13 Nov
2013

Yes, you read the title correctly – Apple Pie Muffins. Just like warm apple pie if you eat them hot out of the oven like I did. Two wonderful buttery worlds collide and the resulting muffin is everything you need this Thanksgiving.

I did not want these to be typical muffins with barely recognizable pieces of apple and a little spice. I wanted these to be hearty, enthusiastically spiced apple muffins with big chunks of Granny Smith apples and a sweet and buttery crumble topping.

If the thought of baking a pie for Thanksgiving is a little daunting, then why not bake apple pie muffins instead?  Honestly who does not love apple pie muffins with a crumb topping!

Apple Pie Muffins

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

2 cups peeled, chopped Granny Smith Apples

Crumb Topping

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

3 tbsp. butter, melted

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 1/4 cups flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, 1/2 cup melted butter, vanilla and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved.

Pour butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in apples. Use a cookie or ice cream scoop to fill each muffin well, filling the cups to the top.

In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, rolled oats, and cinnamon. Drizzle in 3 tablespoons of melted butter, mixing until well blended. Sprinkle this over the tops of the muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.

Cool on wire rack. Store at room temperature.

Fun Food Fact:

While an apple a day might keep the doctor away, it may be the perfect substitute for your morning java too! Believe it or not, you may feel as awake and energized as you did post-coffee.