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Ginger & Lemon Muffins

This time of year is very dreary here in New England. Though we haven't had much snow we've had lots of gray days and cold temps so I'm always looking for little pick-me-ups. I searched the Taste of Home site and these Ginger & Lemon Muffins really stood out to me.

The recipe called for 1/4 cup fresh grated ginger root and I questioned that amount and in the end I pulled it back to 2 heaping tablespoons.  These aren't necessarily made in the traditional muffin method and I disagree with the recipe's suggestion to beat the flour and buttermilk in "well."

I beat them in alternately until just combined because I was concerned with the texture of them if overmixed. I topped the muffins with Selefina crystallized ginger and turbinado sugar and that gave the muffins a beautiful crunchy exterior after baking.

The two tablespoons of ginger resulted in a very subtle flavor, and next time I'll definitely go for the whole amount as written so that they are truly ginger forward muffins. I was happy with the amount of lemon but you definitely could bump that up as well with a little bit of the juice from the lemons you zested.

The texture was amazing, and I enjoyed them by themselves but also with some lemon ginger tea. I always think I'm the only ginger lover in the house but then the guys surprise me and things disappear very quickly.

Thanks so much to Stacy for hosting #MuffinMonday and to all the other awesome bloggers who shared recipes today, be sure to go check out what they made using the links down below!

Ginger & Lemon Muffins

Ginger & Lemon Muffins
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root (approximately 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in ginger and lemon zest.
  3. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until just combined after each addition.
  4. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients; sprinkle over muffins.
  5. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Ginger, lemon,
Muffins, breakfast, snack

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  1. Citrus and Ginger is such a great flavor combination. I'm sure these were delightful.

  2. I love lemon and ginger together! Bet the muffins brightened your whole family's day!

  3. Great use of the crystalized ginger! These muffins are so bright and pretty!

  4. Ginger lemon muffins looks delicious love the combo of crystalized ginger and lemon.


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