Cinnamon Apple Muffins are so scrumptious and full of warm cinnamon and crisp apple bits and finished with a cinnamon sugar topping. Favorite bakery style muffins recipe with amazing flavor and aroma, perfect to enjoy anytime.

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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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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.

What Apples to Use for Cinnamon Apple Muffins?

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!

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.

These muffins are so easy to make ahead so you can have this delicious muffin when ever you want.

Freeze instructions: You can make these muffins ahead and store them in an airtight container for a couple of days or freeze them to keep them longer up to 3 months. Just cool the muffins completely, wrap them in 2 layers of freezer wrap so they are airtight and place them in the freezer. You can also freeze them after you add the topping.

To Reheat: You can either let them thaw at room temperature or heat them frozen, unwrapped in the microwave, or wrapped in foil in the oven. If you want, you can wait and add the topping after you reheat them.

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

Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe

4.95 from 536 votes
Cinnamon Apple Muffins make the perfect addition to any breakfast. Get this family favorite recipe for Cinnamon Apple Muffins.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, + 2 teaspoons for coating apples
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, + 1/2 teaspoon for coating apples
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • ½ cup 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

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • Sift together 2 cups flour, baking powder, salt, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons flour with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss diced apples with the flour/cinnamon mixture to coat apples in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

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. 

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 571IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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Recipe Review




1,098 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely deliclous, I have been making these muffins about a year, I make these muffins all the time, everyone loves them.

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I love that you have been making these muffins for so long and everyone loves them.

    1. Samra, I haven’t made these with oil but it should work fine. Several people have commented on here that they substituted the butter with coconut oil and it worked great. You would use an equal amount of oil as the butter.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic for muffins. Also, made an 8″ square cake with it. Try it! Also fantastic. Great taste and so moist.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe turned out really well! I followed everything to a T except for the topping. I only had one stick of butter so sprinkled with cinnamon and Demerara sugar before baking. I get the idea that the type of Apple will make a huge difference. Glad I chose a nice firm and slightly tart Cosmic Crisp. So good!

  4. 5 stars
    Super good! 2 thumbs up from husband and granddaughter. I did end up with 18 because I used a little over 2 cups of apples. I used the reduced amount of cinnamon for the topping. Due to the rave reviews at my house, I will be making these again.

  5. 5 stars
    I just made these, & they are DELICIOUS!! I did cut down on the cinnamon to sugar ratio for the topping though. YUM!!

    1. I use a 1 to 1 ratio of sugar to cinnamon (1/4 cup of each) for the topping of these muffins, Liz. However, as I state in the Notes section of the recipe, if you prefer a less cinnamon flavor in your topping, reduce the mixture to 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. I hope you enjoy.

    1. Elaine, you use 2 cups diced apples as listed in the recipe. As I stated in the post, I could get that amount with one of the apples I was using. I hope you enjoy these muffins.