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Spiced Apple Muffins

These moist spiced apple muffins are full of fresh apples and spices. When you get your hands on one, you’ll want another!

spiced apple muffins in a basket

So many mornings, I want a muffin. My mom used to make blueberry muffins in the morning before we got ready for school. I think that’s where this want comes from.

I have some delicious muffin recipes on this website (all delicious with my Honey Butter recipe.)

My easy muffins filled with jam are a brunch favorite. My strawberry muffins are one of the first recipes I shared on this website back in 2013.

And these chocolate orange muffins mixed two of my favorite things – chocolate and citrus.

Speaking of muffins…

one spiced apple muffin on a yellow napkin

How to Make Apple Muffins

This spiced apple muffin recipe came about when I decided to make spiced apple cupcakes and they failed – instead of sweet and fluffy cupcakes, I made dense and delicious muffins.

I wish all of my food failures could be this yummy. Most of the time they take a quick detour from my mouth into the garbage.

Cupcakes should probably have more sugar. Or honey. Or sweetness. Maybe I should have cooked the at 350 degrees. I don’t really know.  All I know is these spiced apple muffins are good.

Like, eat 3 in a row good. Good thing this recipe makes 2 dozen.

spiced apple muffin and a basket of apple muffins

What are the best apples for muffins?

I usually start with my most favorite apple, honeycrisp. Sometimes I will add a second apple to the mix – Granny Smith. Yum.

Other apples to add:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Gala

Can you freeze apple muffins?

Yes! Wait until the muffins have completely cooled, place them in freezer bags or wrap them in foil or freezer wrap.

When you’re ready to eat the muffin, thaw overnight and then microwave for 30 seconds

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spiced apple muffins in a basket

Spiced Apple Muffins

Spiced apple muffins – full of fresh apples and fall spices. When you get your hands on one, you’ll want another!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 130kcal


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon grated cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 apples pealed, cored and sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with liners or grease the insides.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Set aside.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the apples, milk and vanilla extract. Pulse until well pureed. Push the mixture through a sieve into a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar and butter on medium-high, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time until well combined.
  • Turn the mixer to low. Add a third of the flour mixture and then half of the apple mixture. Alternate adding the ingredients, ending and starting with the flour.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the muffin pans. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack before eating.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Such a delicious dessert; and perfect for fall! Our children will be excited with this spiced apple muffins:).


Thursday 20th of November 2014

I've been in a muffin-making mood and my son loves to help me make them. These look like they should be our next adventure in the kitchen! (I also don't like touching meat...I totally get you.)

Jenny B

Thursday 20th of November 2014

I'm so glad someone else has the same thing as I do with meat! I don't feel alone anymore lol :) Have fun muffin-making!

Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

Friday 14th of November 2014

Yum!! I need to make these! I haven't made muffins in so long. The kids (and I) would love them!

Jenny B

Saturday 15th of November 2014

Thanks Michelle! I love them and am going to make them again this week! :)


Friday 14th of November 2014

These look good! I made some applesauce banana muffins last month that were dense too, but they were tasty. Pinning yours to try! :)

Jenny B

Friday 14th of November 2014

Thanks Dee, for pinning! Have a great weekend!

Richard Hicks

Thursday 13th of November 2014

I want to make these for Thanksgiving dinner!

Jenny B

Friday 14th of November 2014

That's great Richard! They're yummy :)