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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Grammy McCarthy’s Blueberry Muffins

After writing about Grammy McCarthy’s brownies last week, I feel like I have to write about her blueberry muffins, too! Just like the brownies, she always has a batch ready for us when we visit. And whenever we make them here at home two things always happen:

  1. I have fond memories of time with Grammy and Grampy. Sure enough, the other morning as I was re-heating a few for our breakfast, I was immediately transported to Grammy’s kitchen.
  2. Cate constantly begs to eat more muffins. And when I say constantly, I mean CONSTANTLY. The girl is obsessed. And rightly so. They are darn good!

So, here you are everyone, Grammy’s treasured Blueberry Muffins. Enjoy!

Grammy McCarthy's Blueberry Muffins
From Mary McCarthy, Nate’s beyond-lovely grandmother
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • small ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cold cut into small pieces or softened to room temp
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Work in the butter with a fork or pastry blender until well mixed. Whisk egg and milk together in separate bowl, then add to dry ingredients. Carefully fold in blueberries. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 mins. Makes appx. 8-9 standard-sized muffins.
  2. To reheat muffins the next day, but in a low oven (200 – 250 degrees) for 10-15 minutes or so. Take them right back to that perfect straight-out-of-the-oven moment. If you’re pressed for time, heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, then put in the toaster oven for a few minutes to “crisp” the outside up a bit.


  1. 1

    Perfect timing – I have blueberries that really need to be used. Can’t wait to try these!

  2. They do look divine. I would clamor for them too!

  3. 3

    I have recently found your website and have tried out several of your recipes with great success. I actually made these yesterday! I have 3 kids under 3 and needless to say I have my hands full! These were a huge hit! My two toddlers ate almost the entire batch throughout the day! Thanks for the recipe

    • Jane Maynard

      this recipe has been buried on my site for ages, I thought it was time to bring it out into the light! I’m so glad you tried and loved it! and I’m not surprised you got through the entire batch so quickly 😉

      and so happy other recipes have worked out for you as well! that’s what I like to hear! 🙂

  4. I have yet to find a homemade blueberry muffin that was perfect. I can’t wait to try this one. It definitely looks perfect.

  5. 5

    Those look divine! I love blueberries 🙂

  6. What fabulous muffins. The only fresh berries I can get on the island are strawberries – also very seldom. Will experiment and see if they work as well.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. 7

    I’m going to try them not only b/c they look yummy but for the nostalgia of it..I’ve never known anyone besides my family who referred to their grandparents as “Grammy and Grampy!” My Grammy just turned 102 on Sunday:)

  8. 8

    I made these muffins today. They are good but I can`t say I am amazed by them. The batter seemed very dry.

    • Jane Maynard

      glad they were good, but sorry you weren’t amazed by them…be sure not too cook too long and it is best to eat them warm, whether straight out of the oven or reheated 🙂

  9. 9

    Made these the other morning–simply delicious! The only fault I found with the recipe was that it made too few! Next time I will be sure to double the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      I agree that is the only fault with this recipe for sure! 🙂 We doubled it this time around and we ate ALL of the muffins in, oh, two days or so. 😉 so glad you loved them!

  10. 10

    I have some blackberries I really need to use…do you think they would work ok in this recipe?

    • Jane Maynard

      interesting…good question! I’ve done chocolate chips, and I think berries are better…so, actually, I think blackberries could work! if they’re huge-mongous, i might halve them before mixing them into the batter. if you give it a try, let us know how it goes!!! 🙂

  11. 11

    Hello, I’m from eastern Europe and I’m a little confused with the “T” abbreviation next to the butter. Could anyone tell me how much is it, please? 🙂

  12. 12

    Thank you!
    I saw “tsp.” and “T” in the recipe, that’s why I thought they meant something different.

    oh, actually they did! So: tsp./t = teaspoon, Tsp./T – tablespoon. Now it’s all clear 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      that’s all exactly right! it didn’t help that the recipe has mixed notation…but now you’ll never forget, right? 🙂

    • Kate

      Although it wasnt used here the abbreviation for tablespoon is actually tbs (or tbsp)So it would be…
      tsp./t = teaspoon tbs./T = tablespoon.

  13. 13


    I made these muffins yesterday and they turned out deeeelish! I actually decided to add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to just perk up the batter a bit.

    The only thing I’ll say is that the directions are a bit unclear… When are you supposed to add in the sugar? I decided to put it into the wet ingredients before adding it to the flour mixture. Also, it doesnt specify whether the butter should be cold or room temp- I used it cold

    thankfully, they were still very yummy! 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      hi leah! so glad you liked the muffins! and vanilla sounds like a nice touch for sure – might have to do that next time myself!

      the sugar should be mixed in with all the dry ingredients, but I will go clarify the wording. also, cold or room temp butter should be fine. I think I’ve done it both ways! 🙂

      glad they came out for you!

  14. 14

    Made these last night! My husband and my co-workers are really enjoying the fruits of my labour and this recipe! 🙂

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