Apple Pie Muffin Recipe

This post was originally published November 18, 2016 and updated June 24, 2018. 

We all love easy muffin recipes and this is a great one using freshly chopped apples!  I like to use Granny Smith apples, like the ones shown here – but any apple that is good for baking will do.

Freshly baked apple pie muffins on tray with Granny Smith Apple

I love this apple pie muffin recipe as a healthy choice that I can grab and go – on my way to work, the golf course, or out to walk the dogs!

They are so full of flavor and of course a little brown sugar never hurt anyone, am I right?

I love to make muffins period!  Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins and Paleo Banana Muffin recipes are both really popular here on the blog!  We’ve even got a Lemon Poppy Seed Recipe Roundup from some of the top Food Bloggers.

Freshly baked apple pie muffins on tray with Granny Smith Apple

What’s the secret to light fluffy muffins? The trick to making muffins that are light in texture and rise beautifully is less is more.  What I mean by that is muffin batter requires very little mixing.  Just fold the ingredients until everything is moistened, but don’t over mix.  It took me a while to learn this!  I would beat up the batter until it was very smooth, and then end up with very tough and chewy muffins.  Not so good!

Apple Pie Muffin batter with chopped apples in stainless steel mixing bowl and wooden spoon

Drop the muffin batter by spoonfuls into your greased muffin tin. In a pinch you could make this apple pie muffin recipe with prepared apple pie filling, but this recipe only takes one really large apple so chopping it up takes no time at all.

This recipes come from my Grandma’s Recipe Book.  She kept all kinds of handwritten recipes, on cards, backs of envelopes, anything at all really.  See the recipe in the image above?  My Grandma wrote that.  And even though I have most of her recipes electronically, nothing will make me get rid of this special treasure!

Freshly baked apple pie muffins on tray with Granny Smith Apple

A freshly baked batch of homemade muffins makes a wonderful gift for a special friend and a great way to enjoy Saturday coffee shop n the deck with your neighbors.


apple pie muffins freshly baked with butter!
green apples with freshly baked apple muffin in muffin wrapper with melted butter on top more muffins in the background
Yield: 8

Apple Pie Muffins

Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

A moist but light muffin, packed full of fresh apples and loaded with flavor!


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, or whole wheat if you prefer
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped apples


  1. Directions
  2. Cream butter, sugar and egg
  3. Add Milk
  4. Mix the dry ingredients separately, then fold into the wet ingredients - but don't over stir
  5. Mix in apples


  1. sprinkle a small amount of brown sugar and cinnamon on top
  2. Bake at 375F/xxC for 20 to 25 minutes until golden -
  3. Makes 8 large muffins or 12 small ones.
  4. Yum! Yum!

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Freshly baked apple pie muffins on tray with Granny Smith Apple

four apple muffins shown with granny smith apple