Apple Cinnamon muffins with a crumb Streusel topping and a light drizzle of vanilla glaze is a perfect snack or breakfast recipe for fall.
It's here! Now that the kids are back to school, I am officially heading into fall with so much happiness and excitement for the new season. I love the fall! It is still warm here, but the days are becoming shorter and there is a crispness that has begun to creep into the air. My pumpkins are ripe in my garden, local apple picking has begun, and the kids' school is selling wristbands to the local pumpkin patch. All of my favorite things.
One of the very best things about fall is the tastes and smells. Filling the air with the delicious scent of warm fall baking is one of my favorite ways to welcome the family home at the end of the day. Today, I am sharing this wonderful recipe for Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins and also linking to 18 other delicious fall apple recipes at the end of this post- from our home to yours.
I used my favorite cupcake liners for these muffins (found here). They are so inexpensive so I keep them on hand and use them all the time. They are brown so they feel a little more like traditional bakery liners and they hold up much better than any other muffin cups I have tried. They are so nice and sturdy.
For these muffins, I used green apples because we were in the mood for the more tart apples in our muffins, but any firm apple will work. I think the best is a mix of a Granny Smith with a firm Fuji or gala just to give it extra layers of flavor. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of apples, but sometimes I add up to 2 cups just because I love all of the delicious chunks of apples.
The crumb cinnamon streusel topping really makes this muffin special and adds a delicious texture. My sweet girl did a great job helping with the topping (and sneaking the occasional tasty crumb).
The vanilla glaze is completely optional but it does up the sweetness and pretty-ness. It only takes a minute or so to whip together so I think it is worth it. Muffins can be frozen with or without the glaze as well. As always, the quality of the vanilla is important for the best result. I think it would also be delicious to substitute the vanilla extract with actual vanilla bean.
I hope you enjoy these muffins! They are a favorite here in our house and are perfect for this time of the year when apples are so abundant. We have many apple orchards within a short distance of our home and I cannot wait to take the kids apple picking soon. More apples= more muffins for sure.
Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Apple cinnamon muffins with a crumb Streusel topping and a light drizzle of vanilla glaze.
Apple Cinnamon Muffin
- 1/2 cups unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs large
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup yogurt or sour cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups chopped apples tart green or other firm varieties
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
Cinnamon Streusel Crumb Topping
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 T granulated sugar
- 11 tsp. cinnamon
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 T whole milk or cream
- 1/2 tsp. good vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cinnamon Streusel Crumb Topping
In a small bowl, use a fork to combine melted butter, sugars, cinnamon, and flour and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.
In a mixer, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy- approximately 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time and mix well; then add vanilla.
Add yogurt/sour cream, milk, and dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix. Fold in chopped apple.
Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners (my favorite kind linked below). Divide batter evenly between cups (recipe makes up to 15 muffins or you can add extra batter to the dozen for bigger, over-filled muffins)
Divide crumble evenly between muffins, crumbling on top of each.
Bake for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick comes out with only wet crumbles on it. Important- Do not overcook.
Vanilla Glaze Drizzle
Use a fork to whip together vanilla glaze. Allow muffins to cool before drizzling over the top.
You can find my favorite muffin cup liners HERE- they are sturdy and awesome and the prettiest brown color! (affiliate link)
Of course, I have more recipe inspiration for you today! Here are 18 more delicious fall apple recipes, from our home to yours!
Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins by Ella Claire & Co. | Puff Pastry Apple Strudel by Inspired by Charm | Apple Crumb Pie Bars by Tidy Mom | Stovetop Applesauce by Tidbits | Apple Cheesecake Tart by Rooms for Rent
Gluten/Dairy Free Apple Crisp by Zevy Joy | Apple Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies by Anderson + Grant | Easy Apple Dumpling Dessert by Happy Happy Nester | Gluten Free Apple Fritters by Home Made Lovely | Sheet Pan Apple Crumble by My Sweet Savannah
Salted Caramel Apple Tart by Shabby Fu Fu | Cinnamon Apple Bread by Julie Blanner | Apple & Blackberry Topped Waffles by French Country Cottage | Sugar Free Apple Butter by Farmhouse on Boone | Puff Pastry Apple Pie by Jenna Kate at Home
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