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Apple Walnut Spice Muffins

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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!

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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


  • 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.
  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups or line with muffin papers
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and walnuts. Set aside.
  • Stir milk, egg, and vanilla into the apple mixture until smooth. Stir in the prepared flour mixture until moistened.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan 3/4 full.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
Author: Laura

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