Apple and cinnamon is a classic pairing for a reason; there is just something so perfect about some spicy, warming cinnamon and some fresh, juicy apples.
This recipe for apple cinnamon muffins not only brings all of these great, comforting flavors but tops them with a crunchy, spicy, and flavorful streusel topping as well. It's like an apple Brown Betty baked into a muffin!
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
This recipe combines some of the most tried and tested flavor combinations imaginable to make a muffin that reminds you of home, just like my Upside Down Apple Cake
Obviously, the use of apples and cinnamon is key here, but of course, the streusel topping is the real reason to eat this – crunchy, sweet, and just a little bit salty thanks to the butter; it provides that necessary bit of textural contrast make this a really great dessert.
Apple Cinnamon Muffins Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• White sugar
• Brown sugar
• Baking powder
• Ground cinnamon
• Melted butter
• Brown sugar
• All-purpose flour
• Ground cinnamon • Salted butter
How To Make Apple Cinnamon Muffins
• Line a 12 well muffin tin with liners
• Whisk together all of your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
• Combine the egg, butter, and milk in a measuring cup
• Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, combining thoroughly
• Add in the prepared apples and mix in
• Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups
• For the streusel, whisk together the Streusel ingredients
• Grate the cold butter into the mixture and then use a fork to combine and make as crumbly as possible
• Top the muffins with the streusel mixture and then bake at 374 Fahrenheit for 15 minutes until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
• Remove and cool on a baking rack, and then store in a closed container at room temperature
How To Easily Mix The Butter Into The Streusel Ingredients
The only slightly tricky part of making this recipe is trying to get the butter properly incorporated into the streusel.
You desperately want to avoid any kind of cooking of your streusel until you top the muffins with them, as otherwise, the butter will completely melt away and won't flavor your muffins. But without melting it, how do you mix the rigid butter into the streusel mixture?
The trick is to use very cold butter and a bit of brute force. Using either a pastry cutter or a good old-fashioned fork, press the butter into the mixture again and again. The cold butter shouldn't melt thanks to its refrigeration, and the mixture will slowly become more and more incorporated into and around the butter.
The end result should be like a bit like dirty, wet sand, clumped and granular, yet spicy and delicious at the same time.
What Kind of Apples Should You Use In This Recipe?
A good piece of advice is to only use apples that you like the taste of yourself.
If you like more firm apple in your muffin, you want to get a cooking apple variety. While tart and acidic if eaten raw, cooking apples hold up a lot better to cooking and become mellow and sweet when cooked properly.
If using MacIntosh make sure they are crisp, they tend to be mealy which then can be mealy IN the muffin rather than sweet or delicious. Red delicious however bake up to mush!
Great varietals like Granny Smith or Bramley are other great options!
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Cook Time
- 15 minutes
- Breakfast, Dessert
- 12 muffins
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 medium apples peeled cored and shredded
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup salted butter cold
- Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a 12 well muffin tin with liners, or grease well.
- Whisk together all your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine your egg, butter and milk in a measuring cup .Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, combining thoroughly.
- Add in your prepared apples and mix in.
- Divide the batter evenly between 12 muffin cups.
- For the streusel, whisk together the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Grate the cold butter into the mixture, then use a fork to combine and make it as crumbly as possible
- Top the muffins with the streusel mixture, dividing it evenly between the 12 muffins.
- Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes, until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean,
- Remove and cool on a baking rack, then store in a closed container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
- Change it up by using my apple pie spice in the recipe!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.