Recipe originally posted on March 3, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! Seriously, this week flew by. I’m off to my home town after work today for a little St. Patrick’s Day themed Stag and Doe. Muffins on the road seemed like a good idea, and so I made some!

Apple Crumble Muffins

An oldie, but a goodie. These muffins are the ones that I keep coming back to. Whether you’ve got apples, pears or rhubarb, a good fruit muffin with a crumble top makes mornings brighter. Fact.

Apple Crumble Muffins

I first made these muffins back in March 2012, and since then, have made them numerous times. I figured that it was time to update the photos and re-write the recipe so here we are!! Crumble topped muffins for you and me. *insert the 2 girls holding hands emoji here*

Apple Crumble Muffins

Apple Crumble Muffins

The base of these muffins is simple: a buttermilk muffin batter with chopped apples and added cinnamon. These are super moist and that buttery crumble top is THE BOMB!

Apple Crumble Muffins

And these freeze PERFECTLY too. Ugh. If you didn’t see these before, here they are πŸ™‚

Apple Crumble Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 12-15 muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped*
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease and flour a muffin tin or line it with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar, cooled melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and and stir until just combined, making sure not to overmix. Fold in the chopped apples and mix until they are evenly distributed.
  5. Use a large scoop to fill each muffin well, filling the cups to the top.
  6. For the topping, in a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, rolled oats, and cinnamon with a fork. Drizzle in the melted butter, mixing until well blended. Sprinkle this over the tops of the muffins.
  7. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean, about 17-20 minutes.
  8. Remove muffins to a wire rack and cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


*In this recipe I used granny smith apples, but other great baking apples include: empire, gala, braeburn, honey crisp, pink lady, cortland, or fuji.

These muffins last in an air-tight container for up to a week on the counter, or for longer storage, you can place them in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 6 months!

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36 Responses to Apple Crumble Muffins

  1. Kathryn says:

    Oh I love the crumbly apple top that these muffins have, they look so delicious!

  2. Tracey says:

    I haven’t been baking much lately either, and you’re right, it’s crazy the stuff you start to crave when you don’t have sweets at home! These muffins look fantastic, I love the crumb topping!

  3. These kind of streuselly muffins are messy to make, but sooo worth it. I love the chunks of apple in these.

  4. Tracy says:

    Haha, I hear ya! When I came back from San Diego I was soooo ready to bake. These muffins are lovely!

  5. A week is far too long to go without baking! But glad to see you made up for it with these gorgeous creations – they look so good!

  6. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone a week without baking. These muffins look like the perfect way to jump back in . Love it πŸ™‚

  7. Hilary says:

    Katrina! I couldn’t help myself. I made your muffins and they were freakin delicious! Well done. They’ll get me through class this week… πŸ™‚

  8. oh wow do these look good! I can’t wait to try these! I love apple pie and I love muffins!:)

  9. Sue says:

    Ditto on the lack of homemade sweets making you a little nuts. I actually was sniffing around Shaw’s baked goods the other day. NOT cool. I made blueberry muffins, but these look really good. I’ll have to try them next baking session.

  10. Lemon says:

    These muffins look really good, especially with the cereals included.

  11. Alli says:

    You may have picked the perfect recipe to get back in the kitchen and bake. These look delicious. I know my thighs would thank me if I stopped baking for a week.

  12. Cara says:

    These look awesome! I haven’t baked in a few weeks either but these are going to be on my must-bake list now. The topping looks divine!

  13. I love a good and hearty muffins. With apples, it has to be good πŸ™‚

  14. Joanne says:

    I actually can’t go a week without baking otherwise I start to crave ridiculous things also! Funny how much you condition yourself to digging your fingers into some flour and sugar and butter. πŸ˜› These muffins sound like the perfect cure for our withdrawal! Yum.

  15. there are so many amazing apple varieties right now i’m loving baking with apples! love the crumble top to this muffin, i’ll be making this one with my Honey Crisps!

  16. The crumble top looks awesome! Will try it soon.
    Katrina, I have given you a blog award because I absolutely love you blog!! Please accept it at the latest post on my blog. πŸ™‚

    Love and Luck,

  17. Deborah says:

    It’s pretty rare for me to go a week without baking, too! You know I have a weakness for muffins, and these look so good!!

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  19. I am all about the crumble. The more, the better!

  20. im typing with quinoa chocolate chip cookie in my hand and already thinking of baking these for the week. i think theres seriously some sort of withdrawal if i dont bake for a week or so. have a lovely weekend at home πŸ™‚

  21. Lovely and love that they are so adaptable to any fruit! Have a great weekend, Katrina πŸ™‚

  22. YES to alllll the crumble topping- these muffins look incredible πŸ™‚

  23. I so agree! Fruit + crumble = the best! These muffins sound awesome! Have a fantastic weekend!

  24. Ana says:

    Beautiful photographs Katrina! These muffins looks so delicious!

  25. I can almost smell this through my computer…I’d love to wake up to a warm batch of these every morning!

  26. Apple muffins are my favourite type! These look SO good and I bet your kitchen smelt incredibly delicious when these were baking. Xx

  27. I have a sweet spot for Apple Crumble Muffins, yours look perfection. I need to try your recipe ASAP!

  28. These look so yummy! I wish I had one in front of me to eat right now πŸ˜‰

  29. Beth says:

    I love apples, I love muffins – guess I know what I’m baking next!

  30. Muffins + streusel – can’t ever go wrong!

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