Make the most of the fall harvest with these easy homemade apple crumble muffins baked with fresh apples and topped with a brown sugar crumble.
Well, it’s that time of the year again, when summer slowly begins to fade into fall. The long hot days of summer are giving way to the crisp cool autumn air and I am somewhat reluctantly starting to accept that we must say goodbye to summer for another year.
And although I will miss these easy summer days I know it won’t be long until I am fully relishing the joys of autumn. It truly is my favorite season.
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I am a homebody at heart which is why I love autumn so much. It’s a time to begin hibernating. Towards the end of August, I start adding cozy layers to our home, knit pillows, oversized throws, and a few candles. I know with the upcoming change of seasons we will be spending more and more time inside and I want our home to feel inviting and warm.
We inevitably spend more time in the kitchen, cooking hearty meals and baking treats that smell of the season. Recently, I took the girls out for a few hours so that Nick could spend some uninterrupted time in our kitchen recipe testing for our blog.
When we came home we were welcomed with the scent of apples, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice…what an amazing combination! There is nothing that can put me in the mood for fall more than the smell of fall baking.
Last fall we spent a lot of our time baking (and devouring) these amazing Harvest Apple Spice Donuts, Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies, and my all-time favorite, Homemade Pumpkin Loaf. This year we are adding a few new treats to a fall baking collection, starting with these delicious Homemade Apple Crumble Muffins and Pumpkin Pie Baklava.
We are lucky to live near a little town that is known for its many apple orchards and we’ve made a tradition of visiting every fall, always returning home with buckets of fresh apples, apple cider and any other apple treats we can find.
So I encourage you to make the most of fall’s apple harvest and try baking our Homemade Apple Crumble Muffins. A moist and dense muffin mixed with soft apple pieces and a crunchy brown sugar top make these the best muffins ever, I promise!
Zoe and I had the important job of taste-testing and with plans to just have one bite each (it was almost dinner time after all!), we ended up eating three muffins between the two of us, they are that good! Of course, they taste the best straight out of the oven when they are fresh and warm, but they will last up to four days in the fridge.
Muffins are a household favorite around here and never seem to last too long. I love that they are perfect for breakfast or snack and always help satisfy that craving for something sweet. We’ve also shared our recipes for The Best Homemade Raspberry Muffins and The Best Blueberry Muffins, which are two of our most popular recipe posts. I hope you’ll try them out, along with our Homemade Apple Crumble Muffins and let us know what you think!
Now, if you still have apples left over, take a peek at all of these incredible apple recipes from my friends below. You’ll be set for fall baking inspiration all season. And be sure to join us again next Tuesday when we will be sharing the recipe for our Easy Pumpkin Pie Baklava!
- 1 apple, diced (sweet variety like, fuji, ambrosia or pink lady)
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In a medium saucepan, combine diced apples with unsalted butter, lemon juice brown sugar and cinnamon.
- On medium heat, sauté for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and use a fork or your fingers to create the crumble texture. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Line muffin cups with parchment muffin liners, or lightly coat with unsalted butter or cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, cream brown sugar and granulated sugar with the softened unsalted butter. Then add egg, vanilla, apple sauce and buttermilk and mix until combined.
- Add the dry mix until just combined, do not over-mix.
- Fold in sautéed apples.
- Scoop the muffin mixture into each cup, filling it to the top of the liner.
- Top each muffin with crumble mixture.
- Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F and then reduce temperature to 350°F and bake for 16-18 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly.
Tastes of the Season | Apple Recipes
Slab Apple Pie + Caramel Sauce by Ella Claire | Applesauce Sheet Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting by Love Grows Wild | Apple Spice Streusel Cake by Inspired by Charm | Baked Apple Slices by Julie Blanner | Cinnamon Maple Sourdough Apple Pie by Farmhouse on Boone
Brioche Apple Bread Pudding by Boxwood Avenue | Apple Cider Pound Cake by Anderson + Grant | Apple Crumble Muffins by A Burst of Beautiful | Banana Apple Cake Bread by Sweet C’s | Rustic Apple Strudel by So Much Better with Age
New England Apple Crisp by Nina Hendrick | Maple Apple Oatmeal by Finding Home Farms | Chocolate Apple Mini Cakes by Zevy Joy | Artisan Apple Bread by Nesting with Grace | Low Carb Apple Sandwich Snacks by My Sweet Savannah