Nutty Apple-Filled Muffins Recipe
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Nutty Apple-Filled Muffins Recipe

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The inspiration for these muffins came from a favorite coffee cake. I wanted to put it in a form our four girls could munch while playing. For variety, I'll sometimes substitute prepared blueberry or lemon pie filling for the delectable from-scratch apple filling. -Hollie Gregory, Mt. Vision, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups diced peeled apples
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
  • Cinnamon-sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 494 calories, 23 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 109 mg cholesterol, 524 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Add apples; cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in nuts. Cool.
  2. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream.
  3. Spoon 1/4 cupfuls of batter into greased jumbo muffin cups. Spoon apple mixture into the center of each (do not spread). Top with remaining batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Bake at 350° for 25-27 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 1 dozen jumbo muffins or 2 dozen regular muffins.
Editor's Note: If using regular-size muffin cups, fill cups half full with batter; add a rounded teaspoonful of apple mixture and remaining batter. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
Originally published as Apple Nut Muffins in Taste of Home October/November 1999, p27

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Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Now that I think about it though, next time I might reduce the amount of sugar used. They are very sweet, and I think they could do without so much sugar."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Very good recipe! Works very well!"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"These are so moist, my husband raves about them and said it's like apple pie in a muffin. Makes a big batch so I have plenty to give away to family."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"These are fantastic and I have made them many times!"

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