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Quick Muffins Loaded With Apples & Spice

As much as I love apple pie, I don’t save all the apples in my kitchen for dessert. I also bake with them for breakfast! These apple spice muffins with a cinnamon streusel topping are a wonderful way to start a fall breakfast or brunch, especially when paired with a mug of hot coffee or tea to take away the morning chill. 

Apple Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

The fluffy, cinnamon-spiced muffins are packed with apple chunks, so you get one in every bite.

And if that weren’t tempting enough, they’re also topping with a buttery streusel and are very easy to make. 

The muffins

The muffin batter uses a one-bowl technique, where the dry ingredients are combined, then the wet ingredients are added and everything is stirred together. What that really means is the batter will come together in just minutes!

I used ground cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla as the flavor base of these muffins, all of which complement the apples that are in the mix. 

Apple Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

The apples

I only needed one apple for this recipe, but you may need two if you’re apples aren’t particularly big.

When it comes to the apples in these muffins, you can use just about any kind you can find. Crisp, tart apples and softer, sweeter apples will both work here, largely because the muffin’s short baking time means you don’t need a firm apple that will keep its shape after an hour in the oven. 

Apple Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

The apples should be peeled — because apple peels can be a bit tough — and cut into fine dice. A smaller dice works well in this recipe for a couple of reasons:

  • First, smaller pieces give you a better distribution of apples in each muffin.
  • Second, smaller pieces cook quickly, unlike large chunks of fruit that can remain overly firm after baking. 

The apples do not need to be coated with any kind of lemon juice or citric acid to prevent browning, as other recipes may call for. These muffins actually look better finished if the fruit is slightly brown.

That said, I’m not suggesting that you prep your diced apples hours in advance, because they would be overly brown. But don’t worry if they’re sitting around for 15 minutes while your oven preheats and you prep the rest of your ingredients. 

The streusel

Though the muffin batter can be made in one bowl, you’ll need another small bowl for the streusel. The topping is a simple mixture of flour, brown sugar and spices. Stir all these ingredients together with butter to make a crumbly streusel mixture. 

Apple Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

You’ll have plenty of streusel to cover the tops of the muffins, so be generous when you pile it on! The streusel bakes up to be buttery and crisp — the perfect contrast for the tender muffins.

Apple Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Apple spice muffins with cinnamon streusel

Makes 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-large apple
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the streusel:

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2½ tablespoon butter, melted and cooled

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

Finely diced Apple

Peel and core the apple. Cut peeled apple into fine dice. You should have at least 1 cup of diced apple.

Step 2:

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, spices and salt. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add in egg and buttermilk. Whisk until combined, then add in butter and vanilla and stir until completely incorporated.

Apple Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Fold in apple chunks until well-distributed.

Step 3:

Apple Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

In a small bowl, prepare the streusel. Combine the flour, brown sugar, spices and salt and stir with a fork. Pour in butter and stir until mixture resembles coarse, wet sand. 

Step 4:

Apple Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Divide the batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Then, divide the streusel mixture evenly over the top of the muffin batter. 

Step 5:

Bake for 16-19 minutes, or until muffins tops are set and a toothpick inserted into the top of one comes out clean, or with only a few moist crumbs attached. Allow muffins to cool before serving. 

12 Comments

Nancy

I would love it, if when you post recipes to the Blog, you would give a text-only, printable, or downloadable version. Some of the recipes I would love to keep, but they are pages long when printed out, or I have to write them down by hand. Thank you for considering this. These muffins look yummy!

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Connie

Nancy, if you look towards the bottom of the page (just under the section for More Apple recipes,) you’ll see a list of options in light brown lettering. One of them is a print friendly option. It will bring up a print pdf page that gives you options such as remove images, font size, etc. Click on parts you don’t want to print and it will delete that image or paragraph etc. which will reduce the amount of pages to print. Selecting a smaller font size helps as well. Choose to download your pdf once your selections have been made and save it to your computer.

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Kathee

Thanks to whoever pointed out the printer friendly link and how to shrink the recipe!!

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Kate

I echo Nancy’s comment!!

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Janis S. TheCookieMomster

If you look at the second line down from the name of the blog or under the section for More Apple recipes (blue box with 6 pictures of recipes you can make), you’ll see a list of options in light brown lettering. The 3rd icon from left is the print friendly option. Double click, it will bring up a print pdf page and at the top of this page you will see the option “Full Size” with an upside down black triangle and the word “Images” next to , but outside of, the box containing “Full Size”. Click on the upside down, solid black triangle and “Remove Images” will be seen below the words “Large, Medium, and Small”. Click on “Remove Images” and all photos will be removed. If you want to keep the photos, but want them smaller, click on “Large, Medium, or Small” to change the photos to the size you want. You are also able to change the text size by clicking on the “Text Size” upside down, solid black triangle. Hope this helps.

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Bernice Friedman

i too would love to have just a printable version. As it is right now, i copy and paste the entire recipe and then go through it removing the pictures that are lovely but really not necessary.
Berni

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Janis S. TheCookieMomster

If you look at the second line down from the name of the blog or under the section for More Apple recipes (blue box with 6 pictures of recipes you can make), you’ll see a list of options in light brown lettering. The 3rd icon from left is the print friendly option. Double click, it will bring up a print pdf page and at the top of this page you will see the option “Full Size” with an upside down black triangle and the word “Images” next to , but outside of, the box containing “Full Size”. Click on the upside down, solid black triangle and “Remove Images” will be seen below the words “Large, Medium, and Small”. Click on “Remove Images” and all photos will be removed. If you want to keep the photos, but want them smaller, click on “Large, Medium, or Small” to change the photos to the size you want. You are also able to change the text size by clicking on the “Text Size” upside down, solid black triangle. Hope this helps.

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Hummingbird1st

I have to agree with Nancy. Yesterday I printed eight pages for the Applesauce cake. a waste of paper when I only wanted the recipe. I forgot that I got reams of paper when printing a recipe. Please can we have a Print button which will only print the recipe, this would be such a great help and save our trees too! This is a compliment as well as I am printing the recipe out so that I may save it and use it many times. Thank you.

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Janis S. TheCookieMomster

If you look at the second line down from the name of the blog or under the section for More Apple recipes (blue box with 6 pictures of recipes you can make), you’ll see a list of options in light brown lettering. The 3rd icon from left is the print friendly option. Double click, it will bring up a print pdf page and at the top of this page you will see the option “Full Size” with an upside down black triangle and the word “Images” next to , but outside of, the box containing “Full Size”. Click on the upside down, solid black triangle and “Remove Images” will be seen below the words “Large, Medium, and Small”. Click on “Remove Images” and all photos will be removed. If you want to keep the photos, but want them smaller, click on “Large, Medium, or Small” to change the photos to the size you want. You are also able to change the text size by clicking on the “Text Size” upside down, solid black triangle. Hope this helps.

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Elizabeth

I love the flavor but think the recipe needs baking powder.

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Melinda

I agree with Elizabeth. How much baking powder would you add?

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Ann MacDonald

I was not aware that there was a print friendly version as well. Thank you for that.
Maybe you could put that at the top of the recipe in small text.

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