Monday, October 5, 2020

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumble Topping

Apple cinnamon muffins have a sweet crumble topping and a drizzle of homemade icing. Make this recipe with fresh apples and pantry staples!   

Title text: Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumble Topping

Nothing says fall like freshly picked apples and the scent of warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg!

Caramel Apple Poke Cake combines all flavor of this apple muffin recipe with caramel pudding and whipped brown sugar cream cheese icing.

For fall flavor in cocktail form, try a Caramel Apple Pie Martini. It has a silky texture with just a little kick to keep you warm.

Or make the best stuffing recipe ever with my Sausage Cranberry Apple Stuffing. Sweet, savory, and tart flavors combine with a delicious sauce made right in the same pan.

Ingredients for apple cinnamon muffins

Tips for making apple cinnamon muffins

  • With or without liners

If you’ll be enjoying these yourself, feel free to skip the paper liners and just grease the muffin pan. 

However, paper liners make it easier and more sanitary to serve these to guests or at a bake sale.

  • Don’t overmix the crumble topping

If you apply too much pressure or mix for too long, everything will form into a thick paste. The goal is for the mixture to be crumbly with larger chunks throughout. 

That way, you’ll get little pockets of sugar and spice when you bite into the muffins.

  • Making the powdered sugar glaze

Start with about half of the liquid to see what the consistency is like. Then, slowly add a little more at a time to thin out the icing as needed. 

It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, but thin enough to drizzle smoothly over the muffins.

Batter for apple muffin recipe

Kitchen tools you’ll need

  • Muffin pan - Silicone is a great non-stick option, but a standard metal pan helps muffins to brown evenly all the way around.
  • Grater - Use a box grater or any shape that has larger sized holes on it. 
  • Mixing bowls - It’s good to have a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls, and this set has them all!
  • Electric mixer - Use a handheld or stand mixer to make the muffin batter, specifically to cream the butter, sugar, and eggs. Mix in the dry ingredients as well to save time, or use a large spoon instead.
  • Whisk - I’ve had this set for over 10 years, and it is still as good as the day I bought it. With 3 different sizes, there is a whisk for every job.

Muffins scooped in muffin liners


Apple muffin recipe - FAQ

Do these need to be refrigerated?

While frosting and icing made with milk typically needs to be kept chilled, this glaze is perfectly safe to keep at room temperature if it dries completely onto the baked goods.

So, no, these muffins do not need to be kept in the refrigerator. Store covered or in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days. 

Lining the container with a paper towel can prevent them from becoming soggy before you can eat them all.

crumble topping in a bowl

Can I freeze apple muffins?

Sure! Allow the muffins to cool completely before wrapping individually in plastic wrap. Then, place in a freezer-safe ziptop bag or container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Thaw in the refrigerator, then remove the plastic wrap before eating. The texture of the crumble topping may become softer, but it will still be delicious.

Warm in the microwave or heat in the oven to crisp up the topping if you’d like.

These can be stored with or without the powdered sugar glaze. You can always make a fresh batch to drizzle over the muffins once thawed.

crumble topping being spooned onto muffine

What can I use instead of Granny Smith apples?

Any variety of baking apple will work well in this recipe, depending on how sweet or tart of a flavor you prefer. 

Or, try something completely different by replacing some or all of the apples with pears instead!

The following are some of the most popular varieties because they are firmer and hold their shape better when baked:

  • Jonagold
  • Honeycrisp
  • Gala
  • Braeburn
  • Pink Lady
powdered sugar glaze being drizzled on muffins


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Apple Cinnamon Muffins on marble board

Yield: 12 Large Muffins
Author: Donna Elick
Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumble Topping

Apple cinnamon muffins have a sweet crumble topping and a drizzle of homemade icing. Make this recipe with fresh apples and pantry staples!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 22 MinTotal time: 37 Min


  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples - 1 grated and 1 diced (about 1 cup of each)
Crumble Topping
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line it with muffin wrappers.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth with an electric mixer. Mix in vanilla. Pour half of the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until combined. Pour the remaining dry mixture in and continue mixing until combined. Fold in the apples with a spatula or spoon.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan or use a cookie scoop, filling the muffin wells about 3/4 of the way full. Set aside.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, both sugars and cinnamon. Using a fork, mix in the melted butter until large crumbs start to form. Don’t over mix. Spoon the crumbles on top of the batter and lightly stress down to make them stick.
  6. Bake 20-22 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Make the icing: Whisk the powdered sugar and 2 tbsp. of milk together until combined and smooth, if the icing needs to be thinner then add the remaining 1-2 tbsp. and mix until the desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over muffins and serve warm.
  8. Store covered at room temperature.

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Originally published October 2020

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  1. I will bakimg these today!!

  2. Made these today turned out great topping a bit crunchy but taste is OK.

  3. Made these yesterday and they were easy and delicious!! Added some pecans to the topping. Yummy!!


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