Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Here’s a simple breakfast recipe for fall mornings:  Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Head toward the bottom of this post to watch a quick video showing you how to make this recipe, then print out the complete recipe at the end.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins recipe - from RecipeGirl.com

When my now 6 foot 4 giant child was a wee one, we used to pack the car with a picnic and head to the local San Diego mountains on fall weekends.  Those weekends are full of great memories such as going to the pumpkin patch and running through the corn maze, standing on tippy toes near the fences to pat the horses and dig into sheep fur, and sipping hot apple cider when there was a good chill in the air.

We often took our family photo at the pumpkin patch– standing in the remains of a long-ago picked corn field.  Those were the days.  And they were days I likely won’t be able to get back since 16 year olds aren’t so hip on hanging out with their parents at pumpkin patches any more!

The best part of those fall weekends was our time at the apple-picking orchards.  If you’ve never been apple picking, it’s one of those things you must do.  It’s not even like the apples are the best apples you’ve ever eaten, but the experience of walking around with a bucket and picking apples directly from the trees is super fun.  And it’s really a nice thing for the kids to experience too.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins recipe - from RecipeGirl.com

The best part of the whole apple picking experience is coming home with loads of apples and deciding what you’re going to make.  I always made a good batch of applesauce with my apples.  And baking cakes, apple bread and these muffins was most often on the agenda too!

Here are a few baking recipes to try if you have a bucket-full of apples!

These muffins are wonderful because they have a delicious layer of crumb on the tops.  If you’re anything like me, I like to eat the crumbly top before I devour the rest of the muffin!  There are tips in the recipe below for flour substitutions and how to cut down on fat.

Click below to watch a short video showing you how to make these muffins, then scroll to the bottom to print out the complete recipe.

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Just like it says... easy... and full of yummy apple chunks.



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped


  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Add oil, egg and milk and stir just until combined. Fold in apples. Divide batter between the 12 muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients, blending together with a pastry cutter or fork. Sprinkle over unbaked muffins.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.


  • To lighten up the recipe a bit, fill the 1/3 cup measuring cup with 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 oil. The muffins will turn out just as moist.
  • This recipe may also be made with white whole wheat flour in place of traditional whole wheat flour.
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com


  1. postedNov 5, 2017 12:55 PM

    These muffins are incredible. Like others i made a few changes. I used all A/P flour, subbed 1/2tsp of cinnamon for pie spice and added 1/2 tsp vanilla. I also made half of the batch with some peanut butter cups but haven’t tried yet. The house smells amazing! Such an easy and delicious recipe!

  2. postedOct 31, 2017 3:05 AM

    Have tried the recipe it has turned out awesome 
    Used flaxseed 1 tbsp instead of egg 

  3. postedOct 1, 2017 3:46 AM

    These were so delicious! I added a total of about 1/2c of milk since it looked too dry to me. Thank you!

  4. postedSep 29, 2017 9:26 AM

    Made these today, just as it is printed, delicious! I use MacIntosh since that is what I had. Also made a small batch of vegan for my daughter using coconut oil instead of butter and the applesauce. Turned out so well. Thank you for the recipe!

  5. postedSep 27, 2017 5:11 AM

    I was just wondering how many calories are in these muffins.

    • postedSep 29, 2017 3:10 PM

      I don’t have the nutritional info on these- sorry!

  6. postedMay 11, 2017 4:58 PM
    Ayla Joyful

    I also found the batter to be quiet thick but decided to continue using the recipe. I liked the simplicity of the recipe (my 2 year old son also helped!) They turned out a treat and taste very yum!

  7. postedJan 23, 2017 11:56 AM

    Do you know the ratio for making them into mini muffins?

    • postedJan 26, 2017 6:51 AM

      Usually double- but you’ll need to reduce the baking time and just keep an eye on them until they’re done.

  8. postedJan 20, 2017 6:57 PM

    Tried these tonight and love them! Followed the recipe exactly except I kept the apple peels on and added a splash of extra milk when the batter seemed a bit too thick. I will definitely make these again. Thanks for the recipe! Now I just have to see if I can make them gluten free sometime so my husband can eat them…

  9. postedJan 18, 2017 5:26 AM

    I’ve tried it and it’s yum!
    And moist also.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  10. postedNov 17, 2016 4:01 PM

    Tried these tonight, batter was a little thick. It they tasted great!

  11. postedOct 31, 2016 9:47 PM

    Batter was thick, but no problem muffins turned out fine. I used all purpose flour for all flour in recipe, Honeycrisp and Gala apples,. added a bit of vanilla, half diced caramel cube per muffin and placed into batter in muffin cup before adding topping. Also added pecans to half of recipe. My hubby loves them! As a bonus the house smells wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    • postedNov 1, 2016 5:16 PM

      Happy to hear you enjoyed them!

  12. postedOct 27, 2016 9:38 AM

    Could I use apple cider instead of milk?

    • postedOct 28, 2016 9:11 AM

      I’ve not tried anything but milk, so I’m not sure!

  13. postedSep 23, 2016 1:02 PM

    Quick, easy and delicious!  I substituted 1/4 c milled flax seed for 1/4 c flour as I didn’t have any whole wheat in the house.  Love that you can add the wet into the dry (saves a bowl from needing washing!).

  14. postedSep 22, 2016 3:24 PM

    What type of Apple works best for this recipe?

    • postedSep 26, 2016 7:41 AM

      I like to use Granny Smith apples for baking.

  15. postedSep 1, 2016 4:15 PM

    Made these tonight with only all purpose flour and they were spectacular!! My new favorite fall treat!

  16. postedAug 29, 2016 2:22 PM

    Mine all fell in and are really dry and fall apart 🙁 the only thing I changed was using all purpose flour, since I didn’t have whole wheat on hand.

  17. postedJul 26, 2016 6:00 PM

    Batter seems thick. What should I do? Double checked the recipe twice.

    • postedJul 27, 2016 9:20 PM

      I’m not sure- how did they turn out for you?

  18. postedFeb 14, 2016 10:59 AM

    Do you think i could use all white flour in the recipe and skip the whole wheat ? *i dont have WW in the house and really want to make these! 
    thanks – 

    • postedFeb 16, 2016 5:59 AM

      I’m sure that would be fine.

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