Candied Ginger Lemon Muffins

This is a unique muffin recipe sure to brighten any day with the combination of zesty lemon and sweet crystallized ginger.  These muffins are great with morning coffee, and they also go well with an afternoon cup of tea.

Recipe adapted from Totally Muffins Cookbook 

Candied Ginger Lemon Muffins

1 cup cake flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
5 teaspoons lemon zest, divided
2 eggs
1 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 (2 ounce) bottle crystallized ginger (or about 1/2 cup), rinsed, dried, and chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray or use paper liners. In a small bowl, combine both flours and baking soda; mix with a fork.
In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar; beat in 2 teaspoons lemon zest. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add half-and-half and lemon juice and mix until combined. Add flour mixture and stir just until flour disappears. Gently stir in chopped ginger. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and sprinkle tops with remaining lemon zest. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes, or until muffins test done. Makes 18 muffins.

Crystallized ginger is like a soft, sweet, slightly spicy candy.

Finely chop the crystallized ginger pieces before adding to the batter.

Sprinkle lemon zest on top of the batter before baking.

Make a batch of these Candied Ginger Lemon Muffins and your day will have a sunny start no matter what the weather!


  1. Oh, I so wish I had one right now with my coffee! You make the most interesting dishes.


  2. Oh my, I love lemon and ginger. Definitely going to be baking these up! Pinned. :)

  3. These muffins look delicious! I have to watch foods made with citrus/lemon in them though . . . still, I'll probably try them. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Ooh, I wish I could share a cup of tea and one of those delicious looking muffins with you, Anita!!

  5. These look delicious! I bet they smell wonderful baking in the oven. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment today about the Wild Brownie Bites. The girls' group is a lot of fun. We are really enjoying the time we spend with them. Hope you have a great week!

  6. I need to make these muffins! I love the flavor of lemon and ginger but I don't remember baking anything with both in the recipe. I am sure the combination is delicious. I try to keep candied Ginger in the pantry because it settles an upset tummy pronto. -------------Shannon

  7. Love your blog. Very nice. This recipe looks fantastic. We love muffins and I make a new one each week. Cannot wait to try this recipe. Please visit us. We would love to have you and we are having a great giveaway this week. Register to win - it is under the Televenge post!

  8. I love lemon sweets and I like ginger
    Together = must be wonderful !:)

  9. There is something about chrystalized ginger that I just love. This sounds like a very tasty recipe.

  10. Hi Anita,
    I just love this flavor combination for your Muffins, it would be a favorite with me. Hope you are having a great fall weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. This sounds like an amazing flavor combo! Your muffins and breads are always delicious. Can't wait to try these!