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Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Muffins are a delicious fall must have – and this is the best perfectly moist version there is. So quick & easy to make with a simple batter topped with your favorite apples and cinnamon sugar, the taste and texture will win over grow-ups and kids alike. And if by any chance you don’t finish them – just know they freeeze really well.

If apple muffins are not your jam, I encourage you to check out my delicious Cocoa Powder Brownies or Orange Ginger Carrot Cupcakes instead.

cinnamon apple muffins in a muffin tin with apples in the background
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For 9 months of the year I’m defintiely not a baker. The reason for this is simple – I don’t really enjoy baked goods. But then October rolls around, and all I ever want to eat is baked goods. And all I ever wanna do on a Sunday afternoon is bake. So that’s what I do. And right now, these apple muffins with cinnamon sugar are my favorite thing to bake (they’re my Orange Ginger Carrot Cupcakes of 2019 so to speak).

a cinnamon apple muffin in a pink muffin liner

Why these are the best Apple Muffins

  1. Quick & easy to make – a simple batter, sliced apples & some cinnamon sugar and then bake for 18-20 minutes
  2. Not too sweet, especially if you use a less sweet type of apple
  3. Perfectly moist and easy to get right, even if you happen to over bake them a minute or two
  4. Freezes well so you can have cinnamon apple muffins ready to go in the fridge all fall
  5. Deliciously gooey on top from the cinnamon sugar
picking up an apple muffin from a muffin tin filled with apple muffins

Expert tips for making Apple Muffins

  1. Use a muffin tin* to give them a nice shape & get that nice “overflowing” muffin feel
  2. Use your favorite type of apple – my favorite is a kinda sweet red swedish apple like Ingrid Marie, but I also love a good Royal Gala. For more acidity go for a green verson like Granny Smith instead.
  3. Test your muffins while baking – cook times vary with ovens even if you set the same temperature, so to be sure you’re getting the right consistency check them after for example 15 minutes, 18 minutes and 20 minutes. Use a cake tester* or a tooth pick – it should come out with no or very little batter. If not, cook a minute or so more and test it again.
closeup of an apple cinnamon muffin

Tools needed to make Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Most of the tools needed to make these cinnamon apple muffins you probably already have at home. But if you don’t, I’ve provided some suggestions for you to get them without even getting off the coach. And I mean – how cute is that kitchen scale?!


FAQ

Can you freeze apple muffins?

Yes, absolutely! These cinnamon apple muffins freeze really well. Just take them out to thaw ahead of time and heat them up slightly if you feel like having a warm, gooey muffin.

What apples to use for Apple Muffins?

Use your favorite type of apple – my favorite is a kinda sweet red Swedish apple like Ingrid Marie, but I also love a good Royal Gala. For more acidity go for a green verson like Granny Smith instead.

How to make Apple Muffins

To start, set your oven to 200 C or 400 F. Then bring out a muffin tin and prep with muffin liners. Peel your apples, slice them thinly, and carefully mix them together with half of the sugar and cinnamon stated under “Topping” in the recipe card. Then set them aside for now and let’s move on to the batter.

mixing together melted butter and sugar

For the batter, start by melting your butter. Then, without letting it cool down too much, add it to a bowl together with the sugar. Mix well.

mixing in eggs with butter and sugar

Then, add in your eggs and mix.

mixing the dry ingredients and adding to eggs, sugar & butter

Now on to the dry ingredients! Mix them all – flour, vanilla powder and baking powder – together in a smaller bowl. Then add this to the egg, sugar & butter mixture.

mixing in the dry ingredients and the milk

Mix well and then add the milk. Mix again, until the batter is smooth and even in texture.

scooping batter into muffin liners on a muffin tin and topping with cinnamon apple slices

Now bring out the lined muffin tin. Scoop your batter into the muffin liners – making sure not to fill them to more than 2/3. Then top with the apple slices mixed with cinnamon sugar and make sure to press the slices down a bit into the batter.

topping apple muffins with cinnamon sugar and how they looka after baking

After the apple slices, mix together the rest of the cinnamon & sugar for the topping and sprinkle over. Finally, place in the middle of the oven and bake for about 18 minutes. To check if they’re done, use a cake tester or tooth pick and place in the middle of one of the muffins. If it comes out with no or very little batter on it, then they’re all done. Enjoy!

an apple muffin split in half in front of a muffin tin filled with muffins

That was it for my current baking obsession. What are you baking these days? Let me know in the comments below! And while you’re at it – why not leave a rating as well?

Until we bake together again – all the love & cupcakes,

Emmeline

cinnamon apple muffins in a muffin tin with apples in the background

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

5 from 9 votes
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Course: Baked goods, Fika
Cuisine: American, Northern European, Swedish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 335kcal

Ingredients

Muffin batter

  • 125 g salted butter
  • 2 dl sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4.5 dl flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 dl milk

Topping

  • 3 small apples peeled and sliced thin
  • 4 Tbsp sugar divided
  • 2 tsp cinnamon divided

Instructions

  • Start by setting your oven for 200C/400F and place muffin liners in a muffin tin.
  • Then mix your apple slices with half the sugar and half the cinnamon stated for the topping. Set aside for now.
  • Melt the butter and without letting it cool too much, pour into a large bowl and follow with the sugar. Mix well and then mix in the eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients for the batter: flour, vanilla powder and baking powder. Then add it to the egg, butter & sugar mixture and mix well.
  • Add in the mik and mix again, until the batter has an even and smooth texture.
  • Pour or scoop the batter into your muffin liners. Don't fill them more than to 2/3. Then add the apple slices mixed with cinnamon sugar on top, and make sure to press them down a bit into the batter. Mix together the rest of the sugar & cinnamon and sprinkle on top.
  • Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for about 18 minutes. Test with a cake tester or tooth pick – it should come out with no or very little cake batter when they are done. Enjoy!

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Notes

Expert tips:
  1. Use a muffin tin to give them a nice shape & get that nice “overflowing” muffin feel.
  2. Use your favorite type of apple – a sweet red one like Ingrid Marie or Royal Gala, or for more acidity go for a green verson like Granny Smith instead.
  3. Test your muffins while baking – cook times vary with ovens even if you set the same temperature, so to be sure you’re getting the right consistency check them after for example 15 minutes, 18 minutes and 20 minutes. Use a cake tester or a tooth pick – it should come out with no or very little batter. If not, cook a minute or so more and test it again.
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Apple Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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