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Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping

Apple Muffins with a Cinnamon Crumb Topping - Quick and easy apple muffins filled with apples and finished with a crunchy cinnamon crumb topping. The best kind of breakfast.

Quick and easy apple muffins filled with apples and finished with a crunchy cinnamon crumb topping. The best kind of breakfast.

Apple Muffins with a Cinnamon Crumb Topping - Quick and easy apple muffins filled with apples and finished with a crunchy cinnamon crumb topping. The best kind of breakfast.

I think fall is my favorite time of year to bake. Apples and pumpkin are two of my favorite things and I just can’t get enough of them in the fall. I feel like baking pretty much all the time. It’s unfortunate that my family can’t survive on muffins and scones and cookies. There’s definitely a lot of that stuff around my house these days!

Am I the only one? Or is that pretty common to suddenly want to bake all the things as soon as the weather turns a little bit cooler? Maybe it’s because I can finally turn my oven on without turning my house into a sauna!

Apple Muffins with a Cinnamon Crumb Topping - Quick and easy apple muffins filled with apples and finished with a crunchy cinnamon crumb topping. The best kind of breakfast.

That, and the bags and bags of apples I have sitting in my freezer begging to be made into things like these apple muffins with crumb topping!

Every year my siblings give me buckets of apples from their trees. They get so many that they can’t even use them all. So I chop and core apples incessantly for a few days and end up with boatloads of apples ready to bake with in my freezer.

Apple Muffins with a Cinnamon Crumb Topping - Quick and easy apple muffins filled with apples and finished with a crunchy cinnamon crumb topping. The best kind of breakfast.

I was actually planning on planting an apple tree in my yard next year. Although as I wrote that I started to think that maybe I shouldn’t! I already have enough apples to last me for months and I don’t even have a tree! Might have to rethink that plan….

I guess we will see how quickly we fly through them this year and then decide.

These apple muffins disappeared in less then two days, so clearly we are going to have to make them again!

It might not be a problem using up all those apples after all.

Apple Muffins with a Cinnamon Crumb Topping - Quick and easy apple muffins filled with apples and finished with a crunchy cinnamon crumb topping. The best kind of breakfast.

How to make perfect Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping:

I’ve also shared this Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping Recipe over on Food Fanatic.

Yield: 12 muffins

Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping

Apple Muffins with a Cinnamon Crumb Topping - Quick and easy apple muffins filled with apples and finished with a crunchy cinnamon crumb topping. The best kind of breakfast.

Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping will be the highlight of your day. Sweet apples with a crunchy cinnamon topping will make your breakfast...

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Ingredients

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour, Plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • pinch Salt
  • 5 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted

For the Muffins:

  • 1 cup Peeled and Chopped Apples
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 1/4 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
    2. Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick spray, or line it with paper liners and set aside.
    3. Make the crumb topping - in a small bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.
    4. Drizzle the melted butter over everything and stir until everything is combined and clumping together. Set aside.
    5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
    6. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, melted butter and oil until well combined.
    7. Add the milk and vanilla and whisk until combined.
    8. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
    9. Add the apples, folding in gently, until just combined.
    10. Scoop the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tin, dividing it between the 12 muffin cups. They should be almost full.
    11. Top the muffins with crumb topping, dividing the mixture between the 12 muffin cups.
    12. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
    13. Allow the muffins to cool for 5-10 minutes in the muffin tin, and then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    14. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth to make the glaze.
    15. Drizzle the glaze over top of the cooled muffins.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

  1. Nadine says:

    I made jumbo sized muffins! Delicious – but any tips on preventing the crumb topping from sinking into the batter when baking!

    1. Stacey says:

      I’ve never had it sink into the batter too much when baking, so I’m not sure I have any tips on that! I actually press it into the batter a bit before baking so that it doesn’t fall off too easily after baking, so if it’s sinking in a bit for you that’s maybe not a bad thing! 🙂 Glad you liked them!

  2. Marleeen says:

    Made this recipe and it was amazing!!! Any suggestion on the best way to store them? The crumble was soft the next day and hubby wasn’t a fan. I usually put my muffins or cakes in air tight containers. Should I also add paper towel on the bottom or something to absorb the moisture?

    1. Stacey says:

      Yeah the crumble does get soggy in an airtight container. A layer of paper towel below and above the muffins will help a bit but I actually prefer to just leave these muffins very loosely covered (or not covered at all) rather than in an airtight container. The muffin part doesn’t stay fresh for as long, but the crumble doesn’t get soggy then. You can also reheat them in the oven at 300F for about five minutes and that will re-crisp the topping. It will melt the icing though so be aware of that!

  3. Sunshine baker says:

    These were good. I followed the recipe, but I didn’t do the glaze. I used two gala apples. They took 15-17 min to bake at 350F.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    These are delicious! One thing — when I baked at 425 they were all burned on the bottoms. For the second batch I lowered the temp to 375 and they were perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Benita says:

    I just made this recipe except i used the 1/3 cup on accident for the sugar instead of the 1/4.

    But they came out Amazing!

    1. Stacey says:

      It says in step 3 to whisk the sugar with the eggs, butter and oil. Sorry, the sugar is in the wrong place in the list of ingredients, it should be before the eggs instead, it would be less confusing. Sorry about that.

  6. Debbie says:

    These were wonderful! My husband not such a sweets fan so I made without the crumb topping and the glaze. Still great just plain with a cup of coffee! Also made mini’s for my grandkids. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Karen says:

    These are sure winners every single time and good to use when apples are beyond picking up to eat. My family loves these muffins – and so do I! I usually have extra glaze so I douse the muffins. I’m a frosting lover – what can I say? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Stacey says:

      So glad you like them! My kids were begging for these the other day and I have lots of apples in the fridge right now, so I’m pretty sure I need to make them again this week! 🙂

  8. Caryn says:

    These were my amazing- my husband loved them as did my coworkers. Will definitely be making these again! The crumbly topping was to die for!!!
    Thank you.

    I used fresh apples that I just picked at an orchard over the weekend!

      1. Stephanie says:

        My crumb topping was also not crumbly. I made it twice because I thought I might have messed up the first time but both times it turned out liquidy, like a frosting.

        1. Stacey says:

          I’m sorry, I really am not sure how that would happen, mine is never liquidy at all. Maybe check if you’re using enough flour, or too much butter? It should be 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons of flour, and only 5 tablespoons of butter. If your measurements are correct I’m really not sure how it’s liquid as it should be quite thick.

  9. Yuko says:

    Do you really bake them at ℉ 425 for 17-20 min ? It seems too high. I never baked muffins at that high temperature. I just wanna make sure before I bake them so I don’t burn them.

    1. Stacey says:

      I do! Start with the lower time though and add a few more minutes only if they’re not done. If you’re unsure about it you can start checking them sooner, but they’ve always taken about 17 minutes for me!

    1. Stacey says:

      Any apple is fine – I usually use Gala just because those are the ones I generally have on hand, but I’ve also used apples from my sister’s tree which are similar to a Granny Smith in taste. I think any apple you like the taste of will be good. I chop them into approximately 1cm sized pieces (about 1/2 inch).

    1. stacey says:

      If you want to substitute for the canola oil that would work just fine. If you’re wanting to substitute for the butter – I think it would be okay in the muffin batter although I haven’t tried it myself, but I wouldn’t recommend it in the crumb topping.

  10. Michele says:

    I just made this recipe but it doesn’t show when to add apples to the batter. I put them in after I mixed together the wet and dry. Not sure if this was the right time but they were absolutely delicious and I will definitely be making these again. Thank you for sharing!

    1. stacey says:

      Whoops! So sorry about that Michele, yes I add them after mixing together the wet and dry ingredients. I will get that fixed ASAP! So glad you liked the muffins!

    1. stacey says:

      Isn’t the topping the best part? I always think I should leave it off for health reasons, but then decide it’s just too good! 🙂 Thanks Karly!

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