Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Extra special raspberry lemon ricotta muffins. They’re both light & rich, with beautifully sweet and juicy summer raspberries studded throughout, creamy ricotta cheese folded into the batter, and a subtle hint of lemon flavor. Simply perfect for breakfast or an afternoon tea snack.

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins

muffin batter

Over the years, the top recipe on the site continues to be these lemon ricotta pancakes. So many of you have made and loved them. It got me thinking…lemon + ricotta is too good of a combination to not utilize in other recipes.

So, with the hope of creating something just as irresistible and wanting to use up all the summer raspberries I’ve had on hand, I created these raspberry lemon ricotta muffins.

And they’re absolutely perfect.

muffins out of the oven

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins

I typically love a muffin with lots of buttery streusel. But I wanted something simpler. A batter that could be made in just one bowl, without the extra step.

These muffins have a batter that’s subtly hinted with honey and lemon, and isn’t too sweet. There’s creamy ricotta cheese inside for a rich texture, yet the muffin still has a really nice lightness to it when baked. Right before scooping the batter into a muffin pan, you’ll fold in fresh raspberries + raspberry jam for lots of sweet and juicy fruit flavor. I love the combo of both fresh berries and the jam.

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins

After a quick 22 minutes in the oven, these muffins come out smelling absolutely intoxicating. Bright lemon, sweet raspberries, a little bit of honey. So so delicious. The perfect summer flavors. Since they’re not too sweet, I love them for breakfast, or you can eat them as an afternoon snack…maybe with a cup of green tea.

The muffins are definitely best eaten warm, with a slather of softened salted butter on top. To reserve them for later, keep them refrigerated, but give them a few seconds in the microwave to reheat before eating. The muffins stiffen up too much in the fridge, so it’s best to take the chill off first.

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Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins

simple lemon ricotta muffins studded with sweet, juicy summer raspberries and hinted with subtle lemon flavor

yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup (8 oz) whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon zest 
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter, melted + cooled slightly 
  • 6 oz fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup raspberry jam 
  • softened salted butter, for serving 
  • honey, for serving (optional) 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Fill a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin liners. 
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Whisk in the sugar and honey until smooth. 
  3. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Whisk to incorporate. Stir in the melted butter. Then, stir in the dry ingredients until absorbed (don’t overmix). Lastly, fold in the raspberries and raspberry jam until “swirled” in appearance.
  4. Use a 2-oz ice cream scoop (or ¼ cup measurement) to scoop the batter into the muffin pan. Bake on the middle rack for approximately 22 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Allow the muffins to cool slightly.
  5. Serve warm with softened butter and a drizzle of honey (optional).

Notes

These muffins should be eaten warm or at room temperature. When chilled, they become stiff and the texture will be off.

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8 thoughts on “Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins

    1. I definitely think it could work! I haven’t tested it so don’t have the bake time down. So I would just keep an eye on it and cover it with foil if the top gets too brown before the inside is cooked through. Let me know if you give it a try!

  1. Made these but with fresh blueberries/blueberry jam and it worked great. I also added a little bit extra lemon zest as I love lemon flavour in just about anything. They are super easy to make too, these are a total hit!

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Caitlin! I’m so glad you enjoyed them and LOVE the idea of turning these into blueberry muffins. I might just have to do that soon with all the blueberries I have on hand!

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