Best Recipe for Creamy Orange Muffins with Orange Glaze

There’s nothing like the taste of warm muffins and this zesty Orange Muffin Recipe is sure to be a favorite!

creamy orange muffins

A Refreshing Citrus and Creamy Orange Muffin

These muffins made with sour cream and orange zest are the perfect thing for bringing along to an Easter buffet, mother’s or father’s day celebrations or just an ordinary morning around the table with the kids.

a tray of creamy orange muffins

One of the first things we do when we receive our big FFA (Future Farmers of America) fruit box is to grab the oranges to squeeze some juice and then we make these delectable orange muffins!

My first taste of Orange Muffins came on a trip to a bed and breakfast with my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This beautiful, quaint trip was topped off when they served the most delicious orange muffins. I asked for the recipe, revamped it a bit, and now I’m sharing it with you!

celebrating our anniversary at a bed and breakfast

These Orange Sour Cream Muffins pack on the bright citrus flavor of oranges and are one of my favorite things to bake! They also provide a great dose of vitamin c that our kids love just as much as we do! Whether it’s an afternoon snack or a way to get you through those busy mornings, these muffins are perfect!

single orange muffin in paper cup

How to make these Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Orange Glaze

This light and delicious orange muffin recipe is the perfect winter treat to enjoy during citrus season or really any time of the year when you’re in the mood for something refreshing and full of citrus taste.

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baking creamy orange muffins for breakfast

Ingredients for Creamy Orange Muffins

  • Orange Juice: Fresh-Squeezed orange juice is the best and will add tons of true flavor to this muffin.
  • Eggs: We love grabbing our fresh-from-the-chicken eggs, but if you can’t at least make sure that your eggs are at room temperature. Eggs add structure, flavor and fat to these muffins.
  • Orange Zest: Scrapping the side of the orange to capture the zest will add an increased level of citrus.
  • Sour Cream: This will help keep the muffin moist and rich, when combined with the other ingredients.
  • Butter: The taste and richness of butter will round out the citrus and create a light and fluffy muffin.
  • Sugar: What is a baked good without a bit of sugar?
  • Salt: Salt is necessary ingredient to balance out the sweetness.
  • Baking Powder: Used to leaven the muffin and help it rise.
  • All Purpose Flour: The gluten from the flour will help create the structure of the muffin.
flay lay of homemade orange muffins

Why you’ll love making these delicious Orange Muffins!

  • They are a great way to zest up your winter! Orange season ranges from November to March.
  • The glaze provides just the right amount of sweet orange zest
  • Creamy Orange Muffins make the best addition to any brunch. We love serving them when we have guests here at the farmhouse. They make the most delightful display of muffins, but are so darn scrumptious, they don’t last long.
  • Need a little Vitamin D pick-me-up? These Creamy Orange muffins are calling your name!
  • Unlike other muffin flavors like lemon muffins and blueberry muffins, you won’t normally be able to find these bakery style muffins at your local coffee shop
  • I love baking these up in August before school starts then freezing a batch. The kids will take them out of the freezer the night before and set them in an airtight container to thaw for the morning!
creamy orange muffin batter

Steps to make these Orange Muffins

  1. Mix dry muffin ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) in one large bowl
  2. Grab a separate bowl and mix the wet ingredients (butter, sour cream, egg, orange juice, and orange zest)
  3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until moist
  4. Put batter into a greased/sprayed muffin pan (we like to using these muffin liners)
  5. Bake about 15 – 18 minutes until done (passes the toothpick test!)
  6. Cool on a wire rack
  7. Once cooled, pour glaze on the muffin tops (to make the glaze, simply mix the ingredients together until combined)
  8. Enjoy!

Sour Cream Orange Muffins

Cook Time 18 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins


  • 2 bowls
  • muffin tray
  • muffin liners (optional)


Orange Muffins

  • 1 3/4 Cup flour
  • 2/3 Cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 Cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 Cup orange juice (use freshly squeezed for the best flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Zest

Zesty Orange Glaze

  • 1 1/2 Cup Confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 Cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees f
  • Mix dry muffin ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) in one large bowl
  • Grab a separate bowl and mix the wet ingredients (butter, sour cream, egg, orange juice, and orange zest)
  • Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until moist
  • Put batter into a greased/sprayed muffin pan (we like to use muffin liners)
  • Bake about 15 – 18 minutes at 350 degrees f until done (passes the toothpick test!)
  • Cool on a wire rack
  • Once cooled, pour glaze on the muffin tops (to make the glaze, simply mix the ingredients together until combined)
  • Enjoy!
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orange glaze for muffins

Zesty Orange Glaze Recipe

  • 1 1/2 Cup Confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 Cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest

How to Make Zesty Orange Glaze for Muffins

Combine all the ingredients and whisk. Drizzle glaze over muffins.

Creamy Orange Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze

Questions people are asking about Orange Muffins

What can I add to muffins to make them more moist?

As much as you may hate to say the word, you can’t deny the great taste of a moist muffin! In this recipe, I used sour cream to make these orange muffins them the most fluffy and moist they could be. Besides from sour cream, greek yogurt is a great addition to your muffins.

Are there any substitutes when making orange muffins?

Any flour substitute will apply – almond flour, chickpea flour, buckwheat flour, etc. White whole wheat flour and whole-wheat flour can be used but be more careful; it is suggested to mix these flours with another type of flour to maintain a similar rise.

Instead of the orange glaze, you can use a streusel topping or you favorite frosting. This will make for some sweet muffins!

What’s the best thing to store muffins in?

Home baked muffins don’t include any preservatives, per-say, so they will need to be stored in an airtight container or plastic ziplock bag.
These muffins also contain sour cream, so if we aren’t eating them up right away, I will toss them in the refrigerator to keep longer.

Can you freeze these Creamy Orange Muffins?

Absolutely. I love freezing these muffins. Simply tossing them into a freezer ziplock bag or freezer-safe container will keep them fresh. Bring them out of the freezer a few hours before serving. I like to place a wet paper towel on top of them to thaw and retain moisture in the microwave.

Looking for another fruit related dessert?

Try out this Blueberry Dump Cake which incorporates pineapple and blueberry in a yummy, warm dish!

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Helpful Tips!

  • Use the same orange for the freshly squeezed orange juice and the orange zest
  • Turn them into orange cranberry muffins by adding in fresh, frozen, or dried cranberries for an extra kick of tartness
  • When I’m making things with lemons or oranges, I love to use the rinds add to some vinegar to make our favorite lovely citrus-scented Homemade Kitchen Cleaner.
  • While you’re squeezing up oranges, squeeze up a few more for some fresh-squeezed juice!
  • For the best results, be careful not to overmix the batter!

Keeping with the orange theme, also check out our “How to Make Dried Orange Garland

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