Mibba Eats: Basic Sweet Muffins

While they are usually seen as a breakfast food, muffins can be eaten at pretty much any time during the day. Small, easy and not that messy, they make great snacks – and sometimes, spending a little extra time to make them from scratch can be well worth it. This basic muffin recipe is simple and cheap, and it makes your muffins incredibly versatile so you can experiment or recreate your favorite type of muffins at home!


Makes around 24 muffins.

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk*
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well.
  3. Add buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs; stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Grease bottom of muffin cups or line with paper baking cups, then stir the batter and fill the greased muffin cups ¾ full so they don’t overflow during the baking process.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Immediately remove from pan and serve warm!


  • Batter can be baked immediately or stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To substitute for the buttermilk, use 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice plus 2 cups of milk.


  • Chocolate Chip: Fold in ⅓ cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Cinnamon Topped: After baking, dip the top of each muffin in melted butter, then in a mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Maple Walnut: Fold in ⅓ cup chopped walnuts and ½ teaspoon maple extract.
  • Mixed Fruit: Fold in ⅓ cup chopped dried mixed fruit.
  • Pineapple Coconut: Fold in ½ cup drained, crushed pineapple and ¼ cup coconut.
  • Rainbow Colored: Divide the batter into six bowls evenly, then use food coloring to personal preference of vibrancy. Evenly distribute the batter throughout the cups in layers, making sure to gently spread each layer with a spoon to cover the color underneath.

Special thanks to losing control. and Audrey T for editing!

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