Big, buttery cinnamon apple muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery, trust me!
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.)
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.
There are no secret ingredients and no complicated steps in this apple muffin recipe. Nothing strange, nothing requiring an extra trip to the grocery store. Just a few basic ingredients to make one outrageous morning breakfast.
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!
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.
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.
Big, buttery brown sugar apple muffins with a crumb topping and sweet vanilla glaze. Better than a bakery, trust me!
Yield: 6 jumbo muffins or 14 standard size
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
First, 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.
Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Spray a jumbo muffin pan with nonstick spray. See notes for using a standard size 12-count pan.
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.
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.
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.
Bake for 5 minutes at 425F degrees, then keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350F degrees 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.
Make the glaze: whisk all of the ingredients together and drizzle over warm muffins. Muffins stay soft, fresh, and moist at room temperature for up to 5 days. Unglazed muffins freeze well, up to 3 months.
*For 14-15 standard size muffins, reduce baking time to 20 total minutes: 5 initial minutes at 425F and 15 minutes at 350F.
*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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