Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins

overhead shot of 5 muffins with half of an apple in shot

Deliciously soft and dense, These Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins are so loaded with fresh apples and tons of Fall spices. Perfect for on the go breakfast, a snack or a dessert!

So, I’m going to let you in on the saddest secret ever. As I write this blog post, it is literally 96 degrees where I live. *cries forever*. However, that is NOT stopping me from wearing cardigans inside, painting my nails dark colors and of course, baking allll of the Fall things! This Chai Spiced Coffee Cake is one of my favorites right now! 

side view shot of one Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffin

Is it bad that I’m looking forward to next week when the high is only 82?! Truly, where I live in NC, it doesn’t really begin to feel like Fall until mid October. Sigh. BUT, have I told you guys that Ben and I are going to London and Paris for two weeks in Mid- October? You can bet I’m looking forward to the cooler weather there…not to mention the amazing leaves changing!! I’ve never been to Paris so needless to say, my heart is so happy! 

close up of muffin's crunchy sugar topping

Anyway, let’s get back to the real star of the show here: Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins!! These are loaded with a combo of whole wheat and all purpose flour, fresh diced apples, tons of cinnamon, and the crunchiest topping thanks to turbinado sugar! They’re not overly sweet, just enough. They are super moist thanks to the added applesauce and of course, they are extra buttery thanks to the…well, salted butter! 

What apples should I use? 

For these Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins, I used gala apples! Aside from honeycrisp, they are my go-to apple. You can also use granny smith apples! Personally, I didn’t peel them. For some reason, growing up, my Mom always told me that the skin on things has the most nutrition (apples, potatoes etc.) so I rarely peel fruits or veggies. Not sure if there is any research behind that or maybe I just want to please my Mom LOL! 

hand grabbing a Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffin from the side

Another form of apples I used in this recipe to add to the amazing apple flavor is applesauce! I love the unsweetened that you can buy in most grocery stores. It makes sure the muffin is super duper moist and it gives it amazing apple flavor. 

close up side view of Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffin

The apples combined with the cinnamon and cozy spices all result in the most delectable, warm and perfect Fall muffin! Let’s get into how to make them!

Ingredients You Need for Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins: 

  • softened salted butter
  • granulated sugar 
  • brown sugar 
  • turbinado sugar 
  • egg 
  • unsweetened applesauce 
  • gala apples 
  • whole wheat and all purpose flour 
  • baking powder and baking soda 
  • cinnamon and nutmeg 

How to Make Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins: 

Preheat the oven to 375.  In a large bowl, combine the softened butter (1 stick) with the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat with a handheld mixer  for 1-2 minutes or until fluffy. Next, add in the egg and beat until combined. Using a sifter (or mixing ingredients in a separate bowl), add the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda. Sift in and then mix using the mixer. To this, add in applesauce and beat until fluffy. Gently fold in the diced apples just until combined. Your mixture should look something like this: 

Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffin batter in glass bowl

Next, grease your muffin tin. Fill up the tins ¾ of the way full with the batter. NOTE: I used a jumbo 6 muffin tin – so be sure to adjust accordingly if you are using a 12 count muffin tin!

pre-baked Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins in muffin tin

Top each muffin with about ½-1 tbsp of turbinado sugar – this ensures that the muffin will have a crunchy top – don’t skip this step! 

baked Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins in muffin tin

Bake for 25-27 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes and then remove them to a wire rack. 

big bite taken out of pre-baked Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffin

Enjoy with a schmear of butter, peanut butter and a pinch of salt on top! Best with your morning coffee or afternoon tea! Yumm-o! Hope y’all loved this recipe. Can’t wait to continue sharing delicious Fall recipes with you! XO. 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few more you might like: 

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins 

Vegan Orange Spice Muffins  

Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Muffins 

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5 from 4 votes

Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins

Deliciously soft and dense, These Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins are so loaded with fresh apples and tons of Fall spices. Perfect for on the go breakfast, a snack or a dessert!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple spice muffins, cinnamon apple spice muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cool Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie


  • 1/2 cup softened salted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups chopped gala apples (into small pieces)


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease your muffin tin and set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluffy - about 1-2 minutes. Add 1 egg and mix until combined.

  3. Using a sifter (or a bowl and mix the ingredients separately), sift the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda along with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Use the handheld mixture to combine the wet and dry ingredients.

  4. Next, add in the unsweetened applesauce. Mix with handheld mixer until combined. Lastly, gently fold in the gala apples just until combined.

  5. Add the batter to the muffin cups until they are about 3/4 of the way full (SEE NOTES FOR MUFFIN TIN RECOMMENDATIONS!)

  6. Top each muffin with 1 tbsp of turbinado sugar. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  7. Let them cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes and then remove them gently to a wire rack. Enjoy with a schmear of butter or peanut butter! YUM!

Recipe Notes

I used a 6 count JUMBO muffin tin for this recipe. It will also work if you use a 12 count muffin tin - just adjust filling the muffin tins accordingly as well as drizzling on the turbinado sugar! 

9 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Haylie, I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris! So much fun! These muffins are so amazing! Love the chunks of apples inside and the crispy, sugary topping! Your nail color goes perfectly – it looks like a beautiful candy apple!

    1. Thanks so much, Kelly!! I actually just had my nails done for my brothers wedding so it was perfect to shoot with! Maybe I should have them done more often, LOL! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh! London and Paris in the fall sounds incredible. My hubby and I went to London in spring a few years ago, and it was one of our best vacations ever! You guys are going to have such a great time. As for these muffins, I can almost smell them baking in my kitchen. We’re having cooler temps now and I’m totally into all things cozy and fall. Hope it cools down for you soon!

    1. Thank you so much, Leanne!! Oh we are just so excited to go we can hardly stand it! Also getting pretty nervous too – haha! So glad you’re experiencing those cooler Fall temps! I hope we will soon!!

  3. 5 stars
    Goodness! I just want to pluck one right off the screen to go with my afternoon tea! These are lovely! Speaking of lovely…Europe in autumn!! YES! Have a gorgeous time, my friend! We went to Paris last November, and it was still such pretty autumn weather!

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