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Old-Fashioned Apple Muffins Recipe

Fall is in the air, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a delightful batch of homemade apple muffins? These moist and flavorful treats are a cherished family recipe, that was passed down from my mom.

These old-fashioned apple muffins are quick and easy to make for cozy fall mornings and will be a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch spread. So, get ready to embrace the flavors of autumn as we dive into my mom's apple muffin recipe.

Apple Muffins Recipe for Fall

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Are you apple-picking this season? Using fresh, locally sourced apples in your muffins can be a great way to celebrate the season and support local growers.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Seasonal Fall Baked Good: The star of these muffins is the crisp and juicy apple, making them a delightful treat during apple season. As the leaves change color and the air gets crisper, these muffins will fill your home with the comforting aroma of cinnamon and baked apples.

Versatile for Fall Occasions: Whether you're planning a leisurely weekend breakfast, a cozy family brunch, or a quick and satisfying snack, these apple muffins are your go-to option. Their warm, inviting flavors are especially perfect for a Thanksgiving morning breakfast to kickstart your holiday festivities.

Easy to Make: This recipe is straightforward and beginner-friendly. You don't need any special culinary skills to whip up a batch of these scrumptious muffins. Just follow the steps below, and you'll have homemade apple muffins in no time.

Satisfying: Apple muffins can be enjoyed at any time of day, making them a versatile treat. They work equally well as a quick breakfast on busy mornings, a snack for the kids' lunchboxes, or a delightful dessert after dinner.

Great for Sharing: Muffins are conveniently portioned, making them perfect for sharing. Whether you're hosting a family brunch, visiting friends, or sending treats to school or work, apple muffins are easy to pack and share with others.

Customizable: These muffins are highly customizable. You can add nuts, raisins, or even a streusel topping for extra texture and flavor. 

Comforting and Nostalgic: When you bake this vintage recipe, the aroma of apple muffins baking in the oven is sure to evoke feelings of comfort and nostalgia. The simple joy of enjoying warm muffins together can create lasting family memories.

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How to Make Mom's Apple Muffins

Ingredients You'll Need

  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • A Bunch of Apples
    1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

Tips for Apple Muffin Success

1. Choose Tasty Apples: When it comes to baking with apples, selecting the right variety is essential. Opt for firm apples with a balance of sweetness and tartness. Popular choices for baking include Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn apples.

2. Perfectly Diced Apples: To ensure an even distribution of apple pieces in your muffins, aim for uniformly diced apples. A 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch dice works well.

3. Don't Overmix: When incorporating the wet and dry ingredients, be careful not to overmix. Overmixing can result in tough muffins. Stir until just combined.

4. Be Careful Filling Muffin Tins:  Use a cookie scoop for even distribution of the muffing batter.  That way, your muffins will bake consistently.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other types of fruit in these muffins?

Absolutely! While apples are a classic choice, you can experiment with other seasonal fruits like pears, cranberries, or even a combination of fruits.

Can I make these muffins ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these muffins ahead of time and store them in an airtight container for up to two days. Warm them up in the microwave or oven before serving for that freshly baked taste.

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Yield: 12
Author: Donna Urso
Mom's Apple Muffins

Mom's Apple Muffins

A vintage apple muffin recipe to enjoy with family and friends.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min



  1. Preheat your oven to 42 degrees F. Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Peel and dice the apple.
  3. Melt the butter. Mix together the egg, milk, and melted butter.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, all at once. Mix to combine.
  6. Top with Turbinado sugar, optional for crunch.
  7. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for a few minutes before serving. Cool completely before wrapping for storage.


Ovens vary. Check at 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

5.12 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.97 g

Carbs (grams)

19.48 g

Fiber (grams)

0.98 g

Net carbs

18.5 g

Sugar (grams)

2.64 g

Protein (grams)

3.43 g

Sodium (milligrams)

400.98 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

28.12 mg

Nutritional information is approximate.

These Mom's Apple Muffins are a beloved tradition in my family, and I'm thrilled to share them with you. So, as the leaves fall and the temperatures drop, whip up a batch of these delightful muffins to savor the flavors of autumn. Enjoy your cozy fall mornings and Thanksgiving breakfasts with a plateful of warm apple goodness. 

Happy baking!


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