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Caramel Apple Muffins Recipe

Caramel Apple Muffins Recipe

Anyone who loves caramel apples will love these muffins. They are great served with breakfast or coffee. —Therese Puckett, Shreveport, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:14 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  • 12 caramels, chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, butter and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apple and caramels.
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 14 muffins.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 245 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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[email protected] User ID: 7832539 255159
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2016

"I made these into mini muffins. The first pan was made with the streusel topping, and they were waaaaaay too sweet!!! I love sweets (I used to work at a major chocolate factory), but these were almost not edible (almost). The second batch were streusel-free, but the caramel bits fell to the bottom and made a huge mess. I love caramel and apples together, but I won't be making these again."

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 254465
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"So much easier than making caramel apples! Definitely a keeper!"

hicks91 User ID: 6731271 249207
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"Yummy! Would use even more carmel next time for gooier results."

Sunshinebakerpa User ID: 7360500 238549
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"I couldn't find the caramel bits so I used a half a teaspoon of caramel topping for each muffin. It made a mess, but it was worth it. I used 2 tablespoons of butter for the topping and used more apples like others suggested."

GStaelens User ID: 1765741 235937
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Great recipe!"

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 216182
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Delicious...caramel bits work great."

Keehayjso4 User ID: 8055131 160870
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"I just made a double batch! After making these three separate times I realized I needed to double it because they disappear so quickly. Instead of cutting caramels I used a bag of the Kraft caramel bits ( minus the few handfuls I threw in my mouth ). These are absolutely delicious!!!!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 135828
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"I quartered the caramels and doubled the apples. My gosh, when they first come out of the oven and have cooled out of the pan for an additional 10 minutes....just enough to be able to handle them, these are incredible! The caramel does ooze out! But watch out once they cool! They are still moist and delicious, but the caramels harden and can crack your teeth! I will make these again, but try the caramel bites that reviewers are talking about."

bearikins User ID: 7498282 154188
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"Absolutely superb!!!! Thank you, Therese."

momio User ID: 2526647 138176
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Delicious! They stuck to the papers sometimes so I might try just making them without papers next times and spraying the pan well. Everyone loved them."

LaraRenayUK User ID: 7113140 85951
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"Sounds lovely but don't exactly relish chopping caramel - might try fudge chopped up instead."

JKvigne User ID: 6814027 156577
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"Delicious! Everyone loved them."

mommyrosey User ID: 2096863 107281
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"These are so good. I made them as stated in the recipe, except I added just a touch of nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. I also just stuck the caramel in the middle, and used a bit more apples. I used foil cupcakes liners and NO STICKING. Perfect and yummy. My children devoured them!"

hunybun User ID: 5115265 67278
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"These are delicious!! I made them exactly the way the recipe says - even after reading all the reviews. I cut the caramels with kitchen scissors & had no problem, I also used a mounding 1/2 cup of finely chopped apples. The batter did flow over the sides a bit, so next time I will make 15 or 16 muffins out of one batch instead of 14. Other than that I wouldn't change a thing, my husband took one bite & said "Wow", my coworkers did the same thing and asked if I would please bring more in for the next day. I also agree with Gail's comment below, a little more apple & caramel but then make a couple extra muffins to compensate for the amount added."

cruisingail User ID: 1553892 78294
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"I added l cup chopped apples (2 med. apples) and 4 more caramels. It made 17 muffins instead of 14 and made them alittle gooer. The recipe is a winner and everyone should try it!!! Gail Borczyk Field Editor"

janetbmartin User ID: 800380 107277
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"I made these muffins - with some of the commenters' suggestions, including using a cup of diced apples, additional spices (nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice), a whole flour-dusted caramel pushed into the middle and covered with a bit of batter, and 2 T of cold butter in the topping. I used Baker's Joy to coat foil cupcake liners, and I used only half of the topping mix per batch. They were a tremendous hit at work and home! Since they were made the night before, most of us heated them for 10 seconds in the microwave (perfect!). Some tried them cold, but the chunk of caramel in the middle wasn't nearly as appetizing as the gooey, warm center. I need to share these with lots more friends and neighbors this Fall! My sincere thanks to Therese for the great recipe, and to all for the extra tips!"

[email protected] User ID: 6757410 154187
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I'm lost--how do you "chop" caramels for this recipe??"

chefninjapants User ID: 7392976 156576
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"These were amazing. My friend and I always joked about making some of these muffins and I finally did. I would suggest adding more apple though. The muffins were just delicious over all."

jessicare User ID: 6741453 79784
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"These muffins are fabulous! Thanks for sharing."

shortytalk User ID: 1598556 152473
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"i made a cake with this it was great...i put alot of carmel in mine....and it was great...everyone at my work loved it...and so easy to make..."

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 160868
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012 Edited Dec. 16, 2013

"My teenage daughter took one bite and said, "Mmmmm.....that is SO good!" This recipe is fabulous! I added a little shake of allspice and cloves (to add more "fall" flavors) and I used 1/4 C applesauce in place of the butter. I also added a whole apple and cut each caramel into 4 pieces. For the topping, I only did 2 Tbs of butter for the top. I baked them in my stone muffin pan and they didn't stick at all. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe - it is my favorite muffin recipe now!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 207604
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012 Edited Dec. 16, 2013

"My teenage daughter took one bite and said, "Mmmmm.....that is SO good!" This recipe is fabulous! I added a little shake of allspice and cloves (to add more "fall" flavors) and I did only 2 Tbs of butter for the top. I baked them in my stone muffin pan and they didn't stick at all. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe - it is our favorite muffin recipe now!"

jakruppel User ID: 622758 67277
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

"There is too much liquid in this recipe. My

muffins never baked, remained liquid and spilled all over my oven. Same for the topping. What a waste of time and effort."

nitsurb1 User ID: 6556753 154186
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"followed directions but used the Caramel Bits from the baking aisle at the market. Sprayed 12 muffin cups generously and made 12 jumbo muffins...the best ever! Will make these again and again!


babylyric1 User ID: 4410058 71451
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"I thought these muffins were great. I chopped my apples into larger pieces, and I used the caramel bits that Kraft makes. The caramel is not like the picture, rather baked into the muffin instead of gooping out. I still enjoyed them and so did my family so I will make them again."

swinny User ID: 1858482 157211
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"These muffins are delicious. I did cut back to 2 tbsp of butter for topping and used 1 cup of wheat flour along w/the white. Skim milk instead of 2%. Cut the carmels into 4th's w/scissors & was very easy. These muffins are all that!!!!!! :)"

youngs1 User ID: 931058 207603
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"Kraft now has caramel 'bits'. They work great and are a bit smaller than a chocolate chip."

jbbbk User ID: 642673 157207
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Sounds delicious! But chopped caramels doesn't sounds like an easy task. Seems like they'd be sticken awful. Any tips on chopping them"

savyd User ID: 6341690 160866
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I chopped the apples a little more coarsely in order to hold the caramels in place. I followed the tips of the other reviewers (though I did not use foil muffin cups) and these muffins turned out great, and I even live at altitude. I will be making these for the neighbors for Christmas...Yum!"

redcow User ID: 47124 78293
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"I like the taste of this muffin. Wish I had read all the reviews first. My topping all sank to the bottom and you need to scrape the muffin off of the paper. My husband hates that!!!! Unfortunately I bought enough caramels so my 4H kids can make them; will see how that goes. I will not make these again."

livin40908 User ID: 6212858 156574
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"After reading all the comments below I followed your suggestions and they turned out PERFECT. I'm so excited over this recipe and they were fun to make for my playgroup moms and kids"

ilastrapes User ID: 5325283 135787
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"These are delicious! I modified the recipes based on previous comments, using foil muffin liners, 2tbsp of butter instead of 3tbsp for the topping, doubled the apples, and I also substituted one of the cups of flour for whole wheat flour instead. I also spooned half the batter at a time, and dropped a caramel in before putting the rest of the batter on top."

christyberry User ID: 5561051 78292
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"These are great, IF you do not cut the caramels too small. I did as other reviewers suggested and divided the caramels into four pieces and filled the muffin cups with half the batter, placed the caramels inside, and topped with the rest of the batter. They melted really well and were a yummy gooey surprise in the muffins. My boyfriend took some to work for breakfast and his boss walked in the room and could smell them. They were 24 hours old at this point! He had to share and now everyone there thinks I am a great cook and he is so lucky! I always save baked goods in a metal tin with a tight fitting lid. They seem to stay very fresh and moist this way!"

roosa User ID: 5321491 156573
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"One of the best muffins I have ever tasted/made!!! Will definitely be a favorite in our family."

flangel981 User ID: 5510842 138175
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Next time I plan on trying out the other suggestions for the topping since only half managed to stay on without melting off. But aside from that the muffins are delicious."

meavey03 User ID: 2994842 62224
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"These had a nice flavor. Next time I will use more apples and skip the topping. The topping melted right through the muffin leaving a big hole in each one. I also only cut the carmaels in 1/2 and it worked quite well. I made 12 muffins and put the rest in a single mini loaf pan. I think I like it as a loaf more than a muffin."

varnesfamily5 User ID: 5302358 207602
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010


Anniecat1 User ID: 3452278 107213
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"I made this before a family photo shot and everyone loved them. I made some mini ones as well as some reg. sized muffins. As I was running late I also found cutting up the caramels time consuming and would leave them bigger next time - maybe add more apples as well. the topping was too sticky and would modify as suggested in other reviews but these are a keeper. Even my husband who is not a big "dessert" person liked them."

Shirmapa User ID: 5226310 79783
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"These muffins were delightful but also used suggestions from other reviewers. Found that cutting each caramel in fours with kitchen shears, dusting with flour and setting aside, was a real advantage. Placed 4 pieces of cut caramel in batter after filling cups 1/2 full, then topping off with balance of batter to equal 3/4 full. Also tweaked the topping and used Paula Deen's Streusel recipe: 1/4 c brown sugar, 1/4 c flour, 2 Tblsp quick oats, 2 Tblsp softened butter, 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Mix together with fork and was just enough to top 12 muffins. My muffins looked exactly like the picture!"

oceans5 User ID: 3622832 160865
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"I used the caramel bits to cut down on time. My kids love muffins so I was sure these would be a hit. I was wrong. My kids ate them but said they didn't really like them. I ate one and was not impressed. The caramel got very gooey and made the muffin more moist than it should have been."

Marj1965 User ID: 3811533 62223
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"I made these for my officemates and all enjoyed them. I followe others advise and just inserted the whole carmel in the middle of the muffin mixture - the carmel melted nicely .. it did become a little chewy when the muffin cooled, but was still delicious."

mauveheart44 User ID: 172841 135332
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"For people wondering about the caramels. Walmart sells a bag of caramel bits in the baking aisle. I just dump in approx 1 cup of these caramel bits. This is a keeper of a recipe. I also agree that there is too much butter in the topping. I also think I will add some of the caramels to the topping mix so when they melt they will mix with the topping, YUM!!!!!"

Ldilley User ID: 5423697 85948
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"I also stuck the caramels in the batter, and added flour to the topping and all my neighbors wanted the recipe, we all loved them"

bcdevany User ID: 5489917 107208
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"These muffins tasted wonderful! But, the caramel pretty much exploded throughout the muffin, it did not look anything like the picture...oozing out. The butter for the topping was entirely too much and ended up melting down into the muffin cup and making the paper really soggy. The muffin is so sticky, it sticks to the paper and you only get to eat about 2/3 of the muffin. A little side note: when cutting the caramels, spray some nonstick spray or rub some butter over your knife and the caramels won't stick.

I will try this again with a few modifications: Foil muffin liners, half the amount of butter for the topping, and I will try putting one or two of the cut caramel pieces into the dough after putting the dough into the cups."

Trahms User ID: 1917733 107206
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"These were great! I also read the reviews (thank you all) and just pushed the caramels into the middle of the batter instead of chopping them. Also, per another review, I shorted the butter in the topping and added some flour to it, which made it more like a streusel and less like sugary melted butter. VERY good and have been asked several times for the recipe already!"

rpan27 User ID: 5426164 156569
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"These muffins were very simple to make, however, I did do what someone else suggested and instead of cutting up the caramel and putting it in the batter, I stuck one in the middle part of the cupcake batter before baking. They tasted delicious, but, they are definitely too sticky to peel off the cupcake liner. Therefore, there is a lot of waste of cupcake. That was my only real disappointment. Otherwise, very yummy!"

mary9407 User ID: 5125353 138174
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I crumbled a muffin up in a bowl then microwaved it for 25 seconds. Then put vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and chopped pecans. It was wonderful!!!!"

gibsongirl5851 User ID: 5333074 154184
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Loved them! I did change a couple things, more apples, caramel in the middle and little more cinnamon. Everyone who has eaten them has wanted the recipe. I will make these over and over again."

cindyb8992 User ID: 4635001 135784
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"Everyone in our family loved these muffins, I took some of the reader's advice about putting the caramels in the middle of the muffin and doubling the apples and it turned out really great!!"

lgaudet User ID: 569953 138171
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"Chopping the caramels was very time consuming and I didn't have gobs of caramel in them like it shows in the photo. The other problem I had was with the topping, 3 tblsps. of butter was too much for the topping and the butter ended up running into the cups and going under the paper and making the paper all oily. Other than than that they are delicious."

ilastrapes User ID: 5325283 160864
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"14 servings? I'm confused; what kind of muffin pan was used to get 14 muffins? Was it the 12 muffin pan and just made the last two in a second batch?"

mary9407 User ID: 5125353 78195
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"This was great! I did double the apples and added 3/4 cup chopped pecans. I did not mix the caramels in the batter, but placed tem in the center to avoid sticking."

kelllg01 User ID: 4704112 138166
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"These were wonderful! I made one little change to help avoid the carmel sticking to the muffin cup. Instead of mixing the carmel into the batter, I filled the paper muffin cup half full, placed some carmel in the center, then filled the rest of the way. They turned out great!"

Locker261 User ID: 5335204 62218
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I have just made these yummy muffins. I used scissors to cut the caramels and I found it goes faster than chopping with a knife. I did notice that the muffins stick to the paper. Did this happen to anyone else? Any suggestions. The only change I made was using margarine instead of butter."

Rose P. User ID: 4782209 152472
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"These are fabulous! I didn't have any caramels so I used butterscotch chips and splenda instead of sugar, they turned out great. Definately a keeper!!"

sarahv User ID: 4554008 85947
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"These muffins are great. The only thing is that it's very time consuming chopping up the caramels."

katiemarlowe User ID: 5405530 107205
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"Very good!!!! So easy, and sooo tasty!"

FerrisMomof3 User ID: 4775539 67273
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"Looks awesome. I can't wait to make them. BUT what happens to the caramel when the muffins cool off? Does the caramel get hard or does it stay gooey?"

mauveheart44 User ID: 172841 78194
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"I can't wait to make these. our store sells Kraft Caramel Bit. so that would make it so much easier to make."

wombatt User ID: 4256084 138164
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010


sugarcrafter User ID: 3942214 67233
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"These muffins are to die for! Spiced apples, warm, gooey caramel - it's like taking a bite of autumn. Will definitely make these again and again!"

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