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Caramel Apple Muffins

Caramel apple muffins are bursting with warm cinnamon & sugar, chunks of apple, and caramel pieces. They bake up perfectly round like a bakery! These muffins are a fun twist to the classic caramel apple. The perfect baking project for a cold & rainy Fall day.
Course Snack
Keyword caramel apple, muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Author Jessica - Together as Family

Ingredients

Caramel Apple Muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely diced, peeled apple
  • 12 square caramels, unwrapped & diced

Cinnamon & Sugar Topping

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12-cup cupcake pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir with a whisk.
  • In a separate small bowl, add milk, butter, egg and vanilla and whisk together.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir just until combined. Stir in apple chunks and caramel chunks. 
  • Divide batter evenly into your prepared cupcake muffin pan. They will be nearly full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly pressed.
  • For cinnamon & sugar topping. Place melted butter in one bowl and stir together sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Once muffins have cooled for about 5 minutes, dip each one in the butter and then immediately into the cinnamon-sugar.
  • Enjoy muffins warm and/or reheat any leftovers.

Notes

If you really want to take these over the top then fill each muffin cup half full, place a piece of caramel, and then fill the rest of the muffin cup with batter. That way you're sure to get a nice gooey piece of caramel in each bite.
 
Make sure you also cut your apple into small chunks. If the apple pieces are too big they will stay slightly crunchy. I aim for the size of peas or corn. So they should be fairly small chunks. 
 
I use the square Kraft caramels. You can find them in the candy aisle with the other bagged candy. I have also seen caramel bits by the chocolate chips, those should work just fine and you would not even have to cut them.