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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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. These apple cinnamon muffins are one of my favorites. —Judi Klee, Nebraska City, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts


  • In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil and applesauce. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apple. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. For topping, combine brown sugar and flour. cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in oats and nuts. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

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  • Molly
    Oct 24, 2020

    I have made this recipe twice now and made some changes each time: - I used two small Gala apples instead of one medium baking apple (needed to use up snack apples that no one ate) (both times) - I doubled the amount of cinnamon (both times) - Instead of nuts, I used an equivalent amount of extra oats (first time) - Instead of nuts, I diced up another Gala apple and added it to the topping mix. I also added a sprinkle of cinnamon and a little extra brown sugar to cover the apples (second time, highly recommend) - I added a splash of vanilla (not because I thought it'd be good, because I forgot there was no vanilla in this lmao) (second time) - I diced half of the apple and added it to the dry ingredients before mixing in wet ingredients and the rest of the grated apple, because my fiance likes the apple chunks and requested it (second time) (recommend) The second time, I ended up with super moist and very apple-y muffins. First time was a little bland and dry, which is why I am giving 4 stars (since I followed the recipe more closely that time). However, with the changes I added the second time, I'd definitely make this again.

  • Phyllis
    Sep 14, 2019

    Followed recipe exactly but missed real apple and cinnamon flavor. Be disappointed.

  • BoJe
    Jan 4, 2017

    Great flavor and very moist. My only mistake was that I finely chopped the apple instead of grating. Tasted great, but didn't look all that pretty. That's what I get for not following instructions. I would make again, but next time grate the apple.

  • Angel182009
    Oct 29, 2015

    Very moist and a great way to use up apples!! My family really enjoyed eating these as breakfast muffins.

  • whatever-1-2-3
    Aug 30, 2013

    Looked for a muffin recipe this morning. Found this and it sounded like a good one!WOW! Really good! They are good sized and I know they will be a hit at the event I'm taking them to tomorrow!

  • smagal
    Sep 27, 2011

    This is the second type of apple muffin I made this year and so far this one is the best. I used 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat flour.

  • mbsc
    Aug 25, 2007

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  • dubrueler
    Aug 13, 2007

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