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Applesauce Muffins Recipe

These are such a popular item at the restaurant I own that I had it printed up on a card to share with guests.—Linda Williams, LaFayette, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • Cinnamon-sugar, optional


  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda and spices; stir into creamed mixture. Fold in nuts.
  • 2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar if desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 223 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .

Reviews for Applesauce Muffins

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BoJe 254589
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016

"Excellent recipe. I had cake flour on hand so I used that, but that was the only change. I did choose to sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar mixture, but doing this made them pretty sweet. I used sweetened applesauce and I wonder if I would prefer unsweetened next time or just eliminate the the cinnamon sugar mix on top. I cooked 20 minutes and the muffin came out really tender. I would make again. I did cut the recipe in half because there are only two of us here and I am going to try freezing a few to eat at a later time."

MY REVIEW 254521
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016


I made a couple adjustments:
I made half the recipe and 42 mini muffins and I used half the sugar besides. I also used whole wheat flour, omitted the walnuts, and used nutmeg instead of allspice (I didn't have any allspice on hand)"

Cupcake_k9 245602
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"These were good and flavorful. Also easy to make. I think next time I will add something for a little more moisture. But overall,the recipe is a keeper"

Elmosdaddy 237676
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"I was looking for a new fall desert recipe and came across this one. I made it immediately and my wife and I thought it was very good. I'll be making these again soon (with butter cream frosting)"

nannaboo 225144
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Excellent muffins - followed directions exactly but only made 1/2 the recipe as it is only my husband and me. Will definitely make again."

jeanemed 222875
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"Good. I adjusted for altitude by taking out some of butter and sugar. Tasty!"

tatoggatmw 222340
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015


tanyacoca 221583
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Made these and my mother in law loved them. Before baking, I added a bit of honey and coarse sugar on top. They were all gone in 2 days. Her 2 sons and i helped though."

tamarashayne 218709
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"These turned out delicious! My boyfriend and I enjoyed them right out of the oven for breakfast.

I made a few substitutions based on what I had:
- I ran just short of Apple sauce, so I topped up with maple syrup.
- used brown sugar instead of white.
- did not use cloves or walnuts based on preference.
- didn't have all spice so used pumpkin pie spice.
- sprinkled sugar/cinnamon on the top before baking plus some mini skor pieces just because
Next time I will try adding real Apple chunks in them as well, but didn't have on hand."

brooklyne 214985
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014 Edited Dec. 16, 2014

"I just made these and they were amazing! Except I made a few substitutions based on a need to use some ingredients. Not sure if that made a difference since this recipe got such rave reviews. I used homemade mayo instead of butter because it needed to be eaten (I made too much the other day). I used turmeric and ginger instead of allspice. I also added raisins and substituted a cup of almond meal for the flour (I didn't have 4 cups of flour). They are the best muffins I've ever tasted ever ever. :)"

lisat43 179
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"These are very good! I added a dollop of honey on top of each muffin before I put them in the oven. Delicious!"

Lori4Christ 496
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"My whole family loved these muffins. I will be using this recipe over and over!!"

eufaulagal 96
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"I thought these were yummy! I added one chopped Granny Smith apple but would add 2 chopped apples next time. I am not a great baker but didn't have any trouble with these"

jeanwill 407
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"These turned out sooo good! I just added about half of the ground cloves....not as crazy about the clove taste in baking. And I added raisins...I DO like those! I might have preferred a little less sugar, but they are moist and really tasty!"

workerbies 48
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"Just one suggestion - can you add size of muffins - minis, large, super larger? Then I know how much to make for my guests. Thank you!"

RC2014 455
Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"Even my picky eater liked these!"

rwippel 198277
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"These are very good and very versitile. I served beef stew and applesauce muffins for dinner. Then, the next day, I served the muffins for breakfast with apple butter."

Muffingal 44
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Easy to make and moist - I also added raisins and used 1 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup white sugar"

maylucky13 289
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"Very good! I just used 1 cup brown sugar and a half cup of white sugar."

momof4RN 93
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"Yum! Whole family loved!!"

Hannah0418 74
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Very good! They smell like Fall."

tinaelsey 814
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"These muffins are good, but nothing special. I would probably make them again to serve them with a meal. They have a subtle flavor, which is nice."

amyleigh10 406
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"tender and delicious!"

Jewell67 811
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"Yum yum this is the best recipe, I've made it with chunky applesauce also.

Don't change a thing on this recipe. I live alone and I make this recipe and give them away and everyone just loves them. I fill the muffin tens really full and usually get about 18 muffins"

Jewell67 495
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"These are the best muffins ever. Would not change anything. I added the cinnamon and sugar on top. Wonderful Wonderful. I filled the muffin tens full. Was great"

wendafrog 263
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"Nice flavor, but seemed rather heavy. Not fluffy as expected."

FrenchHollow 34
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"These were very moist and fluffy. I used my home made apple butter so I cut the sugar in half. Since they are already so buttery, I served them with light cream cheese and cherry preserves."

lmdgiggle 200
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"Made a lot of muffins! Nice and light. Would have liked to have tasted more apple flavor."

2trees 405
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"wonderful recipe! I made half a batch and had to stop the kids from eating them all at once. It will replace my favorite muffin recipe."

selias 64
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Made these today,, as something for my grandchildren's breakfast before school.... love them... Next time I'll add raisins and no nuts..."

MichMajor 260
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Sooooo good!! I made a half batch and used mini muffin pans so they were bite sized, within 10min of coming out of the over my 2 young boys ate a dozen of them! Someone below suggested less sugar which I also did and they were still nice and sweet! Super easy, perfect for breakfast or to send to school! Only mistake I made was not making a full batch! :)"

MrsMarine 72
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"My kids love these for breakfast or a quick snack. I keep a batch of these on hand all the time for those times when we're running for the kids and they need a quick snack."

cookingirl78 258
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I added a little buttermilk since batter seemed dry and they were a little heavy. But my family liked them. Next time I'll follow the recipe after reading that everyone else thought they were moist. I used unsweetened applesauce and they were plenty sweet. I cut the recipe in half and it made exactly 12 muffins. This recipe rates a place in my recipe box, absolute keeper. I like the idea of the streusel topping; will try that too."

Tinkermom_3 254
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"I reduced the applesauce to 1-3/4 cup and added 1/4 cup apple butter. Also added a chopped apple. Loved the more intense apple flavor!"

kyourous 403
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"Delicious! Halved the recipe since it's just me and my husband and added 2/3 c of oats for some extra grains. Definite keeper!"

ajkoch 52
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"Soooo yummy! My new favorite muffin! (I added raisins! Mmmm!)"

stephz 253
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"This is a great muffin recipe. I made a mini version for my daughter's preschool. I substituted 2 c. wheat flour and, when I make them again, would reduce the sugar significantly (maybe to 1 c.). They were very sweet, even though I had used unsweetened applesauce. They are good enough that you could easily sneak some healthy ingredients in there - like ground flax, wheat germ, etc. I added a cinnamon streusel topping, per another reviewer. A cream cheese frosting would also be good and would offset the sweetness. Overall, very good and worth making again!"

vewebber58 86
Reviewed May. 29, 2011


Jessyy 196
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"I made a double batch for my family of these muffins as well as a single batch of another kind. These dissapeared so much faster and were requested again instantly."

misscleocat 108
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"These muffins are moist and easy to make. The only change I made was that I used apple pie spice instead of the individual spices listed."

Eris Song 92
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"This recipie is a huge hit in my house! It was super easy to make, and my kids have already devoured half the loot!

I ran out of cupcake papers for the second batch, so made it into a bread instead. I had to cook it for about 20 minutes longer, but it turned out just as yummy!"

SarahKate56 201
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"Very moist and great flavor. I was worried that the batter was too dry, but they turned out great. I filled the muffin pan liners full and sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on top as soon as they were out of the oven--perfect!"

JLS08 85
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"I made these for our preschool snack and they were a hit. I left off the cinn/sugar dusting to avoid some of the mess. They were nice and moist and had a great flavor. Plus, very easy to make."

Katherine J 9
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2010

"Wonderful, moist, easy to make."

wmccallum 62
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"Muffins are moist and tasty with just enough spices to enhance the flavor. Served with Ham, Lentel, Barley soup - delish!"

hjberube 298
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"I added a cinnamon streusel top for some crunch, since I could not use the walnuts (nut allergy in family) -- came out great. Very nice, moist recipe."

bertacarol 176
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2009

"used craisins instead of walnuts"

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