Apple Crisp Muffins


Apple Crisp Muffins are fluffy and sweet topped with that signature apple-crisp topping.

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I have a problem called every time I make apple crisp I scoop out a mouse hole in the corner of the baking dish with my spoon after it comes out of the oven, for quality control purposes of course, which wouldn’t be a big deal except for the fact that as the crisp cools the mouse hole quickly turns into a rabbit hole which eventually turns into a bear cave and before I know it half the crisp is gone.

I just can’t help myself!

Apple Crisp is my all-time favorite fall dessert, but portion control-friendly, it is not. One bite of the sweet and chewy topping which smothers tart and tender apples and it’s all over for this gal, which is why I’m loving these portion controlled Apple Crisp Muffins!

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Fluffy, apple-cinnamon-studded muffins topped with a sweet and crunchy crisp topping. Ah-mazing. AH-MAZING! These babies feature a few of the dozens of Honeycrisp apples Ben and I picked at Berry Patch Farm last weekend. Honeycrisps are perfect for baking. They’re nice and crisp and hold up well to baking, unlike a softer-fleshed apple which would turn to applesauce in the oven. If you can’t find Honeycrisps, bright-green Granny Smith’s are my other go-to baking apple.

These muffins are based on my Fresh Apple Cake recipe, but I reduced the amount of sugar in the muffin batter since I added the brown sugar-based crisp on top. These Apple Crisp Muffins are a real treat, my friends. Plus they’re even better the next day when the crisp has had a chance to soften just a squinch. Ben and I wolfed these down (while Lincoln gazed longingly on!)

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Start the muffin batter by combing 1/4 cup each softened butter, vegetable or canola oil, and unsweetened applesauce in a large mixing bowl.

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Next add 1/3 cup each brown and granulated sugar then mix until combined. The mixture will look slightly curdled, but it’s fine! Finish the wet ingredients by mixing in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. 

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In a separate bowl mix together 1-1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then add to the wet ingredients in two batches. BEFORE that though, remove 2 Tablespoons of the mixture and place in another bowl.

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Next get yo apples ready! I absolutely love the fact that these apples went from the tree to my table via my hands. Well, Ben’s hands…but you know what I mean. Satisfying.

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Peel then chop 1-1/2 cups apples (about 2 medium-sized apples) then toss them with the 2 Tablespoons flour mixture you reserved.

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Add the apples to the batter then fold to combine. By the way, the reason why you toss the apples with the flour mixture first is to prevent the chunks from sinking to the bottom of the muffins as they bake. I don’t know why this works, I just know that it does.

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Scoop the batter into lined muffin tins about 3/4 of the way full. An ice cream scoop ensures every muffin comes out the same size.

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Finally, mix up the crisp topping – my favorite part! This is my trusty-wusty, no-fail crisp recipe: 1/2 cup each brown sugar and old fashioned oats, mixed with 1/4 cup each softened butter and flour, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Mash with a fork until everything sticks together.

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Scoop a heaping Tablespoon of the crisp topping onto the center of the muffins then bake for 15-17 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Cool completely then sink your teeth into the crumbly, crisp-topped, sweet, and appley muffins!

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Apple Crisp Muffins

makes 10 muffins


Apple Crisp Muffins are fluffy and sweet topped with that signature apple-crisp topping.


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped apple (I recommend Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)
  • For the crisp topping:
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together butter, oil, sugars, and applesauce until combined, about 1 minute (mixture will look curdled.) Add egg and vanilla then mix to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Remove 2 Tablespoons of the flour mixture then toss with the apples in a separate bowl to coat.
  4. Add remaining flour mixture to wet ingredients in two batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch. Fold in the apples. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups filling them 3/4 of the way full.
  5. For the crisp topping: Mix ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. Sprinkle a heaping Tablespoon on top of each muffin then bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in muffin tins for 10 minutes then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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Sweet and tart, fluffy and crunchy – these muffins got it goin’ on. Enjoy this lovely fall treat!

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  1. OMG the tops of those muffins look absolutely to die for. So nice and crispy! YUM!

  2. Sofie 09.20.2013

    Oh yum! These look absolutely amazing! I love the topping. Hmm, apple cakes in autumn is the best!

    Sofie x

  3. These muffins look delicious! I swear by your fresh apple cake. I’ve made it numerous times and it’s always gotten rave reviews. These muffins look so similar. I am definitely going to have to try making these! Great recipe! :)

  4. Drooling over these! So ready for apple season!!

  5. Tieghan 09.20.2013

    Mmm! These are the perfect way to start the weekend! Love those tops!

  6. C. 09.20.2013

    I’m definitely making these this weekend!! I have half a box of tart apples from my parents farm in Iowa that need to be used up – perfect recipe to try.

  7. I woke up craving muffins and these look divine! I don’t think I’ve ever had a honey crisp apple. I’m going to have to see what all the fuss is about.

  8. Yay! Thanks for the apple muffin recipe! I try to stick with apples until October, when I fully allow for the pumpkin craze to take over!

  9. Kristin from MN 09.20.2013

    These look delicious! I have a major weakness for muffins! I make new muffins recipes quite frequently, and I have a recurring problem. It seems about half the time the muffin liner totally sticks to the muffins, rendering much of the muffin inedible and the other half of the time the muffin liner slides off perfectly. Do you have a trick for knowing when to use a liner and when to just skip it and spray the span?

  10. Colleen 09.20.2013

    YUM!! I absolutely love apple crisp and am adding these babies to my list of fall treats to make. Now my problem is which treat to make first – apple crisp, pumpkin bars, or these muffins?

  11. Sarah 09.20.2013

    Wow! Fantastic recipe! Thank you so much for breaking it down by picture too. I’m a visual learner, so I find it really helpful!

  12. Anne [A Squared] 09.20.2013

    I would totally serve these for dessert in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Perfectly portioned! Yum.

  13. I just posted an apple muffin recipe too! Great minds think alike :)

    No, but really, I love your apple crisp version! And cute pink KitchenAid – I have the same one!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.20.2013

      I saw them this morning and had total drizzle envy! One of those things that made me think, why didn’t *I* think of that?! :) Have a great weekend, Chung-Ah!

  14. I love apple crisp, I love muffins. Who knew you could combine the two, awesome!

  15. Debtgirl 09.20.2013


  16. um, breakfast that doubles as dessert? sign me up.

  17. Jen 09.20.2013

    CANNOT wait to try these this weekend. I made your zucchini muffins on Monday and they have been scarfed down by every member of our family, from me, to my husband to my picky toddler!

  18. Tracy 09.20.2013


  19. I WILL be making these soon! They look soo good!

  20. Theresa 09.20.2013

    OMG these sound amazing!! I can’t wait to try them. I hope I can go apple picking sometime this fall, it looks so fun and I haven’t been since I was little. I have been on a muffin kick lately, I just made these morning glory muffins the other day!

  21. Okay so since my hubby hates cooked fruit (I KNOW!!) this is perfect for when I am craving a fruit like dessert! If I try to make an entire pan of a fruity dessert half of it goes to waste because I’m the only one who will eat it. So YAY for these!

  22. Cindy 09.20.2013

    I love these muffins! I made them and they are delicious! The crisp topping is incredible!
    Thank you for another awesome recipe!

  23. Marsha Lynne 09.21.2013

    Hello…these will be made this weekend. Look fantastic. Can you tell us where the cupcake white glass holders are from? Thanks Marsha

  24. These look so delicious and amazing!! Especially that topping :)

    I always love all your photography it makes everything look extra yummy!

  25. I’m definitely making these… great recipe!

  26. ColleenB. 09.21.2013

    Muffins look Wonderful.
    I have apples left over from making a apple,pear and cranberry crisp yesterday so think I will be making these muffins with my left-over apples.
    Thanks for the recipe

  27. We just went apple picking so this recipe is perfect! Thanks for sharing :-)

  28. Afton 09.21.2013

    I went and bought unsweetened applesauce last night so I can make these this weekend!

  29. Michael Osweiler 09.21.2013

    Do you think the vegetable or canola oil be replaced by olive oil?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.22.2013

      I bet so – you will be able to taste it though, so just use a high-quality oo.

  30. Jennifer S 09.21.2013

    I saw this recipe on Pinterest last night and went right out to pick up some apples. I made these muffins this morning for breakfast and wow is all I can say! These taste so good, my family loved them. These are a keeper!

  31. Meg 09.21.2013

    I made these today. BEST muffins ever!!!! SO DELISH!

  32. Rebecca 09.21.2013

    I also made these today! They’re amazing!

    I did have to bake them 5 extra minutes for some reason. They were super gooey after 17 minutes, and I wanted a little bit of crunch on the top.

    Definitely making them again after we go apple picking!

  33. Rebecca 09.21.2013

    Oh, and I didn’t have applesauce, so I used a mashed banana instead! Hmm…. Maybe that’s were they didn’t bake as quickly?

  34. Jennifer Wolfe 09.21.2013

    Oh my, these might be portion controlled, but my family DEVOURED them this morning! Thanks for a great new favorite!

  35. Becky Madison 09.21.2013

    ~Wow! I could smell these babies when I opened it up and saw
    the picture. ;) Looking forward to bringing these to brunch for my
    Ladies group!

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  37. Karolina 09.22.2013

    They look brilliant! I’m going to try to make them soon! :)

  38. Wally 09.22.2013

    Wish I would REALLY read instructions as well as ingredient list BEFORE I start baking! Butter for topping was frozen but coconut oil + a scant pinch of sea salt substituted with great results. LOVE a tasty recipe I can play with! Thank you! Have scarfed two and am slapping my hands.

  39. Karen 09.22.2013

    Would love to make these but I’m out of applesauce and there’s no way I’m heading to the store right now- any ideas for substitutes? yogurt? more oil?

  40. JoAnn Renello 09.22.2013

    I made these muffins this morning, not only did they smell wonderful while they were in the oven, but my husband went crazy for them. Definitley a keeper! I love your recipes and the pictures of Lincoln too, he is a cutie!

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  43. Carolyn 09.23.2013

    These are RIDICULOUS!! Best Muffin Ever! You never disappoint.

  44. Tamara 09.23.2013

    These look SERIOUSLY yummy!! I can’t wait to try them.

  45. Ann in TN 09.24.2013

    I made these this past Saturday and they are wonderful! The recipe actually made 18 muffins for me. Maybe my muffin tins are smaller than yours?

  46. Suzanne bolling 09.25.2013

    Made these and they are awesome!! Honeycrisps are the best. Thanks!

  47. lindsey 09.25.2013

    Made these. SO TASTY!!!!!!!

  48. kristin 09.26.2013

    These are still in the oven baking and the house smells wonderful. Ive had to put them in for an extra 5 min as well. My only concern is most of the topping has “spread” off the muffins. :0( Maybe next time press it into the batter before going in the oven? Any thoughts….

  49. Lauren Beach 09.26.2013

    Dear Kristin,

    Thank you for another wonderful recipe! I loved your apple-cake and these apple crisp muffin versions are to die for. My husband took one bite and told me I was awesome. I love reading your blog you always make me smile and inspire me. :-) Thank you again.

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