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Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze

Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins drizzled with a decadent glaze!

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

Believe me when I tell you that these are no ordinary muffins. That’s what I thought when I was watching them bake in the oven but boy was I wrong.

These babies are incredibly fluffy and moist from the sour cream, and they are packed with such bold orange flavor thanks to the copious amounts of orange zest and freshly squeezed orange juice. The zesty orange glaze just punches even more fresh orange flavor, giving you that nice sweetness in every bite. Even Jason, Mr. Non-Muffin Lover, loved these, and that says a whole lot!

So here’s how you make these awesome muffins:

Let’s start with the dry ingredients.

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

Then the wet – butter, sour cream, egg, orange juice and orange zest.

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

Pour the wet into the dry and give it a good stir, being careful not to overwork the batter.

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

Then we’ll pop them into the oven for about 16-18 minutes, letting them cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

You can definitely serve them as is…

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

or you can make the zesty orange glaze…

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

and dip the muffin crowns into this awesome pool of orangey-sugary-goodness.

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze - Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins with a decadent glaze!

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze

Start your mornings off right with these refreshing muffins drizzled with a decadent glaze!

20 minutes20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange

For the Zesty Orange Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together butter, sour cream, egg, orange juice and orange zest. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
  4. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Place into oven and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. To make the glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Whisk until smooth. If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar as needed.
  6. When the muffins are done, cool for 10 minutes and dip the muffin crown into the glaze.
  7. Allow glaze to set before serving.

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48 comments

  1. Oh my! This is orange goodness to the MAX. Added to my all-time favourites. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I substituted the sour cream for 3/4 of a cup of Kefir Yogurt as I didn’t have sour cream and opted to go without the glaze and slightly less sugar and it was divine. The orange really lightens up the taste so be careful you’ll have eaten a handful without having realized it.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Damn!  These ARE delicious!!!!!  Truly outstanding!  

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    What an easy recipe for something so delicious! I’ve been baking once a week for my husbands office during this COVID-19 period and I try to come up with something to put a smile on their faces and bring a little comfort. Orange Sour Cream Muffins are the answer this week! I mean, who doesn’t like orange baked goods and…………..did you know, the color Orange is for optimism! Thanks so much for your thoughtful delicious recipe! I will be makings these babies again and when I do I’ll know they’ll be asking me; Orange you glad to eat me again?!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    These muffins were amazing. I had no issues with them. Followed the recipe exactly. Once the batter was in the muffin pan, I added cranberries to a few and chocolate chips to a few. Delicious!! 

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lovely muffins! Easy to make and a bit of a change from the usual muffin flavours.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tasted great but mine didn’t rise either. I’m an experienced baker and I have brand new baking powder. Wondering if these need the paper liners to pull themselves up in the muffin tin? That’s the only change I made – I sprayed the muffin tray with coconut oil since I didn’t have liners.

    • I’ve read that fat can inhibit the rise in baked goods. I looked up the fat content in sour cream and it is 45 grams per 8 ounces. Whole milk has only 8 grams of fat per 8 ounces. Most muffin recipes I’ve seen have some sort of fluid (generally milk), which I’m assuming the sour cream stands in for in this recipe. – I wonder if raising the temperature to 425F for the first few minutes might help them rise a bit more. Then lower to finish. (A technique used in a cupcake recipe I came across on Sally’s Baking Addiction)

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fantastic recipe! I’ve been meaning to write a review. I can’t find fresh or frozen cranberries and had a bunch of raspberries so when I saw this recipe I decided instead of orange cranberry we’d try orange raspberry. So delicious! Even my daughter who “doesn’t like sweets” couldn’t get enough of them. The orange flavor is just right and I used the glaze which was a huge hit. It offset the tartness of the berries. Thanks for such an easy recipe, I’m making another batch today.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Good recipe and easy to make. The texture was good and the moisture was good including with drizzle.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    These muffins turned out so light, fluffy, and fresh! I loved the fresh orange flavor in the muffin and glaze. The only thing I changed was add in a cup of plain yogurt instead of the sour cream, and it turned out delicious. I also cut the glaze recipe in half since I only had enough orange ingredients for half, and there was still enough to dip all the muffins in. Thanks for the excellent orange muffin recipe.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tons of orange flavor, light fluffy texture.  Excellent recipe!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe for muffins that aren’t too sweet and have a lightness to them! Thank you! 

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tasting!

  14. I made them last night delicious! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Any favorites?

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe! Muffins moist. Directions easy to follow. Wonderful flavor! 

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    These are EXCELLENT. I didn’t change the recipe and they turned out fantastic. The sour cream in these makes them moist and the orange is very present. I did have to sub a homemade powdered sugar bc I was in a pinch (1cup cane sugar +1tsp cornstarch). The flavor was the same as it would have been with the powdered sugar but my glaze ended up being granulated. Oh well, had to make it work! My toddler devoured one and my husband ate two right out of the oven.
    I sent this recipe to my mom and my best friend immediately after making. I will be making these again and again. Wonderful!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    5 star ALL THE WAY !!!
    I sifted the dry ingrediants…..
    They are awesome….making them again right now!

  18. Hello, Chungah! Would I need to do anything differently if I made these into mini-muffins? They sound…..SCRUMPTIOUS!!!! 🙂

    Thank you!

    • Hi Linda, you’d have to adjust the baking time, but since we haven’t tried this ourselves, we can’t give you a definite answer. Please use your best judgement when making modifications! Hope that helps.

  19. Why aren’t my muffins rising? The are delicious but for some reason they don’t rise I’ve made them twice both times same thing

  20. Oh my goodness, these are absolutely amazing!! I followed the recipe and added one cup of King Arthur Flour orange jammy bits. So moist, so delicious! Thank you so much!

  21. Best way to store them? Making them tonight for Christmas Day tomorrow…please let me know soon. Thanks in advance. 

    • I would keep them loosely covered at room temperature.

      • Thank u. So fully make them with the frosting and everything and then leave them outside of fridge does not need to be refrigerated even with sour cream? Making them as we speak 😉

        • I prefer to keep them at room temperature but as I am not an expert on food safety, I cannot really say with certainty – sorry, Cassidy! Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with.

  22. These were so good! Our real estate group is the Orchard group so we wanted to find an orange muffin to package. These were amazing….and that glaze! I added dried cranberries, per some of the comments, and I will definitely make these again! Thank you!

  23. So tasty! I added dried cranberries for an orange cranberry version and it’s taking all my will power not to eat them all! I also sifted my powdered sugar for the glaze, I added a little without sifting, which led to some sugar clumping. So I think it’s a great idea to sift 🙂 

  24. Want a real treat? Add mini chocolate chips to the batter. When ready to bake sprinkle the tops with crystal sugar and more mini chips. Soooo delicious!

  25. I made these with clementines today and they were divine! So happy to have found this recipe. 🙂

  26. Absolutely beautiful recipe! Made them with fresh tangelo juice, turned out very yummy. Thank you!

  27. Oh-my-gosh. I hardly ever post a comment on a food blog. But I can’t remain silent any longer. Your recipes are over-the-top amazing. In fact, yes, they are “damn delicious!” I’m so glad I found you!!!! Thank you:=)

  28. I’ve made these muffins 10x now! My husband requests them and every time they’re JUST as delectable. I used valencia oranges, and be sure to not over mix the batter or the muffins turn out dense.

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  30. Orange muffins?! I have never heard of such a thing! Can’t wait to try them!! 🙂

  31. Just made these and they are making my apartment smell amazing. I didn’t have any fresh cranberries but I did have some dried ones and they are fantastic.Thanks for another great recipe!

  32. I just tired this recipe for the first time today, all I can say is yummmm! They were great, I did leave them in the oven for about 5 more minutes than what was stated on the instructions. This recipe will go in my favorites recipe collections. Thank you!

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  35. I added some fresh cranberries to this recipe. They’re in the oven now and smell amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

    • I’ll definitely have to add cranberries next time I make this. I have a ton leftover from my cranberry sauce too!

    • Amen to the cranberries. Just made ’em and they are delicious – I know because I messed up one “accidently” and split it with DH. Oh, my. Wish I could add the pic I took for Pinterest – so pretty!

  36. Fantastic muffins!