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Apple Crisp Muffins Recipe

Apple Crisp Muffins Recipe

Waking up to the smell of apple muffins will start your family’s day off right. Cream cheese filling makes them moist and tender, and oats and nuts in the topping add crunch.—Connie Boll, Chilton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled apples
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, combine egg, milk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat the filling ingredients until smooth. Drop by tablespoonfuls into centers of muffins.
  • 3. For topping, in a small bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over filling. Bake 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 356 calories, 22g fat (7g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

Reviews for Apple Crisp Muffins

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WendyHewitt User ID: 1363693 189043
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"Not the taste we were looking for in an Apple Muffin. Plus my cream cheese filling just sat on top."

DaisyDay User ID: 7419409 175046
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"My cupcakes actually turned out quite bad. The only thing I left out was the orange peel shavings. The cream cheese just sat on the top of the muffin, didn't sink into the muffin as I thought it should and it wasn't very tasty at all. Will definitely remove this recipe from my favorites."

lasherrowan User ID: 4615945 107211
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"My daughter and I ate this right out of the oven and both of us originally felt the orange flavor was overpowering. The next day, the muffins tasted delicious and we liked the filling. I guess cream cheese was not meant to be eaten warm. So I give this recipe a 5 star rating, instead of a 4."

lasherrowan User ID: 4615945 191148
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"I didn't like the filling too much. I used the exact amount the recipe called for, but I felt the orange taste was too strong. The rest of the muffin was great. Next I'm going to try to adding cinnamon and vanilla to the cream cheese instead of the nutmeg and orange peel."

lorijaynecole User ID: 5794530 130409
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012


JenfromFlag User ID: 2604063 190229
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"The muffins are good but next time I will omit the filling. I think it took away from the taste and would be better without it."

robinloveschocolate User ID: 6238079 192466
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"I've made a lot of muffins in my time but these were awesome. Perfect amount of moistness and sweetness. My modifications are to substitute oat bran for 1/2 of the four, and to bury some cranberries in each muffin before baking, as I love the contrast between tart cranberries and sweet apples. I didn't care for the maple cream cheese filling that much. I'm guessing the type of apple used and how fine it is chopped would greatly affect the outcome. I used one Rome and one Granny Smith, shredded instead of chopped."

TheChristmasLady User ID: 5117022 107167
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Wow! great recipe, company worthy..great with or without "filling" thanks."

baker500 User ID: 6339711 179260
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"They were too dry for my tastebuds"

blufmils User ID: 4109031 120707
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I was also dissappointed with these muffins. I agree they looked and sounded so good. The crumble topping was very good and the best part of the muffin. The rest of the muffin was very bland and after sitting a while in the paper muffin cups they became quite greasy. If I was to make these again I would maybe use a different apple (I used red delicious because it's what I had on hand) add white sugar and use vegetable oil instead of canola oil."

CAROL S KIMBALL User ID: 5888273 147900
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Very good! Husband says to leave out the orange peel, though, and add more pecans to the topping. I will substitute 1T. frozen oj concentrate next time for the orange peel and increase the nuts by half. Son in law didn't think the muffins were sweet enough, but he may have been comparing them to cupcakes."

Kalakad User ID: 6115580 190219
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"LOVED Lisadiane's review. Ditto for me! This recipe looks really good. Going to try this weekend. Oh and BTW SHOK, I'm a 110 lb loser at Weight Watchers. All things in moderation. Thanks for the recipe Connie."

orrmichelle77 User ID: 5752257 122904
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"I was so disappointed with these muffins :( they sounded so awesome. The muffin top itself was amazing but the bottom half was a little bland, but moist. I would only make this one other time only to push the cream cheese more toward the center (it just stayed on top) Oh and P.S. don't make the muffin if you're just going to complain about the calories and fat."

herbiehill User ID: 4885871 190218
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"Hi now remember "SHOK" you don't make a meal out of these . Once in a while never t any one ... remember MODERATION!!!!!!.....Herbie"

dgaetz User ID: 5503564 107154
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"Very tasty, easy muffin to make. Everyone enjoyed!!"

Chelie User ID: 267096 110756
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"Haven't made these yet. I wonder if you could sub. applesauce for the apples. Anyone try that?"

needsomezzzs User ID: 4392298 192649
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"nice and moist. In response to the emails about commenting and not actually making the recipe (I agree, if the nutritional value offends you don't bother to take time to comment just move along!), you can click on the person that affends and post right to them, this way you can be sure to let them know your opinions. If they don't ever come back to this recipe to have a look at your comments they will never know what everyone else is thinking!"

2sleepy2day User ID: 3777544 192452
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"These were great. For those worring about

calories, fat, etc. Think about giving them
as gifts, or sharing at work.
Nowhere in the recipe did it say yourself."

bziol User ID: 698746 113325
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"I have to agree with the last few reviews. If it's too much of anything for you, don't make it but don't review it. That being said the only thing I had to change about the recipe is omitting the pecans from the topping since my son is not a fan of nuts. Overall a really great muffin recipe!!"

trekker975 User ID: 3510278 107149
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"Really great!!! This was a wonderful treat for my family. A treat in moderation. If you are going to complain about a treat, don't bother to make it, eat it or rate it!!"

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 191147
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I have never written a review before but after reading the reviews here I just want to say I agree with Lisa. Moderation is the key. I joined weight watchers 4 years ago and have stayed at goal 2 years. I never gave up baking and take my goodies to work. I always have 1 piece of everything I bake. I love Taste of Home and most recipes come from here. So indulge once in awhile. Happy Thanksgiving from a 105 Lb. looser."

sgosselin User ID: 5609628 174695
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"GREAT RECIPE!!!!  If there is something in the ingredients that I don't like then I just go on to another recipe. Very easy, Very simple!!!!! HAVE A HAPPY Thanksgiving!!!"

gail0925 User ID: 5048650 191145
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"The first time I make a recipe, I never modify it; otherwise how can you rate it accurately?? They weren't that hard to make, and they were a fun treat. Probably won't make them real often. And if it's disgraceful, who's forcing you to make it or eat it??? The world is full of all kinds of foods; pick what you want; enjoy everything in moderation!"

SHOK User ID: 5616182 190217
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"OOOhhhh!!!! And the calories for a little itty bitty muffin are...well...disgraceful!!!"

SHOK User ID: 5616182 189041
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I am horrified at the nutrition info. The fat, cholesterol, and sodium contents are terrible for a little muffin. Could you knock off a little baking powder, substitute low- or fat-free cream cheese, and cut back on the brown sugar some? I don't even know if that would help any though. Not sure I'll even make these due to the nutrition problems."

HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 211920
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"This muffin was definitely very moist, but the taste wasn't anything out of the ordinary. And considering the extra work of both a filling AND a topping, my expectation was to be wowed. For the amount of work involved, I did not care for this muffin."

dmesenbr User ID: 1308300 192639
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"I made these muffins and took some to work. Everyone was asking for the recipe. They are very moist and the cream cheese gives them an added zing."

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