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


  • 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


  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

  • 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 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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  • 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??

    • — 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 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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  • I grated the apples instead. Worked well. Excellent recipe.

    • — Ghislaine on June 3, 2020
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  • Hi Jen,

    I know you specifically said plain yoghurt, not Greek style but what happens if I use Greek yoghurt? Love your recipes..I tried your Best Blueberry Muffin recipe, they turned out so good I bought your cookbook immediately after.

    • — Neehad on March 27, 2020
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    • So glad you like the recipes and thanks for your support with the cookbook! You can use Greek yogurt here but you’ll need to thin it out with a little bit of milk. Hope you like the muffins! 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 27, 2020
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    • Hi Jen,
      I love nearly all your recipes that i have tried and if it fails it most likely because of a substitution i made. These muffins are great. my sons, 5 and 3 yo, that don’t like spiced baked goods have two each already! Thank you for your easy to follow recipes.

      • — Thani on May 22, 2020
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  • Hi Jen,

    I am a big fan of yours. I loved the banana nut muffin recipe so I thought I would try this recipe too. I have a few questions. When you say brown sugar, do you mean light brown sugar or dark brown sugar? Or does it make any difference?
    Also, do you think I can add walnuts with honey and cinnamon as the topping? I love nuts. Will it work with this recipe?


    • — Lucy Sim Conway on March 19, 2020
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    • Hi lucy, so glad you like the recipes! This recipe calls for dark brown sugar, but if you only have light brown on hand, that will work as well. And yes, you can add the topping that you mentioned (just use that in place of the brown sugar that tops the muffins). Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 20, 2020
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  • What kind of apples do you personally use? It looks like you have 2 different kinds in the picture.

    • — Angie on November 25, 2019
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    • Hi Angie, I think I used a Granny Smith and a Golden Delicious Any of the following would be great choices: Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonagolds, Jonathans, Golden Delicious, Gala, or Honey Crisp. Hope you enjoy the muffins!

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn, it’s me again – the broken record who keeps singing your praises. These apple muffins were FANTASTIC. I hadn’t made muffins in eons because I went through a phase of baking joyless low-fat, low-sugar, rubbery muffins. Well, my muffin-baking days are back, baby!!! Apple-y, tender, not too sweet, good texture. The only change I made was that I sprinkled maple sugar instead of brown sugar on top.

    ALL your recipes are keepers, Jenn. Thank you for everything you do! xo

    • — Listen, Linda on October 29, 2019
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    • LOL💗

      • — Jenn on October 30, 2019
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  • I made a double batch this morning. (I’m drowning in fresh organic Ambrosia apples from a local orchard). These were wonderful. I sent half a dozen muffins over to elderly neighbors who called raving about the muffins. My family loved them too. So yet another winner Jenn.

    • — TSandy on October 12, 2019
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  • Hi! I have an overflow of pears from the pear tree in my front yard. Could I use these instead of apples?
    Thank you!

    • — Maria on October 7, 2019
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    • Hi Maria, I suspect pears should work, but because all fruits bake up a bit differently, I can’t guarantee it. I’d love to hear how they turn out if you try them!

      • — Jenn on October 8, 2019
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  • This recipe was just perfect! Not too sweet and very moist.

    • — Morag on September 29, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn, I just discovered your site and really like what I see! Found your recipe for apple spice muffins. They turned out awesome. Like a previous review, I didn’t have yogurt either and used 1 cup of sour cream. I also added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. I will definitely be making these again, Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Best Regards Trish

    • — TRISH HARVEY on September 25, 2019
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  • If we didn’t have yogurt in the fridge, can we replace the yogurt with buttermilk? Thank you!

    • — Trish on September 23, 2019
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    • Yes, Trish, the finished muffins may not be quite as dense, but I think buttermilk should work. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 26, 2019
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  • These were delicious! I bought whole wheat flour for this which I typically don’t keep, Can I use it for other muffin or cake recipes (I’m specifically thinking of your strawberry muffins and cake) or should I save for when the recipe calls specifically for whole wheat flour?

    • — Sara on April 20, 2019
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    • Hi Sara, You have to be careful with whole wheat flour, as it can make baked goods very dry. I’d start by replacing just a 1/4 of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour in other recipes and see how you like the results.

      • — Jenn on April 21, 2019
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  • Looking forward to trying this recipe! If I only use cinnamon rather than the nutmeg and cloves, how much do I add?

    • — Meghan on March 2, 2019
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    • Hi Meghan, If you want to use all cinnamon, I’d just replace the nutmeg and cloves with equal amounts of cinnamon. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 5, 2019
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  • Could I bake this as a loaf instead of muffins? If so, how should I adjust the temp/timing?

    • — Sarah on January 30, 2019
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    • Hi Sarah, Sure that will work – bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 45 – 50 minutes. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 31, 2019
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      • I don’t have whole wheat flour. May I substitute it with all-purpose flour? Thanks.

        • — Leslie on March 28, 2020
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        • Yep – hope you enjoy!

          • — Jenn on March 29, 2020
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  • Very delicious muffins. Thanks for the recipe.

    • — Brent on January 12, 2019
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  • We had an unexpected early morning meeting happening at our house, so I wanted to make some apple and cinnamon muffins to go with coffee. Whose recipe could I trust when I hadn’t made it before? Jenn’s, of course! They turned out perfectly and were gobbled up. Thanks, Jenn, for such great and reliable recipes. I was worried they might stick in the pan, so I hedged my bets and put half in cupcake cases, but I needn’t have worried, they slipped out of the pan perfectly.

    • — Anita on November 16, 2018
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  • Hi There, I love your site and I have tried many of your recipes and they all come out great, you have very good instructions. I just made the apple spice muffins and i used 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup organic cane sugar and I sprinkled a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon on top. I got 18 muffins and baked them for 22 minutes and they are so delicious. Thanks so much. Hope you keep on posting recipes because I can’t wait to try more of them,

    • — Lin on November 7, 2018
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  • Delicious way to use up apples! I had some honeycrisp apples leftover and this recipe was absolutely perfect – they’re moist, spiced, with a delicious crispy layer of brown sugar on top. I have already been requested to make these again. I only had Greek yogurt, so I just used half the amount of Greek yogurt and thinned it with some milk until I reached the consistency of regular yogurt.

  • Are there “baking apples” that you prefer to use more over others? When baking, is there a mix (sweet and tart) that you prefer to use together?

    • Hi Patty, Any of these would be great choices: Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonagolds, Jonathans, Golden Delicious, Gala, or Honey Crisp (and it’s perfectly fine to use a combination of sweeter ones like Fujis and Granny Smiths. Hope you enjoy the muffins!

  • Just baked these muffins of yours for an Autumn Party….they turned out perfect and beautiful!
    What is the best way to freeze these, for a couple of days?

    • Glad they turned out nicely! They can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. 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|175°C} oven until warm.

  • These muffins are fabulous! Moist, flavorful, not too sweet, and perfectly spiced. Easy and quick to put together as well. I didn’t have yogurt on hand when I wanted to make these, so I used an equivalent amount of sour cream. This recipe is a keeper!

  • Made these the other night. The finely chopped apples were so tasty in the muffin and added another layer of sweetness. I substituted spelt flour and they turned with a nice and light texture. I was generous with the cinnamon and other spices as well. Well-liked by the family!

  • Can these muffins be frozen?

    • Sure, Bonnie – they freeze well.

  • Good morning! Have you ever made these as mini muffins? I always prefer mini muffins to regular (calorie count always spoils the fun!!). Would you provide the adjusted baking time and temp, if so? Thank you!!

    • Hi Lorrie, I haven’t but no reason it won’t work. I’d keep the temp the same but start checking for doneness at 12 to 15 min. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • Hello! Quick question- can I use a stand mixer instead of a hand mixer?

        • — Jennifer on April 29, 2020
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        • Yep – hope you enjoy!

          • — Jenn on April 29, 2020
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          • With a stand mixer, the wire beater or the paddle?

            (Love your recipes, so clear and easy to follow and very tasty results!)

            • — Leigh on September 28, 2020
          • Hi Leigh, I’d use the paddle (and so glad you like the recipes)! 🙂

            • — Jenn on September 28, 2020
  • This recipe was so easy to execute! I had to substitute light sour cream for the plain non-Greek yogurt (didn’t have plain yogurt). They baked up just great and we thoroughly enjoyed “taste-testing” them. Thank you!

    • Can I use all white flour as I don’t have whole wheat flour in my house right now. Do I need to change any liquid amounts if using all white? Thx

      • — Rebecca on March 19, 2020
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      • Sure, Susan, it’s fine to use all white flour here with no other adjustments. Hope you enjoy!

        • — Jenn on March 19, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn- I love the Fall and I especially love recipes that use apples (reminds me of being at my grandparent’s home in Michigan where they had apples galore!). These Apple Spice muffins are super good! The only modifications I made was that I used 1/4 c. granulated sugar instead of 1/2 cup, and I used 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon in the batter instead of 1 tablespoon (decided to use some cinnamon for topping)…and, I topped them with 3 T. brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 c. walnuts (I’m a nut lover! 😀)

  • I made these muffins today and they came out perfect! So moist and delicious. Love your blog and every recipe I’ve made from your collection comes out great!

  • Hi Jenn, the muffins are awesome. I used all AP flour and reversed the sugar (1/2c brown & 1/4 cup regular) as we love the taste of brown sugar in baked goods. Muffins were moist & delicious!!! I’ve made a handful of your recipes and we have enjoyed them all. To this day, my wife tells anyone who will listen about how good my (your) bolognese sauce is. You make me look good and I am not a cook/chef by any stretch of the imagination!!! One last comment: I commend your measured & considerate responses to some of the questionable reviews….the one on the French apple cake comes to mind where your metric measurements are called into question. I believe the concept of weight vs volume was lost on the reviewer, however your response was one of CLASS and consideration. Bravo! It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, however some need a thousand words to generate the “mental” picture. Logic and critical thinking are great life tools, and what a world this could be if all possessed them! Thanks for all of your efforts to make us look good! Scott (Notachef)

  • Absolutely wonderful muffins! I had to make some changes, because I didn’t have a couple of ingredients on hand. I doubled the recipe to make 24 muffins without any problems. Since I had only Greek yogurt, I measured about 3-4 tablespoons of water in my measuring cup and added the yogurt up to a cup and mixed in order to get the consistency of regular yogurt. Additionally, I only had 1 cup of yogurt, so I swapped in the same amount needed of unsweetened applesauce. At the same time, I reduced the sugar too, since that added some sweetness. Finally, since I woke up early to make these for a meeting, I quickly peeled my apples and grated them on the large side of a box grater in order to save time that I would have spent coring the apples and chopping finely. They turned out beautifully.

  • These were absolutely delicious! My only modification was that I diluted greek yogurt with milk to get the consistency of a low fat non-greek yogurt. They were perfect, and didn’t last long!

    I can’t believe the original recipe called for more brown sugar for the topping; it was plenty sweet as is. One could probably get away with using even less, if desired.

  • Hi Jenn! Could you possibly add the metric measurements to this recipe?

    I feel like I must have measured something wrong. The taste was wonderful, but the consistency wasn’t great, and they fell apart when I picked them up. I did add maybe 1/4 cup too many apples, and the pieces where probably not quite as finely chopped as yours. The problem was likely that I used a coarse whole wheat flour, as that was what I had available. I would love to try the recipe again with these changes, and hopefully they will turn out better!

    • Hi Elise, I just added the metric measurements for these. Perhaps you measured something incorrectly, but the coarse flour may have had a bit of an impact. Hope the metric measurements help the next time you bake these!

      • Thank you, Jenn!

  • I have made these muffins 3 times so far. They are always consistent, moist and delicious! The only thing I’ve done differently was a little less brown sugar on the top. 2 Thumbs up! PLUS the 5 stars!

  • Hi Jenn,

    I have bunch of applesauce to use up. Any way this recipe could be modified to use applesauce instead of apple chunks?


    • — Jennifer Bayne
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    • Hi Jennifer, I haven’t tried these using applesauce, so I’m really not sure how they’d turn out or if any modifications are necessary – I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  • Made these for the first time and I like them! I maybe could have cooked a little less than 25 min. The muffins are cooked a little more on bottom and edges than I’d like. The real test is does the hubby like them? I’ll find out soon.

  • Just made these and they are OUTSTANDING!!!!

  • I was just curious if anyone has ever tried this with gluten free flour. I’ve had amazing luck using GF flours for several of your other muffin recipes. Fingers crossed on this one too. Thanks!

    • Hi Emily, personally, I haven’t baked these with gluten-free flour, but I think it should work.

    • Try Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 GF Flour Blend. Great price on walmart.com. Already has xanthan in it, so don’t add extra. I’ve used this blend when adapting “regular” recipes to gluten free, with very good results. Works great with Land of Lakes (regular) choco-chip cookie recipe. The Bob’s blend is what I use when I don’t have the time to blend my own. Hope this helps you!

  • HI Jennifer, can I use x- large egg for this great recipe. Thanks DJ

    • Sure, Darlene – that’s fine.

  • Anyone try making it a bread? Or used almond flour?

    Looking for a good almond flour Apple bread recipe.

  • Absolutely delicious!!! not too sweet. Used whole wheat pastry flour. Tt’s so fine kids don’t know the difference. Will make these again for sure.

    • — Chantal Guilbault
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  • Flavor is great and I love the crunch of the brown sugar on top. I think I overcooked mine by a few minutes as the bottoms were a bit dry but overall they were a hit and they kept well in a tupperware for 4 days. I used honey crisp apples and they were soft but not mushy so I’d recommend them if you’re not sure what type of apple to use.

  • I’ll use less sugar too sweet for me but these muffins are moist.

  • Hi Jenn,
    Can I use all purpose flour instead of whole wheat? Would I need to double it then? Will it affect the flavor?
    Thanks for another great recipe.

    • Sure, Nargiza – no need to make any changes though. Just replace it cup for cup. And it won’t affect the flavor too much at all. Enjoy!

  • I have a large tea party tomorrow in our 1840 historical bed and breakfast inn, in Roscoe Village, Ohio. Can I make the mini muffins one day in advance? Will they still taste good?

    • Hi Lorraine, These keep well thanks to the moisture in the apples, so I think you’ll be fine to make a day ahead. Just be sure to cut the apples small since you’re making minis.

  • Can you substitute something else for the yoghurt?

    • Hi Sonia, You could replace the yogurt with sour cream or buttermilk. Hope you enjoy the muffins!

  • Great recipe, thank you. It’s the first time I made muffins (they’re not as well known in Switzerland as are cup cakes). Turned out real fluffy and moist, and absolutely delicious!
    Made somewhat bigger chunks of the apples (used Boskop, a great local cooking and baking apple), added (real) vanilla instead of the nutmeg, and no sugar topping. Threw in a handful of raisins too. Was out of whole wheat flour, but had what’s called “half white” flour hereabouts and added a bit of spelt flour. Looking forward to offering some of those yummy muffins to my daughter, who’s a confectioner by profession. 🙂

  • I made them exactly as written and they turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing such great recipes… I sure appreciate you. I’m excited for your cookbook!

  • These are delicious. I put extras in freezer to prevent me from eating all at one sitting

    • — Margaret M. Higgins
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  • I made these muffins for my family using some leftover apples I had in the fridge. I grated the apples instead of cutting them which allowed me to avoid peeling them, so one less thing to do.
    I also added some oats and walnuts for a bit of crunch and texture, plus they provide added nutrition as well.
    My entire family absolutely loved them!!! They were moist, not too sweet and super delicious!! Think of a hand-held apple crisp. This recipe is a must try!

    • — Christine Graham
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  • Can you use 2 cups of white flour? Instead of 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour?

    • Hi Laura, Using all white flour will work here too. Enjoy 🙂

  • This recipe is the best! I tend to always change something in a recipe, though. I just added some fresh cranberries to the mix and cut the sugar a bit. My boyfriend and my neighbours loved them! They kept asking me for one and were sad when there was no more muffins.

  • Added some walnuts to mine. These are absolutely delicious. Go for it!

  • Another amazing recipe. When you posted in on Facebook I knew I had to make them. They are beautifully light and just spiced perfectly. Delicious with the apples but would also be excellent without them or with just nuts. Either way another winning recipe I will make over and over again.

  • Just made these twice. The first time, did the recipe exactly as is. The top had a very crisp shell but the muffins were raw in the middle. The second time, I used pears and only filled the muffin cups 3/4 the way. The result was similar. What are your suggestions?

    • Hi Christina, Because you’ve had a problem with these twice, and followed the recipe exactly (with the exception of the pears the second time around), I suspect it may be a problem with your oven. Check out the tips in this helpful article to test your oven’s accuracy.

      • I’ve made these muffins several times without a problem. Are you mistakenly using the convection setting on the oven? Otherwise, I agree it sounds like there is a problem with the oven.

  • Delicious! Used Fuji apples and, for more protein, used Greek yogurt diluted with a bit of milk. Reduced the brown sugar topping to about 3.5-4 Tbsp. I agree that the brown sugar topping probably isn’t needed, but it does add a pleasant touch of sweetness. After hesitating on the 1 TBSP cinnamon, I decided to trust Jenn on this…and am glad I did! Thanks for another keeper recipe.

  • Now that the blueberries are pretty much gone until next year I had to leave off blueberry muffins and find a seasonal substitute. These apple spice muffins are the perfect player! With myself and two sons a dozen never last long. Certainly not long enough to ponder storage methods. Once they are cool and knocked out of the pan, I just set them on a rack on the kitchen counter. They will disappear in a day or so. I have used Honey Crisp and Granny Smith apples. I think the Granny Smith lend themselves better to baking than the Honey Crisp. Honey Crisp are the best eating apple, hands down. But Granny Smith come out with more apple flavor and less mushy when baked.

  • Did you try using it with only white whole wheat flour? If you can’t use this for all the flour required, could you substitute the whole wheat with white whole wheat flour? Thanks, Jenn

    • Hi Jenn, I haven’t tried them this way, but I’d imagine that’d work. Hope you enjoy!

  • Simply Scrumptious. I like the fact that the recipe uses whole wheat flour. I have made the recipe several times. We like the muffins as written but I have made using vegan margarine and for children I usually leave off the brown sugar topping.

    • — Elizabeth Prest
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  • Great recipe. Perfect for Fall Apple season. This could also make a great individual dessert for guests paired with a vanilla caramel ice cream. I left the apple chunks about 1/4-1/2 inch sizes to get more Of the fruit notes. Thanks!

  • Jenn I just finished making this muffin recipe …. And Jenn the results are sheer perfection! I am sooooooo happy. I own the Bosch oven from hell and every dish I try to cook in there is a challenge. It’s always a joke when we entertain ,,, will we or won’t we serve an apple pie with Uncooked pastry? It is such a comfort to know I can follow your instructions and rest assured I will have a good product to serve my family and friends. Many thanks and keep your great dishes coming to our table.

  • I would like to make mini muffins using this recipe. Would I have to make any adjustments in the recipe?

    • Hi Cyndi, Mini muffins would work here, just make sure to chop the apples into small chunks. I’d bake them for 10-15 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

  • Hello,
    I don’t have any wheat flour, so I’m going to substitue with graham flour! I will let you know how it goes, but this is a great recipe regardless!

  • Hi Jen..love your website! Is it possible to adjust this recipe using your applesauce recipe?

    • Good question Glenda! I haven’t tried them using my (or any) applesauce, so I’m really not sure. If you try it that way, please report back and let me know how they turn out!.

  • Hi Jenn. First of all, thank you for your recipes. This is the 3rd recipe I’ve tried from your site. I made these today. Just wondering what’s the best way to store them?

    • Hi Rowena, I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes! You can store these in an airtight container with paper towels between each layer. (The muffins are pretty moist and the paper towels will keep them from getting soggy.) Hope you enjoy!

  • Could you please recommend temperature and time adjustments to bake as a loaf instead of muffins?

    • Hi Elan, I’d keep the temperature the same and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 45 – 50 minutes.

  • I would love to make this today, however I do not have yogurt. Is there a way around that? Or can I use something else?

    • Hi Andrea, If you have sour cream, that should work. I might just dilute it with a bit of milk or water to get it to the consistency of yogurt.

  • I’ve tried many apple muffin recipes and Jenn’s is by far the best. It’s very moist with lot of flavor–both from the apples and the spices. I didn’t chop the apples very finely so I had nice chunks but they were well cooked. Unlike most muffins, these are still good several days later…but it is hard to keep them from being gobbled up before that!

  • Quick question, I don’t like a lot of butter in baked goods, can I use oil as a sub (coconut, olive, canola)?

    • Tanisha, It depends on the recipe. For this one, I wouldn’t suggest oil as you won’t achieve the right texture when creaming the ingredients. You could substitute margarine here, if desired.

  • These have just become my sons new favorite. Thank you!

  • Shut the front door! I just bit into one of these and gobbled it down, so good! I did not have low fat yogurt only whole fat – other than that followed your recipe to a T. Thanks so much.

    • — Margaret Grayson
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  • Omg! These were frigging fantastic!

  • Why shouldn’t I use Greek yogurt? Just wondering since that’s all I have on hand.

    • Sorry, I just noticed that you’ve answered my question already! I’ll add milk to the Greek yogurt. Thanks.

  • Hi,
    Looks delicious. Just wondering if just all purpose flour can be used in this recipe. Does whole wheat flour make a big difference in flavor?


    • Hi Linda, Whole wheat makes them taste more earthy and wholesome, but all purpose will work well too. Enjoy 🙂

  • Yum yum must try

  • I didn’t have yogurt on hand, so substituted the same amount of sour cream. These muffins were wonderful – plenty of apple, nice and moist, not too sweet, with a comforting cinnamon topping. I will be making these regularly. I’m so glad I found Jenn’s website and can’t wait to make more of her recipes.

  • Hi Jenn,

    I’m just wondering why Greek yogurt would be a no-no in this recipe? I ask because I prefer its taste and health qualities, and it’s usually the only thing I have on-hand in a plain yogurt.

    I am excited to make these with my 3-year-old today! She has recently shown an interest in helping me out in the kitchen so I’m pulling a carpe diem. 🙂



    • Hi Jenn, You can use it; just thin it with a little milk to get it more the consistency of regular yogurt. Hope you and your little one enjoy 🙂

  • These are great, my daughter loves them. I just leave the crumble off for her, and it doubles well, also.

  • Jen, do not like cloves, can I substitute ginger or allspice

    • — Carol Winkelman
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    • Yes, absolutely.

  • I just made these.. And they were amazing. I would definitely make the pieces of apple smaller since the muffins only take about 20 minutes to cook; therefore the chunks of apple didn’t get as mushy/soft as I would have liked (since they are a snack for my 1 and 3 year old kiddos). Very moist and full of flavor. Great healthy recipe.

  • I changed this from 2 white flour to
    1 1/2 cup white flour
    1/4 cup wholewheat flour
    1/4 cup ground flax seed
    to make it healthier!!! Very good recipe!

    • — Debbie Johnson
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  • This recipe was outstanding!!! The spices add so much flavour, and the cake is so soft and moist. I was apprehensive about adding so much yoghurt but it was perfect! Only thing – the quantity of the brown sugar as the topping was too much in my opinion. Reduced it to about 4 tbsp and it was perfect

  • What temp does the oven need to be at? Did I miss that somewhere?

    • Hi Shannon, Oven temp is 375°F (it’s right at the beginning of recipe).

  • You mentioned reducing the topping; I completely forgot to add it, and they’re wonderful as is. Good texture, perfect level of sweetness, moist, etc.

  • You have a great website — thank you
    for the “print” option, but it would be
    great if you could please arrange the
    recipes with the photo of the item included on the “print” recipe. Often
    it’s the photo that inspires me in the first place!! Many thanks!

    • Thanks, Toni. I will see if I can add this option. I wasn’t sure how people would feel about the images because they often make the recipes print out on two pages instead of one.

      • The photo does appear on the printed page on the top right-hand corner, big enough to look drooling-delish, yet small enough not to dominate the page and having to print recipe unnecessarily on 2 pages, whether overleaf or otherwise.
        In fact, your recipe printout has the best layout with both recipe and photo, and other optional details!

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

    • 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.

  • 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! 😀

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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?

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

  • Will any type of apple work?

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Can these be adapted to gluten free flour?

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

  • Could I bake this as a loaf?

    • — Janet Ackerman
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    • Hi Janet, Yes, I think that would work.

  • This sounds nice and not too complicated.

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

    • Hi, I tried this and it’s really good. However, i would add more spices the next time I bake these again. I really like the fact that you include metric conversions and your recipes arent too sweet! Please continue to do those 🙂

      • — Vanessa on June 6, 2020
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  • Can I bake this recipe in an 8inch square baking pan?

    • 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!

  • I’ve been looking for the perfect apple muffin recipe too. Making these for Saturday morning breakfast.

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