Spiced Apple Muffins

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These apple muffins are chockfull of apples, scented with warm spices and finished with a crunchy brown sugar topping.

Apple Spice Muffins

I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe for apple muffins to share with you ever since I started this blog. Honestly, there’s no telling how many dozens of apple muffins I’ve baked! I finally found a fantastic recipe on the King Arthur Flour website and, with a few tiny tweaks, I finally found the perfect recipe I’d been searching for.

So, what makes these apple muffins so good? For starters, they’re made partially with whole wheat flour, which gives them a wholesome flavor and texture. They’re also chockfull of apples, scented with warm autumn spices, and finished with an irresistible crunchy brown sugar topping.

What you’ll need to make Spiced Apple Muffins

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How to make Spiced Apple Muffins

To begin, combine the butter, sugar and brown sugar.

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Beat until light and fluffy.

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Add the egg.

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Then beat again.

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Add the yogurt.

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Beat again.

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Add all 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.

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Then stir them in.

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Use an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter to a muffin tin.

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Sprinkle the tops  generously with brown sugar.

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And bake for about 25 minutes.

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Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. (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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Spiced Apple Muffins

These apple muffins are chockfull of apples, scented with warm spices and finished with a crunchy brown sugar topping.

Servings: 12 muffins
Cook Time: 25 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.
  10. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 221
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Sodium: 207mg
  • Cholesterol: 37mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Reviews & Comments

  • I used Greek yogurt because that’s all I had. Thinned it out with probably 2-3 tbsp. of milk, and they turned out perfect. Also made my house smell AMAZING!

    • — Hillary on January 17, 2021
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  • I have now made these twice in less than 24 hours!! Delicious recipe, the crumb is perfect and the kitchen smells divine!! Trying internet recipes can be dicey, but this one is a keeper!! YUM!

    • — Emily on December 20, 2020
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  • So delicious! My three year old always asks for these special muffins.

    • — Lien on December 2, 2020
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  • Absolutely love all your recipes. Would love to try the spiced apple muffins but only have my homemade Greek yoghurt. Can I substitute the whey?

    • — Chantal on December 1, 2020
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    • Hi Chantal, Glad you like the recipes! I’m not familiar with homemade yogurt, so I don’t know if the lack of whey would make a difference. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on December 1, 2020
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  • Hi Jen. Can I substitute 2 cups of all purpose gluten free flour for the whole wheat and all purpose flour? Also, what can I use to replace cloves? I love your site and appreciate you expertise.

    • — Kathy M on November 1, 2020
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    • Hi Kathy, Glad you like the recipes! I think these would work with gluten-free flour (though I haven’t tried it myself). And you can replace the cloves with more cinnamon or nutmeg. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2020
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  • These muffins are delicious! A perfect use of extra apples on hand, and the warm spices really come through—thank you!!!

    • — Lily on October 24, 2020
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  • Hi Jen;
    I’d like to make the Spiced Apple Muffins but I don’t have whole wheat flour. Can I use
    all-purpose flour and if so do I have to adjust the amount?

    Bythe way, I made the Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread last week. It was delicious.

    Today I bought a cauliflower and will make the Curried Cauliflower Soup.

    • — Doreen on October 23, 2020
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    • Hi Doreen, You can definitely use the same amount of all-purpose flour. And so glad the cinnamon apple bread turned out well!

      • — Jenn on October 23, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn, I don’t have yogurt on hand. What can I substitute to make these muffins? I live in a community that has no grocery store so it means a trip to get this ingredient. Thanks!

    • — Judy Hazel on October 22, 2020
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    • Hi Judy, Sour cream will work nicely in place of the yogurt.

      • — Jenn on October 22, 2020
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  • I baked these Spiced Apple Muffins and took them to the Wednesday night class at my church. Everyone loved them. They disappeared before any other goodies. I kept hearing, “They’re so moist. What did you put in these? They’re so good!”
    Oh, and if you aren’t going to eat them in a day or two be sure you keep them in the fridge so that the sour cream doesn’t sour.
    This is a keeper!

    • — Sue Ann on October 22, 2020
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  • Wow, I’m not a muffin person but these are fabulous. We have an orchard with a variety of apples so I used what was ripe. I think the different textures and tastes made the muffin more interesting. I prefer less sugar and so only used a light sprinkling of topping sugar (2 Tbsp) but it was enough for me. The sugar definitely adds a nice crunch to the muffin so wouldn’t skip it. Thanks!

    • — Karen on October 21, 2020
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  • Awesome recipe I can’t wait to try it out! Can I use pumpkin pie spice if I don’t have clove or nutmeg instead? Thank you!!

    • — Tracy on October 18, 2020
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    • Sure. It may give them a slightly different flavor, but it should definitely work. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 19, 2020
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  • Yet another great recipe! Thanks

    • — Andrea on October 14, 2020
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  • These were really good.

    • — Ann on October 11, 2020
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  • Just made these and they were very nice….wondering about grating the apples to give an apple flavor throughout every bite and also wondered about adding nuts?

    • — Elaine Book on October 6, 2020
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    • Glad you liked these and I think you could get away with grating the apples and adding some nuts. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on October 6, 2020
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  • These muffins are perfection. I don’t typically bake with whole wheat flour and I was a little worried they would be dry or tough but the texture was amazing. The spices were spot on as well.

    • — Sharon on October 2, 2020
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  • Another fantastic recipe Jenn! Made these muffins with sour cream since that’s what I had on hand and they were perfect. They actually reminded me of the Hostess Crumb Cakes I loved as a kid, but sooooo much better!

    • — Sheri on October 1, 2020
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  • Once again Jen – You are the queen of cooking. I had my doubts on this as I only had greek yogurt so I added a TBsp of milk to make it a bit more liquid. I didn’t add as much brown sugar on the tops – which still covered the muffin top. I didn’t think they would rise – but they did and they are absolutely perfection. The crumb is perfect, the taste divine – just lovely. You just keep on doing what you’re doing and we all look good:) Thank you again
    Bernadette

    • — Bernadette on September 26, 2020
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  • These were amazing!! I forgot to add the topping so I’ll try to remember that next time, but other than that I didn’t change a thing and the muffins turned out perfect. They came together fast too! Will make many times again.

    • — S on September 25, 2020
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  • JENN, what can I use instead of Yogurt in these great muffins?

    • — Christine on September 24, 2020
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    • Hi Christine, Sour cream will work as a substitute for the yogurt. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 25, 2020
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      • Hi Jenn,
        I would like to make a vegan version of these muffins. What can I substitute for the yogurt that would be vegan friendly?

        • — Patty on December 31, 2020
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        • Hi Patty, Although I haven’t tried it, I would think a vegan yogurt would work here. Please LMK how they turn out if you try it!

          • — Jenn on December 31, 2020
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  • Can I use applesauce instead of yogurt?

    • — May on September 24, 2020
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    • I wouldn’t recommend it, May as the yogurt helps the muffins to rise. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on September 24, 2020
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    • What variety of apples do you like for this recipe? Thanks!

      • — Katie on October 1, 2020
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      • Hi Katie, I like Honeycrisp, Fuji or Granny Smith. Hope you enjoy!

        • — Jenn on October 2, 2020
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  • Hi! can I use sour cream instead of yoghurt??
    Thanks

    • — Caroline on September 21, 2020
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    • Sure – hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 21, 2020
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      • I made these delicious apple spiced muffins today. They came out excellent. My kids and husband loved them.
        Very easy to make and super delicious!!
        Thank you!!

        • — Aishwarya on September 24, 2020
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  • Can I use whole milk plain yogurt instead ?😊

    • — Casey on September 5, 2020
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    • Sure!

      • — Jenn on September 7, 2020
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      • I used Greek yogurt like you suggested but my muffins did not cook. They all fell in the center and it’s like applesauce and I did use honey crisp apples

        Very disappointed. Usually your recipes are great Jen.

        • — Nidhi on September 13, 2020
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        • It’s says to not use Greek yogurt, but regular low-fat plain

          • — Jess on September 20, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn
    Love all of your recipes! I was wondering can i use full fat yogurt i have a huge thing leftover from making your tikka(which is amazing btw)
    Thanks so much
    Melissa

    • — Melissa on September 5, 2020
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    • Sure (and glad you enjoyed the chicken)! 🙂

      • — Jenn on September 7, 2020
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  • Used only all-purpose flour (2 c total) because that’s what I had. Also, subbed 3/4 c Half & Half for the yogurt because my fridge is basically empty. Added 1/2 c walnuts to the batter and these turned out delicious!!! Will definitely be making again using the yogurt after I finally make it to the store…
    I thought the level of sweetness of these was perfect! Love your recipes ❤️

    • — Mariela on August 19, 2020
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