Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.


16 muffins

Updated: Mar. 07, 2023
In this apple cinnamon streusel muffin recipe, the streusel topping is nicely seasoned with cinnamon and sugar. Pieces of tender fruit appear in every bite of these pretty apple muffins. —Michele Olsen, Wessington Springs, South Dakota


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat eggs, sour cream and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  2. For topping, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle a rounded teaspoonful over each muffin.
  3. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins Tips

How do you make fluffy apple cinnamon streusel muffins?

Using room temperature ingredients helps ensure that muffins turn out tender and fluffy as air. The ingredients are more easily incorporated into the batter at room temperature—as compared to when they’re cold—which makes the batter lighter. Another important rule for muffins and quick breads is mixing only until the ingredients are incorporated. Overmixing will make them tough.

How can you make sure that the streusel topping doesn’t fall off of the muffins?

Streusel topping won’t fall off, as long as it’s not overloaded. Following the recipe will alleviate any stray streusel. But if you’re still worried, gently press the streusel into the batter to ensure it sticks. Just don’t push it too deep!

Can you make a glaze for these apple cinnamon streusel muffins?

A drizzle of glaze made with confectioner’s sugar will put these muffins over the top—and it couldn’t be any easier to make! Try this glaze recipe.

How do you store apple cinnamon streusel muffins?

Like all muffins, apple cinnamon streusel muffins are at their best the day that they’re baked. Because they’re small, they tend to dry out after 24 hours—so try your best to eat them up soon after they’re baked! If you want to freeze them, you can put leftovers in a single layer in an airtight container for up to a month. When you want to serve them, remove them from the freezer about an hour beforehand. After these apple cinnamon streusel muffins are baked, try these other ways to use a muffin tin!

Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 206 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.