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Knock Your Socks Off and Make Your Mouth Sing Orange and Rosemary Muffins


If you are here for the scintillating conversation, friends, I am sadly going to disappoint you today. I am having a mad case of writer’s block. But if you are here for the muffins, well, in that case I will surely knock your socks off, or slippers, or flip flops, whatever is on your feet; they are going to be flying right off of ’em.  Because these muffins deserve a much heftier and blingier title than “muffin”. The term muffin seems to yawn banal or scream cloyingly sweet. These brightly flavored orange and rosemary muffins are none of the above.


 These muffins are just a smidgen tart, so citrus-y (orange zest, orange juice and orange extract),  and the herbaceous notes from the rosemary and cardamom make your taste buds literally dance and sing.  Mine were annoyingly blurting out, “I’m A Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Don’t ask me why. I have no idea. I’m strange and I have no other explanation.


These muffins also have a nice soft texture but a perfect crunch from the toasted almonds and Turbinado sugar. If you truly want to try to start your morning off right, throw in a batch of these. And when you bite into one, let me know what tune your mouth is singing. Let’s hope it’s better than mine.

—By the way…this muffin recipe was entirely created from my “Invent your own muffin” post where I have a formula type of recipe that works for any combination of flavors that you have in your crazy brain. I have never had this formula fail me and I’ve made oodles of different combos so take a look and invent your own.

Orange and Rosemary Muffins with Crunchy Almond Tops

An S&C Original Recipe
Makes one dozen muffins
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. almond flour (or wheat or more all purpose flour)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 T. finely chopped FRESH rosemary
1/4 t. of either cardamom,
1/2 c. sugar (these are slightly tart muffins…if you like things sweeter and 1/4 c. additionally)
1/2 c. buttermilk or low-fat milk,
1/2 c. orange juice
1 T. orange zest (orange skin only, not the white pithe)
1/4 t. natural orange extract (if you have it…otherwise just leave it out)
1 egg
1/4 c canola oil
1/3 c. of toasted sliced almonds
1/4 c. of Turbinado sugar or granulated sugar

To make the muffins: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners. In a large bowl whisk together flours through sugar.

Then, in a medium-sized bowl or extra large liquid measuring cup, combine the buttermilk through the Canola oil and beat with a whisk. Add half of the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber scraper. No more whisking once you combine the liquid with the dry…otherwise more gluten forms and your muffins will be tougher instead of light and airy. Stir in the rest of the liquids and stir until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

To scoop the batter into the liners, I like to use a large ice cream scoop. This works perfectly and is quick and neat. Top each muffin with a large pinch of almonds and a small pinch of the sugar. Bake for 17-22 minutes depending on your oven. Muffins should be slightly firm to the touch and springy.

29 thoughts on “Knock Your Socks Off and Make Your Mouth Sing Orange and Rosemary Muffins

  1. Must.Make. And I don’t even like baking!

  2. I love the combination of orange and rosemary. These look great and I just happen to have a ton of rosemary growing in my yard. I will give them a try this weekend.

  3. Geni, I’ve had a crazy busy and rather horrible day at work and I am so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open yet I am really tempted to walk into the kitchen and make these right now!
    I can only imagine how heavenly these muffins must be! I will let you know what my taste buds end up singing tonight or tomorrow at most

  4. Writers block happens no problem as long as there is no baking block 😉
    Yummmm these muffins are mouthwatering!

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. rosemary and cardamom?! Love it!!

  6. I love the slivered almonds on top!

  7. I made your lucious lemon cake a couple do days back. It was polished off instantaneously 🙂

  8. Any muffin that will make my “taste buds literally dance and sing”, even if it’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, must be made if, for no other reason, for the experience. These do sound very good, Geni. Love the savory component mixed with citrus. Yum!

  9. Never tried rosemary on muffins, this is a must try

  10. Loving the flavour combinations here will definitely, have a go at making these

  11. Interesting sounds delicious gonna have to try this

  12. Looks amazing! Love that flavor combo!

  13. I love the combo of flavours! Would love a couple of them for the breakfast!

  14. Wow- I can’t wait to try these…thinking I may have every ingredient right now! What a creative flavor combo and I LOVE that you have a formula for muffins. Awesome!

  15. These sound delicious AND you’ve given me an idea for my own ingredients to try. This will be fun! 🙂

  16. My mouth is watering……..totally trying this recipe. Wow.

  17. Your blog has made me so incredibly hungry. I shouldn’t browse food websites while on a diet… God I love food…

  18. Sounds and looks good the combination of rosemary and orange…and your muffins look so cute…
    Thanks for sharing the recipe Geni and hope you are having a nice week 🙂

  19. These muffins look amazing – orange always makes my mouth sing too! I must check out that formula for muffins. It sounds perfect.

  20. Love the combination of orange and rosemary. YUM!

  21. These muffins are making my mouth pucker and my heart sing with all of the beautiful flavors and spices. Will so have to check out this site for creating your own muffins. I think if you eat at least 2 of these muffins they are recommended by physicians to relieve writers block.

  22. I always sing when I’m eating something so delicious and delectable :). And I have no doubt I will be humming a song when I get finish enjoying these lol.

  23. A cup of tea and one of your muffins would be a nice way to start the day.

  24. I love that these have two of my favorite flavors – cardamom and rosemary, two of which I think are underused in the baking world!

  25. Hahaha.. you’re hilarious, Geni! Of course all I can think of now is the “hallelujah” chorus.. I’d love to bite into one of these straight out of the oven:)

  26. You know, I was sure I had left a comment on this post, but if so, WP has eaten it! Anyway, these look so terrific and the orange, rosemary and almond combo sounds killer! I’ve bookmarked!

  27. Wow! I love the rosemary addition! I have to try these, stat!

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