February 28, 2012

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

brown butter blueberry muffins

Part of the fun in forming friendships is finding the similarities & differences you share with someone else. There’s nothing like an opportunity to tell your stories and parts of who you are to fresh ears. When we were about a year into our friendship and still learning about each other’s lives, I remember walking down the street with Joy, telling her about my husband and his silly antics. Casey has a love for blueberry muffins like no one else and in the late 90s he created a little website for himself where he could track the best blueberry muffins around his office in downtown San Francisco. I happened to find it utterly charming and I could see that Joy respected his dedication. During that walk, Joy shared that she was working on a recipe for blueberry muffins in her cookbook that Casey would no doubt love.

Fast forward a few years later and now said cookbook is in my hands with her personal purple sharpie notes all over it. I felt somewhat paralyzed by it all. Where do I even begin?! Her friendship is so very dear to me and her cookbook has genuinely blown me away. I’m not saying this because we’re great friends; I have honestly never had a cookbook in my possession that has made me want to rush into my kitchen and try EVERY single recipe. So when I say I was paralyzed, I honestly didn’t know where to start. Which recipe first?!

brown butter blueberry muffins

I looked at her notes in the book and then found myself staring down this brown butter blueberry muffin recipe. Of course she had me at brown butter but then the memory of our conversation popped into my head. This is the killer blueberry muffin recipe! DUDE. I saw it on her website but now it’s in print!  And it’s resting on my kitchen counter!

She wasn’t kidding; even the muffin batter was insane (it tasted like caramel!). Twelve super moist (she hates that word) muffins LOADED with blueberries and speckled with a buttery crumb topping. Tracy Shutterbean & Casey approved!

brown butter blueberry muffins

Joy! Thank you for sharing your talents with me, my family and the WORLD. You’ve challenged me to see things differently. You have opened my mind up to crazy wacky pattern combos, you’ve turned me into a girl that paints her nails every week, you’ve made a bourbon lover out of me, you’ve shown me that hard work eventually pays off and you’ve also helped me find my inner Oprah voice that shouts “YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO!”  I’m so happy the rest of the world can see how truly talented & hard working you are. I’m so dang proud of you, friend!

One more thing! So of coooooourse I pre-ordered The Joy the Baker Cookbook a LOOONG time ago. It arrived today!

I’d love to give you one of my copies. So if you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment below! You’ll be magically entered. If you already bought the cookbook, hooray! I’m pretty sure one of your friends would love a copy.

I’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, March 2nd.


And we’re off!

Get out your ingredients. Get out your Joy the Baker Cookbook!

brown butter blueberry muffins

I used salted butter in this recipe. Joy would totally not approve. :)

Butter gets browned.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Egg & egg yolk goes into a bowl with milk & vanilla.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Butter gets melted.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Soon it becomes brown butter!  Let it cool.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Get our your dry & ingredients. Mix it up!

brown butter blueberry muffins

Topping time! We’re thinking ahead.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Topping is done! I totally got butter on her cookbook. It has been baptized with God’s Gold!

brown butter blueberry muffins

Cooled brown butter goes into the milk/egg/vanilla mixture.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Dry goes into wet.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Blueberry get folded in.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Batter gets scooped out into a paper lined muffin tin.

brown butter blueberry muffins

Topping on top! Off to bake…

brown butter blueberry muffins

And HELLO!! Look at what we have here!

brown butter blueberry muffins

One by one…

brown butter blueberry muffins

They disappear…

brown butter blueberry muffins

Best blueberry muffin recipe. Ever!

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins

makes 12 muffins

(recipe from the Joy the Baker Cookbook!)

For the muffins:

  • 7 tablespoons butter (I used salted haha!)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt (don’t use if using salted butter)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

For the topping:

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Place the rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.

To make the muffins, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Keep an eye on the butter. It will melt, froth and begin to crackle. That’s the water cooking out of the butter. The crackling will subside and butter will begin to brown fairly quickly. Remove from heat when butter solids become a medium brown color and butter smells slightly nutty. Immediately pour hot putter into a small bowl or it will continue to cook and possibly burn in the hot saucepan. (I put my pan on a cool marble surface to cool off).

Whisk milk, egg, yolk and vanilla until combined. Add brown butter and whisk to combine.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt (if using) in a medium bowl. Add the milk mixture all at once to the flour mixture and stir gently to combine. Gently but thoroughly fold in the blueberries. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.

To make the topping: combine all the ingredients in a bowl and rub together with clean fingertips until crumbly. Sprinkle topping evenly over the muffin batter in cups.

Bake 18-20 minutes until golden and crisp and a skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool muffins in the pan for 15 minutes before removing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Muffins will last, at room temperature in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. Joy likes them best the day they’re made.

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  • Hatti

    This recipe looks awesome and the cookbook will be perfectly fabulous! I would love to win it, if not I will be buying one as soon as I can!

  • Mary

    I have always had a thing for all kinds of muffins, so I will definitely give this recipe a try. I would love to hear the story of how you and Joy met sometime in the podcast. I stumbled on Joy’s blog several months ago and have since been following all things Joy and Tracy. (Even though I’m “over the hill” as far as Joy is concerned.)… I’m just sayin.

  • Megan

    Whoa. I could go for an afternoon muffin break for realz.

  • Michelle

    would LOVE a copy of the cookbook! these muffins look awesome and I am constantly reading Joy’s blog :)

  • Melanie

    I would love Joy’s cookbook! These muffins look crazy good.

  • Casey

    I’m so excited for the book! Also, I always use salted butter… woops?

  • Stef

    Such a great ode to friendship that fits so well with February 24th’s link to “Friends Lift You Higher”!

  • Amy

    Joy is the best! Those muffins look amazing.

  • Joeynumber41

    They look so good!

  • cece

    i love both your’s and joy’s website and check both of them for updates everyday, so i would love her cookbook!

  • Bethany

    Tracy, I am also a fan of Joy, and I love her sense of humor and all her recipes make me want to bake and be fancy. I wandered over here after listening to a few of your podcasts which I love to put on in the background while I sew or bake because it’s like there are two funny friends in my apartment. Love it.
    I would also love her cookbook. It has been on my amazon wishlist for awhile!

  • Kendra

    I LOVE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS!!!!! I am totally in agreement with your hubby and would follow his site. I have tried many things from both of you with AWESOME yummy success. I would love this cookbook.

  • Jill

    Love this and Joy! I hope to have her cookbook one day soon.

  • Alisha

    Can’t wait to attend Joy’s book signing in Portland! Both of you ladies are inspirational. Thanks for sharing life and food in the way that you do.

  • Beth

    Hot putter! :)
    I love cookbooks. I love these muffins and really wanna make em right this minute. It’s 9:00pm.

  • Sarah

    These look awesome! I love your site, your recipes and wisdom are beautiful!!

  • Melissa

    Pick Me! I’d love to get the Joy the Baker Cookbook. She is a very talented woman!

  • Emily Joy

    I’d love to get my hands on that book!

  • Steph

    I just love your site! I’ve tried about a dozen of your and Joy’s recipes so far and they have all been a success! When will you put out your book?! Love the friendship you share with Joy. You two must have such a great time together.

  • Kayla

    You two are literally the highlight of my work week. Listening to your podcasts gets me through my Thursdays like nothing else (not even coffee!). Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of both you and Joy and I would love to have a copy of her cookbook!
    P.S. When will we be hearing about a Shutterbean cookbook? Sooner than later I hope!

  • Haley

    These look fantastic! Blueberries are best in muffin form. :)

  • Cena Rae

    her book looks amazing! these muffins seem like they’re to die for!

  • Jackie

    I love reading about people’s friendships. And blueberry muffins too, of course. :)

  • heidi

    When I listen to the podcast, I think of you and Joy as me and my best friend, Melissa. For a girls’ weekend, we will be going to NYC for Joy’s book signing at the end of the month and I’d love to give her a copy of the book. Thanks for the chance to win.. and thanks for the great podcast and great recipes!

  • Jess

    Oh my heavens those muffins look insane. I have a sincere love the muffins of blurberries yummmmm

  • Erinlucy

    Ooh I’ll have to try these, I’m a sucker for blueberry muffins but it’s SO hard to find a good one that isn’t dense or dry.
    Ps. I hope to be cooking something from YOUR very own cookbook one day!

  • Kristin

    I love your blog and all the delicious food!


  • Julia turner

    My goodness these sound amazing ! I will definetly be making these this weekend !!!
    Thanks for sharing

  • linsiloo

    puuuuuuuuh-leeeeze send me this book. i’m on a uber-toit (like a tiger) budget and would absolutely love to spend all the tiny extra change i have on ingredients to make yummy joy-inspired food.

    if not, i’ll still totes love you because you sound like winona and, even if you disagree, always will.



  • Alyssa

    ah man, i already ordered it but i’d love another copy to give to a stranger. or my mom. but hey, you can just send me one of those muffins and i think i’d be a-ok.

  • Shainah A

    Wow, I can’t wait to try these!

  • Jules

    I would love a copy! I’ve been listening to yours and Joy’s podcasts for the last week or so, just catching up from the very beginning since I had never checked them out before. I listen to them as I take my dog for walks around the neighborhood, as I cook dinner (I know you wouldn’t listen while cooking!) and since my husband has had to work late this week, I’ve been listening to you gals while I eat dinner. It feels just like having dinner with my girlfriends! I just laugh hysterically at all of your silly voices, random musings and funnily-pronounced words, and I love that I understood all of your inside jokes from this post. Thanks for YOUR great recipes too, Tracy from Shutterbean!

  • Christianne

    I would totally love another copy of joy’s book. My mom would love it when I go away to college!

  • Chris

    These look great! These will be made ASAP!

  • Arien

    Please please please? Also, your blog is a new favorite.

  • Melissa

    I can’t get blueberry muffins out of my head since I saw this!!!!!!!!!

  • Dana

    Mmm…brown butter! After seeing this recipe I can’t wait to see the entire cookbook!

  • Jennifer

    I can’t wait to try these! I haven’t bought my copy of Joy’s book yet, so pick me!!

  • Emily

    brown butter makes everything better! 😉 This looks delish. Can’t wait to start trying some of these recipes!

  • Maja

    Yay for a great giveaway! Thank you!

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  • Calantha

    Joy’s cookbook is stunning and I’ve always enjoyed baking her recipes from her site, so I would love to add her book to my repertoire!

  • Anneke

    Oh I would love the book!! The muffins looks so good, brown butter should be a part of everything!

  • leigh

    I’m making these and the brussels sprout salad because they both look so freaking delicious. I feel like the sprouts will make me feel better about myself after eating all of the muffins.

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  • Dana

    I also hate the word moist… And the word juicy…

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    Also, I already have the cookbook and was randomly commenting on your funny Joy commentary… Hence why I seem late to the party :)

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  • Pamela

    Blueberry muffins are one of those things that I will stop whatever I’m doing to focus on. Is there anything as a bad blueberry muffin? I will eat them all – store bought and plastic wrapped, to super fresh. Gimme! Gimme! I bookmarked this, plan on making them soon. :) Thanks!

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    Found it! Tracy, your site looks pretty and truly exiting! Glad you have a ‘pin it’ button! :)

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    thanks for the recipe — made it for a farewell for one of my dearest mentors… and it was a big hit!!!

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  • Leslie

    I thought I was being all brilliant by prepping everything the night before so I could casually throw everything together in the morning and “effortlessly” pop out muffins for breakfast. Uh….and forgot that butter, whether browned or not, totally congeals when back in the fridge! Ack! All was not lost, popped the butter (that had floated to the top of the liquids anyway) in a low temp micro session for a few seconds, mixed it all back in, and moved on. It worked!

    But next time, I’m going to have to remember to leave the butter browning for the am. Ridiculous.

  • Melissa

    I know that I’m a little late to the game with this comment, but I just made these muffins for a breakfast potluck and they were such a hit. These are officially my go to blueberry muffin recipe now. Thanks for sharing!

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