Blackberry Gingerbread Muffins

Usually I think of making gingerbread during the winter holidays, but here’s a summer-ized version in muffin form! Fresh blackberries make these muffins moist and of course the ginger and molasses give these muffins that great gingerbread taste. I had clipped this recipe from an old issue of Victoria magazine and modified it slightly. The original recipe was supposed to have made 18 muffins; I added in extra blackberries, and came up with 24 to 26 muffins, or 24 muffins and 1 mini-loaf. Making the mini-loaf works out great because you can bake it right along with your muffins–it will just need about 5 to 10 minutes extra baking time.

I also added a creamy glaze with a blackberry on top of each muffin, because without any glaze or garnish these muffins look a little plain. So I definitely recommend the glaze and berry on top!

I never would have thought of combining blackberries and gingerbread on my own, but I really like this combination! If you are a fan of gingerbread, you’ll have to try this out!

Blackberry Gingerbread Muffins

  • Servings: 26
  • Difficulty: easy
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BLACKBERRY GINGERBREAD MUFFINS by NancyC, adapted from Victoria Magazine
Makes 26 muffins (or 24 muffins and 1 mini loaf)

3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
1 cup unsulphured molasses
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups fresh blackberries

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin pans with 24 paper liners; set aside. Grease and flour a mini-loaf pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, blend together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice.

In a large bowl, cream softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add molasses, eggs (one at a time), and buttermilk and mix until everything is combined well.

Add the flour mixture all at once to the butter/molasses mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the berries and mix to distribute evenly in batter.

Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full, and put the rest of the batter in your mini-loaf pan. Bake muffins at 350˚F for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; your mini-loaf will need to bake about 5 to 10 minutes longer. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire rack. After muffins have cooled, drizzle with Creamy Glaze.

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons Half & Half (light cream)
26 blackberries for garnish

In a small bowl, blend powdered sugar and Half & Half until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over cooled muffins and top each muffin with a blackberry in the center.

Recipe from NancyC |

A summery gingerbread is definitely a new thing for me! Have you tried any different takes on gingerbread?

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9 thoughts on “Blackberry Gingerbread Muffins

    1. nancyc Post author

      Thank you! 🙂 This is a great summer-into-fall recipe—and a nice treat on a rainy day! 🙂 Not so much rain my way, but it sure has been hot!

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