Dipped in a sweet glaze and packed with Granny Smith apples, these muffins are a soft and flavorful treat that pair well with coffee or serve as a quick snack! Try my Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins or Apple Fritter Bread for another sweet treat!

Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

With pumpkin spice being all the rage this time of year, I hope you have not forgotten about apples and apple spice! Fall is a  wonderful time for visiting apple orchards and choosing the perfect apple to enjoy as is or putting in a variety of apple recipes, like my Caramel Apple Pecan Scones or my Spiced Apple Pancakes. These Old Fashioned Apple Muffins are worth making!

UnGlazed Apple Muffin

Unglazed Apple Muffin

Old Fashioned Apple Muffin Ingredients

Homemade Apple pie spice: I used my homemade apple pie spice, which has more flavor than store-bought spice, so double the amount if you are using spice from a store.

Buttermilk: If you are feeling motivated, make your own homemade buttermilk!

Turbinado sugar: Turbinado sugar is coarser and has larger grains than white sugar. It also has a bit more flavor. I prefer turbinado sugar for my muffins because it gives them that extra shot of flavor and a bit more texture. Simply sprinkle the sugar over the eggwash of each muffin before baking.

Dunking and Glazing Apple Muffin

How to Store Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

There are a few ways to properly store muffins.

  • Room Temperature: Because they are best enjoyed at room temperature, this is usually the recommended way to storing. I use a larger sealable plastic bag or an airtight container to store the muffins in a single layer. Some folks recommend adding a piece of paper towel to the bottom so that it will soak up any condensation. If your muffins are properly cooled before storing, this may not be necessary. However, if I am using an airtight container, I will often add a piece of bread to the container, torn in half, and fit in between the muffins. The bread will soak up moisture as well. Best enjoyed within 2-3 days.
  • Refrigerator: (Refrigeration, in general, dries out baked goods faster so a typical muffin recipe shouldn’t be refrigerated.) Place in a sealable plastic bag or airtight container and then place into the refrigerator. They should keep for up to 5 days. To reheat, remove from refrigerator pop into the microwave for 10 seconds or just allow muffin to come to room temperature naturally, about 15 minutes.
  • Freezer: Place cooled muffins into a freezer-safe sealable plastic bag or a freezer-safe airtight container and pack as closely as possible without crushing. Remove as much air as possible. Label with date and recipe name.
Bit into Apple Muffin

How to Reheat Frozen Muffins

Remove muffin from the freezer and allow to come to room temperature overnight in the refrigerator or on the counter for a couple of hours.

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Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Cool 10 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Dense and moist, topped with a sugary glaze, Old Fashioned Apple Donut Muffins loaded with apples and flavor!



  • ¼ cup (57 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • cup (73 g) vegetable oil
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • cup (67 g) brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons homemade apple pie spice
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ⅔ cups (333 g) flour
  • 1 cup (245 g) buttermilk


  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, diced
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons homemade apple pie spice


  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (125 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  • Preheat oven to 425°F and line a muffin pan with liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter, oil, and sugars until smooth.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda, apple spice, salt, and vanilla.
  • Using a rubber spatula, alternate between stirring in the flour and buttermilk. Begin by stirring in 1 cup of flour. Add ½ cup of buttermilk. Add another 1 cup of flour, followed by the remaining ½ cup of buttermilk and stir just until combined. Finally, add the last ⅔ cups of flour until incorporated.


  • In a small bowl, mix together apples, apple pie spice, and granulated sugar.
  • Gently fold apples into muffin batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.


  • Use a pastry brush to gently brush egg wash over each muffin.
  • Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the top of each muffin.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes.


  • Beat together all the ingredients for the glaze, then dip the top of each muffin in the glaze, allowing the extra glaze to drip back into the bowl. Let the first glaze layer harden before you dip them once more.

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Reader Comments

  1. Love the muffin recipe. I have never heard of apple spice before would you please tell me,do I look for it in the spice selection at the store or please tell me how to make it myself. Thank You

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