Afternoon Drive Munchies: Apple Pie Muffins

Seriously, if you love apple pie, you have no reason not to try this yummy looking and yummy tasting apple pie muffin! I’ve been seeing this recipe float around the blogosphere, and after a strong recommendation from My Baking Addiction, I just had to try it out. Be warned: the recipe makes a fair amount of batter. I had enough to make 12 mini-muffins AND 12 regular-sized muffins. With all these muffins, I was able to hand out several to co-workers and the ever-amazing Afternoon Drive Crew. Most of the reactions I heard came immediately after the first bite and centralized around the theme of “Oh my gosh, these are delicious!”

One of docket clerks in my office (Codename: Tasha) even made a cake version of this recipe! (Sorry for the photo quality. I used my cell phone to snap a quick picture.)

Seriously. You have to try this recipe.


2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger (I left this spice out because I didn’t have any)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (I doubled this spice to make up for the lack of ground ginger)
¼ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups packed brown sugar
2 cups peeled, coarsely chopped Granny Smith Apples

½ cup packed brown sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, melted

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

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices; make a well in the center. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, and brown sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the butter mixture into the well in the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in apples. Use a large scoop to fill each muffin well, filling the cups to the top; do not overfill.

To make the topping, stir together brown sugar, flour, rolled oats, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Drizzle in the melted butter, mixing until well blended. Sprinkle over the tops of the muffins.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the muffins to finish cooling on a wire rack. Store at room temperature (if you even have any left!)

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Yuri - Chef Pandita
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 10:41:34

    Both the muffin and the cake look amazing! I love apple desserts, next time I need an apple cake I’ll try this for sure 🙂

  2. Food,Photography & France
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 10:53:28

    I’ve just printed the recipe – just got to be done.

  3. Tasty Mayhem
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 11:41:06

    Your co-workers are quite lucky!

  4. Alice
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 11:44:13

    WOW!! 🙂 I have been loving the trend of making pie pops and pie cookies, etc… its pretty fun! Yours is so fall friendly! 🙂

  5. Three-Cookies
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 11:46:05

    Looks yum. The recipe doesn’t use too much butter. And the drive crew gets lucky, yet again:)

  6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 13:16:11

    Wow, that looks good!

  7. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 13:48:24

    I love apple pie, and all kinds of muffins! Your apple pie muffins look delicious!

  8. Simply Life
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 15:34:41

    mmm…what a fabulous way to enjoy apples!

  9. C
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 15:39:22

    That photo says it all. Delicious.

  10. Kelly
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 15:47:16

    I like the addition of allspice in these delightful looking muffins – and that’s quite the topping!

  11. Amanda Tew
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 15:56:02

    Looks delicious, great photos too! I can’t wait to give this a try!


  12. Alison
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 16:36:19

    You do know that I copied the recipe before commenting!! This looks amazing! Thank you!!!!!!

  13. spicegirlfla
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 17:01:57

    Seriously, I will try this out! sounds absolutely amazing!!

  14. Ryan
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 17:18:18

    Oh wow, these look awesome! I know I would absolutely love these!!!

  15. Ronda
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 19:16:33

    Oh! Those do look fabu! I have two huge bags of apples to use up too…

  16. ceciliag
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 20:05:33

    I’ll try it! looks so sticky and tasty.. and I love anything with apple.. c

  17. Jay
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 20:13:35

    sounds great dear…absolute delicious..
    Tasty Appetite

  18. Betty
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 20:47:00

    Yum…I have lots of apples and I’m looking for ways to use them. These look delicious! 🙂

  19. purabinaha
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 21:41:40

    Apple pie is always appreciated at my home. I have not tried the muffins yet. let me give it a try! Sounds interesting!!

  20. Elaine
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 22:45:01

    The crumb topping looks delicious. I will try this recipe for sure!

  21. kitchen flavours
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 23:29:36

    These look amazing and sounds delicious! I love apple pie and this would be great! Thanks for sharing! Happy Halloween!

  22. cooking varieties
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 23:58:54

    hi yummy chunklet. you always have some great recipes to share with us.. i like dessert using apple, would like to try apple muffin- looks yummy..

  23. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 00:53:50

    Oh my! That looks fabulous! Perfect for my carb addiction. 🙂

  24. kitchenbelleicious
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 08:45:17

    I saw the title of this post yesterday while driving to the store- I couldn’t look at it yet but I knew I would love it so I made sure to come home with a bunch of apples and flour to make them even though I had no idea what the ingredients were! I love this idea and like I said- I am definitely making these. I like to have fun treat for my little boy when he comes home from mommy’s day out

  25. forgottenbeast
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 09:18:01

    Oo, I love the idea of a muffin cake! And apples in baked goods are always sooo good.

  26. Miriam Barton
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 10:18:13

    Apple pie muffins?? Amazing!!!!
    Happy Halloween :),
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  27. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 10:19:13


  28. chanzdutt
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 10:38:36

    yum yum yum……

  29. Ameena
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 10:55:54

    I love this recipe…it would totally hit the spot right now as I drink a protein shake for breakfast. 😦 My fridge is empty!

    Happy Halloween! Hope you have a great one.

  30. JamieAnne
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 11:21:36

    I love apples in baked goods. Yum!

  31. erica
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 12:47:56

    What a fabulous and unique recipe. I will definitely be making these up tomorrow


  32. sara
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 13:20:32

    Yum! These look so good…I love muffins, such a great snack or breakfast food! Plus, baking with apples is so nice because they make everything super moist. Yum!

  33. Juliana
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 13:44:35

    Wow, the muffin looks delicious, love the apple with all the spices in it. The cake version looks good too.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  34. Louise
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 14:31:28

    What festive muffins, Yummy! They sing autumn in my neck of the woods. Perfect with a cup of tea on an unseasonably chilly Halloween!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  35. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 19:07:07

    I bought a bushel (42 lbs, they tell me) of apples “seconds” so I could bake to my heart’s delight. These will be in line as soon as I pick up the buttermilk!

  36. Andi Winslow
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 19:25:37

    Hi I just printed off your muffins recipe and will try them very soon. Made some this weekend from another blog, ok but not real impressed these sound much better. So thanks for alway coming to visit me. You are greatly appreciated. Andi

    Will let you know what I think when I make them……look wicked good
    happy halloween

  37. Stefanie
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 20:26:28

    So glad you got around to making these! Aren’t they just amazing?!

  38. Reem | Simply Reem
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 23:19:52

    These look so so good… I am drooling………..
    I love apple pie but I am sure these babies taste even better…
    So making these soon.

  39. Christy
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 00:24:57

    I LOVE apple pies…goshhhh, those who get to share in your yummy looking pies are just having Lady Luck shining their way 😉
    These look really good, and I am amazed at the number you produced with the batter! Just simply irresistible, I have to tear my eyes away from your page now!

    Oh ya, I am finally back, LOL, been a long time…hehe, but I have a pretty good reason 😉

  40. Elin
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 01:58:10

    Apple Pie Muffins !!! Sounds great and they look good too ! Have bookmarked this for the sunday school kids ! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us 🙂

  41. Peggy
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 04:32:41

    Apple pie in the convenience of a muffin? What’s not to love?! They look amazing =)

  42. jora
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 06:44:26

    Those look absolutely delicious! And maybe a little bit healthier than apple pie 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  43. Parsley Sage
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 09:56:05

    You mean I’ll have to eat extra because there’s so much batter? For shame 😉

    SIGN ME UP!!!

  44. purabinaha
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 10:24:45

    This looks so delicious! Can’t wait to make this very soon!

  45. Caroline
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 12:11:43

    Oh, yum! Apple baked goods are just the best, particularly when the fruit is in season. I can imagine your co-workers loving these. 🙂

  46. Nazarina
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 13:17:38

    This recipe would welcome any hungry traveler in from the cold, the smell alone will drive me insane! You are just too good!

  47. Liz
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 14:30:38

    Yeah, these are definitely worth a try! What a fabulous muffin flavor~

  48. peachkins
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 18:04:44

    I love muffins but I haven’t tried baking them yet…

  49. sally
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 19:57:13

    The topping on these muffins looks fantastic! I think I want one right now!

  50. Cakelaw
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 06:04:52

    Apple pie and muffins in one – you have won me! They look terrific.

  51. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 23:48:11

    these look great!! I could easily down about 5, lol with my morning coffee..

  52. oneexpatslife
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 07:41:25

    Oh, I do love apple pie and I hate making pie crust, these muffins may be just the ticket!

  53. Lisa @smartfoodandfit
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 07:59:36

    Great looking recipe and omg apple pie and muffins are my fav! I’ll have to bookmark this recipe!

  54. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 13:11:53

    Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe – it’s perfect for autumn!

  55. Andi Winslow
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 18:00:50

    I made them, hope you come over and see your muffins on my blog. Thank you Ms. Yummy for a wonderful apple muffin. Andi

  56. InCucinaDaME
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 12:16:55

    My coworkers get spoiled too, especially on Monday mornings; did you see my Pumpkin Gingerbread.

  57. Mama Lisa
    Nov 09, 2011 @ 20:23:09

    This looks incredibly tasty, and I probably wouldn’t want to share it. I’ll ask my husband to try this recipe this weekend. (I will be trying your Nutella cookie recipe – four ingredients are much easier.) Thank you!

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