Step 1: Choose a muffin recipe
Muffins are simple to make, but there are a few techniques that will help ensure every batch of muffins bakes up tender and delicious. Choose a muffin recipe you want to try and follow the steps below.
Step 5: Take care not to overmix the batter
Use a wooden spoon to stir together the wet and dry ingredients just until they are combined. The batter will look lumpy with little bits of flour.
Tip: Overmixing the batter can cause peaks, tunnels, and a tough texture.
Tip: Muffin batter shouldn't be made ahead (unless specified by the recipe). Batters that use baking powder and baking soda need to be baked right away so that their leavening power (what makes baked goods light and tender) isn't lost.
Step 8: Bake and cool muffins
You'll know the muffins are done by the color of the muffin tops -- they should be golden, rounded, and have firm edges. Let the baked muffins cool on a wire rack for a few minutes or until they're cool enough to handle.
Tip: Use a butter knife to lift the muffins from the cups so you can place them on the wire rack to finish cooling.
Tip: To freeze muffins, place the cooled muffins in resealable plastic bags for up to three months. However, streusel topping will not retain its crunchiness when stored in the freezer.