful kitchen appliances, heat, and lighting lol

  40. Love the raspberry idea!! It’s been way too long since I’ve had a muffin :)

  41. Oh. My. Word. Those muffins look spectacular.

    Also, I’m thinking the Blueberry Muffin Perfume should come in a muffin shaped bottle.

  42. Im not usually a muffin eater but these look amazing! Go big or go home! I’ll have to try these I love blueberries!!!