Buttermilk Muffins are the best muffins I have ever tasted. They are light and fluffy with a subtle hint of honey, the perfect amount of sweetness, and just a touch of sour buttermilk flavor.

Have you ever heard of the TV show Hart of Dixie? It was (ok, still is) one of my favorite shows. I recently binge-watched it again and thought I might try to recreate some of the favorites from the Butter Stick Bakery. Of course, the Buttermilk Muffin was the first recipe I had to try to make!

These muffins are light, fluffy, and have this unique flavor from the honey and buttermilk. They are so good – like a cupcake and a muffin had a baby… I can’t really explain it, you just have to try them!

A pan of buttermilk muffins with one on top.

The other items on the Butter Stick Bakery menu that I could find are:

  • Anges’ Sweet Tea
  • Aunt Mae’s Carrot Cake
  • Pumpkin Pound Cake
  • Shelton’s Peanut Butter Clusters
  • Hummingbird Cake
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Fritter Cupcakes
  • Breakfast Skillet Bread Pudding
  • Snickerdoodle Cookies (I have Apple Butter Snickerdoodles that are really good!)

Which one should I try to make next?

🥘 Ingredient Notes

The ingredients in buttermilk muffins laid out in bowls and labeled.
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Honey
  • Melted Butter
  • One Egg

🍽 Equipment Needed

  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Two Bowls
  • A Muffin Tin

🥣 How to Make Them

These muffins are so easy to make, and they taste so good! They are the easiest breakfast to whip up.

  • First, preheat the oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. (Picture 1)
  • In another bowl, combine egg, buttermilk, melted butter, and honey. (Picture 2) Make sure the butter has cooled down, or it will harden up the second it hits the cold buttermilk. If this happens, you can save it by heating the whole mixture very slowly in a small saucepan over low heat just until the butter melts again. Make sure the heat is very low, or the egg will cook.
  • Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. (Picture 3 – 4)
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. (Picture 5)
A collage of images showing the process of making buttermilk images, steps 1 - 5.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 10 – 15 minutes.
Halfway baked buttermilk muffins in the oven.
  • Let the muffins cool for about 5 minutes before removing them from their pan and moving to a wire rack. Serve while warm with butter and a drizzle of honey.
A pan of baked buttermilk muffins.

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use normal milk in place of buttermilk?

Yes – you don’t have to use buttermilk, but these muffins won’t have the same sour flavor. This recipe is based on this Taste of Home recipe, so if you don’t want to use buttermilk, I would recommend using this recipe.

Can you add fruit to buttermilk muffins?

Yes! I tested these muffins with fresh blueberries (tossed in a little flour to keep them from sinking) and they were really good. I still like the honey/buttermilk flavor best though. My husband is convinced chocolate chips will be delicious also. About 3/4 cup of fresh blueberries is enough.

A muffin tin filled with baked blueberry muffins.

The inside is so fluffy, and the berries add a nice fruity tartness.

A blueberry buttermilk muffin sliced in half.
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🥫 How to Store Buttermilk Muffins

Once cooled, these muffins should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for 3 – 5 days.

They are best if reheated before eating – I like to warm them in the toaster or oven but you can also put them in the microwave for about 10 seconds. They are delicious when sliced in half with a little sliver of butter on them.

A pan of buttermilk muffins.

✏️ Helpful Tips

  • Make sure that the melted butter has cooled down before combing it with buttermilk, or it will harden up the second it hits the cold milk. If this happens, you can save it by heating the whole mixture very slowly in a small saucepan over low heat just until the butter melts again. Make sure the heat is very low, or the egg will cook.
  • Try this recipe with 3/4 cup of blueberries tossed in flour or my husband’s favorite – chocolate chips. I prefer the plain muffins, but he loves chocolate everything!
  • Reheat these muffins when serving – they are so good nice and warm with a little bit of melted butter on them.
The inside of a buttermilk muffin.

Other Breakfast Recipes

A pile of buttermilk muffins on a muffin tin with a plaid napkin.

Looking for more ways to use up leftover buttermilk?

Have You Tried This Recipe?
Please rate it and leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you think!

A hand holding a buttermilk muffin.

Buttermilk Muffins

4.97 from 27 votes
Buttermilk Muffins are the best muffins I have ever tasted. They are light and fluffy with a subtle hint of honey, the perfect amount of sweetness, and just a touch of sour buttermilk flavor.
Author: Kari
Servings: 12 muffins
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup butter melted and cooled (4 tbsp or ½ stick)
  • ¼ cup honey

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup granulated sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • In another bowl, combine egg, buttermilk, melted butter, and honey.
    1 large egg, 1 cup buttermilk, ¼ cup butter, ¼ cup honey
  • Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups about three-fourths full.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, for about 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

Notes

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use normal milk in place of buttermilk?
Yes – you don’t have to use buttermilk, but these muffins won’t have the same sour flavor. This recipe is based on this Taste of Home recipe, so if you don’t want to use buttermilk, I would recommend using this recipe.
Can you add fruit to buttermilk muffins?
Yes! I tested these muffins with fresh blueberries (tossed in a little flour to keep them from sinking) and they were really good. I still like the honey/buttermilk flavor best though. My husband is convinced chocolate chips will be delicious also. About ¾ cup of fresh blueberries is enough.

🥫 Storage/Shelf Life/Reheating

Once cooled, these muffins should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for 3 – 5 days. They are best if reheated before eating – I like to warm them in the toaster or oven but you can also put them in the microwave for about 10 seconds. They are delicious when sliced in half with a little sliver of butter on them.

📋 Tips

  • Make sure that the melted butter has cooled down before combing it with buttermilk or it will harden up the second it hits the cold milk. If this happens, you can save it by heating the whole mixture very slowly in a small saucepan over low heat just until the butter melts again. Make sure the heat is very low or the egg will cook.
  • Try this recipe with ¾ cup of blueberries tossed in flour or my husband’s favorite – chocolate chips. I prefer the plain muffins, but he loves chocolate everything!
  • Reheat these muffins when serving – they are so good nice and warm with a little bit of melted butter on them.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: buttermilk muffins, fluffy muffins, hart of dixie buttermilk muffins
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Hi, I’m Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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    1. They freeze VERY well! I make them in huge batches when I have company coming, and I pull out whatever we need the night before – then we toast them in the morning and serve them with honey butter.

  1. 5 stars
    Found this one afternoon in search of a quick bread that would go well with pulled pork. Less than 25 minutes later I pulled these beautiful golden gems out of the oven, ready to be served. They were hit at a dinner gathering that evening, AND relieved my worry about what to do with leftover buttermilk πŸ™‚ Definitely a ‘make again’ recipe thank you! PS: any advice on trying them gluten free?

  2. 5 stars
    These muffins are super fluffy and perfect with chili. I added an extra 1/4 of butter by accident and they still turned out really well!

  3. 5 stars
    I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for ways to use up leftover buttermilk (well, actually kefir, but close enough). And I am very happy I did. Doubled the recipe, baked both jumbo and normal sized muffins, sprinkled some cinnamon sugar on top as per Linda’s suggestion, and they came out perfect. The only deviation from the recipe was to use about 1/4 less sugar – European tastebuds πŸ™‚ Definitely bookmarking this recipe, thank you! Oh – I’ve just caught my cat trying to steal a muffin from the table, so clearly this is good stuff πŸ˜‰

    1. This is so wonderful to hear! I am making a batch this week and I am going to try the cinnamon sugar addition. Don’t let your cat steal too many πŸ˜‰