Glazed Apple Crumb Muffins.

Big, buttery cinnamon apple muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery, trust me!

Big, buttery cinnamon apple muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery! @sallybakeblog

These giant, bakery-style apple crumb muffins aren’t really a summertime recipe, but oh well. Apple anything makes my heart skip a beat!

On top of the stunning, surreal sites we saw in the Rocky Mountains the other week – we ate some pretty darn incredible food too. For example, a “cookie dough delight” cookie sandwich so rich that it took two days to finish. (Seriously.)

Big, buttery cinnamon apple muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery! @sallybakeblog

Kevin and I also visited a couple little bakeries each morning for breakfast. The first day, a giant melt-in-your-mouth apple crumb muffin stared me in the eye. A sucker for anything apple flavored, I bought it intending to share with him. Somehow the muffin disappeared before he got a bite. ?? Whoopsies.

And here I am two weeks later… still thinking about that glazed apple crumb muffin! Yes, I’m a dork. I tried my hand at a few test batches this past weekend and after two bland disappointments, came out with a winner. Third time’s a charm!

Ohhhhh my lanta, these have to be the best muffins I’ve ever made.

Big, buttery cinnamon apple muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery! @sallybakeblog

I use the same basic muffin recipe as my Buttery Blueberry Streusel Muffins. I wanted a light textured, buttery muffin reminiscent of the bakery’s muffin I had in Colorado. My Master Muffin Mix is a little too hearty and dense for replicating the soft, fluffy muffin I craved. If you’ve tried the blueberry streusel muffins, you know today’s apple version will be mouthwatering. Plus, there’s glaze. (!!)

Eggs and yogurt leave each muffin fabulously moist. I call the two my “power ingredients” in this recipe. They are both crucial to the muffin’s texture! If you do not have yogurt on hand, sour cream is an easy substitute.

Buttery and soft, the center of the muffins are bursting with warm, juicy apples. Apples in every single bite. I sweeten the muffins with mostly all brown sugar. In my eyes, brown sugar is an essential flavor when baking with apples. There’s a whole lot of cinnamon too – both in the muffin batter and the crumb topping.

Let’s talk about that crumb topping. I can’t even type “crumb topping” without my stomach growling. It’s THEE best part about this muffin recipe! It’s made from melted butter, brown sugar, a touch of white sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Mix it all up and crumble with your hands over the muffin batter before baking. I made sure some crumbs stayed in larger chunks. Those were the best bites!

Glazed Apple Crumb Muffins

Helpful tip: after topping, make sure you press the crumbs down into the batter so it sticks when the muffins rise in the oven.

Another helpful tip: pick off and eat the crumb topping off the baked muffins first. 🙂

Bake these muffins at an initial high temperature, then reduce to a lower temperature. Why do I do this? This hot burst of air will lift the top of the muffin up quickly, then the inside of the muffin can bake for the remainder of the time. This guarantees a tall, high domed muffin like the kind you love from the coffee shop.

The glaze on top of these apple crumb muffins isn’t necessary, but a simple whisk of confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and cream will take you about 30 seconds… so why not add it? You will love how the glaze “sets” on top and seeps down into the muffins.

Apple Crumb Muffins are bursting with apples in every single bite!

Go ahead, indulge. I promise you’ll still be dreaming about these brown sugared, cinnamon apple muffins weeks after one taste. I cannot sing enough praises for them; without a doubt a new favorite muffin recipe!

*I used a jumbo 6-count muffin pan to make today’s muffin recipe. That’s why they are so large in these photos – a standard 12-count size muffin pan works just fine as well. See recipe notes for baking time adjustments.

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Glazed Apple Crumb Muffins

Big, buttery brown sugar apple muffins with a crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery, trust me!

Ingredients:

Crumb Topping

  • 1/3 cup (67g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup (84g) all-purpose flour

Muffins

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature preferred
  • 1/2 cup (120g) yogurt1
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk (any kind)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups peeled, chopped apple (2 small apples)

Glaze

  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners' sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream (or milk for a less creamy texture)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, combine both sugars, the cinnamon, and melted butter. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the flour. The crumb topping will be thick and crumbly. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a jumbo muffin pan with nonstick spray. See notes for using a standard size 12-count pan.
  3. Make the muffins: In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat on high until creamed, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute, then turn up to high speed until the mixture is combined and uniform in texture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and slowly mix with a whisk. Add the milk, gently whisking until combined and little lumps remain. Fold in the apples with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  5. Spoon the muffin batter evenly between all 6 muffin tins. There may be enough to make a 7th muffin in a 2nd batch, depending if there were a few extra apple chunks thrown in. Fill the muffin tins until they are full all the way up to the top. Press a handful of the crumb topping into the top of each; crumble it with your hands to make some big chunks.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C) degrees, then keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C) and bake for 21-23 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these jumbo muffins take in the oven is about 26-28 minutes.
  7. Make the glaze: whisk all of the ingredients together and drizzle over warm muffins.
  8. Make ahead tip: Muffins stay soft, fresh, and moist at room temperature for up to 5 days. Muffins freeze well for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up (if desired) before enjoying.

Recipe Notes:

For 14-15 standard size muffins, reduce baking time to 20 total minutes: 5 initial minutes at 425°F (218°C) and 15 minutes at 350°F (177°C).

  1. Use your favorite yogurt; I prefer low fat plain Greek yogurt but regular (not Greek) would be just fine. Try with apple flavored, vanilla, honey, nonfat, or full fat. Sour cream works as well.

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Big, buttery cinnamon apple muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery! @sallybakeblog
Big, buttery cinnamon apple muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery!

 

223 comments

  1. Just made these, so light and fluffy, they’re truly delicious. Used one very large honeycrisp apple and sliced it smaller and it was plenty! Not a yogurt fan (lol) and with 1/2 cup I was worried it may come through but it didn’t, just left the muffins extremely moist. Would definitely recommend these muffins to anyone, apple lover or not, they’re fantastic! May or may not have sat and ate two once they came out of the oven.

  2. Oh my goodness, I just made these for the coffee brunch my class is having tomorrow morning and could not resist sneaking one! They are so incredibly moist and flavorful even without the glaze! I can’t wait to see what the others think of them (though they’ll probably be in love- I make a fair amount of Sally recipes to share with my friends!).

  3. Thanks for the recipe. Trying it today. I was looking for something to take camping with us, and I love apples, too! So, I think I will make the glaze for a test muffin. (Have to do that!) And, then freezing the rest and will thaw and glaze when we are ready to eat them.

  4. Yum! How do you think these would be drizzled with your salted caramel sauce instead of the glaze? 

    • Outrageous. Outrageously good.

      • I didn’t even wait for your reply–I just went for it. SO FLIPPIN’ GOOD! I am in love with that caramel sauce. I want to keep it in a mug at work and just drink it while everyone thinks I’m casually sipping coffee.
        And these muffins! I made mini muffins and they are so delicate and moist. I skipped the little cupcake wrappers so they are two (big) bite treats.

  5. I just made these for the baby and our 5 yr old.  I made them in the form of mini muffins.  It made 36 minis, plus two regular size muffins.  Instead of cutting the apple in chunks, I grated it for the baby.  They are moist, but extremely bland.  

  6. Made these today…fabulous.  My husband and son are clobbering them.  I can always count on your recipes because you provide weights for ingredients which is fantastic.  This recipe is a keeper.  Perfect balance of a tender, cakey muffin with a crunchy top and a sweet glaze.  Yummo.

  7. I just made these last night and they are absolutely fantastic! Thanks so much for the recipe. Your site has become my go-to for new baking recipes because every one that I have tried so far has been absolutely delicious! 

  8. Hi Sally, 
    I made these muffins today and used oat streusel topping (of sky high apple muffins). Used all whole wheat flour, even for the topping and substituted butter with 1/2 cup vegetable oil. The muffins are very moist and very fluffy even with whole wheat flour. Aaaaand super delicious. How do you come up with such yummy recipes…there has not been a single failure so far (I tried a lot of your recipes). Thanks a ton!

    • Thank you Sushma! I truly love being in the kitchen playing with new recipes. And I’m so glad you enjoyed this one– even with the changes you made!

  9. These are absolutely perfect! I live in CO and a friend of mine has two apple trees. The kids and I went to pick apples and ended up with three shopping bags full of apples. Needless to say I’ve been searching everythinv apple. I love baking but since moving to CO last summer I’ve had lots of issues with my baked goods collapsing. I am very happy to share this recipe was super easy to adjust for high altitude (I am at 6800 ft). I reduced the baking soda and baking powder by half and the muffins came out absolutely perfect. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  10. Made these yesterday following the recipe to the letter. TO DIE FOR. So soft, fluffy and flavorful. The ratio of apples-to-cinnamon is just right. Ditto sweetness. I took care to dice the apples pretty fine (1/4 inch-ish) so they’d fully soften while cooking. I doubled the recipe (because I’m no dummy) and froze them for an upcoming brunch party. Thank you for a new favorite that I’m certain to be making over and over again. 

  11. I’ve now made these twice and they were just what I wanted! I made the second batch using coconut cream (at a runny consistency) instead of yoghurt because I was out and it still worked really well. These muffins also works well with other added “pumpkin spice”/”autumnal” flavours – I added grated nutmeg and ginger, which I’d recommend those who found the muffins bland try out.

    PS The crumbled baked in the oven for 5-15 minutes at 350 make an AH-mazing add-in to icecream! Trust me it goes really well with any icecream, especially chai spice ice cream!

  12. Is there any reason not to sub applesauce for the yogurt in these? They look amazing but I would like to veganize them and I have yummy homemade applesauce on hand. Thanks!

  13. What type of apples do you use?

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