Apple Walnut Spice Muffins

This moist and delicious apple walnut spice muffin is loaded with chunks of apple and fall spices then topped with a crumble topping and drizzled with a spice glaze. These muffins are now officially my favorite muffin ever! The apples are macerated in sugar and oil resulting in an incredibly moist muffin. I love apples. I think it must have started when I was really young and my parents had a big apple tree in the backyard. Unfortunately, I do not remember this tree but there are a dozen or more pictures of me under the tree eating a big juicy apple. This must have begun my love affair with this tasty fruit. I eat one everyday for lunch and I am always really excited this time of year for my favorite apple to make an appearance-honeycrisps! :) So of course when I was trying to find a muffin recipe to make for my husband to take into work this apple muffin caught my eye. Since it is apple season and my crisper was full of apples I decided to give this one a try. I did modify it from the original recipe, adding walnuts, fall spices, a crumb topping and a spiced glaze. The result? Well look for yourself! The perfect muffin for fall? I think so!

Apple Walnut Spice Muffins

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  • 3 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For Crumble Topping:

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

For Spiced Glaze:

  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves


  1. In a medium bowl, toss diced apples with sugar. Pour oil over the top, stir well, and set aside at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  2. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups or line with muffin papers
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and walnuts. Set aside.
  4. Stir milk, egg, and vanilla into the apple mixture until smooth. Stir in the prepared flour mixture until moistened.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan 3/4 full.
  6. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of mixture in muffin pan.
  7. Bake 22-25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 10 minutes before removing muffins from pan. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. While the muffins are cooling, combine all of the ingredients for the spiced glaze. Drizzle over each muffin and allow the icing to dry before serving.

Source: adapted from The Ultimate Muffin Book

20 Responses to “Apple Walnut Spice Muffins”

  1. #
    joudie's Mood Food — October 6, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    This looks like the perfect autumn dessert. I love all the spices and the chunkyness of this. Simply perfect!

    • Christina replied: — October 7th, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

      It is soooo good. Each bite has a chunky apple!

  2. #
    Rachel — October 6, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    I’m very intrigued by the idea of marinating the apples in the oil and sugar for a while. It seems like a good way to make a moderate amount of oil go a long way towards a very moist muffin. I am going to have to try this!

    • Christina replied: — October 7th, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

      Let me know how they turn out! :)

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    Aimee — October 6, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    YUM! These sound fabulous. I bet they would taste great with a little maple syrup added to the glaze as well!

    • Christina replied: — October 6th, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

      Mmmm…adding maple syrup to the glaze sounds amazing! :)

  4. #
    briarrose — October 6, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    These look delicious.

    • Christina replied: — October 7th, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

      They really are! So perfect for a fall morning!

  5. #
    fooddreamer — October 6, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    I love apples too and these look like fantastic muffins! Great picture of them too.

    • Christina replied: — October 7th, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

      Thanks! :)

  6. #
    Heavenly Housewife — October 7, 2010 @ 4:01 am

    What a delicious looking desert! This is going into my book marks! I have 3 apple trees with loads more apples than I know what to do with, thanks for the idea :)
    *kisses* HH

    • Christina replied: — October 7th, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

      Yummy! Three apple trees? I would be in heaven. 😉 Let me know what you think of these muffins!

  7. #
    B — October 7, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    Made these last night – rave reviews from all my friends! Perfectly moist and great balance of walnut and apple. Making another batch on Saturday to bring to Sunday brunch.

    Just discovered this blog and loving it! Can’t wait to try another recipe.

    • Christina replied: — October 7th, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

      Yea!! I am so happy that you and your friends enjoyed the muffins! I am totally hooked too…my parents are coming to visit this weekend and I have to make another batch for them! :)

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    Lucie — October 9, 2010 @ 3:52 am

    I love how you get the best in one muffin–cake, topping and icing! They sound like they would be great with a cup of Earl Grey…or hot apple cider. Yum!

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  12. #
    Christina — November 10, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    Hi Christina. My name is Christina too. A couple of days ago I googled apple muffins and was lucky enough to come upon your blog. I have many apple trees on my property and am always on the lookout for new recipes. To say that these are the best apple muffins I have ever made would be an understatement. My family would concur as they devoured the entire batch in one seating. I bake for a local Bed and Breakfast and will definitely be serving these. One last note…I was out of walnuts and had to substitute raisins, still sooooo delicious. I will be combining both walnuts and raisins whenever I make these mouthwatering culinary delights. Thanks so much. I look forward to trying a lot more of your fabulous recipes.
    Christina from British Columbia, Canada.

    • Christina replied: — November 21st, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

      Oh I wish I had some apple trees on my property…you are very lucky! :) I am so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed the muffins. These are one of my favorite fall muffins. Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! :)

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