Maple Sugar Muffins and Maple Dessert Recipes

Last Updated on March 23, 2023 by Ellen Christian

You’re going to love these maple sugar muffins! Maple syrup muffins are one of my favorite springtime desserts. Try them today.

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You're going to love these maple sugar muffins! Maple syrup muffins are one of my favorite springtime desserts. Try them today.

Maple Sugar Muffins

Spring in Vermont means that it’s time to sugar the maple trees. If you’re not sure what that means exactly, you can learn where maple syrup comes from.  Or, check out my visit to the New England Maple Museum.

We own about two acres of mostly wooded property. And, we’re very lucky that our neighbor frequently sugars our trees for us. In return, he sends over a few jars of maple syrup. That means that we have far more maple syrup than we can easily use. 

Years ago, I had buttermilk maple muffins at a local restaurant. These maple sugar muffins are quite similar. But, they use sour cream instead which makes them a bit moister. 

Now, you’ll see from the topic of the blog post that I have put these muffins with maple syrup desserts. However, don’t feel like you can’t eat these for breakfast. You definitely can! But, with a tiny bit of confectioner’s sugar sifted on top, these make a tasty dessert as well.

a bon bon made with maple syrup on a cutting board

Light maple dessert recipes

So, if you want something light after dinner, you may want to try this maple pannacotta from Sugar & Soul. It sounds fancy but is super simple to make.

Or, check out this maple cinnamon pudding with vanilla whipped cream from Bowl of Delicious. It’s 100% free of refined sugar.

Or grab a few of these maple walnut truffles from Turning the Clock Back.

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Simple maple dessert recipes

If you’re looking for a simple maple dessert recipe, why not try maple sugar cookies from Stress Baking. Or, if you have an air fryer, these baked apples from Glue & Glitter can be ready in less than 30 minutes.

These maple bacon cookies from Bacon is Magic are a lot like a shortbread cookie! Or, try these cranberry maple blondies from Plating Pixels. They use homemade walnut butter!

making bananas foster in a cast iron pan

Maple fruit desserts

So, maple syrup goes with so many different types of fruit. If you agree, try the cinnamon apple oatmeal crumble from Shane & Simple or the fruit and maple waffle tacos from Contemplating Sweets.

I often add chunks of pear to my muffins because we have so many from our tree. So, scroll to the end for my maple sugar muffins recipe.

You're going to love these maple sugar muffins! Maple syrup muffins are one of my favorite springtime desserts. Try them today.

Vegan maple desserts

If you prefer to offer a vegan maple dessert, try these vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from The Live-In Kitchen. My husband loves chocolate chip cookies because they are the type I make most often.

These maple coconut bars from Delicious Obsessions are perfect when you’re looking for something not too sweet. Or, check out these paleo pecan pie bars from Allergy Free Alaska.

a cheesecake in a blue pie pan with a pie cutter

Decadent maple syrup desserts

If you want something decadent to serve to your guests, why not try the salted maple caramel cheesecake tart from Cinnamon & Corriander. It’s no-bake, so it’s perfect for hot summer weather.

Or, try this easy maple ginger steamed pudding from A Virtual Vegan. Or, try this Canadian maple syrup pie by Mums the Word. (I need to try this!)

After that, I’ll take a big scoop of this ginger maple miso ice cream from Spabettie because it looks so good! I could probably serve it on my maple sugar muffins.

Maple jelly roll cake

Maple cake recipes

Of course, nothing says dessert more than a slice of cake. Why not try this maple cake recipe from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen. It even has maple cream cheese frosting!

This maple syrup and pecan layer cake from Cooking with Carlee would be perfect for the holidays! It has three delicious layers!

Or, this maple bacon Texas sheet cake from Play. Party. Plan. serves 24 and is perfect for a crowd.

Or, these maple bacon cupcakes from More or Less Cooking are perfect for smaller hands. As a result, the kids will love them! My maple sugar muffins are so moist, they could almost be a cake!

Maple Sugar Muffins Recipe and Maple Desserts for Spring

Maple syrup muffins

Finally, check out my maple sugar muffins recipe! You’ll want to use real maple syrup for these recipes because it tastes so much better. You can get it from your trees. Or, you can find it on Amazon. Above all, please do not use fake stuff. 

If you want maple walnut muffins, you can easily add walnuts.

You're going to love these maple sugar muffins! Maple syrup muffins are one of my favorite springtime desserts. Try them today.

Maple sugar muffins recipe

Yield: 12 muffins

Maple Sugar Muffins

Maple Sugar Muffins

You're going to love this delicious, moist maple sugar muffins recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup, divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup confections' sugar or crumbled bacon to top for a savory option


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, 3/4 cup of the maple syrup, sour cream and butter until well blended.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.
  4. Gently fold in walnuts.
  5. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 14 to 18 minutes (400F).
  7. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes, then transfer to the rack.
  8. In a shallow pan heat the remaining maple syrup and dunk the muffin tops in them.
  9. Then dust with confectioners' sugar or add crumbled bacon and drizzle with syrup.
  10. Return to rack and let cool. Makes 12 muffins.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 348mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 5g

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2 thoughts on “Maple Sugar Muffins and Maple Dessert Recipes”

  1. What a nice neighbor you have! I must get some real maple syrup for my oatmeal. I like simple, high fiber foods, but maple syrup would make a great topping on most anything.

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