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Apple Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Apple Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

The combination of apples and pumpkin makes this recipe a perfect treat for cool fall day. The muffins are great for breakfast, dessert or an after-school snack. —Beth Knapp, Littleton, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 221 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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5986princessa User ID: 8661295 254988
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

"Delicious! I reduced sugar to one and a half and added 1/8 tsp of ground cloves. Turned out moist and fluffy. Could probably reduce the sugar to 1 cup and they would still be awesome!"

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 253714
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"I used whole wheat flour, cut the sugar to 1 cup, used Greek yogurt instead of oil, used 3 cups of apples, added a few raisins. I was surprised with the long cooking time, but it is perfect.

Good muffins, although I still find them quite sweet, likely from the additional fruit. My family is quite happy with them."

kewellman User ID: 7182281 237991
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"Followed recipe exactly, down to the cooking time, and they turned out perfect! So delicious. Nice, full, round shape; moist, but fluffy texture. They only thing I wish I'd done differently--as another reviewer also mentioned--was be a bit more generous with the apples (I didn't actually measure those). I might also try adding some clove spice next time too."

GizzyGal User ID: 8019606 233675
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"Moist and delicious... Especially right out of the oven, but still great when cooled."

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 233468
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"A good flavor combination, very moist and pretty easy to make. Be generous with the apples. I wished that I had added more. I also added a few dashes of ground cloves. Smells so good!"

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 233034
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"These are delicious. When I was mixing them, I thought it was going to be way too dry, but it turned out not to be. These are moist and very flavorful. A few changes I made were adding 1 and a half cups of sugar rather than 2, it seemed like too much but sprinkled the tops with sugar in the raw. I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour, and couldn't find any nutmeg in my cupboard so I used pumpkin pie spice."

shortytalk User ID: 1598556 82809
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"its ok..."

BibiP User ID: 7585385 58955
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"Delicious....and leaves the house smelling yummy too! Will make again FOR SURE"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 50409
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"I am sure it was the elevation here in Colorado (I made as directed, w/o adding additional flour for altitude), but these muffins did not come out moist. In fact, sort of dry. :( Love the idea of pumpkin and apple though-fantastic combo for autumn, and the spices are just the right amount. Recipe made enough for 2 dozen regular size muffins too, which was fantastic."

chica4christ00 User ID: 3221277 24142
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"These are great!! I baked them in x-large muffin pans and a mini muffin pan."

hillarydow User ID: 6930448 23177
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"moist and delicious!"

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 202785
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"I just made a batch - smlled wonderful and tasted just as good.

I modified the recipe a teeny bit, mde half because I only wanted to end up with dozen. I still used 2 eggs. I also added a couple tbl of crushed walnuts to the streusel topping."

sarabella531 User ID: 6943207 17900
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"Oh, also, I used canned organic sweet potato instead of pumpkin, which may have made the difference. Pumpkin can be a little bland I think, but sweet potatoes are more flavorful naturally."

sarabella531 User ID: 6943207 47617
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"These are super easy and really delish. I reduced the sugar by about a half cup, and used half dark brown/half white. I sprinkled turbinado on top. Personally definitely would not double the spices as some have suggested. Most importantly though, DO NOT COOK FOR 30-35 MINUTES. Knowing muffins never take that long, I started watching them at about 20 and they were done between 20-25 mins."

manpabrown User ID: 1979130 23906
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"Needs a Brown sugar mix on top. My son in-law can't stand cooked apple but he liked these"

kbabe819 User ID: 3846515 66286
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"I made these for my Mom's Group but wasn't overly impressed. I made modifications as described by other reviewers (oatmeal, applesauce, increased spices) but overall I thought they were just ok. Very dense- didn't rise like a traditional muffin. So they looked little in the muffin cups (I ended up peeling all the cups off before I served them because I thought it looked better). The taste wasn't bad, but just not what worthy to be made again. I'll keep looking for a pumpkin muffin recipe."

LegalSec User ID: 548619 29815
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"Very moist and delicious, but I did make some changes. I used 2 cups of white whole wheat flour, 1 c. sugar, egg whites, applesauce for all of the oil and added pumpkin pie spice and some dried cranberries. Still tastes great without all of the extra fat."

MAZZI1989 User ID: 2889583 48537
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

"these were really good"

Sherry Schimm User ID: 5801370 22411
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Fast, easy and delicious...Could add raisins and/or chopped walnuts."

cookinfanatic25 User ID: 6098804 58804
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"This recipe is wonderful! Spicy, easy and hearty. I added 1 cup each of old fashioned rolled oats and raisins to add extra nutrition value and absolutely love the way it turned out. Very impressed!"

eli05 User ID: 3750978 66167
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"I made it just how it says and it was so good! Next time I think I'll try some of the suggestions mentioned"

cmac4161 User ID: 2027477 58951
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"The house smelled wonderful when I baked these muffins with a few adjustments. I used 1 cup each of whole wheat pastry and all purpose flour and 1/2 cup rolled oats. I reduced the sugar to 1 cup and used only 1/4 cup of canola oil and 1/4 cup applesauce instead of the 1/2 cup oil the recipe called for. Also, I took the advice of other reviewers and doubled the spices and added a pinch of ground cloves. By adding raisins to half the recipe and chopped pecans to the other half I was able to make 20 muffins from this recipe. They turned out tender and full of flavor. A perfect Fall muffin. Yum!"

mfrances User ID: 4363889 50408
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"I would not even consider putting 2 cups of sugar as I feel it was way too much. I cut it down to 1/2 cup & found that was enough for me. I would make them again but would add more cinnamon. I also, cut the oil in half using 1/4 cup canola oil & 1/4 cup applesauce. I add pecans as well."

ChefSML User ID: 6238550 66132
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Great recipe! I did add double, (or for the cinnamon i added triple) the spices. Much needed! Instead of the full 21/2 cups flour I substatuted a half a cup of oats, it gave it some more texture.

Got so many compliments on them! The words amazing and out of this world were used several times!"

noony40 User ID: 5296571 58803
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I forgot to say I also replaced half white flour with wheat flour"

noony40 User ID: 5296571 82803
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"these r really good i still used half applesauce half oil"

mtbike40 User ID: 3334594 23905
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"This one got three thumbs up this morning around the breakfast table. The mix of the pumpkin and the apples was delicious. The only thing that worries me is the 2 cups of sugar - oh my. Would definitely make them again."

renewisa40 User ID: 2403696 23903
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"I used my homemade pumpkin butter and reduced the sugar by half. Substituted half of the oil w/ the pumpkin butter and used Canola. Nice flavors."

krissysue2 User ID: 812138 58815
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"These were great! I replaced half of the oil with applesauce and used 1 cup of wheat flour. I agree that 30 minutes is too long for these muffins to bake. Baked mine for 25."

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 58802
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"These were great! I substituted half the oil for applesauce and they were so moist. Delicious flavor combination of the apple and pumpkin. I ended up with 21 muffins so maybe mine weren't quiet as large but better to yield more than less!"

cookiehatch User ID: 1445524 50407
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2010

"Delicious! I thought 30 minutes seemed like a long time to bake muffins so cut bake time to 25 minutes, and they were perfect! I don't usually like chopped apple in breads, but this is a great recipe."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 50406
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"Really good! My kids and my husband liked them too!"

karlyoh User ID: 1369764 50404
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"Mmmmm, mmmm, mmmm! That's the official review from my daughters.

I made these muffins with apples, with chocolate chips instead of apples, and plain. No matter what I did to them, they were very tasty. Possibly one of the best muffins that I've ever made."

sugarrae5 User ID: 2714369 58781
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"These are so good! I substitute applesauce for all the oil, and they are still delicious. My daughter requests these instead of cupcakes for her birthday snack at school. My kids gobble these up!"

lydia_k User ID: 2531671 58780
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2008

"YUMMY! these are good and easy ...i used 1/4 c. applesauce and 1/4 c. oil to make it a wee bit better, maybe next time i'll try whole wheat flour and more applesauce in"

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