August 23, 2011

Best EVER Zucchini Muffins

These muffins are by far, hands down, without a doubt the BEST zucchini muffin recipe I have EVER had!  I have tried many different recipes, but this was the first one that had lemon zest in it.  Zucchini and lemon were meant to be together.  The flavor of the lemon zest mixed with the zucchini and the 
cinnamon is the perfect combination.  
I have made these twice in the past week (and I am making another batch tonight) and they already deserve a spot in "My Favorite Breads" section, which is usually only recipes I have made for years, but this one is so good that it deserves to be there.  Even if you're thinking that you've tried it all when it comes to zucchini, please at least try this recipe.  I am going to try and make it into bread and see what happens?  
Best Ever Zucchini Muffins
3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/3 c. sugar
2 eggs
2/3 c. unsalted butter, melted (plus 1 Tbl. for later)
2 tsp. vanilla
grated zest of 2 lemons
3 c. shredded zucchini (peeled or un-peeled)

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.  In a separate bowl, beat together sugar and eggs until thick and creamy.  Add 2/3 cup melted butter, vanilla and lemon zest and mix well.  Add the shredded zucchini and mix to combine.  Last, add the dry ingredients and mix just until blended.  Batter will be very thick.  Melt one Tablespoon butter and using a pastry brush, brush all over the muffin cups.  Do this instead of using cooking spray.  

Divide batter evenly between greased muffin cups, filling almost completely full. Bake at 350 degrees for 21-23 minutes for regular muffins or 30-32 minutes for jumbo muffins.  Muffins will be browned and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.  Makes about 20 regular muffins or 8 jumbo muffins.    



  1. Intriguing with the lemon zest. I've never added that to my zucchini breads...yet!

  2. I love zucchini bread, I will have to dry these! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This looks great! I can't wait to try them... Have you thought about adding walnuts... I think I'll do that when I make them :)

  4. I love myself a good zucchini muffin...can't wait to try! -- Joann

  5. Uh! I'll have to remember this one! Love zucchini bread!

    1. I have already made them once this year and I'm getting ready to make them again! - Jenn

  6. I just tried this and used a standard muffin tin and came out with 12 perfect sized muffins. Because this type of muffin is more heavy than a regular fluffy muffin I think the standard size seemed perfect! Delicious recipe, will be one of my staples since we're growing our own zukes this summer!

    1. I am so glad you liked it! I agree that the standard size is good for one sitting. I like to make the jumbo size and munch on throughout the day at work! - Jenn