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Apple Streusel Muffins

With a cinnamon-spiced batter and crunchy topping, these Apple Streusel Muffins are full of cozy fall flavors. Great for a grab-and-go breakfast or dessert! You'll love these muffins if you enjoy my apple bread recipe.

Two apple streusel muffins topped with glaze

Moist & Tender Apple Muffins

I certainly can't pass up on a fluffy muffin for breakfast. Usually, it's my secret ingredient chocolate chip muffins, blueberry muffins, or cinnamon raisin muffins. But today is all about my new favorite!

This apple streusel muffin recipe is out of this world delicious - and that's coming from someone who has been devouring a lot of fall baked goods recently!

But these light, tender, and moist apple streusel muffins are one fall recipe I come back to year after year.

The apple flavor is infused in every bite, with chopped apples in the muffin batter and apple cider (or juice) added to the glaze. Cinnamon is added to the batter for extra warmth and a brown sugar streusel topping rounds out the cozy fall flavors.

While these apple streusel muffins are suitable for any time of the day, I must say they complement a cup of warm coffee so nicely! What a perfect way to start (or end) a chilly fall day!

An apple streusel muffin with a bite missing

What You'll Need

These muffins are made up of a simple apple muffin batter, a cinnamon brown sugar topping, and a 2-ingredient apple glaze.

For The Muffins

  • Flour - All-purpose flour works just fine!
  • Sugar - I use a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar for flavor and texture.
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon - Adds a warm flavor throughout that compliments the apples.
  • Baking powder - Allows the muffins to rise.
  • Buttermilk - Should be at room temperature. I do not recommend substituting regular milk. If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own.
  • Unsalted butter - Allow it to cool slightly after melting.
  • Eggs - Should be at room temperature, not cold.
  • Vanilla extract - A splash for flavor.
  • Chopped apples - Any variety will work!

For The Streusel

  • Flour - Holds the streusel ingredients together.
  • Brown sugar - I prefer light brown sugar, as the strong molasses flavor of dark brown sugar can overpower the other ingredients.
  • Cinnamon - Pairs nicely with the brown sugar flavor.
  • Butter - Unsalted butter should be cold and cut into small pieces.

For The Glaze

  • Confectioners' sugar - Creates the sweet, creamy glaze base.
  • Apple cider - Infuses apple flavor throughout the glaze. You can also use apple juice.

How to Make Apple Streusel Muffins

Even with the added streusel and glaze, these apple streusel muffins are easy to make! No fancy techniques or equipment are required, just a few extra (simple) steps!

Preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a muffin tin with liners.

Combine the dry ingredients. Whisk together the dry ingredients and create a "well" in the center.

Add the wet ingredients. Beat the wet ingredients in a measuring cup then pour into the dry ingredients. Stir until just a few streaks of flour remain.

Add the apples. Gently fold in the chopped apples. Transfer muffin batter to the muffin tin.

Apple muffin batter in muffin tins

Make the streusel. Whisk together the dry ingredients then cut in the butter with the back of a cut. Sprinkle over each muffin.

Bake. Bake the muffins for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Cool. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan then transfers to a wire rack.

Top with the glaze. Whisk the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the muffins and serve.

Apple streusel muffins topped with glaze on a wire rack

Tips for Success

After baking muffins more times than I can count and continually perfecting my technique, I wanted to share some of my tips for baking the best muffins. These tips apply to these apple muffins as well as any other muffins you may be baking!

  • Use muffin liners. While technically you can make muffins without liners, they make for such an easy clean-up! The liners prevent the batter from sticking to the pan and make muffins easy to store.
  • Do not overmix the batter. For light and fluffy muffins, it's important to not overmix the batter. You should combine the batter just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Remove from the pan to cool. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for about five minutes but then promptly transfer them to a wire rack. The bottoms of the muffins can become soggy from condensation if left to cool down in the pan.
Apple streusel muffins on a plate

Serving Suggestions

Muffins are always a hit in my house because they are so versatile. Quick and easy breakfast? Muffin. Afternoon snack? Muffin. Dessert? Muffin.

These Apple Streusel Muffins definitely fall into the favorite fall breakfast category at my house. They're perfect for busy mornings when we need something on the go. But with the brown sugar topping and glaze, they're equally as good for dessert too!

I enjoy these muffins warm or at least room temperature. They're at the absolute best when they're just cooled from the oven!


Storage & Freezing

You can store these apple muffins at room temperature or in the fridge. They'll last for up to 3 days on the counter or up to a week in the refrigerator. Be sure to store them in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out.

You can also freeze your apple streusel muffins for up to 3 months! Allow them to cool completely then place them in a zip-top bag and pop them in the freezer.

Allow them to thaw overnight in the fridge and then bring to room temperature on the counter or zap them in the microwave.

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Two apple streusel muffins topped with glaze

Apple Streusel Muffins

Yield: 14 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

With a cinnamon-spiced batter and crunchy topping, these Apple Streusel Muffins are full of cozy fall flavors. Great for a grab-and-go breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients

For the muffins

  • 2 ¼ cups (292 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 g) brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) buttermilk, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (130 g) diced apple, any variety

For the streusel

  • ⅔ cup (86 g) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup (70 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup (56 g) unsalted butter, melted

For the glaze

  • 1 ½ cups (180 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider, or apple juice

Instructions

Make the muffins

  1. Position the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 400°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, cinnamon until well combined. Make a “well” in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a liquid measuring cup, beat the buttermilk, butter, egg, and vanilla together until combined. Pour into the center of the dry ingredients and stir just until a few streaks of flour remain. Gently stir in the apple.
  4. Divide evenly among the muffin tin cups, filling the cups only ⅔ full.

Make the streusel

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Use a fork to stir in the butter until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Sprinkle streusel over each muffin, gently pressing into the batter.
  2. Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Top with glaze and serve immediately. Muffins are best the day they are made but they can be stored for later use, see make-ahead tips in the notes below.

Make the glaze

  1. Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and apple cider together until smooth. Use only enough cider to make the glaze pourable.

Notes

Buttermilk: I don’t recommend substituting! Buttermilk is going to give you the very best results for this recipe. If you must, you can make homemade buttermilk.

Apples: I used Granny Smith apples but any tart baking apple will work with this recipe. You can toss the apples with a little lemon juice to prevent them from browning.

Make-Ahead Tip

  1. Place the muffins in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or refrigerate them for up to 1 week.
  2. Muffins can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 4g

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