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Apple Pie Muffin Recipe | A Great Breakfast Choice!

Apple Pie Muffin Recipe

This post was originally published November 18, 2016 and updated June 24, 2018. 

We all love easy muffin recipes and this is a great one using freshly chopped apples!  I like to use Granny Smith apples, like the ones shown here – but any apple that is good for baking will do.

I love this apple pie muffin recipe as a healthy choice that I can grab and go – on my way to work, the golf course, or out to walk the dogs!

They are so full of flavor and of course a little brown sugar never hurt anyone, am I right?

Freshly baked apple pie muffins on tray with Granny Smith Apple

I love to make muffins period!  Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins and Paleo Banana Muffin recipes are both really popular here on the blog!  We’ve even got a Lemon Poppy Seed Recipe Roundup from some of the top Food Bloggers.

Freshly baked apple pie muffins on tray with Granny Smith Apple

Tips to make the best Apple Pie Muffins

What’s the secret to light fluffy muffins?

The trick to making muffins that are light in texture and rise beautifully is less is more.  What I mean by that is muffin batter requires very little mixing.  

Just fold the ingredients until everything is moistened, but don’t over mix.  It took me a while to learn this!  

I would beat up the batter until it was very smooth, and then end up with very tough and chewy muffins.  Not so good!

Apple Pie Muffin batter with chopped apples in stainless steel mixing bowl and wooden spoon

Drop the muffin batter by spoonfuls into your greased muffin tin. In a pinch you could make this apple pie muffin recipe with prepared apple pie filling, but this recipe only takes one really large apple so chopping it up takes no time at all.

This recipe comes from my Grandma’s Recipe Book.  She kept all kinds of handwritten recipes, on cards, backs of envelopes, anything at all really.  See the recipe in the image above?  My Grandma wrote that.  And even though I have most of her recipes electronically, nothing will make me get rid of this special treasure!

Freshly baked apple pie muffins on tray with Granny Smith Apple

A freshly baked batch of homemade muffins makes a wonderful gift for a special friend and a great way to enjoy Saturday coffee shop n the deck with your neighbors.


apple pie muffins freshly baked with butter!
green apples with freshly baked apple muffin in muffin wrapper with melted butter on top more muffins in the background

Apple Pie Muffins

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

A moist but light muffin, packed full of fresh apples and loaded with flavor!


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, or whole wheat if you prefer
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped apples


  1. Directions
  2. Cream butter, sugar and egg
  3. Add Milk
  4. Mix the dry ingredients separately, then fold into the wet ingredients - but don't over stir
  5. Mix in apples


  1. sprinkle a small amount of brown sugar and cinnamon on top
  2. Bake at 375F/xxC for 20 to 25 minutes until golden -
  3. Makes 8 large muffins or 12 small ones.
  4. Yum! Yum!

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Freshly baked apple pie muffins on tray with Granny Smith Apple

four apple muffins shown with granny smith apple

Judy Kahansky is an experienced baker and writer. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.


Wednesday 28th of September 2022

Hubby loves these for hunting season! Not sure about the yield figures!? I got 7 average sized muffins from the recipe. Definitely yummy😊

Judy Kahansky

Monday 12th of December 2022

So glad Hubby loves them! Yield will change with size of tins. Thanks!

Judy Kahansky

Friday 7th of October 2022

Hi Moi

So glad your Hubby loves them! It really depends on the size of your muffin tin etc. Next time try doubling the recipe. They freeze really well!

Paul Magargal

Wednesday 17th of August 2022

Great recipe hope I continue to receive and would recipes by email and other stuff you post

Judy Kahansky

Monday 26th of September 2022

Awesome! Thanks Paul!

Laci Weaver

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Wow! I love apple pie, and these were everything I hoped they would be! You get the same flavors in much less time with much less work! And my kids love muffins so these were a huge hit! Great quick, easy, and absolutely delicious recipe! Thank you!!

Judy Kahansky

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Hey Laci, so happy you love them and your kids do too!


Thursday 2nd of April 2020

I made these today. They are scrumptiously 😋. Thank you for sharing.

Judy Kahansky

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

So glad you like them Sylvie. They are a family favourite for sure. :)

Emmy Lymn

Saturday 30th of June 2018

I love that you can make the muffins fresh. Thanks for the tip on the batter. My baking skills are still somewhat hit-miss every so often which can be frustrating after the wait.


Saturday 30th of June 2018

Hi Emmy! These are my breakfast go to! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, and be sure to let me see what you bake! We all start at the beginning and just keep baking. I have spectacular failures every once in awhile! LOL!

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