Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Pecan Crumb Topping: A Cozy and Flavorful Treat

Delight in the comforting flavors of autumn with these Apple Cinnamon Muffins, topped with a crunchy pecan crumb. This recipe combines the classic pairing of apples and cinnamon in a moist and tender muffin, perfect for a cozy breakfast or a delicious snack. The muffins are packed with fresh, cubed apples, adding natural sweetness and a soft texture. The pecan crumb topping, featuring a blend of flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter, provides a delightful contrast with its crisp texture and nutty flavor. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet morning at home or looking for a portable treat, these apple cinnamon muffins are sure to satisfy your craving for a homemade, comforting baked good.


For the Crumb Topping:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour (90 g)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (70 g)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (120 g)
  • 4 TBS unsalted butter, softened (55 g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the Apple Muffins:

  • 2 small apples, peeled, cored, and cubed (150 g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 g)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup minus 2 TBS light brown sugar (180 g)
  • 1 cup minus 3 TBS unsweetened apple sauce (225 ml)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (100 g)


  1. Crumb Topping: In a large bowl, blend flour, brown sugar, pecans or walnuts, butter, and cinnamon with your fingers until cohesive.
  2. Apple Muffin Batter: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line muffin tins with liners (15 total). Toss cubed apples with cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  4. Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, whisk apple sauce, eggs, and oil.
  5. Combining: Pour wet ingredients into dry. Blend gently. Fold in apples.
  6. Assembling: Divide batter among muffin liners (¾ full). Top each with 1 TBS crumb mixture.
  7. Baking: Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes:

  • Store muffins at room temperature for up to three days, or freeze for longer storage.
  • Ensure ingredients are well mixed but avoid overmixing to keep muffins light.
  • Choose ripe but firm apples for the best texture.

Enjoy these Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Pecan Crumb Topping as a delightful treat that captures the essence of fall flavors. They’re perfect for a weekend baking project or for adding a homemade touch to your morning routine. Visit our site for more inspiring recipes!

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