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The Famous Blueberry Muffins from Jordan Marsh, Boston’s First Department Store

After the Civil War. came the Gilded Age, a period that gave rise to the establishment of institutions like Jordan Marsh, Boston’s first department store in 1861.

Acquired by Macy’s in 1996, their muffins remain an institution. Offering refreshments onsite to shoppers kept them in the building. It was these sugar topped blueberry muffins that caught on, making the bakery (and the store) famous.





The Famous Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

The Famous Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins, Boston's first department store. These are amazing muffins and best of all uses only one pan.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 262kcal


  • 12 cup muffin tin
  • icecream scoop
  • electric mixer


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with cups.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl and beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in the baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
  • Add the flour alternately with the milk, beating gently just to combine. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • Mash 1/2 cup of the blueberries.* Add the mashed and whole berries to the batter, stirring just to combine and distribute.
  • Use an ice cream or muffin scoop to portion
  • Sprinkle about a teaspoon of granulated sugar atop each muffin.
  • Bake the muffins for about 30 minutes, until they're light golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.
  • Remove the muffins from the oven, loosen their edges from the pan, and after about 5 minutes transfer them to a rack to cool.


*If you are using frozen berries you don't have to mash some of the berries. To prevent the muffins from turning blue, place your frozen berries in a sieve and run cold water on them until the water runs clear. 


Serving: 75g | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg


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