Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

Sharon is a human resources professional who enjoys sharing simple recipes that make mealtime deliciously easy!

This muffin recipe has come to my rescue many times! When there is nothing in the house to offer people who drop by or when the kids are looking for a snack, it's easy to make this treat. It is also quite tasty, and I always get asked for the recipe.

These apple muffins are also great to prepare as an activity with small children or for a children's party because they are so easy. Perfect for a baking-themed birthday—just add some sprinkles and icing so the kids can decorate them, too!

Apples and Cinnamon: The Perfect Match

Apples and cinnamon go well together - just think of apple pie!

What makes this recipe so valuable is that many of the ingredients are common staples we often have on hand in our kitchens.

You can use any type of apple in this recipe as most types will bake well and will give the muffins a unique apple flavor. Although some apples do bake better, there is no need to make a special trip to the store to buy a certain type of apple (more on this later).

These muffins pair well with a hot cup of coffee or tea to serve those unexpected guests!

What Type of Apple Is Best for Muffins?

Most types of apples will work well in this recipe. You can use whatever you have on hand especially if you are making them on a whim. There is no need to run out to purchase a specific kind of baking apple.

However, if you are preparing these ahead of time the most recommended apple types for baking (and this includes pies) are MacIntosh and Granny Smith.

The white flesh of the MacIntosh apple softens nicely and the Granny Smith has a nice sharp, tart taste that holds up well when baked. It really depends on the flavor you prefer.

Most apples will taste great when baked although I have noted that the Red Delicious is recommended more as an eating apple than for baking. I have never personally tried the Red Delicious for baking because it has a very distinct flavor that I am not sure transfers well to a baked good.

Fresh From the Oven

Fresh From the Oven

Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Muffins

This muffin is as delicious as it is simple to prepare with ingredients you likely already have. Enjoy!


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 medium apple, pared and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease bottom of 12 medium muffin cups.
  3. Beat milk, egg, oil, apple and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  4. Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  5. Stir just until moistened (mixture will be lumpy).
  6. Bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.
  7. Remove immediately from the pan to cool.

Cinnamon: A Super Healthy Spice

Did you know that cinnamon naturally regulates blood sugar levels? This helps with weight loss and is also beneficial to those with diabetes.

Cinnamon is a healthy spice

Cinnamon is a healthy spice

More Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not only useful in regulating blood sugar; it has many other healthy benefits, as well. It is always a wise choice to add cinnamon to your diet. Some of the benefits of cinnamon are:

  • It may be helpful in treating candida (yeast) and e. coli infections. A recent study demonstrated the power of cinnamon oil in combating these infections.
  • It can reduce the pain of arthritis.
  • It may help reduce menstrual cramps.
  • It has been shown to help balance hormones and may be effective in assisting with fertility issues.
  • It helps fight cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol levels.

Apple Muffin Fun Fact

Since 1987, the official muffin of New York State has been the apple muffin.

Try icing your muffins!

Try icing your muffins!

Quick Icing for Your Muffins

If you want to fancy up those muffins but don't want to spend too much money or time on it, try this quick icing.

As a child, my mom would just mix up some icing sugar with milk to create a light topping for just about any baked good. There was no measuring involved—she just put icing sugar in a bowl then added and mixed it with the milk until she achieved the consistency she wanted.

This icing can be a little runny and transparent, so it's best to ice the muffin after it has cooled and closer to the time you plan to serve them.

This is also a great activity for the kids. They can easily mix up their own icing and add it to the muffin top themselves. Yum!

More Apple Muffin Recipes

Muffins with coffee

Muffins with coffee

© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo

Will You Try this Recipe?

goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on January 22, 2014:

Looks delicious!

othellos on August 05, 2013:

Sounds yummy and easy to make. Delightful lens. Thank you for publishing it.

BestRatedStuff on November 11, 2012:

Sounds like a yummy muffin, great its so quick to make.

davenjilli lm on October 21, 2012:

rise little apply cinnamon muffin recipe page, angel dust sprinkled

suzy-t on August 11, 2012:

Muffins are yummy and apple-cinnamon muffins will go great on my table this Thanksgiving...

johnshade lm on August 11, 2012:

These look great! cinnamon and apple go so well together :D

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on August 09, 2012:

Looks really good! I just might give it a shot! I haven't made muffins before ^_^

Michelle from Central Ohio, USA on August 08, 2012:

Nice job...I always like to look at recipe lenses with pictures of great food!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on August 07, 2012:

Yes I will thanks for sharing with us.

bagelmanmarc on August 07, 2012:

Yes, absolutely!

intermarks on August 06, 2012:

I never try on this before but it looks delicious.

Jogalog on August 06, 2012:

They sound really good and I love the combination of cinnamon and apple.

SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on August 06, 2012:

It sounds both delicious and easy.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on August 06, 2012:

Sounds great....I'll try it!

Camden1 on August 06, 2012:

Sounds easy enough to whip up even on those harried school mornings!

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on August 04, 2012:

Sounds quick, easy and good. Sure.

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