Meet the Cook: This recipe dates back to when our two girls - now 15 and 12 - were in preschool and it was my turn to bring a snack for the class. My husband especially asks for the muffins in winter.
Crafts and reading are my hobbies.
-Nancy Brown, Klamath Falls, Oregon
We've been making these muffins daily since we opened back in 1987. The recipe is a combination of our favorites from home. We bake at least 30 dozen muffins for the shop every morning.—Anne Maher, Rockland, Maine
These are the best muffins I've ever eaten! Once I took them to a brunch. Three other women had brought muffins, too, but mine disappeared first, and everyone wanted the recipe! Even my husband, who doesn't normally like muffins, just can't seem to get enough of these!
If you like pumpkin, you'll love these moist muffins from Mary Ann Taylor of Rockwell, Iowa. With an appealing streusel topping and tender apple bits throughout, they make a great accompaniment to a harvest meal or a handy breakfast on the run.
“I often make several different kinds of breads to give as gifts to family and friends on special occasions,” writes Maureen Collop of Bothell, Washington. “These fruity, crumb-topped muffins are a favorite.”
Reports elementary school teacher Elaine Cooley from Louisville, Kentucky, "This recipe was given to me by the parent of one of my students. These fruity muffins are moist, tender and taste almost like carrot cake. They freeze well, too."
Late September is a great time to enjoy the harvest from local apple orchards. Our city hosts the annual Applejack Festival, which draws thousand to try various apple specialties. This is one of my favorites.—Judi Klee, Nebraska City, Nebraska
I used to work at an apple orchard before retiring. We would give out this recipe to our customers, and so many of them came back telling us how good the muffins were. My family agrees! I think the cream cheese makes these stand out from other apple muffins. —Lillian Davis, Berkshire, New York
"I enjoy baking muffins--especially when they feature healthy ingredients like these do," says Elaine Anderson of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. The crunchy topping and juicy apple bits add just the right sweetness to these jumbo muffins.