Apple Muffins with apple cider, applesauce, warm spices, and chunks of apple! They bake up so soft, perfectly rounded, and have a crunchy cinnamon & sugar topping. These are a Fall must make for my family.
Keyword apple muffins
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 16minutes
1/3cuplight brown sugar
1/3cupplain yogurt OR sour cream
1/2cupapplesaucesweetened or unsweetened
1cuppeeled & chopped appleabout 1 large apple
Cinnamon & Sugar Topping
Heat oven to 375°. Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan by lining with cupcake liners OR spraying well with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, or stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and yogurt until the mixture is light and fluffy. About 1-2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat until combined.
Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg into the mixing bowl. Beat on low speed just until combined. *Mixture will be really thick and that is normal. It's ok if there are dry patches because you will add the liquid in the next step.
Add the applesauce, apple cider, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined and the batter is moistened.
Stir in the chopped apples with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Fill the muffins cups nearly full. They will be a little bit more than 3/4 full. *If your muffin pan is smaller than you will get more than 12 muffins. Just use another pan if needed. Don't overfill the muffin cups.
In a small bowl stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon over each muffin.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Muffins should be round, puffy, and golden brown looking. When you gently press your finger on the top of a muffin, it should spring back and feel dry. That's when you know it's done. Or you can do the toothpick test as well.
Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes or until you can handle them to move them to a cooling rack to cool completely. As the muffins cool the cinnamon & sugar topping gets crackly and gives a sweet crunch to the muffins. SO good!
Nutrition Information : Calorie count is for one muffins using sour cream. I prefer the taste of the muffins with full fat sour cream so that's what I based the nutrition information off of. If you use plain yogurt the calorie count and fat will be less. Apples : I prefer to use a sweet & tangy apple like Golden Delicious, Gala, or Fuji apples. Granny Smith apples will be very tart and sour in this recipe. Recipe Update : This recipe was originally published in 2016. The original recipe called for 1 cups all-purpose flour + 1 cup white whole wheat flour. You can make it that way but I have always had a hard time finding the white whole wheat flour (maybe they stopped making it?) which is why I have updated the recipe to call for 2 cups all-purpose flour. I would suggest not using whole wheat flour as that yields very dry and dense baked goods normally.