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The BEST Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins from a beloved cookbook author

Blueberry muffins
Blueberry Muffins with Orange Glaze from the beloved cookbook author Renny Darling

Buttermilk blueberry muffins with lemon orange glaze

Blueberry muffins are ubiquitous. There are soooo many recipes out there. And I’ve made a lot of them!

But what sets these buttermilk blueberry muffins apart is the Lemon Orange Glaze. It’s not just lemon, and it’s not just orange. The combination of lemon and orange is fresh and full of sunshine. It makes these blueberry muffins special.

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A recipe from a lost cookbook author

This buttermilk blueberry muffin recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Easiest and Best Coffee Cakes and Quick Breads. It’s written by Renny Darling. She sold millions of cookbooks in the 1970s and 1980s and then basically vanished. You can read more about Renny in this post.

The BEST Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins with Lemon-Orange Glaze

Recipe by Nana JanaCourse: BrunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy

These blueberry muffins are extra special because of the lemon-orange glaze.


  • Ingredients for the muffins:
  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup melted butter

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 3 tablespoons grated orange

  • 2 1/4 cups flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

  • Ingredients for lemon-orange glaze
  •  1 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel


  • Directions for muffins
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Beat together first 5 ingredients until blended. Beat in flour and baking powder until dry ingredients are just moistened. Do not over beat. Stir in blueberries.
  • Divide batter between 12 muffin cups (or 24 mini muffins) and bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until muffins are lightly browned and a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and finish cooling on a rack. When cool, brush tops with Lemon Orange Glaze.  
  • Directions for glaze
  • Mix all ingredients together and drizzle over the muffins.

Check out these wonderful Renny Darling cookbooks

Renny Darling cookbooks
These are my favorite Renny Darling cookbooks. Every recipe is amazing.

Here are some of my favorite Renny cookbooks:

  • Easiest & Best Coffee Cakes and Quick Breads
  • Entertaining Fast and Fancy
  • Great Beginnings to Happy Endings
  • With Love from Darling’s Kitchen
  • The Joy of Cooking
  • Vegetarian Fast and Fancy 

Where to find Renny Darling cookbooks

Renny Darling sold millions, so it’s not hard to find copies. ThriftBooksAbeBooks and Alibris seem to have lots of Renny’s cookbooks. Most are only a couple of dollars.

For a great pumpkin bread recipe

Try this nostalgic pumpkin bread recipe.

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