Apple Spice Muffins

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I’ve been searching for the perfect apple muffin recipe to share with you ever since I started this blog. Honestly, there’s no telling how many dozens of apple muffins I’ve baked. Finally, I found a fantastic recipe on the King Arthur Flour website and, with a few tiny tweaks, I had the perfect recipe I’d been looking for. So, what makes these apple muffins so good? For starters, they’re made partially with whole wheat flour, which gives them a wonderfully wholesome flavor and texture. They’re also chockfull of apples, scented with warm autumn spices and finished with an irresistible crunchy brown sugar topping.


ingredients

To begin, cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

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Beat in the egg.

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Then beat in the low fat yogurt.

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Add the dry ingredients right to the bowl.

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Mix until just combined. Note that the batter will be very thick.

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Add the diced apples. I use Honey Crisp because they’re my favorite but Granny Smith, Fuji, Sun Crisp, Jonagold or Golden Delicious (to name just a few!) would all work well.

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And beat them in.

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Use an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter to a muffin tin. The domed shape of the ice cream scoop makes for a nicely domed muffin.

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Sprinkle the raw muffins generously with brown sugar.

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And bake for about 25 minutes.

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Let the muffins cool in the muffin pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

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Note: I made a few minor changes to the original recipe. First, I added nutmeg and cloves to add more spice. I also reduced the brown sugar topping by a few tablespoons — they are plenty sweet with this amount but feel free to add more (or less) to suit your taste. To see the original recipe and read the rave reviews, click here.

Apple Spice Muffins

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Servings: 12 muffins
Cook Time: 25 - 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt (not Greek-style)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with back edge of knife
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with back edge of knife
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and finely chopped baking apples (you'll need 2 large apples)

For Topping

  • 6 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan with butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  3. Add the egg and mix well, stopping to scrape the bowl if necessary.
  4. Beat in the yogurt. The batter will look grainy.
  5. Add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Beat on low speed until just combined. The batter will be very thick.
  6. Add the chopped apples and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  7. Use an ice-cream scooper or large spoon to divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. The cups should be full. Sprinkle the 6 tablespoons of brown sugar evenly over top.
  8. Bake the muffins for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  9. Remove the muffins from the oven, cool them for 5 minutes in the pan, then turn them out onto a rack to finish cooling completely.
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  • I’ve been looking for the perfect apple muffin recipe too. Making these for Saturday morning breakfast.

    • LOVE the brown sugar topping!

  • Elsa

    Can I bake this recipe in an 8inch square baking pan?

    • Jenn

      Hi Elsa, I have not tried it but don’t see why not. Please let me know how it comes out if you make it that way. Thanks!

  • dogsmum

    Ohhh these sound good, & my son will love them as he does anything cake based & spiced. Thanks

  • Judy

    This sounds nice and not too complicated.

  • Janet Ackerman

    Could I bake this as a loaf?

    • Jenn

      Hi Janet, Yes, I think that would work.

  • Debbie

    Can these be adapted to gluten free flour?

    • Jenn

      Hi Debbie, I’ve never baked with gluten free flour so I can’t say for sure, but I imagine that it’d work.

  • Danita

    Perfect timing, I bought a box of apples last weekend and have a few left I need to use, I canned quite a bit of applesauce last Sunday and made your french apple cake recipe which is always a favorite.

  • Patricia Brady

    Great timing. My husband and I went apple picking with friends and made home-made apple sauce, but still have some Jonagold apples left and can’t wait to try this recipe…..I will be making this for our community’s “Coffee with Neighbors” gathering this Satiurday. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

    • Jenn

      You’re welcome, Patricia. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

  • Erin McNamara

    Will any type of apple work?

    • Jenn

      Hi Erin, You need to use baking apples, like Honey Crisp, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonagold, etc.

  • Melissa

    I want to make these today, but I don’t have any whole wheat flour. Can I just use 2 cups of all purpose flour or do I need to adjust the measurements?

    • Jenn

      Hi Melissa, You can just use 2 cups all purpose…should work fine. Enjoy!

  • Tracey

    These are so amazing… I had to take them to work and share them so I wouldn’t eat them all! I just love your recipes… Thank you!

  • Marcia Snapp

    I love these muffins! They are moist with the perfect amount of spices, and the topping is wonderful! I will make these from now on. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Keri

    If I am making these as Mini Muffins should I adjust the cooking time? Do you think think Mini muffins will be ok?

    • Jenn

      Hi Keri, Mini muffins would work fine, just be sure to chop the apples into little chunks. I’d bake them for 10-15 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.

  • Danita

    Made these and shared with our new neighbors as a house warming gift. Thanks Jenn for another go to recipe

  • I made these muffins to help use up some of the apples we picked this fall and OH. MY. Gosh. were they good. I was a little worried because the brown sugar on top did not look as pretty as the pictures, but who cares what they look like once you’ve had a bite! This will be my go to apple muffin recipe. Also, make sure to use the dark brown sugar and it will not be nearly as good with light brown.

  • Kjm

    I have made so many apple muffin recipes and this is by far the best!! I will never try another recipe again, as this one is PERFECT! Thank you!

  • Afke

    These were easy to make and so good!! I’ve served these to 4 people and everyone loved them and want to me make more. I’m going to try to make the Chai Banana Bread first though! :D

  • Kathryn

    If I don’t have any low-fat yogurt on hand, could I substitute with sour cream?

    • Jenn

      Hi Kathryn, Should work fine. I might just dilute it with a bit of milk or water to get it to the consistency of yogurt.

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