Vanilla Bean Muffins

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Vanilla Bean Muffins are soft and flavorful, served with freshly whipped sweet cherry butter on the side.

I love making easy and delicious muffins like my popular Blueberry Lemon Muffin and Chocolate Banana Muffin.

Vanilla Bean Muffins

Vanilla Bean Muffins

These Vanilla Bean Muffins are my go to recipe. I like to have some on hand for my toddler to enjoy the morning or as a snack. He loves it when I pack some into his lunch box. In addition, they are so easy to make, and are a great kitchen project with kids as they are ready in 30 minutes.

I went ahead and whipped a batch of these Vanilla Bean Muffins for an outdoor brunch that I hosted. To take them over the top, I served them with Cherry Butter! You will see, people will end up eating the butter with a spoon, its that good! Made with whole cherries, it’s sweet and fabulous, especially paired with a soft muffin.

Why you will love these Vanilla Bean Muffins

  • Firstly, they are rich and flavorful, and are a show stopper dessert.
  • Also, easy to find ingredients and minimum prep work and dishes to clean.
  • Perfect for brunch parties and for bigger crowds.
  • In addition, easy to transport if you have to take it to a brunch party.
  • Lastly, can be made 1 or 2 days in advance so you don’t have to worry about a last minute dessert.

How long will the Vanilla Bean Muffins stay fresh

The muffins can be stored wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for about 4-5 days.

Can you freeze Vanilla Bean Muffins

Yes, you can! First, cool muffins completely and do not frost. Then, wrap tightly each muffin in freezer wrap and add them in batches to freezer bags. Muffins can be stored frozen for up to 3 months at 0 degrees F or lower.

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5 from 4 reviews
Vanilla Bean Muffins with Cherry Butter
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 35 mins


  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour 
  • 3 teaspoons  baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon  salt 
  • ¾ cup  white sugar 
  • 1  egg 
  • 1 cup  milk 
  • ¼ cup  vegetable oil 
  • 3  vanilla beans  (seeds only)

Cherry Butter

  • 1  stick unsalted butter  (room temperature)
  • ⅓ cup  cherries  (pitted)
  • ¼ cup  powdered sugar 

Optional Glaze:

  • ½ cup  powdered sugar 
  • 1  vanilla bean  (seeds only)
  • 2-3 tablespoons  whole milk 


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with paper cups and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. In a small bowl, using a fork beat the egg, stir in milk, oil and vanilla bean seeds. Add the mixture to the flour bowl, and using a spatula or a fork mix quickly until combined. Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.
  5. Bake for 22 - 25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack. Let the muffins cool completely before glazing.
  6. For the glaze, add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix with a spoon until fully combined and without lumps. The milk must be added 1 tablespoon at a time, if the mixture is too thick keep adding milk 1 tablespoon at a time. Drizzle the glaze over the muffins.

Cherry Butter:

  1. Add the softened butter, ¼ cup of powdered sugar and cherries to the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute, scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula and mix for another 20 seconds. Using an ice cream spoon, scoop the batter onto a serving plate.
  2. Enjoy!
Calories: 319 Carbohydrates: 55 Protein: 4 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 24 Sodium: 171 Potassium: 292 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 32 Vitamin A: 140 Vitamin C: 0.4 Calcium: 146 Iron: 2.4
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Everything about this gets a big fat yes from me. I can't wait to give these a try. I LOVE real vanilla.


Brianne Tursi Manz

These muffins look delicious! Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch-or both-will look even better with these on the table!



These muffins look delicious! I love how fluffy they are too! Yum


Tara Pittman

The cherry butter sounds so yummy. These would be great for breakfast.



I'm such a huge fan of vanilla bean anything. I'll definitely print this out and try it!



I love to start my day with a muffin. I've never had vanilla bean muffins before and I have got to try that cherry butter.



That looks and sounds really amazing!


Celebrate Woman Today

What a creative way to celebrate different tastes! Love your artistry!


Lisa Joy Thompson

First off, those muffins look absolutely amazing! And second, how have I never heard of cherry butter before. I'm now thinking of all the other fruit butters that I may need to try my hand at!



Yum! Did someone say cherry butter? That sounds so delicious


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