Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Wow, where did this week go? It just flew by! What are my plans for the weekend? Well, it is time to start purging things in our apartment to get ready for our big move. I love purging. It feels so nice to get rid of things I don’t need or want anymore. But, packing…oh packing…Not my favorite. If any of you want to come help pack, I will pay you in food. Maybe these muffins…

You know I love all things lemon so what could be better than lemon muffins?! These muffins are a little unique because they are not made with butter or vegetable oil, they are made with olive oil! If I could make the recipe better, I would say add a little more sugar and more lemon which is what I have done with the recipe for you. I only used 1/2 cup sugar and while I usually don’t like a lot of sweetness, I felt these needed more. To compensate, I added some lemon glaze which actually ended up making these muffins even better. But, if you don’t want the glaze, you could certainly leave it out! Oh, and don’t overmix. I always do this…baking is just not my thang, but I try…

Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Yield: 12 muffins

Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze - Lemony muffins made with olive oil and topped with a fresh lemon glaze.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes


For the muffins:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbs. lemon zest
  • 2 tbs. turbinado sugar

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tbs. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbs. lemon zest


For the muffins:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the four, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the beaten egg, ricotta cheese, olive oil, water, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are combined, but be careful not to over-stir!
  5. Fill a muffin pan with muffin liners, spray the liners with some cooking spray. Spoon the batter evenly among each cup. Sprinkle some of the turbinado sugar over each muffin cup. Bake for about 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the glaze:

  1. Stir together the powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  2. Spoon some of the glaze on top of each muffin.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze



  1. What beautiful little summery cupcakes my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. totally loved the lemony refreshing flavour in the muffin – nice recipe !

  3. Ohhh what a wonderful muffin recipe!! They look amazing and the glaze on top makes them irresistible!!!

  4. These look absolutely delicious! I may try and make them for a brunch tomorrow — fun! :)

  5. We should be neighbores. u would do the purging (dont like to do that) and I ll do the packing for u. what say you?

    Joke aside… I am in a lemon craze as well and I am getting a new oven one of these days, I hope to plan your muffins in pretty soon.

    Have fun purging and wish u a lovely weekend!

  6. You had me with the ricotta and lemon. YUM!! Fantastic looking muffins. Good luck with the packing. I’m a pretty good packer… but an even better unpacker. Hope you get through it all without too much trouble. Have a wonderful weekend~ Ramona :)

  7. That glaze looks amazing, I love muffins that taste like such a treat! Beautiful fresh pictures! Have fun packing…the unpacking is always much more fun :)

  8. I’m over the moon for these muffins! That glaze is just killing me here!

  9. These are stunning, Stephanie! I love lemon in baked goods, so refreshing!

  10. As much as i HATE moving, my favorite part really was purging everything. This last move we did, I literally threw almost every piece of clothing out. I only had 2 suitcases of clothing when we moved into our house. It felt so good!! These muffins would be so perfect for breakfast with coffee!

  11. Mmmmm….what a delicious way to start a holiday weekend! I love a lemon muffin, but a lemon muffin with a yummy glaze is ever better :)

  12. These muffins look so delicious! I’m a sucker for lemon desserts.

  13. I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Come check out my post dated 9-2-12. :)

  14. If I lived closer I would totally help. Best of luck!

  15. Your muffins look gorgeous, Steph! I love the lemon glaze on top.

  16. GORGEOUS pictures, GORGEOUS muffins!! I’ve never baked with olive oil before. Only cooked. I’m intrigued about putting it into a muffin though. These look SO SO good. I love lemony things in my baked things. :)

  17. You know how I love muffins! This looks perfect, and the glaze….oh my!

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