There are some days that putting together an elaborate breakfast just makes sense. Sausage, eggs, hash browns, and toast? A breakfast dream. But many mornings call for something a bit simpler, and there’s definitely bonus points if it’s easy to grab on the go.
Muffins can sometimes get a bad rap. Sure, they’re not as dressed-up as cupcakes, all decked in colorful frosting and sprinkles. But what muffins lack in dazzling appearance, they sure make up for in incredible flavor. And these apple cinnamon muffins definitely fit the bill.
With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can put together a batch of freshly baked, made-from-scratch muffins in no time. These apple cinnamon muffins are packed with flavor, they’re moist and delicious, and you’ll be able to make a batch in just 30 minutes that’s large enough to have plenty on hand for a few days. Say hello to your new favorite quick and easy breakfast option.
Gather the ingredients for this apple cinnamon muffins recipe
To get started on making apple cinnamon muffins of your own, you’ll first need to gather all of the ingredients. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of baking a recipe at home, only to find out you’ve forgotten something at the store. It can definitely ruin the whole recipe.
For this apple cinnamon muffins recipe, you’ll need a cup of white sugar, half a cup of brown sugar, a cup and a half of flour, a teaspoon and a half of baking soda, a teaspoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons ground of cinnamon, a cup of milk, two eggs, half a cup of oil, and one large, diced apple.
You can certainly make these muffins on their own, but if you’d like to add a delicious topping, it can really up the ante of these breakfast treats. For the topping, you’ll need an additional half cup brown of sugar, half cup of old fashioned oats, and another half tablespoon of ground cinnamon.
Mix the dry ingredients for this apple cinnamon muffins recipe
To get started on making these apple cinnamon muffins, first you’ll want to turn on the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit so it’s hot enough to put the muffins in once the batter is ready.
To make the batter for these apple cinnamon muffins, start by adding all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. You can utilize a mixing bowl with a hand mixer or a large wooden spoon for this recipe, or you can use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment if you prefer.
Add the white sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into the bowl and mix. Be sure to mix until all of the dry ingredients are fully incorporated and the mixture is free of any large clumps before moving onto the next step.
Add the wet ingredients for this apple cinnamon muffins recipe
Once all of your dry ingredients for this apple cinnamon muffins recipe are mixed together, it’s time to add in the wet ingredients for this recipe.
First, start by mixing in the two eggs. Then, add in the oil while continuously mixing. Lastly, add in the milk and mix until the smooth batter comes together. Be sure to only mix just enough to allow the batter to form and all ingredients to be fully incorporated without over-mixing along the way. Over-mixing the batter will result in a drier muffin with a less-than-desirable texture.
Once the batter is ready, add in the diced apple. For this recipe, we used one large apple with the skin peeled off, but you’re certainly welcome to leave the skin on if desired. Dice the apple into very small chunks before stirring it into the batter.
Mix the topping for this apple cinnamon muffins recipe
As the saying goes, "a cupcake without frosting is just a muffin." And while cupcakes certainly shine in the spotlight with a rainbow of colors, we think that muffins have every right to be dressed up too.
These apple cinnamon muffins are certainly delicious on their own, so there’s really no necessity to adding the topping. However, the cinnamon oat topping adds a nice texture and flavor to the top of each of these muffins. Plus, it’s simple to mix and dresses up their appearance quite a bit.
To make the cinnamon oat topping for these apple cinnamon muffins, add half a cup of brown sugar, half a cup of old fashioned oats, and one tablespoon of ground cinnamon into a bowl. Use a fork to mix the topping mixture together. Be sure to break up any large chunks of brown sugar and mix until the topping ingredients are fully incorporated.
Sprinkle the topping and bake these apple cinnamon muffins
Once the muffin batter and cinnamon oat topping is ready, prepare a muffin pan with paper liners, or generously coat each well with cooking spray. You’ll want to do this to be sure the muffins don’t stick to the pan while baking. Then, scoop the batter into the muffin pan. Using a measuring scoop will help with this step. Scoop enough batter to fill the muffin pan wells halfway full.
Next, sprinkle your prepared topping over each of the muffin pan wells to be sure all of the batter gets a bit of topping. Don’t sprinkle too much topping, as it will weigh the batter down while baking.
Once the muffins are fully prepped, put the muffin pan in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 20 minutes until the muffins are fully baked and set. Once baked, remove the muffins from the oven to cool before eating.
These apple cinnamon muffins are packed with flavor, they’re moist and delicious, and you’ll be able to make a batch in just 30 minutes.
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar (plus ½ cup for topping)
- 1-½ cups flour
- 1-½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (plus 1 tablespoon for topping)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup oil
- 1 large apple, peeled and diced
- ½ cup old fashioned oats (for topping)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a mixing bowl, add the white sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Use a hand mixer or wooden spoon to mix the dry ingredients until well incorporated.
- Mix in the eggs, and then add the oil. Add in the milk and mix until a batter forms.
- Stir in the diced apples.
- Prepare the topping by mixing ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup old fashioned oats, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Mix until combined.
- Prepare a muffin pan with paper liners. Scoop the muffin batter, filling each muffin pan well halfway full.
- Sprinkle the muffins with the prepared topping and put the muffin pan in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes until the muffins are fully baked and set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.