Apple Fritter Muffins

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  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 apple peeled and chopped in small even sized pieces (any variety)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature (not melted)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. 
  3. In a separate, large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar with butter until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla extract and eggs in, one at a time, until incorporated.
  4. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and stir to combine. 
  6. Add the milk to the batter and stir until smooth.
  7. Fill each muffin cup with approximately one tablespoon of batter and top with the chopped apple.
  8. Top with additional batter, about another tablespoon, covering the apples. 
  9. Top each muffin with 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar mixture.
  10. Using the back of a fork, gently swirl the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture into the muffin batter.
  11. Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for about 22 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


You can use whole-wheat pastry flour (white whole-wheat) but not regular wheat flour. If you want to add whole-wheat flour to the recipe, you can use 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1/2 whole-wheat flour. Using 100% regular whole-wheat flour will yield dense muffins.