Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins Recipe

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Easy Apple Muffins

I love baking muffins from scratch but I also really enjoy recipes that are easy and without complicated ingredients or steps. These applesauce muffins couldn't get any easier. Baking with applesauce is easy and helps to give these muffins a well-developed flavor. Baking with applesauce can even save you a little time and money since you won't have to buy and prepare fresh apples. These muffins taste great right out of the oven but I love them even more when they're a day old. After 24 hours, the tops get just the tiniest bit firm and crunchy while the insides are still super soft and moist. I've made these yummy muffins with a few different kinds and flavors of applesauce but using cinnamon applesauce is my favorite variation. Do you have a favorite kind of applesauce?

Applesauce Muffin Recipe

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 2 Dozen Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Ingredients for Easy Applesauce Muffins

  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Applesauce
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP Vanilla
  • 1 TSP Allspice

What is Allspice?

Allspice comes from the dried, unripened fruit of the tree, Pimenta Dioica. It smells and tastes like a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. You may have used it before if you've made pumpkin pie. Did you ever open a can of pumpkin puree and expect it smell like pumpkin pie? The signature smell of pumpkin pie relies greatly on allspice as a staple ingredient. One whiff of allspice instantly makes me think of fresh pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie and these applesauce muffins just aren't the same without allspice.


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla to mixture and mix well.
  4. Fold in applesauce.
  5. Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to mixture.
  6. Fill well-greased or paper-lined cupcake tins 3/4 full.
  7. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow baked muffins to rest for five minutes in pan then move to baking racks to finish cooling.

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Tips for Perfect Applesauce Muffins

  • Use applesauce that is freshly opened rather than trying to finish off applesauce that's been in the frig for awhile.
  • Allow your butter to soften on its own-- don't melt it. Creaming the softened butter and sugar together in step 2 creates a fluffy texture full of air. Melted butter creates a denser finished product.
  • For fuller, picture-perfect muffins, fill each muffin 3/4 full of batter.
  • Use muffin liners for easy serving and cleanup. My brown liners are made by Wilton and have a plain and simple charm to them.
  • These muffins taste great as is but really sing when paired with butter, cream cheese, apple butter or your favorite spread.

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Thanksgiving Muffin Ideas

These muffins are yummy all-year round but I usually reserve them for the colder months and winter holidays since they're such a special treat. Applesauce muffins are perfect to serve at Thanksgiving breakfast or as a snack to tide over hungry tummies while Tom Turkey is still in the oven. Customize these muffins with other festive additions such as cranberries in the mix or walnuts on top.

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Heather Says

These applesauce muffins remind me of The Walton's Homecoming Christmas special wherein Mrs. Walton has to walk to the country store in the snow to buy sugar for her special Christmas applesauce cake. The show takes place in a rural part of Virginia during both the great depression and World War II. This large family struggled to survive and so spending money on sugar for a cake was truly uncommon and impractical during this time. My own mother has watched the television special just about every Christmas that I can remember. When I first made these muffins, my husband took a bite and said, "Now I understand why Mrs. Walton wanted to make her applesauce cake so badly!" I've always wondered what ingredients she used in her own applesauce cake. These muffins are a special treat and I'm always thankful to have the means to buy all of the ingredients necessary. I'm also thankful to be able to bake and enjoy them with cherished friends and family.

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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Delicious recipes, Heather. I might give it a go someday. Voted up!

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smine27 23 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

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favored 2 years ago from USA

OK, not fair. I could go for these right now, but I'll be good and save this recipe for the holidays. I might have to practice first though :)

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Delores Lewis 2 years ago from North Carolina

Apples and cinnamon complement each other so well and they are also healthy for you. Thanks for a great recipe.

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notsuperstitious1 2 years ago from Canada

Congrats on HOTD. I am going to make your Applesauce Muffins.

Beth37 2 years ago

I totally want to make this for my family this weekend. I gotta go buy some applesauce. You're so good.

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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

these sound delicious! i can't wait to try this out!

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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for what is surely a yum muffin recipe!

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thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

Heather, these really do look amazing! Also, you are very talented at writing about food! Your pictures, details, and personal touches are simply lovely. Congratulations on HOTD! I am pinning these to my Thanksgiving Board as they look perfect for fall!

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divacratus 2 years ago from India

Congrats on HOTD! The muffins really look tempting, literally drooling here!

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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

Those muffins look scrumptious I will be trying out your recipe thank you for sharing.

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Anamika S 2 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

I love the combination of Apple and Cinnamon, so this should not disappoint me. Thanks!

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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Congrats on the HOTD award. This recipe is an easy to bake muffins. thanks for sharing your recipes.

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Chin chin 2 years ago from Philippines

Great hub on making applesauce muffins. Congrats! Now I know how to improve on the texture of my muffins. Thanks.

cjbehr 2 years ago

Congrats on HOTD - your hubs as some of the highest quality I've seen!! Awesome!

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

I came back to congratulate you for HOTD! Well deserved!

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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a great recipe! Easy and also very versatile. I love the Thanksgiving muffin idea. Thanks so much!

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Ashrafhassan 2 years ago from Egypt

There are a lot of cinnamon benefits , cinnamon was used in ancient to improve energy and circulation of blood

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Heather Says 2 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona Author

@Crystal Tatum-- Thanks so much! I'm also avoiding sugar AND white flour and just recently switched to whole grains. Since this is one of my favorite recipes, I'll be redoing it soon with a healthier flour and perhaps and video tutorial too. Thanks for stopping by :)

@VVanNess-- Thanks so much for the visit and kind words. I'm happy to have you visit so we can bake together when your schedule allows :)

@tutta-- Thanks for stopping by! These muffins are a hit with the kiddos! My neighbor's daughter is 18 mos and she loves this recipe. Thanks again :)

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Crystal Tatum 2 years ago from Georgia

These look delicious. I'm trying to avoid flour and sugar though. Drats! Your photos are awesome. Would love it if you would write a photo tutorial.

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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

What a fantastic recipe! These look delicious and your pictures are incredible. If only I could live a day in your shoes and see how you do this, I would soak it all up. I'm so impressed! Very nice job!

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tutta 2 years ago from Florida

These sound yummy and healthy! Definitely going to make these for my son once he's a bit older! Voted up!

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Heather Says 2 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona Author

@Sheri Faye-- Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning. I also love love love muffins. This recipe in particular is such a hit in my house. I hope you get a chance to try them and let me know how they turned out. Thanks again :)

@randomcreative-- Thanks! Sometimes simple is best :)

@Writes4You-- Oh boy! Homemade applesauce AND applebutter sound quite heavenly right now! All of your little kitchen tricks sound amazing! I hope you get a chance to try these muffins and will let me know how they turned out. Thanks again :)

@wiserworld-- Thanks for visiting and commenting. This recipe is definitely a yummy one for the holidays. Thanks again :)

@Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thanks so much for stopping by. I have to agree... I can only think of one or two things that are more comforting than eating a freshly baked muffin that's still warm from the oven. Thanks again :)

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Sheri Faye 2 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

I love muffins and these look great...pinning on to my cooking board!

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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

How simple and delicious!

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Writes4You 2 years ago from AZ

Applesauce! Oh how it complicates and simplifies my life at the same time!

I used to make all my own applesauce and applebutter. Winters in IL were awesome to have the stove going on for hours. I like to take a thick pork chop and pocket it, then fill the pocket with applesauce (or even applebutter). I also whip fresh butter (yes! from my own cow) and applebutter together to put on my muffins. If you haven't tried it before, add some ginger schnapps to your fresh or canned applesauce!

Your muffins look so very good, they are going on the list for our next family get-together.

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wiserworld 2 years ago

Looks like a great recipe to try out for the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

These look wonderful Heather. I love muffins, especially in the winter. There is something comforting about them. Pinned for later use. Nice recipe.

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Heather Says 2 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona Author

@tillsontitan-- Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate all the votes and shares. Thanks as always :)

@ChristyWrites-- Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you stopped by :)

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Heather this is tops ;) Thanks for the explanation of allspice, I always wondered about that. I'm so glad I read this great recipe hub and have a feeling there'll be some new muffins in town.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinned.

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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Yes, please! These do sound yummy :)

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Heather Says 2 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona Author

@carter06-- Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I love apples and cinnamon together too :)

@ChitrangadaSharan-- Thanks for all of the kind words. I'm glad you stopped by and enjoyed it :)

@Claudia Tello-- Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Be sure to come back and tell me how you liked them :)

@rebekahELLE-- Thanks so much for stopping by and the very kind comments. You'll have to stop back by after Thanksgiving and let me me know how they were :)

@purl3agony-- Thanks! I like your definition of allspice-- it totally makes sense. Thanks for stopping by and reading. You'll have to let me know how they muffins are after you've tried them :)

@Jeannie-- Thanks Jeannie! I'm glad you stopped by. I almost did a crumb topping too. That's a fine idea :)

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carter06 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

You gotta love apples and cinnamon together!! great recipe Heather and a nice one coming into the Xmas season..Voted up & will pin this..Cheers

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

A very well presented recipe hub, with full details, helpful pictures and instructions. The combination of ingredients looks interesting and the recipe wonderful. I love to combine apple with cinnamon.

Thanks for sharing and voted up!

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Claudia Tello 2 years ago from Mexico

I would love to try these apple sauce muffins, they look delicious! As per usual, I love your magazine-like presentation, excellent job.

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rebekahELLE 2 years ago from Tampa Bay

You could be writing for a food magazine! These are definitely going to be on my Thanksgiving breakfast menu. They look and sound delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous recipes. Your hubs are always a delight!

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purl3agony 2 years ago from USA

These muffins sound super yummy - definitely going to give them a try. And thanks for the lesson on allspice. I always thought allspice was all the commonly used spices put together in one box - hence, "allspice". But now I know better :)

Jeannie 2 years ago

These look so good and I think I'll put a crumb topping on mine.

Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

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Heather Says 2 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona Author

Thanks so much Lyndsay Gamber! I'm so happy you liked the cookies :) I'm a sucker for cute dishes and have amassed quite a collection. Thanks again :)

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Lyndsay Gamber 2 years ago from California

these look so good! I am going to have to try this recipe!! Also I tried the pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies and they were soooo good! Everyone loved them! I am definitely adding them to my recipe book! I also really love your dishes! They are so adorable!

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Heather Says 2 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona Author

Thanks so much Paul :)

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Paul Edmondson 2 years ago from Burlingame, CA

These look totally amazing.

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