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These apple cinnamon muffins have real apple chunks baked into them and a cinnamon sugar topping, making them perfectly moist and packed with apple flavor.

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apple cinnamon muffin on a wood platter surrounded by a cinnamon stick and apple slices

These easy-to-make apple cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast with a warm cup of coffee, to take on the go, after school snack for the kids, or to curb that late night snack craving, my personal favorite.

Chunks of apples inside the batter make the most perfectly moist and flavorful muffins. Your whole family will beg you to make a double batch after they try these for the first time!

Muffins hold a top spot on the list of my favorite things, and I’m pumped about adding these apple cinnamon muffins to my muffin recipe collection.

This recipe is also perfect for freezing, so you can make them ahead of time and pull them out whenever you have a muffin craving! More on that and how to make gorgeous bakery style muffins below!

apple cinnamon muffins on a wood platter surrounded by a cinnamon stick, green apple slices, and more apples and muffins in the background

Why You’ll Love These Apple Cinnamon Muffins 

  • Easy recipe
  • Perfect for breakfast, snacks, or desserts
  • Made with real apples
  • Can be made ahead and frozen

How to Properly Measure Flour

The most accurate way to measure flour is to use a kitchen scale, weighing it in grams. 

If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow this method. 

  • Aerate the flour with a whisk or spoon. Flour becomes heavy and compact as it sits. Aerating is the same as fluffing the flour, but not the same as sifting it. Do not sift the flour unless the recipe specifically calls for it.
  • Use a spoon to sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the cup against the counter, as this will compact the flour.
  • Use the back of a butter knife to level off the excess.
a white bowl filled with diced apples beside three apples, a green apple, large red apple and small red and yellowish apple

What You’ll Need

These muffins have the perfect balance of cinnamon flavor, sweetness and tartness. Keep scrolling to get the full measurements in the recipe card below.

  • All purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Diced apples: You can use any kind of apples you like. Fresh apples, especially during apple season, are best! Even better if you can go apple picking and use fresh picked apples!

Cinnamon Sugar Topping Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Granulated sugar
a partially eaten apple cinnamon muffin sitting inside its muffin paper surrounded by cinnamon sticks and green apple slices

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These easy apple cinnamon muffins only take 15 minutes of prep time. Find the full instructions in the recipe card below.

Prep apples. Dice about 1 & ½ apples into ½ inch chunks. Set aside. 

Mix dry ingredients. In a medium bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a spoon to combine and set aside.

Mix wet ingredients. In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine with a fork or spatula.

Combine wet and dry ingredients. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients and the apple chunks, mixing just until combined. The batter will be very thick!

Allow batter to rest. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Add muffin batter to muffin tin liners. For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other well allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. Fill the liners to the top with batter. Yes – to the top! Use a butter knife to smooth the tops of the muffins if lumpy. 

Bake. Bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF, then keep the muffins in the oven, and turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 16-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and your muffins are golden brown. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing. Repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to bump the temperature back up to 425ºF.

Assemble cooled muffins. Once the muffins are cool, assemble the cinnamon sugar topping. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Use a pastry brush to brush the melted butter on top of the muffins. Roll the top of each muffin in a bowl of cinnamon sugar. 

How to Create Bakery Style Muffins

Bakery style muffins are known for their domed tops. Plus who doesn’t love them? I used a few techniques to help “lift” these muffins so they would have domed tops.

1. THE REST PERIOD

Let the batter rest for 15 minutes after it’s mixed and before you scoop it into the muffin pan. During the resting period, starch molecules in the flour are absorbing the liquid in the batter, causing them to swell and giving the batter a thicker consistency (ref the kitchen whisper). Our 15 minute rest is just a quick rest.

2. BAKE AT HIGH TEMPERATURE INITIALLY

Bake the muffins at a high temperature (425ºF) initially then lower to 350ºF. Starting the muffins off at a higher temperature causes the batter to rise rapidly, producing a domed shape.

3. FILL THEM TO THE TOP

Fill your muffin liners to the top with batter. Yes, this goes against everything you’re heard but it’s important in helping the muffin gain that height.

4. FILL EVERY OTHER MUFFIN CUP

This tip has been a game changer! For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other cup allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. This technique also encourages the muffins to brown, creating a golden muffin top.

a muffin pan full of apple cinnamon muffins, red and green apple slices, half apples and whole apples, surrounded by cinnamon sticks and more apples

Substitutions & Variations

  • Add Ins: Add other ingredients you love, like walnuts, raisins, and more! 
  • Apple Bread: Put your muffin batter in a bread pan instead of muffin cups! Adjust cooking time as needed.
  • Gluten free Apple Cinnamon Muffins: Instead of all-purpose flour, you can use a gluten-free flour blend. I recommend King Arthur’s Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour. Use it as a one for one substitute for regular flour.
a pile of apple cinnamon muffins topped with cinnamon sugar with red and green apples in the background

FAQs

What apples are best for baking muffins?

Granny Smith apples are the best apples for muffins because they have a great balance of sweetness with tartness. The tartness helps tone down the sweetness muffins tend to have. You can definitely use other apples, like gala apples or pink lady apples, but you’ll have a different flavor and consistency from each type.

Can you freeze apple cinnamon muffins?

Not only are these muffins easy and delicious, they can also be really convenient because you can make a whole batch and freeze them for later. Just make sure you keep them in a freezer safe container so they don’t get freezer burnt and stay good longer. 

How do you make muffins light and fluffy?

To make nice fluffy muffins, start with all your ingredients at room temperature. Having all the ingredients at room temperature helps them blend together more smoothly and creates air pockets that will make them bake up nice and fluffy.

Should you store muffins in the fridge?

You can store these cinnamon apple muffins in the fridge, but you don’t have to, and it may alter the flavor some. Keep them in an airtight container, out of direct sunlight, in a cool dry room for best results.

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Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

By: Beth
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 muffins
These apple cinnamon muffins have real apple chunks baked into them and a cinnamon sugar topping, making them perfectly moist and packed with apple flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour, 360 grams
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups diced apples, cut into 1/2 inch chunks

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions 

  • Dice about 1 & ½ apples into ½ inch chunks. You want 2 cups diced apples. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a spoon to combine and set aside.
  • In a larger mixing bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine with a fork or spatula.
  • Gradually mix in the dry ingredients and the apple chunks, mixing just until combined. The batter will be very thick!
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other well allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. Fill the liners to the top with batter. Yes – to the top! Use a butter knife to smooth the tops of the muffins if lumpy.
  • Bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF, then keep the muffins in the oven, and turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 16-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing. Repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to bump the temperature back up to 425ºF.
  • Once the muffins are cool, assemble the cinnamon sugar topping. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Use a pastry brush to brush the melted butter on top of the muffins. Roll the top of each muffin in a bowl of cinnamon sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg
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8 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to bake the apple cinnamon muffins and coffee cake muffins. Thanks for the tips. My go to favorite is also muffins.

  2. 5 stars
    These are the best muffins ever!! Made them for my sister when she had a cold and I haven’t stopped making them since!! 

  3. 5 stars
    This muffin is delicious and comes out perfectly! I used fresh milled flour, 50/50 soft white and hard white and they were just wonderful. I did sauté the apples for about 5 min but that was my only change.

  4. 5 stars
    If I make these into mini muffins do I have to change the cook time at all? 

    I have made these before as regular muffins and they are amazing!!! 

    1. For mini muffins, I suggest baking them at 400ºF for the entire time, which might be 8-12 minutes, but it could be longer, it just depends on how full you fill them! I still do recommend doing the every other method when filling the pan if you overfill the holes! 

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely perfect recipe when you have freshly picked your own apples from your orchard. So flavoursome and moist.

  6. 5 stars
    I was so afraid of baking with apples thinking it would not bake fully, but these baked amazing! I forgot the vanilla extract but it didn’t make it any less delicious~ I used granny smith apples.