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Orange muffins with an orange simple syrup on a wooden board.

Orange Muffins

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


These Orange Muffins are moist and flavorful, slightly sweet with an orange simple syrup for the perfect finishing touch.



For the muffins:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

For the syrup:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
  2. IN a large bowl, beat the sugar and the butter together until combined. Beat in the sour cream. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the sugar mixture and mix until halfway combined. Pour in the buttermilk and stir just until combined, then fold in the orange zest.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake in the preheated oven until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 12-14 minutes.
  5. When the muffins are almost done baking, combine the sugar and the orange juice in a small pan and place it over medium heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. When the muffins are done, remove from the oven and brush the orange syrup over the tops of the muffins. Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.

Recipe Notes:

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 23 g
  • Sodium: 185 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 54 mg

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