In the absence of actual apple pie– Apple Pie Muffins

Apple Pie Muffins!

You ever have days when you get a hankering for apple pie but you’re too lazy to go through the motions of making the dough, chopping up the apples, and all that? I do. A lot of times actually. So then you might ask, ‘Why don’t you just run down to the store and buy one?’ To be honest, I haven’t found a store-bought apple pie in my neck of the woods that tastes half as good as a homemade one. So what’s a girl to do in such a situation?

Well this is the part where I tell you about how this muffin would be a nice substitute for apple pie, but if there’s one thing I learned after all this time I’ve been baking, it’s that there really isn’t a substitute for good ‘ole apple pie. And yet I can’t resist the charm of other pastries that interpret this lovely classic. I made a cupcake-version of apple pie a while back, and while they were good, I have to say these muffins were oh so much more satisfying!

For starters, if what you’re looking for is a nice cinnamony muffin with apple chunks inside that you can really sink your teeth into, then I could honestly say you’ve got yourself a winner in this one. In a way, it kind of is like apple pie because you can actually taste the apples. Plus, the oat crumble on the top is reminiscent of a yummy, crumbly crust! These muffins most definitely are helpful to subdue crazy cravings, especially considering you can make it in less than half the time- not to mention less than half the effort- it requires to make a decent apple pie.

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I am really glad I came across this recipe. For real. Especially now that most everyone in the world is gearing up for some cold weather, nothing is more heart-warming than freshly-baked apple pie… muffins!

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Apple Pie Muffins
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Similar to an apple pie because you can actually taste the apples. Plus, the oat crumble on the top is reminiscent of a yummy, crumbly crust! These muffins most definitely are helpful to subdue apple pie cravings!
For the batter
  1. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour *
  2. 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 cup buttermilk
  7. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  10. 2 cups peeled and roughly diced Granny Smith Apples **
For the topping
  1. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup rolled oats
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Prepare the batter
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and set the rack in the centre. Line 12 cup muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 1/4 cups flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
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  4. 3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, 1/2 cup melted butter, vanilla and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar. Whisk until sugar has dissolved and mixture is smooth.
  5. 4. Pour butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in apples.
  6. 5. Use a large scoop to fill each muffin well, filling the cups to the top.
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Make the topping
  1. 6. 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.
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To bake
  1. 7. Sprinkle the topping over the prepared muffin batters. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed. Cool on wire rack.
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  3. Storage: The muffins will keep for about 2 days at room temperature. Refrigerate to make them last for up to 5 days and simply reheat before eating, if desired.
  1. * I substituted 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour.
  2. ** I would suggest not dicing your apples too finely or too small as the apples really bring forth a nice texture and flavour. These muffins are best when there are large chunks of apples accompanying each bite.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction blog
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These are just so so good. They’re the sort of muffins that scream ‘cozy’ and ‘homey’– two feelings I can’t get enough of around this time of the year.


  1. frugalfeeding
    17 November, 2012

    Those look really, REALLY gorgeous!

    1. Clarisse Shaina
      17 November, 2012

      Thanks! They are as yummy as they look! 😀

  2. petit4chocolatier
    18 November, 2012

    These look and sound so scrumptious! I love granny smith apples too! Love the topping with oatmeal!

    1. Clarisse Shaina
      18 November, 2012

      The oatmeal topping really adds a good crunch to the muffins. Scrumptious is the word! 😀

  3. trialsinfood
    18 November, 2012

    mmm…looks fantastic!

    1. Clarisse Shaina
      18 November, 2012

      Thank you! 😀

  4. dailydoseofcolors
    20 November, 2012

    Muffins look stunning! Must try them asap.

    1. Clarisse Shaina
      26 November, 2012

      My brother declared them the best muffins I’ve made thus far! So please do try them. 🙂

      1. dailydoseofcolors
        20 February, 2013

        They are awesome! But I added only 140g of sugar (90g for batter, 50g for topping).

        1. Clarisse Shaina
          20 February, 2013

          I always try to cut the amount of sugar too though I always forget to measure it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. cookcleangolfJeannette
    23 April, 2013

    These smell great and taste delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Clarisse Shaina
      23 April, 2013

      I’m glad you liked them! One of my favourites for sure! 🙂

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