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These fluffy Apple Muffins are filled with apple chunks and have the best cinnamon flavor. They have an amazing brown sugar crumble on top and they are great for breakfast, a snack, or dessert!

apple muffins in a brown cupcake tin with a crumble topping.


Moist Cinnamon Apple Muffins

I fell in love with this muffin recipe because of the crumb topping. If the crumb recipe isn’t the best part of any recipe, then I don’t know what is. I turned my favorite all-purpose muffin recipe into an apple muffin because we are apple lovers – especially in the fall.

Pro Tip: I like to pre cook my apples for a few minutes in the microwave, in a bowl of water. This is because I hate adding raw apples to any recipe. They always end up being too crunchy in the end without being cooked.

ingredients in apple muffins.

Ingredients Needed

  • Apples: Peeled, cored, and diced very small. Use your favorite kind of apple!
  • Butter: You’ll need melted butter for the crumble topping. I love using unsalted butter! 
  • Vegetable oil: I find oil best for making a tender muffin – plus it makes them easy to mix.
  • White vinegar: Interacts with the baking soda and sour cream to help the muffins rise nice and fluffy with the perfect muffin tops.

How to make Apple Muffins

  • Make the apples: place the diced apples in a medium sized microwave bowl. Add water to the bowl and microwave until the apples start to get a bit translucent/opaque. Drain them well, then sprinkle with cinnamon and granulated sugar.
  • Make the topping by stirring together melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and all-purpose flour with a fork in a medium sized bowl.
  • Mix eggs with sugar and oil then stir in vanilla, vinegar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in sour cream then stir in flour using a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in drained and slightly cooled apples.
  • Line muffin pans with cupcake liners and fill with batter.
  • Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the top of the muffins.
  • Bake for 15-19 minutes in a 350°F preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin.
apple muffins in a brown cupcake tin with a crumble topping.

Expert Tips

  • Fill muffin cups 2/3 full of batter (about 1/4 cup per muffin cups) for the best results. I love using a cookie scoop for this!
  • If your batter is slightly lumpy after adding the sour cream that’s okay.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

FAQs

Can you freeze muffins?

Yes you can in an airtight container.

What apples are best for baking muffins?

Granny Smith and Gala are my favorites, but you can use whatever you would like! 

apple muffins in a brown cupcake tin with a crumble topping.

Crumb Apple Muffins Recipe

4 from 18 votes
Easy Crumb Apple Muffins – a fluffy cinnamon apple muffin filled with apple chunks and topped with a brown sugar crumble. The perfect breakfast recipe!
Prep Time 27 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 18 muffins
Serving Size 1 muffin

Ingredients
 

Apples:

  • 2 ½ cups about 3 small/medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced very small
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:

  • ½ cups (62g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100g) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter melted

Muffins:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (118ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (245g) sour cream
  • 2 cups (248g) all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with paper baking cups.
  • Make the apples: place the diced apples in a medium sized microwave bowl. Add about 1/2” of water in the bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes, or just until the apples start to get a bit translucent/opaque but aren’t cooked all the way through. Drain them well, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  • Make the topping by stirring together all topping ingredients with a fork in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer or wooden spoon, mix eggs with sugar and oil, beat until creamy. Mix vanilla, vinegar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in sour cream then stir in flour using a wooden spoon. (Batter may be slightly lumpy.) Stir in apples.
  • Fill muffin cups 2/3 full of batter (about 1/4 cup per muffin cups) Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the top of the muffins.
  • Bake for 15-19 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin. Cool 5 minutes in pan then remove to a rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Recipe Notes

  • Fill muffin cups 2/3 full of batter (about 1/4 cup per muffin cups) for the best results. I love using a cookie scoop for this!
  • If your batter is slightly lumpy after adding the sour cream that’s okay.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 1189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on September 17, 2023



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32 Comments

  1. These are delicious! My son commented that this would be good as a cake. I’m going to try doubling the recipe and doing a cake with cream cheese frosting and the crumble topping over it. I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Thanks for sharing! If I don’t have a microwave to cook the apples, can I cook it over the stove, instead ? 

  3. I just made these and they’re unbelievably tasty!! I love how fluffy and moist they are! I assume that’s the result of a reaction between the baking soda, vinegar, and sour cream.

  4. My Husband, Parents, and adult kids all agree. These Crumb Apple Muffins are by far the BEST muffins I have ever made. These are what you would buy in a gourmet bakery. I made these with Honey Crisp apples that we grow and they were perfect! I can’t wait to make some of the other recipes posted here. My family and I give these muffins 5 stars!

  5. oh what I wouldn’t give for a muffin right now to go with my lonely cup of coffee
    and YES wine and muffins would be a great way to start the day 🙂