I love these apple cinnamon crumb muffins. They’re the best apple muffins I ever made and I have made these apple strudel muffins a bunch of times. These autumn apple muffins are sweet, crumbly, fruity, and just all-round delicious! I am sure these apple oatmeal muffins with streusel topping will be a family favourite!
The apple cinnamon muffins are made with flour, oats, baking powder, sugar, eggs, and butter. You will also need cinnamon, milk, and of course the fresh apples. I typically use Macintosh apples but you can use any kind you want in an apple crumble muffins recipe. Granny Smith apples or Fuji apples also work well. If you have an apple tree at home, these fluffy bakery style muffins with a crisp topping are a great way to use all those extra apples. The best part of these fluffy muffins are the bits of fresh apple chunks. I am sure this will be one of your favourite things, too!
The topping of these apple cinnamon crumb muffins is oats, flour, sugar, and butter. And then you have a butter, cream cheese, lemon, and powdered sugar icing on top. If you ask me, the crumb topping is what makes these apple crumb muffins so special.
Making the Best Apple Muffins
Once you have all the ingredients to hand, as well as a muffin pan, you can make these Autumn apple muffins! The steps you follow to prepare apple oatmeal muffins with streusel topping are very simple. First of all, you need to whisk the flour with the oats, cinnamon, and baking powder in a large bowl to make the flour mixture. Mix the eggs, butter, milk, and sugar in a second medium bowl to make the wet mixture.
Now you can combine both the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients, and then divide it between the cups of a muffin tin. Mix the apple crumb muffins toppings ingredients together using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer. Then you can sprinkle some on each muffin. Bake the apple strudel muffins and let them completely cool on a wire rack. Whisk the icing ingredients and drizzle over the Autumn apple muffins with chunks of apples and warm spices.
For these apple crisp muffins, can purchase muffin liners or muffin cups, but shown here are some paper liners that I made with parchment paper. They look great and work in a pinch when you don’t have store bought liners on hand.
Tips and Variations
There are some variations you can make to these apple oatmeal muffins with streusel topping. For example, some people prefer old-fashioned or rolled oats to the quick-cooking kind. You can use either in this apple crumble muffins recipe. Making this substitution will give the muffin recipe a chewier texture.
What else can you change? Well I haven’t tried this with pears instead of apples but I’m sure that would work. Also swap half the cinnamon for nutmeg if you like. These warm fall spices are similar. Ground cloves and allspice would suit these apple strudel muffins too but just a pinch. A little goes a long way! Apple recipes like this one are easy to swap in pears instead.
The butter can also be swapped for a vegan alternative. There is butter in every part of these apple cinnamon crumb muffins – the muffins, topping and icing. Expect a slightly different flavour if you do this.
Use any kind of milk to make these apple cinnamon crumb muffins, even a non-dairy kind if you want. You can use either white or brown sugar in the muffin batter. I usually use brown sugar in the topping but you can switch that for white if you like.
Finally, for the icing, you will need powdered sugar. This is also known as icing sugar or confectioner’s sugar. Don’t swap this for granular sugar else it will make the icing grainy and that’s not what you want.
How to Store Autumn Apple Muffins
These apple oatmeal muffins with streusel topping can be prepared ahead, but how should you store them? Of course you will want the best apple muffins to stay fresh.
It is important to let the apple crumble muffins recipe cool completely before storing them. You also need to let them cool before icing them.
Storing muffins is not the same as storing cake. The moisture will come to the surface of muffins over time. This means if they’re wrapped in plastic and the moisture is unable to evaporate, it will soak back into the muffin.
The best was to store apple strudel muffins with crumble topping is in a paper towel lined air tight container. Put another paper towel on top and then keep the muffins at room temperature. You don’t need to put them in the refrigerator and if you do their texture will change.
If you want to keep them for more than 3 or 4 days, freeze the apple cinnamon crumb muffins in plastic and freeze for up to 6 weeks. You can thaw them overnight.
How to Serve the Best Apple Muffins
The great thing about apple cinnamon crumb muffins is how versatile they are. I mean, you can enjoy one for breakfast, dessert or as a snack. Try one for breakfast with a cappuccino or cup of coffee or serve after lunch or dinner for a special treat. These apple oatmeal muffins with streusel topping are also a great idea for a bake sale or potluck meal.
Now you know how to make this wonderful apple crumble muffins recipe, I bet you can’t wait. The flavour is so good and these muffins are perfectly soft and juicy with aromatic spices. They’re just perfect for the fall!
Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins Recipe
Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins
- 2 Tablespoons butter unsalted, softened
- 2 Ounces cream cheese softened
- 3.5 Cups powdered sugar
- 1.5 Teaspoons lemon juice fresh
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with baking cups.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, butter, and milk.
- Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then stir in apple.
- Divide batter evenly between muffin cups.
- Whisk together oats, flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in butter until clumpy.
- Sprinkle each muffin with crumb topping. Bake about 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
- To make the icing, cream melted butter and cream cheese for 2 minutes until very fluffy. Add powdered sugar and lemon juice and mix well.
- Drizzle icing over top of each muffin.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try to make this delicious muffin recipe. It is one of those great recipes that you will make again and again.
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