Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

Happy Monday! We’re kicking off the week with light and airy almond poppy seed muffins for the best breakfast! Perfumed with almond paste and drizzled with orange butter glaze, the texture of these bakery style muffins is an absolute dream.

Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

Almond and orange make a perfect pair, and the combination of almond paste with pure almond extract give these glorious muffins incredible flavor. Bake up a batch to enjoy all week long!

Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

Bakery Style Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Spray a cookie scoop with nonstick spray and use the scoop to evenly portion out the muffin batter.
  • For bakery-style muffins with perfectly domed tops, start out baking at 425°F for a quick burst of heat (this helps give the muffins a nice lift!). Without opening the oven, reduce the temperature to 350°F and bake another 8 to 10 minutes, until set and a tester comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached.
  • Cool muffins for 5 minutes in pan before cooling completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the orange glaze, whisk together melted butter, salt, orange zest, orange juice, and powered sugar in a small bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Once the muffins are fully cooled, drizzle with orange butter glaze and enjoy!
Almond Poppy Seed Muffins
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Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Almond poppy seed muffins make the best breakfast. Perfumed with almond paste and drizzled with orange butter glaze, these tender muffins are delicious!



  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 oz almond paste, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 tsp pure almond extract


  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; spray baking cups lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Combine sugar and almond paste in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute to combine. Transfer to a large bowl and whisk in flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, melted butter, egg, and almond extract in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in just until incorporated.
  3. Fill each baking cup 3/4 full of batter. Place muffin pan in the oven and bake for 5 minutes at 425°F. Reduce temperature to 350°F and continue baking 8 to 10 minutes (for a total baking time of 13 to 15 minutes), until muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing from pan to cool.
  4. For the glaze, whisk together melted butter, salt, orange zest, orange juice, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over muffins and and let set before serving.

Keywords: Almond, Poppy Seed, Orange, Muffins, Breakfast

Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

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  1. Made these for the first time this afternoon, exactly as written. SOOOO good! This will definitely go into my regular muffin rotation, so now I have 5 favorites!!

  2. Love the almond, orange and poppyseed combination here. My morning tea is begging to be paired with a muffin or two!

  3. Mmm almond paste, poppyseeds and orange butter glaze? Be still my heart! I’d adore these 😀

  4. Oh, boy, these are my daughter’s favorite, but she gets store bought more often than not! She will love the drizzle of icing!!!

  5. Such lovely muffins and I’m loving the almond paste addition, for a great almond flavour!

  6. Love the flavor combination of these muffins Laura. That orange glaze sounds just lovely!

  7. Laura, I like the photography and your enticing description. It made me want to run to the kitchen and mix up a batch of these muffins. I have some almond paste left over from when I made those yummy almond scones.
    Keep the recipes coming!


    1. Hi Sarah, this recipe should work in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for 42 to 45 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely. Hope that helps – I’d love to hear if you try it! 🙂