Best Ever Muffins

This very basic muffin recipe is the one that both Myrna and I use. It is from the Better Homes and Gardens 1968 Red Plaid Cookbook and the Farm Journal Bread Cookbook. I often measure my dry ingredients into the bowl and cover them overnight. I also mix the liquids and cover and refrigerate them. In the morning, I can preheat the oven, combine the ingredients and have the muffins baking quickly.  Use regular-size muffin pans.  I like to use a size 24 muffin scoop. It only takes a minute or two to measure out the dry ingredients instead of using a mix.
We like these with main dish salads, soups, casseroles; any meal that needs a little “filling out”.
Best Ever Muffins
1 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour - 7 ounces
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup salad oil or melted shortening or melted butter
1 large egg -- beaten
3/4 cup milk
  • Mix dry ingredients. Make a well, stir in liquids until just blended. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400° until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
12 muffins
Cost - 2010 - 4 cents per muffin, 48 cents per recipe
Per Serving: 149 Calories; 7g Fat (41.1% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 20mg Cholesterol; 249mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
**I have had success cutting this recipe in half and using a small or medium egg.


  1. I grew up on this recipe! They're the best!

  2. I'd like to just make six of these, but never buy small or medium eggs. So what happens cutting this in half but use a large egg?

    1. Hi, Harold
      There are a couple of solutions for this. I don't really like beating and halving an other suggestion is using just the egg yolk, and using the white for something like macaroons or frosting.
      The solution for me, is to add the whole egg, and leave out about a tablespoon of milk.
      I often make half of this recipe, and when I don't have mixed size farm eggs, that's what I do.
      Thanks for asking.


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