Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Muffins just kick my mornings off to the perfect start. Full of warm, spicy cinnamon, delicious crisp apple bits, and so, so scrumptious they are hard not to start anyone’s morning off in the right direction, honestly.

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And believe me, when autumn rolls around, these babies are in high demand.

In reality, they are perfect as a year-round breakfast treat, but for some reason, I immediately associate them with cool autumn mornings with all that cinnamon and apple deliciousness they have in their favor.

And luckily, these babies definitely have lots going on in their favor!


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Oh my yum!


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These cinnamon apple muffins use just one apple to make a dozen muffins, but if you prefer more apple bits in your muffins, by all means, I’d increase it to two. Dice them small so that the pieces of apple aren’t overwhelming when you take a bite of muffin. You want every single bite to be well-balanced in flavor and texture.

You can use whichever baking apple you prefer. I like to use Braeburn, Rome, Jon Gold, Gala, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, and SweeTango apples in these muffins.  I also like that when I bite into the apple pieces, I still know that it is apple and not make me think it is applesauce or apple butter included. Don’t you?


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Along with apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, you’ll just need some butter, milk, baking powder, salt, and eggs. The classic ingredients for a cinnamon apple muffin, I think. Nothing weird here.


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Once the muffins are in the oven baking, I like to brown a little bit of butter and mix together a bowl of cinnamon sugar. Then, once the muffins have cooled slightly, I dip the tops of the muffins into the slightly warm brown butter and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Talk about perfection!


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Amazingly enough though, folks don’t just eat the tops of the muffins and then forget about the sweet little base. They gobble the whole thing up it’s so well balanced in flavors.

But, just in case you were wondering, you can skip that indulgent little coating on the top, but I seriously recommend you don’t. Skipping it is pretty close to a sin, I’m sure.

Here’s my Cinnamon Apple Muffins. Make them soon.

Yield: 12
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple muffins recipe, cinnamon apple muffins recipe

Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe

Total Time 35 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 teaspoons for coating apples
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon for coating apples
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • ½ cup (1 stick ) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray muffin tins with bakers spray or coat well with shortening or butter and flour, making sure to discard any excess flour from the tins after coating.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Toss together diced apples and 2 teaspoons of flour to coat apples in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar until lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add an egg, one at a time, taking care to fully incorporate before adding the other. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Gently fold in flour mixture, alternating with milk. Stir until just combined. Fold in diced apples and scoop mixture into prepared muffin tins, filling about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  6. Prepare topping for muffins while the muffins are baking by melting the butter and allowing to cool slightly. Pour butter into a separate bowl sized easy for dipping tops of muffins. Mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl and set aside.
  7. Once muffins have baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the muffin tin. Then, remove each muffin and brush the butter on with a pastry brush (or dip into the melted butter) and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place onto a plate to finish cooling.


Updated Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
The original recipe called for a 1 to 1 mixture of sugar and cinnamon. If you prefer a less cinnamon flavor in your topping, reduce the mixture to 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. 

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Robyn xo

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392 comments on “Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe”

  1. Loved these muffins! Was thinking about baking the entire batter recipe in a loaf pan instead of muffin tin. Do you think one recipe would be enough for a loaf. Also, how much should the baking time be increased?

    • Absolutely EXCELLENT delicious need the top I dipped in butter the top
      Super delicious
      And cut apples a little bigger than diced for visual
      Thank you decilious

  2. Such a great cupcake/muffin for a colder day!
    These are a keeper!
    Changes I made : Added a dash of honey and did not making the topping. I cooked these at 200C for 10-12min.
    The ratio of ingredients are great for a nice fluffy cake. Not dense or wet. The muffin top has a nice crunchy crust.
    Sooooooo good. 🙂

  3. I’m planning to make these today and have a question. If I want to make these as mini-muffins, how long would I bake them? And if it’s closer to 15 minutes, will the apples get soft enough? Thanks!! 

    • This is probably too late, but in case it’s helpful for anyone in the future, I make these as mini-muffins and I bake them for about 20 minutes (check at 15, but usually they take about 20], and as long as I dice the apples really small, they definitely get soft enough. Delicious! I also always use 2 apples for even more apple-y flavor.

  4. So easy to make and they’r presently in my oven just now. The smell is divine. Perfect for this time of year!

  5. Hello, I’ no baker but thought I would give your recipe a try. I baked a dozen muffins, absolutely delicious !!! That’s a first for me. 
    Would it work as well if I poured the batter into a loaf pan? 
    Need a coffee cake for Sunday brunches .
    Thank you so very much !

    • Hi Rita!
      So glad you enjoyed the muffins! Aren’t they scrumptious?!
      I haven’t tried this recipe as a cake, but I do have several, several cake recipes you may want to take a look at. There are several bundt cakes and coffee cakes there too. I hope you find more recipes that you will enjoy! xo

  6. Wonderfully light and flavourful.  I used a silicone brush to spread some melted butter on the tops and then spooned the sugar cinnamon on top. They were great!

  7. These were really good! Thanks for posting 🙂

  8. The prep time was 5 times longer than it said it was gonna take. I havent tried them yet but they better be worth it.

  9. I made these last night and they were just okay as written. I dipped the warm muffins in the butter and cinnamon sugar as directed but I didn’t care for the results. I made a second batch and put a simple streusel topping on before baking and they were delicious. The muffins themselves were very good last night but today (the leftovers) are very dry. I would like to continue to use this recipe as my guide for apple cinnamon muffins but I will experiment with the addition of another ingredient to try to make them a bit moister. My sister recommended trying some applesauce or maybe a vegetable shortening to replace some of the butter. I will report back.

    • Hi Donna,
      I’m sorry you didn’t care for them as written. I do love the idea of using a streusel topping on these muffins. I bet they were delicious. To add more moisture to the muffins, you can reduce the butter to 1/4 cup and add in 1/4 cup of vegetable oil. xo

  10. Delicious. Didn’t even need the topping. Found a good use for the apples in the backyard

  11. Fantastic recipe!  It’s true, the flavor is so good you won’t just want to eat the top and leave the rest.  We used Honeycrisp apples for ours.  Can’t wait to try it with other apple varieties!  This is going to be a staple for us.  

    • Honeycrisps are such delicious apples aren’t they, Patricia?! I’m so happy you enjoyed the muffins! I always look forward to the aroma my house gets when I bake them! Thanks! xo

  12. We are a “chunk adverse” family, could you advise on an amount of applesauce or Apple butter i could sub for chopped apples?

  13. They were delicious!
    Definitely on my make again list!
    Thank you for sharing.
    I used tart apples from a tin.
    Very moist en fluffy.

  14. Really enjoyed these muffins!  They are easy to make and absolutely delicious.  I followed your recipe, but just sprinkled turbinado sugar and cinnamon on top before baking, instead of the topping.  Thank you for the perfect apple muffin recipe.

  15. These muffins were a hit at my home. I didn’t make the the coating but either way DELICIOUS. I’m about to make them again!

  16. These were the perfect treat! The topping was a little to gritty for my liking so didn’t use but served 21, added a little more sugar & vanilla! So good!! Thank you! 

  17. If I made the mixture overnight, and baked the muffins in the morning, would that be okay? Also, would substituting whole milk make the muffins more moist? Thanks!

  18. Just made these. But also put in raisins and pineapple. They look scrumptious now to taste. Yum yum absolutely divine 

  19. Super easy n fast to make..
    All gone in 5 minutes 😂😂😂

  20. I’m a big fan of oats in my apple muffins what would be best for incorporating some into this recipe.

    Thank you.

  21. I made these on Saturday. They are so darn good!!! I did use 2 apples and did the cinnamon/sugar topping. I will definitely be making these again, the only thing I will be doing different is I’m going to try a strusel topping. Definitely recommend this recipe!!

  22. Hello could you provide the recipe in metric mesurements (in grams / ml) rather than cups? Many thanks.

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