Recipe: Apple Fritter Muffins

With the crisp, cool air of autumn about to descend, it seems there isn't a better time to begin  searching for the flavors of fall by typing into the search box "apple," "pumpkin" and all sorts of words associated with the taste and smells of the autumn season. Thanks to the lovely Emily, I came across this delicious-sounding muffin recipe and in fact, they taste as yummy as they sound. Click below the cut to find the "how-to" instructions. 

 What you’ll Need: 

For the Apples:
2 large granny smith apples, 1/4 inch dice
3 tbsp butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp water
1/3 cup flour

For the Muffins:
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup applesauce (I used Granny Smith Apples)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

For the Glaze:
2 tbsp butter melted
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp hot water

Yield: 14 muffins (I got 4 "large" muffins, a dozen mini muffins and maybe... eight "medium" sized muffins)

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Line 14 muffin cups with muffin liners 
  • In a skillet add apple ingredients except flour and cook over medium heat until apples are tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir in flour to coat apples (this prevents apples from sinking to bottom of muffins)
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
  • In a large bowl beat together applesauce, oil, and sugars till smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly  
  • Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined. Gently stir in apples until just combined
  • Spoon batter into cups, filling the cups (important to fill full so you can “dip” the muffin into the glaze), and smooth tops. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Bake until muffin tops are a pale golden and springy to the touch, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time. (Cooked in a toaster oven, mine took only about 12 minutes and the temperature was only 350.)
  • Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 10 minutes before glazing. 
  • To make the glaze, In a medium bowl mix together the melted butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla and water. Whisk until smooth. 
Fresh from the oven!
  • When muffins have cooled slightly, dip the muffin top into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. Once hardened, dip a second time and allow to harden before serving. Now enjoy! 
One of the first things my mother said about these was that they really did taste like a fritter. I have another favorite "fall" muffin but these were tasty and I'd definitely make them again... What do you all think? Do they sound yummy? 


  1. Oooh... yummy!! Will have to try this sometime this week. :)

  2. Aw, I love fall! If I get the time, I might have to try baking these. I do love muffins...and apples!

  3. These look so delicious and simple. I love it.

  4. Those looks GOOD! ;D

  5. Rosie - these are quite tasty! I hope you do try them sometime. And, of course, I'd love to know what you think of the recipe. :-)

    Miss Jack - me, too! *high five* It is my fave season and after a day or two of eighty-degree weather again, the next week around here is supposed to cool considerably! YAY!

    Hope you enjoy if you try these - they are really the perfect 'fall recipe.' :-) Depending on how I feel the reaction was of the first two recipe posts, I may have another muffin recipe in a couple of weeks - this one would be my favorite "fall recipe."

    Juju - they are! The recipe is simple though it is a bit more time consuming than anything but still, it goes up easily. I'd love to know what you thought if/when you try this. :-)

    Lydia - you said it. Hope you enjoy. :-)

    As always, thanks for all the great comments, readers! You guys are awesome.

  6. This looks delicious! I'm your 120 follower! Could you follow me back?

  7. Oh btw I gave you an award at my blog. ;)

  8. Sounds yummy :D And you were awarded here:
    Keep growing beautiful!

  9. Alexandra - they sure are! Enjoy if you ever try the recipe. :-)

    Aw! Thanks! I am honored you followed. Welcome! I hope you visit often and enjoyed looking around here today. Off to check out your blog. :-)

    Lydia - thank you bunches! It was so sweet of you to include me as one of your "ten bloggers." THANKS! :-)

    Sierra - they are. :-D

    THANK YOU so much! How sweet of you to include me!


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