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Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Blackberries have always been my favorite berry. I used to pick gallons and gallons of blackberries every summer when I was in grade school. We were lucky that our property was surrounded by wild blackberries. I miss the days of blackberry picking. We had fun and our kitchen was overflowing with blackberries during the summer months. I still love blackberries, but hate paying an arm and leg for them:) I recently splurged and bought blackberries at the store so I could make Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins.

I love baking with ricotta cheese. I have made cookies, pound cake, pancakes, and more cookies. I can’t stop myself, I am addicted to ricotta. It never lets me down. These muffins include ricotta cheese, fresh lemon juice, and zest. Plump, juicy blackberries are hidden inside to create a burst of berry flavor. The muffins are delicate, moist, and have a slight crunch from the sugary muffin tops.

We enjoyed the muffins as soon as they came out of the oven. Josh and I both declared these Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins as our all time favorite muffin recipe. They are perfect. I am going to have to splurge on blackberries more often, because these muffins are worth it!


Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

Cook Time: 20 minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup ricotta cheese (whole or low-fat is fine)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blackberries
Turbinado sugar-for sprinkling on muffin tops


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, add the sugar and lemon zest. Rub the lemon zest and sugar together with your fingers. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar and lemon zest mixture together until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add the ricotta cheese and beat until smooth. Beat in the egg, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.

3. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, fill each muffin cup half way with batter. Add three blackberries to each muffin cup. Top the muffins with remaining batter so blackberries are covered. Generously sprinkle turbinado sugar over each muffin top.

4. Bake muffins for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are slightly golden brown. Let muffins cool for five minutes and serve.

If you like these Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins, you might also like:

Blackberry Lime Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod
Meyer Lemon-Ricotta Muffins from Recipe Girl
Raspberry Topped Lemon Muffins from Smitten Kitchen
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Simply Recipes

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147 Responses to “Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins”

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 4, 2011 @ 3:37 am

    Love how springy this sound. Can’t wait to get some delicious blackberries myself!

  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 4, 2011 @ 4:03 am

    I love blackberries and they worked really well in a lemon cheesecake bar I made. The muffins look terrific, especially with ricotta!

  3. Katrina — April 4, 2011 @ 4:04 am

    These look perfect! I love the ricotta idea!

  4. Erica — April 4, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    Blackberries are my Josh’s favorite berry. He would love these. I may have to make them when my in laws come into town next. We have a plantation down the road that has fresh berry picking all spring/summer. They just opened strawberry picking, but blackberry will be soon- I can’t wait! Hope you’re feeling well :)

  5. Heather (heather's dish) — April 4, 2011 @ 4:43 am

    i love fresh berries in muffins, but i have actually never tried blackberries OR ricotta in them! sounds so rich and delicious!

  6. I lovvvve blackberries. These look wonderful!!

  7. Estela @ Weekly Bite — April 4, 2011 @ 4:58 am

    I love how big & beautiful the blackberries have been lately.

    Those muffins look amazing :)

  8. food librarian — April 4, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    Lovely! And keep up the ricotta obsession…everything you make with ricotta is fantastic!

  9. Taylor — April 4, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    These look delicious! I have never tried adding ricotta to my baked goods, but now I think I am going to have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing. I love blackberries as well but am on the same page about their price.

  10. brandi — April 4, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    Blackberries are one of my favorite things about summer! And I love any berries with ricotta – so good!

  11. Justeen @ Blissful Baking — April 4, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    My favorite pancakes are lemon ricotta with blackberries sauce!! These look like my favorite pancakes in muffin form! I’m sure they are amazing :)

  12. Jenny Flake — April 4, 2011 @ 7:19 am


  13. Laurie Jesch-Kulseth — April 4, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    Those look delish — I’m game for anything with lemon and ricotta!

  14. Lindsay @eat,knit,grow — April 4, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    Oh wow those look delicious! I love blackberries, perfect spring muffins!

  15. Heidi @ Food Doodles — April 4, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Mmmm, those look incredible! I can’t resist muffins with lemon in them. And the ricotta sounds awesome!

  16. EatLiveRun — April 4, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    love blackberry muffins! your photos are beautiful!

  17. These look great! I bet they would be yummy with blueberries too.

  18. susan — April 4, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    I love muffins with fruit!

  19. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 4, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    I started to buy blackberries the other day but decided against because of the price, now I’m going to go back and pick some up to try these muffins!

  20. Helena — April 4, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    I would love to take just the blackberries, but I would settle for the muffins too :) gladly, even!

  21. Tessa — April 4, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    I’ve never picked wild blackberries! Sounds fun. These muffins look scrumptious :)

  22. I am a ricotta cheese addict too in baked goods. These muffins look awesome!

  23. I have never baked with ricotta before, but you’ve inspired me! These muffins look too good NOT to try! :) Thanks for sharing another clever and delicious looking recipe, Maria!

  24. Amanda — April 4, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    I love blackberries! I will have to try this recipe for sure! :)

  25. Amanda — April 4, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    These are making me drool. I want. I want. I want.

  26. Aubry — April 4, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Absolutely scrumptious looking! Love the ricotta-blackberry combo. Cannot wait to make these!

  27. Tracy — April 4, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    Blackberries are my favorite berry, too! I need to find a “you pick” place around here. Lovely muffins!

  28. Flourchild — April 4, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Lemons and balckberrys….looks so good! Check this out.

  29. Katrina — April 4, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Those DO look perfect, Maria. I’ll have to try ricotta in baked goods.

  30. Joanne — April 4, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I loooveee baking with ricotta as well. Partially because it means I have ricotta on hand to eat out of the container. And partially because it makes for such fluffy baked goods! This lemon blackberry combo sounds divine!

  31. Sues — April 4, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    I’ve never baked with ricotta before, but do love ricotta cake and these muffins look absolutely amazing. So happy for blackberry season :)

  32. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 4, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    These look great! I never think to try blackberries. I’ll have to do that soon. :)

  33. Kalynskitchen — April 4, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    The muffins look delicious. I’m thinking I have never cooked with blackberries. Not sure why not because I do like them!

  34. Tracey — April 4, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    These are gorgeous, love the combination of flavors!

  35. Amanda — April 4, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Oh yum, that crunchy, sugary muffin top is absolutely gorgeous!

  36. HeatherChristo — April 4, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    those look divine! This is going to be my next muffin batch!

  37. As a kid i’d go pick blackberries with my mom for tons of pies. I hope to make a berry picking trip this summer again. These muffins look perfect and your photos look amazing like always too!

  38. These look amazing!!

  39. Melissa — April 4, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    We used to pick dewberries during my childhood. I miss those days too! Love the lemon and blackberry combo.

  40. Feast on the Cheap — April 4, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    I’m with you, I LOVE baking with ricotta. Just recently whipped up Vanilla Cupcakes with Honey Ricotta Frosting…so good! Will have to try these out, they look divine!

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