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Simple and Delicious Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

by Nellie

If you are looking for a super delicious muffin, look no further! Today I’ve got a simple and amazing apple cinnamon muffins recipe that you will make again and again!

Delicious Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I know that we have not been through anything like this before but no one told me that we would have to cook so MUCH. There is breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.

Did you know that most humans, especially child humans like to eat 3 times a day? These moist muffins are made with chopped apples and a cinnamon sugar crumb topping.

I used to love cooking before all of this *waves wildly*. I don’t even understand how to meal plan anymore. My fridge is full of meats that are responsibly being thawed every night and the quarantine snacks are plenty.

Grab your paper liners and fresh apples for these amazing cinnamon apple muffins. For these healthy apple muffins you can choose the kind of apples you like.

What kind of apples are good for Apple Cinnamon Muffins?

The best apples for apple cinnamon muffins are the ones that are tart and firm. The most popular variety of apples for this recipe are Granny Smith apples. Other good choices include: Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Jonathan Apples. Avoid using Red Delicious or other mealy varieties of apples as they will turn to mush when baked.

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What is the key to moist tender muffins?

There are a few key ingredients that will help to ensure your muffins are moist and tender. First, be sure to use fresh, quality ingredients. Second, don’t overmix the batter – mix just until the ingredients are combined. Lastly, add a little bit of fat – either in the form of butter or oil – to the batter to help keep the muffins moist.

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I had a taste for muffins one day so I jumped on Pinterest and checked to see what I could whip up with minimal dishes that needed to be washed (because let’s be honest that’s a whole situation in itself!).

I have always loved anything apple and cinnamon. I had a fresh new bag of apples ready to go, and though one of my least favorite things are peeling apples, I did it for these easy apple muffins and it was so worth it!

These healthy muffins are a great way for the whole family to enjoy a delicious treat.

I knew I had apples, cinnamon and all the essential baking items. Apple cinnamon is one of my favorite muffin/cake/sweets combinations so I knew these fluffy muffins was what I needed to make!

The chunks of apples in these apple-cinnamon muffins are just so good! Apple season is a great time to make these and the warm cinnamon sweet crumb is also just so good!

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The sugar mixture on the tops of the muffins is my favorite part to be honest! The sweet apples only amplify the yummy apple flavor in these healthy apple cinnamon muffins.

I thought about making my famous apple crisp but I wanted something not necessarily warm and something with a bit more texture that my boys can grab and go.

What ingredients are in these Apple Cinnamon Muffins?

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 large apple (peeled, cored & chopped)
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Super simple ingredients you can get from the grocery store to make the best muffins! We always make a double batch with extra cinnamon because it’s just such a great recipe.

You won’t need any sour cream, soy milk, almond milk, vanilla extract or maple syrup for this recipe. The entire family will enjoy this apple recipe!

Plus I especially loved this recipe from Recipe Girl because it made 12 servings, within a few days these muffins were ALL gone. I always worry about over baking.

Previously when I got the itch to bake, I would simply just send the remainder to my husband’s job, or take it to a PTA meeting. Now we have nowhere to go, so I am EXTRA vigilant about food waste.

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I didn’t follow this recipe to a T. I’ll be honest, I used ONE apple–have I ever told you guys that one of my least favorite things to do is peel an apple?

I also didn’t use the 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, I didn’t have any on hand so I used a full 1 and 1/2 cups of regular flour.

Maybe when this thing is all over, I’ll try to get some whole wheat flour and see if it really makes that much of a difference?? To me it was still super yummy.

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Also, take the time to make the crumble. It is perfect on top. Brings a bit of culinary professionalism if you will. 

How To Enjoy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I personally love these with a good cup of tea for breakfast. My kids eat them all times of the day as a snack! They are a fun treat for anytime really.

Why This Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe Works

Relatively few ingredients

No need for special equipment

Muffins freeze well

Can be easily doubled or tripled

Tasty and moist muffins that are perfect for breakfast or a snack!

These easy apple cinnamon muffins are a great way to use up fresh apples. If you don’t have apples, feel free to substitute with another fruit,

Super Simple and Delicious Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Yield: 12 Muffins

Super Simple and Delicious Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These easy and delicious muffins use pantry staples and are a delicious breakfast or anytime treat!


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 large apple (peeled, cored & chopped)
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Add oil, egg and milk and stir just until combined. Fold in apples. Divide batter between the 12 muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients, blending together with a pastry cutter or fork. Sprinkle over unbaked muffins.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.

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Andrea Eisen April 13, 2020 - 11:11 am

I think I have everything for these at home. After Passover is over I’m going to make them.

Also, “meats responsibly being thawed” is my current life. What even is all of this?

Abby October 24, 2020 - 2:54 pm

Made these with honey crisp apples and they were a HIT! EVERYONE LOVED THEM. I used 2 apples instead of 1- I recommend it!

Kelly November 12, 2020 - 10:19 am

This is a new fall favorite in our house! I followed the recipe exactly and they are DELICIOUS! Thank you so much!!

Rosie March 14, 2021 - 2:57 pm

I made them with 2 Kanzi apples and added 1/2 tsp apple pie spice to batter…absolutely delicious!!

Katie December 25, 2020 - 8:42 am

I make these muffins all the time – my kids and I love them – but they always seem to cave in on top? How do I keep the perfect mound???

Nihada January 10, 2021 - 6:18 pm

These are seriously the best, no need to look further. It blows my mind how easy and simple they are, but how delicious they come out! Addicting!

Leah February 3, 2021 - 10:58 pm

These are epic muffins! I’m a bit of a baking novice and always seem to mess muffins up even when following a recipe BUT not with these! My partner didn’t believe I made them >.< Thank you!

Deborah February 22, 2021 - 1:23 pm

Recipe is a keeper! Thank you Nellie.
As I like to reduce the oil, I substituted 1/4c of oil and 3 tbsp of applesauce. Turned out great. I also added some pecans.

Pat March 11, 2021 - 1:35 pm

These are so so yummy. Whipped them up just as you have printed and ended the day with a few left and a very happy family. Looking forward to one for breakfast. Will be making these on a weekly basis. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.

Ida September 9, 2022 - 5:48 pm

they look yummy and I love not alot of sugar in them we do weight watchers and I think this will work thanks

Hope October 25, 2022 - 10:28 am

So simple but so tasty!! My fave apple muffins. Thank you…

Yvonne November 30, 2022 - 2:20 pm

Easy to prepare the batter, but it looked very dry. I had to put more milk they taste very good.


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