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Cardamom-Spiced Blueberry Jam Muffins

  • Author: anita | wild thistle kitchen
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


These Cardamom-Spiced Blueberry Jam Muffins are familiar and just a little but exotic, fragrant, and moist. So easy to whip up and don't skip that incredible, all-natural purple glaze!




  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup flavorless oil such as grapeseed (feel free to use 1/2 stick of melted butter instead)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste

blueberry jam filling:

  • 1/2 cup blueberry jam - I prefer Bonne Maman
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste

blueberry glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed freeze-dried blueberries or 2 tablespoons blueberry jam
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk


To prepare blueberry jam filling:

  1. Mix jam, cardamom, and vanilla together and set aside

To prepare muffins:

  1. Prepare muffin tins by spraying with baking spray or lining with paper muffin liners.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, set aside
  4. Mix wet ingredients in a medium bowl or large, spouted measuring cup
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix gently until just combined. I use a large fork for this and then scrape around the sides and bottom with a soft, rubber spatula to finish. Remember, lumpy, ugly batter is a good thing here.
  6. Fill muffin cups half way with batter.
  7. Add one teaspoon of jam to each muffin cup.
  8. Fill muffin cups with remaining batter.
  9. Top each with one more teaspoon of jam, and using a chopstick or skewer, swirl jam from top to bottom and side to side.
  10. You can bake them right away, or let them sit at room temp for 20 minutes before baking to get an even higher rise (pro-tip - I always use this time to scurry around and clean up the mess I've made)
  11. Place in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes until puffed, golden, and set. (this is a good time to make your glaze)
  12. Remove muffins from oven and let cool slightly before transferring to parchment lined surface where you will glaze them once cooled. (cookie sheet, cutting board, large platter).


To prepare glaze:

  1. Place all glaze ingredients in a small bowl and add just enough milk to make a smooth, pourable glaze. Add more confectioner's sugar if it's too thin, or more milk if too thick. You want it thin enough to pour, but thick enough so it doesn't all just run off the muffins.

To glaze muffins:

  1. Once muffins are cooled to room temp, spread or pour glaze any way you like. I like to drizzle it over the top, but you could also dip each muffin top.



If you are totally opposed to cardamom, use cinnamon or nutmeg or just leave the spice out - these will still be delicious.

likewise, feel free to use your favorite jam - I just love the blueberry/cardamom combo

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: muffins, breakfast
  • Method: baking