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Spiced Apple Muffins with Cinnamon-Sugar Crunch Topping

Subtly spiced muffins loaded with chopped apples and topped with a buttery, cinnamon-sugar coating.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 226 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Muffins:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • cup vegetable oil
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Gala apple peeled, cored and finely chopped (about 1½ cups chopped)

For the Cinnamon-Sugar Crunch Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. 1. Make the Muffins: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and allspice; set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract until well combined and no lumps of brown sugar remain.
  4. 4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and, using a rubber spatula, fold until mostly combined. Add the chopped apple and fold gently until the apple is evenly distributed and no flour pockets remain.
  5. 5. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups.
  6. 6. Make the Cinnamon-Sugar Crunch Topping: Stir together the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon until thoroughly combined, then spoon evenly over the tops of each muffin.
  7. 7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the muffin pan, then remove to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Spiced Apple Muffins with Cinnamon-Sugar Crunch Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 233mg10%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.