Junior Baking Contest

Contest rules and regulations

Quick and Easy Blueberry Muffins

Junior Baking Information Sheet (PDF)

Open to children 8 to 16 years of age as of June 1, 2022. One entry per exhibitor.

This easy blueberry muffins recipe makes 10-12 standard muffins or 20 to 22 mini muffins..


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup neutral-flavored oil; canola, vegetable and grape seed are great
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk; dairy and non-dairy both work
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries ( about 1 cup); see note below about frozen berries


  • You can make these with fresh or frozen blueberries – if you use frozen, do not thaw the blueberries.
  • Batter Thickness: The batter should be thick and “scoopable” – not runny and not dry or extra thick like dough. If the batter is too runny, add flour, a tablespoon at a time until correct consistency. If the batter is dry or too thick, add milk, a tablespoon at a time until the proper consistency.


Prepare Oven and Muffin Cups

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. For standard-size muffins line 10 – 12 muffin cups.

Make Batter

  • Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add oil to a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup. Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (1/3 to 1/2 cup milk). Add vanilla and whisk to combine.
  • Add milk mixture to the bowl with dry ingredients then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. (The muffin batter will be quite thick – see note below for more details).
  • Fold in the blueberries.

Bake Muffins

  • Divide the batter between muffin cups. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin.
  • Bake muffins 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are no longer wet and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs, not wet batter.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack. *For mini muffins, the baking time will be less -9 to 11 minutes.

Judging Criteria

Overall Appearance 25 points
Following Directions 10 points
Texture 15 points
Aroma 10 points
Flavor 40 points
Total 100 points


First Place $10.00
Second Place $600
Third Place $4.00