It’s July.

Wait, what?

It’s July.

As usual, I have no idea how time works, other than that it goes by way too fast. One minute, it’s January, and the next, it’s the Fourth of July! The next time I blink it’ll be Thanksgiving.

But back to July. These red-white-blue muffins are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday, even if they turned out more pink-beige-aqua.

Fourth of July muffins

Red, White, and Blue Fourth of July Muffins (45/46 of 750)

Adapted from  750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury
Makes 50 muffins

Strawberry-Lime Muffins (45 of 750)

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp grated lime zest (from 1 lime)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, butter, and lime zest until well blended. Whisk in milk.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in strawberries.

White Chocolate Muffins

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until fluffy and pale yellow. Beat in vanilla until blended.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, making three additions of flour and two of milk until just blended. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Blueberry Muffins (46 of 750)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Whisk in milk until well blended.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until blended. Gently fold in blueberries.

Assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups, adding 1/2 teaspoon of each of the three batters.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes until tops spring back when touched.
  4. Let cool on a wire rack and store in airtight container.

Okay, so these muffins have a lot going on, but it’s a lot of deliciousness, which is always a good thing. They’re all pretty tasty on their own, but together, they’re so much better – like in Power Rangers, where they would all use their separate weapons to create one giant robot. I suppose another way of saying it would be, the sum is greater than its parts, but that’s really boring.

And let’s talk about those parts. Strawberry-lime – sweet, with just a hint of tartness to brighten up the flavor. Blueberry – juicy and tender. White chocolate – the perfect amount of rich creaminess. Combined together, you get maximum flavor in one tiny muffin. Of course, you could always bake the muffins separate for red, white, or blue muffins, but come on, this is America! The land of excess, the land of super-size it and Dorito tacos.

And what better way to celebrate this country than by eating not just one flavor of muffin, but three?

So go on and make these muffins, not just for yourself, but for America. It’s what the Founding Fathers would want.

Red, white, and blue!

No need to layer the batter perfectly

Tastes like sweet freedom

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