Homemade Apple Muffins are absolutely scrumptious and then to top them off, we added a glaze drizzle that just adds a little bit of sweetness to each bite.
When fall rolls around, I start making apple everything. Of course, this time of year, most people think of pumpkin – and I do make pumpkin recipes – but for me, apples are where it’s at. From apple pie to apple cake and everything in between, it’s an apple extravaganza for me and my family during the fall. One of my favorite fall apple recipes to make is this one. I love apple muffins. They’re so simple and sweet. They’re an easy recipe that packs a ton of flavor and really captures the fall feeling perfectly.
I love making up batches of these muffins and having them for a sweet breakfast or afternoon snack. They’re perfect for parties, and I’ve even been known to bring them to holiday get-togethers. Everyone always loves them.
Easy Homemade Apple Muffins Recipe
Every bite of these muffins is pure deliciousness. These tender muffins are full of sweet diced apples, then they’re topped with delicious simple icing. It’s a simple recipe that is far greater than the sum of its parts. All of those delicious apples add a wonderful texture to the muffins and a ton of that great apple flavor that I love about the fall.
Another big selling point of this recipe is just how crazy simple it is to make. There aren’t a lot of ingredients or involved steps. It’s just a simple, straight-ahead muffin recipe that is fully from scratch, but almost as easy as using a boxed mix. It’s the perfect combination if you ask me!
Tips for the Best Apple Muffins
Although this is a simple recipe, there are a few things to know that can help you make the recipe even easier. These are simple tips that can take your muffins from good to great, so be sure to give them a look.
Dice the Apples Small
It’s important to dice your apples into small pieces for this recipe. We want delicious bites of sweet apples, but we don’t want overpowering chunks. Dice your apples as small as possible so you avoid huge chunks in your muffins.
Room Temperature Butter and Eggs
It’s important that both your butter and your eggs are at room temperature. Fully softened butter creams together much more easily with sugar, resulting in a smooth creamy mixture free of any butter chunks. When eggs are at room temperature, they combine more easily with the other ingredients in the batter. They also help the muffins rise the way that they should.
Fold in the Apples
When adding the apples to this recipe, fold them in. You don’t want to overmix the batter, so use a spatula to gently fold in the apples to avoid overmixing.
Frequently Asked Questions
I know you’re itching to make these delicious homemade apple muffins. I don’t blame you. They’re delicious! But before you get down to it, be sure to read over this FAQ. It will answer some of the common questions associated with this recipe, so you’ll know exactly what’s happening during the recipe process.
What are the Best Apples to Use?
This recipe is all about sweetness, so I recommend apples like Gala, Fuji, Honey crisp, and other such sweet apple varieties. Unlike pies, you don’t want to use tart apples with this recipe.
Do I Need to Peel the Apples?
You should peel your apples. The skin will toughen up when cooked and lead to an odd, chewy texture when you eat the muffins.
Why is My Batter so Thick?
It’s supposed to be! These muffins are tender, but they’re also dense. If your batter isn’t thick, something’s wrong.
Can I Freeze Apple Muffins?
Absolutely. These muffins can be frozen for up to three months.
How to Store Homemade Apple Muffins
These muffins will keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you used the simple glaze called for in the recipe, you’ll have to freeze them because it’s made with milk. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to three months. Wrap each fully chilled muffin in two layers of cling wrap and then place them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.
Homemade Apple Muffins Ingredients
It only takes a few ingredients to make these delicious muffins and their glaze. All of the ingredients for this recipe are standard kitchen essentials, so you shouldn’t have to shop for anything outside of the apples. Heck, you might even have the apples, too!
For the Muffins
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Large eggs
- Vanilla extract
- Granny Smith apples
For the Glaze
- Heavy cream or milk
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Homemade Apple Muffins
It only takes a few steps to make these delicious muffins. The recipe is as easy as the ingredient list! You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time flat.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray or line a muffin tin with paper liners.
Step 2: Make the Batter
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy then add eggs and vanilla and beta until combines. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.
Step 3: Adding in the Apples
Using a large spoon or spatula, gently fold in the apples, being careful not to over stir the batter.
Step 4: Fill the Muffin Cups
Spoon the muffin batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan.
Step 5: Bake the Muffins
Bake the muffins in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and place muffins on a wire rack to cool.
Step 5: Drizzle with Glaze
Combine the heavy cream or milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla to make the glaze and drizzle it onto the baked muffins.
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More Apple Recipes
If all this talk of sweet apple goodness has you chomping at the bit for more apple recipes, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Check these out!
Apple Pecan Cake with Caramel Glaze – This apple pecan cake is a moist and delicious cake recipe with bits of apples and pecans through out, is baked to perfection and then topped with a homemade caramel glaze. An absolutely scrumptious fall dessert recipe.
Caramel Apple Pecan Cobbler – This apple cobbler recipe has tender, juicy, apples, a homemade caramel sauce and chopped pecans with a delicious cobbler topping. And, then caramel is drizzled over the top for an incredibly delicious, family favorite, homemade dessert that tastes absolutely delicious!
Homemade Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls – These homemade apple pecan cinnamon rolls are a delicious treat. They are sweet, sticky and packed with bits of apples and pecans in every bite. A delicious icing is added to the top which melts it’s way into the crevasses of each cinnamon roll.
And, here are some delicious homemade Apple Fritters, from Deliciously Seasoned, that you might enjoy as well.
Apple Muffins with Glaze Drizzle
For The Apple Spice Muffins
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups diced apples
For The Glaze Drizzle
- 1-1½ tablespoons heavy cream or milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
For The Apple Spice Muffins
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together.
- Using another medium bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy then add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stir.
- Fold in apples.
- Spoon apple mixture into prepared muffin pan or cupcake liners.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool 10+ minutes before adding the glaze.
For The Glaze Drizzle
- In a medium bowl, stir powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla together until combined.
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