Spanish Olive Oil Muffins

January 26, 2015
homemade muffins olive oil spanish magdalena casera
Olive oil muffins are one of Spain's favorite breakfast baked goods. Their Spanish name is magdalenas and they are cute mini sponge cakes in a cup. They are extremely easy to make and you only need 5 basic ingredients which are pantry staples: olive oil, flour, baking powder, sugar and eggs. Once you master this Spanish muffin recipe you can get creative and add more things to it such as chocolate chips, berries or nuts.

As much as we Spaniards love our magdalenas, it is believed that they actually originated in France. Madeleines were baked by a young maid named Madeleine Paulmier for the King of Poland in 1751. As for their appearance in Spain, people say that they made their appearance in Spain during the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. 

This is an old family recipe and it's one of my favorites so I hope you'll enjoy it as well. Keep on reading to get a little taste of Spain.
homemade muffins olive oil spanish magdalena casera
homemade muffins olive oil spanish magdalena casera

Spanish Olive Oil Muffin Recipe

This is what you'll need:
9 eggs
500 gr of sugar
500 gr of olive oil
500 gr of flour
20 gr of baking powder

Serves about 35 muffins


  • As with any other recipe, the quality of the ingredients is extremely important so I advice you to get extra-virgin olive oil to make magdalenas.
  • If you want to keep them fresh longer, keep them in the fridge in an airtight container.

  1. Preheat oven to 200 ºC. Line muffin tray with paper muffin cases.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Fill muffin cases two thirds full (this is important for the perfect size muffins) and bake in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes. 
  4. Leave to cool...or enjoy warm!
If you have posted any recipes of muffins or cupcakes on your blog feel free to leave a link on the comments below. I'd love to see them.
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  1. Looks so muffins!

  2. I just discovered your blog, and I'm really enjoying all your travels and colorful photos. Well done.
    Vanessa @TravellingCats

  3. wowwww! i love muffin!! they look delicious! ;)
    Come to check it out my new post:
    Kiss from Rome.

  4. Yum!


  5. Ahhhh these mini muffins look so so good!


  6. Those look so awesome and prefect for breakfast! Have you ever heard of a savory dinner muffin of sorts? I like to make them with meat and a veggie for balance, I'll write up a recipe and post it!

  7. LIke! SEEMS so much yummy!)

  8. These look amazing! I need to get baking some stuff while we are on lock down and it is probably a great time to try new recipes! Thanks for sharing this one and linking up with me!


  9. These sound really good! There is something wonderful about european food!

  10. Jean | DelightfulRepast.comApril 9, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    What a lovely recipe! I love a simple muffin that lets one ingredient, like a really good olive oil, shine.


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