Last updated on September 22nd, 2022.

These Apple Muffins are moist, and tender, and get an extra crispy texture from the crumbs topping. Best part? It is super-fast, easy, and requires no special equipment!

Apple muffins recipe

I have two confessions to make.

  1. The recipe is so awesome and there is truly no need for the crumbs topping. I added it for the sake of food photography… (but hi, crumbs make everything better no?)
  2. While I strive to be a good team player and am taking an advantage of apple season to post apple recipes, I must admit that I don’t really get it. I buy, eat, and bake this Jewish Apple Cake, this Mini Apple Galette, and these Apple Bars all year long. Also, I was never told, “sorry, no candied apples here at the county fair…apples are not in season”… (And trust me, after driving two hours to the “nearest” U-pick apple farm only to carry 10 LBS bag of apples my 3 Y.O could not possibly hold despite the fact she picked them all (from the ground…) I am fully aware this is it officially apple season.)
Apple muffins recipe

Before making this recipe, two important notes:

  • I highly recommend spooning a generous amount of caramel on top. You can find my favorite caramel recipe HERE. (skip the Orange blossom though) .
  • Because Baking time is short, if you cut the apples into 1/2″ size, the apples will hold their texture. (depending on the type of apple). So keep that in mind when cutting the apples.
Apple muffins recipe

What Ingredients Are Used?

For The Crumbs:

Apple muffins recipe
  • AP Flour
  • Brown Sugar, light or brown is ok
  • Chopped nuts
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon

For The Muffins:

Apple muffins recipe
  • Apples, peeled, cored, and cubed. I use Gala however, you can use your favorite type. Here is a post about The Best Apples For Baking.
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • AP Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Light brown sugar
  • Apple sauce
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil

Making Apple Muffins:

Making these apple muffins is super easy and also requires no special equipment. I included the crumbs recipe but you can skip it, the muffins are just as good without it.

We will start by preparing the crumbs and to do that we will simply place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and use our fingers to cut the butter into the ingredients until the mixture resembles wet sand.

Next, the muffin batter.

Firstly, sprinkle the apple cubes with 1 TBS sugar and cinnamon and toss with a spoon to fully distribute.

Now, use 2 medium-large bowls to mix the liquid ingredients (oil, eggs, and apple sauce) in one bowl and the dry ingredients in the second bowl (flour, baking powder, and sugar). Next, pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and use a fork/whisker to blend halfway and then Fold in the apples.

Now, last but not least as this is the best part, divid the batter between the muffin liners and sprinkle with the crumbs.

Apple muffins recipe

Bake for 18-22 minutes at 350F preheated oven. When done, remove from oven and allow 5-10 minutes to cool before eating.

Apple muffins recipe

Storing the muffins:

The best is to store the muffins at room temperature for up to 2 days. Also, you can freeze the baked muffins. Place the muffins in a freezable muffin bag or container and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, remove it from the freezer from the bag/container. Next, allow reaching room temperature.


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Apple Muffins

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple muffins, apple recipe, easy apple muffins, muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 Muffins



  • 3/4 Cup AP Flour (90 g / 3 oz)
  • 1/3 Cup Brown sugar (light or dark) (70 g / 2.5 oz)
  • 1 Cup Finely chopped pecans or walnuts (120 g / 4 oz)
  • 4 TBS Unsalted butter, softened (55 g / 2 oz)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Apple muffins

  • 2 small Apples peeled, cored, and cubed (1/2"-1/4") (150 g / 5 oz)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 TBS Sugar
  • 2 Cups AP Flour (240 g / 8.5 oz)
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Cup (-2 TBS) Light brown sugar (180 g / 6 oz)
  • 1 Cup (- 3 TBS) Unsweetened apple sauce (225 ml / 8 oz)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable oil (100 g / 3.5 oz)



  1. Place ingredients in a large bowl and use your fingers to cut the butter into the rest of the ingredients until a cohesive blend is formed.

Apple Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2-12 cavities muffins tins with muffins liners (total 15 liners)

  2. In a medium bowl place the cubed apple. Sprinkle the cinnamon and 1 TBS sugar and toss to evenly incorporate. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, place the flour, sugar, and baking powder and use a fork to blend.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the apple sauce, eggs and oil then pour it over the flour mix. Use a fork or a whisker to blend.

  5. Fold in the apples.

  6. Divide the batter between the muffins liners, each 3/4 full then sprinkle about 1 TBS of the crumbs on top.

  7. Bake for 18-22 minutes or just until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the muffins.

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2 Comments on " Apple Muffins "

  1. Dikla

    I am a newcomer to your site and have been enjoying checking out all your creations. I ahve a question about this recipe. Both the brown sugar and applesauce amounts call for a cup measured amount and also a TLBS amount in parenthesis. Does that indicate an additional TLBS amount because it can’t be a substitute, can it??
    Any clarufication would be appreciated.I really want to give these a try…along with many other recipes!
    Thanks so much!

    1. Dikla

      Hi Nancy,
      Thank you for your comment; the measurements are 1 cup minus 2 (or 3) tablespoons. If you have a kitchen scale, then just use the grams/oz measurements; otherwise, I would measure a cup and then remove 2 (or 3) tablespoons.
      Let me know if this is still unclear and if you have more questions.

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