Apple Fritter Muffins

One of my favorite activities this time of year is apple picking. It has been a fall tradition ever since I can remember, so I was very upset to find out that our local orchard isn’t doing it this year due to the cold temperatures this past spring. I have to say I am really bummed. Although I can’t go and pick my own apples, I have stocked up on my favorites from the farmers markets.

I have had this recipe bookmarked ever since I saw them on Pinterest last fall. A muffin and fritter in one? Sign me up! And don’t even get me started on that sugary glaze encasing the top of these babies!

Moist muffins packed with caramelized fresh apple chunks, a hefty dose of cinnamon and dipped in a delicious powdered sugar glaze. Super easy, super moist and ready in less than an hour. What more could you want?  You don’t even need your mixer! 😀

Apple Fritter Muffins

Moist muffins packed with caramelized fresh apple chunks, a hefty dose of cinnamon and dipped in a delicious powdered sugar glaze.

Yield: 16 muffins

Cook Time: 16 minutes


For the Apples:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large granny smith apples, finely diced, peeled
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup all-purpose flour

For the Muffins:
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

For the Glaze:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon hot water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 16 muffin cups with muffin liners.
In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add apples, sugar, cinnamon, and water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in flour to coat apples; set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the applesauce, canola oil, vanilla extract and sugars until smooth. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, starting and finishing with the flour mixture, and stirring gently just until the ingredients are just combined. Do not overmix! Fold in the apples until just combined.
Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups, smoothing the tops. Bake until muffin tops are a pale golden and springy to the touch, 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the muffins cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes before removing them to the rack. Let cool slightly while you make the glaze.
To make the glaze, in a medium bowl mix together the melted butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla and water. Whisk until smooth.
When muffins have cooled slightly, holding the muffin upside down, dip the top into the glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Allow to harden, then dip a second time and let harden again before serving.

Source: adapted from Chasing Some Blue Sky

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26 Responses to “Apple Fritter Muffins”

  1. #
    Alison | a girl defloured — September 27, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I have been dying to make apple fritters this season, but these seem much easier. I can’t wait to adapt this recipe to be gluten free. They look divine. <3

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    2 — September 27, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Oh, that last photo had me leaning forward ready to take a bite! Note to self: make soon.

  3. #
    Trish — September 27, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    I need a few (dozen) of these. Immediately.

  4. #
    Cassie — September 27, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    I’m sure these are fabulous, even if just for the glaze. Love the photos!

  5. #
    Sharyn Dimmick — September 27, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    You got me with the glaze, Christina!

  6. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 27, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I love apple fritters mostly because of the glaze! Love this idea…

  7. #
    Regina — September 27, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I too remember going to the orchard and picking apples and peaches. These sound incredible, love apples!

  8. #
    Laura Dembowski — September 27, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    OMG! Those look wonderful. I love apple fritters and the thought of them in a muffin has me hungry right now!

  9. #
    Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog — September 27, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    These look so delicious!! I love anything with apples baked in it!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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    ChgoJohn — September 27, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    It’s a shame, Christina, but this Spring wasn’t kind to our area’s apples. Some other fruit trees were hurt as well, depending upon when they blossomed. I agree with you though, about how great these muffins sound. I need to make me a batch.

  11. #
    Mal @ The Chic Geek — September 27, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    oooh, these sound fabulous! I just went apple picking last week, so I think these need to get made asap!

  12. #
    Kim - Liv Life — September 27, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    These beauties go in the “I really wish I had some now!” category!!!

  13. #
    Jed Gray (sportsglutton) — September 27, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Apple picking is a fall favorite of our as well Christina. Sorry to hear that your local orchard wasn’t open this year!

  14. #
    Caroline — September 27, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    I’ve never been apple picking! I tried to go a few years ago with friends, but we just ended up walking around the town in Julian because I started to feel car sick driving up the mountain–HA! Wimp, I know. I’ll be sure to take dramamine or something this year. These muffins sound incredible though…I can imagine the flavor right now. mmm!

  15. #
    Anna Karenina — September 28, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    I like apple fritters and I’ve never wanted to try frying them. This recipe looks like a great compromise.

  16. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 28, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    OMG Christina. These can’t be real. No. They just look TOO perfect. They remind me of your glazed donut muffins! Which have been pinned for like ever! I have to make these. Like, this weekend!!! Perfect for the fall. Love them!

  17. #
    Thea — September 28, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    This recipe is fantastic!!
    Made last night and brought into work, they didn’t even last 15 min!
    They are a thick and yet light muffin with the perfect hint of apple and spice and the glaze just adds to the awesomeness of this fall muffin. Definitely a keeper!

    • Christina replied: — October 2nd, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

      Yay!! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the muffins!! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! 🙂

  18. #
    colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess — September 28, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Oh, these look awesome. Totally making this weekend–I’ve got a bunch of apples waiting to be involved in some baked love.

  19. #
    Debs — September 28, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    You are a dangerous woman! Each day I think you’ve shared the best recipe. And the next day you give us another recipe that’s even more tempting!
    Thanks, I think…. I am getting very tubby from your treats! : )

  20. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — September 28, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    It’s been a while since my last visit… amazing redesign!

    And these look awesome. I’ve only gone apple picking the last two years but I hope to go again this year. It’s so fun to get out to the country!

  21. #
    Chelsea — September 29, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    mmmm that glaze sounds so good!!

  22. #
    Karen (Back Road Journal) — September 29, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    My orchard is the same way…instead of having thousands of apples, I have a couple hundred on my three hundred trees in New Hampshire. Your muffins look terrific and I know that I will be using some of the few apples that I have in this recipe.

  23. #
    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — September 29, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    These muffins look like the perfect fall treat. Love that the apples are caramelized!

  24. #
    lisa — October 16, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    I thought these looked delicious and easy to make. They were! I would not change a thing, they came perfect! (and the house smelled great!) thanks!

  25. #
    Jennifer P — October 21, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    I made these this morning for breakfast and they were extraordinary! I used apple cider in place of the water while simmering the apples and reduced the sugar by about a teaspoon (to make up for the sugar). The glaze really put them over the top. Best served warm!

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