Apple Crumb Muffins.  Light and fluffy bakery style muffins loaded up with bits of fresh apple and spiced with a hint of cinnamon.  All topped off with a delicate brown sugar crumble.

Single Apple Crumb Muffin with the wrapper removed.

I have the deepest love for bakery style muffins.  You know the ones, they are oh so soft and more cake like. And biting into them is a tiny glimpse into heaven.  Well, that’s exactly what these muffins are.  And that’s thanks to not shying away from the combination of butter and brown sugar. Sometimes a little indulgence is needed. That’s what these Apple Crumb Muffins are. A little bit of breakfast indulgence.

Muffin tin filled with apple crumb muffins in bakery brown papers.

Apple Crumb Muffins:

Some tips for baking with apples. Granny Smith apples are my favorite for baking. They have a tart taste, which leaves the end product not too sweet. Plus they keep a good texture and consistency during baking.

Chop the apples into small pieces. The smaller, the better, to help with the texture of the muffin. You can also shred the apples, but when you do that there will be no little bits of apple in the muffin. It blends into the batter.

For more info on baking with apples you can check out my Caramel Apple Cookies recipe.

Want to use this recipe for fruits other than apples?! Go for it! Toss in some blueberries.  Or maybe some strawberries!  But for now, with my mind set on Fall, these Apple Crumb Muffins are perfection.

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Single Apple Crumb Muffin with the wrapper removed.

Apple Crumb Muffins


  • Author: Serene
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

Apple Crumb Muffins.  Light and fluffy bakery style muffins loaded up with bits of fresh apple and spiced with a hint of cinnamon.  All topped off with a delicate brown sugar crumble.


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Ingredients

Muffin Batter

  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh chopped granny smith apple
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Crumb Topping
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter (melted)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a regular size muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl add the butter and light brown sugar. Mix until combined. Stir in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add in the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix until well combined. Stir in the milk. Then fold in the apple chunks.
  3. Spoon the muffin batter into the muffin liners until they are about ¾ full. Will make 12 muffins.
  4. In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the topping, stir together the light brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Pour in the melted butter and stir until crumbles form.
  5. Sprinkle a spoonful of the crumbs onto the tops of the muffins.
  6. Bake at 375 for about 30-35 minutes, until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes, then remove to continue cooling. Serve and enjoy! Muffins will store in a sealed container for about 3 days.

  • Category: muffin
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 331
  • Sodium: 127 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Keywords: muffin, apple, crumb, breakfast

Apple Crumb Muffins first appeared on The Recipe Critic.