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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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.

Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Muffins make the perfect addition to any breakfast. Get this family favorite recipe for Cinnamon Apple Muffins.
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 12
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Calories: 336kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 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

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 Information

Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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698 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. This is the best apple cinnamon recipe I have tried!! I will definitely be keeping this as my go-to recipe for apple cinnamon recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I made these muffins. Sooo good. The only thing that went wrong i put them in paper cups . They were stuck to the paper. Will try again delicius

      1. Alexa, I haven’t used paper liners but I always spray my muffin tins. Try spraying the liners lightly with baking spray to see if that helps.

  3. 30 minutes was too long of a cook time. The outsides are way overcooked. I wish I had checked them at 20 minutes. The inside is very dense and I was hoping for something more light & fluffy. Disappointed.

    1. Kim, I’m sorry you were disappointed with the muffins. Over mixing the batter can cause the muffins to be dense. With this recipe, yoou just need to fold in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, then stir until combined. Then fold in the apples. One cause of muffins being overcooked is leaving them in the pan too long to cool. I would let them cool 2-3 minutes in the muffin tin and then remove the muffins. The muffins will continue to cook if left in the muffin tin. Also, sometimes muffins in lighter tins do bake faster. I hope this helps.

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