A crunchy topping of sugared toasted almonds and a surprise filling of almond-scented berry jam makes these whole-wheat muffins reminiscent of Danish pastries. They are perfect for a special breakfast or brunch.

Patsy Jamieson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004


Recipe Summary

1 hr
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

  • Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

  • Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Add buttermilk, orange juice, oil and vanilla; whisk to blend. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until moistened.

  • Scoop half the batter into the prepared pan. Mix jam and almond extract; drop a generous teaspoonful into the center of each muffin. Spoon on the remaining batter, filling each muffin cup completely. Sprinkle with almonds, then sugar.

  • Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.


Tip: You can use buttermilk powder in place of fresh buttermilk. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

DIY Muffin Cups: Make your next batch of muffins or cupcakes the ultimate grab-and-go treat by lining your tin with muffin liners. No liners? No problem. Use 5-inch squares of parchment paper, coat each muffin cup with cooking spray, and push each square into the cups using a small can or bottle, pressing the paper up the sides. (It's OK if some of the paper is sticking out over the rim.) Fill each cup as directed.

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; protein 5.3g 11% DV; carbohydrates 35.7g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 2.2g 9% DV; sugars 16g; fat 8g 12% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 31.8mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 66.3IU 1% DV; vitamin c 3.6mg 6% DV; folate 45mcg 11% DV; calcium 88.3mg 9% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 35mg 13% DV; potassium 157mg 4% DV; sodium 218.4mg 9% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 17% DV; added sugar 14g.

Reviews (8)

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
Very good but jam sunk to bottom I really like the flavor of these muffins and would indeed make them again but next time I think I'll put the jam in at 2/3 to 3/4 of the way to the top of the muffins. I put it in halfway through as instructed and the jam just sunk and came out the bottom. I did make a small indentation as I scooped it in (otherwise it would just spread out) so maybe that pushed it down a bit too far. Also I did not have almond extract so I substituted twice the amount of vanilla which worked fine. However it may have contributed to the sinking problem by making the jam too watery. The muffins are actually quite tasty even without the jam (they have a nice subtle vanilla flavor) and you could always put some jam on them when serving if you'd like. Pros: Tastes Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and Easy I doubled the recipe using white whole wheat instead of the whole wheat (it was all I had) and made 12 with fig jam and 12 with sour cherry. I have only tried the fig so far and are incredibly delicious. They also look beautiful. I did notice the batter was a bit thinner than normal muffin batter but that means they turn out light and fluffy. I will definitely make these again. Would make great gifts for the holidays. Pros: Super quick to put together Cons: Can't taste any Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious Just made these and they came out great! Made a few changes to the batter: added a few tablespoons of flax seed substituted apple sauce instead of oil cut the all purpose flour in half and added half cup of oats. Pros: Healthy easy can change recipe to your own tastes Cons: none! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Berrylicious This recipe is so good unfortunately the batter comes out thin and once you add a large teaspoon and more batter the jam tends to run out and stick to the muffin cup. I recommend not using too much jam. I used a variety of kinds afig apricot raspberry blueberry and sour cherry all were fantastic. The other pitfall maybe my oven gets too hot but I burned the bottome of these and they stuck to the cupcake wrapper. Next time i'll lower the heat or take them out earlier. Recommend everyone try this though so so so good! Pros: Soft and flavorful Cons: too much batter Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A bit more breadlike in flavor although I actually cut down on the sugar a bit... and used natural Simply Strawberry which also has less sugar - but good and excellent for breakfast instead of bread and jam or something. Also I plan to freeze them - so they will be ready when I need a quick breakfast. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and beautiful These came out looking like I had bought them from a professional. Boy they looked beautiful. I used my favorite jam which I had on hand boysenberry. Yumalicious!!! Pros: the good ingredients Cons: no cons Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Light and yummy! These sounded awesome. They rose beautifully in the muffin tins - however I had more batter than 12 tins would hold. Also the batter was so loose not at all like muffin batter to me - more like cake batter. It was very lumpy because of it being so loose but that didn't seem to make a difference. However because of the really loose batter I did not put the jam in the center. I might be daring next time though because these were REALLY good! I do agree that they are more bread like in texture. Really surprising because I expected them to be more cake like since the batter was cake like! Pros: healthy and pretty! Cons: really runny batter Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Portable Sandwich! I'm not big on almonds but I'm HUGE on PB&J. So instead of using the almonds as a topping I crushed some unsalted peanuts and mixed about 2/3 cup in the batter and topped with more of them. No almond extract in the jam either. Otherwise I made the muffins by the recipe. They turned out amazing! It's like having a little pb&j sandwich without the sticky peanut butter mass on the roof of your mouth. These will definitely become a staple of my refrigerator. Pros: Easy Ingredients onhand Read More