Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

filed under: Bread · Muffins on October 24, 2019

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

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 put 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!

Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

Old Fashioned Apple Muffin Recipe

There are four parts to this Old Fashioned Apple Muffins Recipe–the muffins, the apples, the topping, and the glaze.

Muffins Ingredients

  • Butter–Room temperature
  • Vegetable oil
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs–Room temperature, as with most baking recipes 
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • 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.
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Buttermilk–If you are feeling motivated, make your own homemade buttermilk!

Apple Ingredients

  • Granny Smith apples–peeled and diced
  • Granulated sugar
  • Homemade Apple pie spice–Remember to use twice as much apple pie spice if store-bought.

Topping Ingredients

  • Egg–whisked and brushed over muffin batter before adding turbinado sugar
  • 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.

Glaze Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Whole milk


UnGlazed Apple Muffin

Unglazed Apple Muffin

How to Make Old Fashioned Apple Donut Muffins

I will start with the directions to make the apple muffins and save the glaze until last since you will not be putting the glaze on until the muffins have been baked. The topping, on the other hand, will go on the muffin batter BEFORE you bake them.

  • First, preheat the oven to 425°F and prepare your muffin tin with liners.
  • Next, in a large bowl, mix together the butter, oil, and both sugars. Then, after you beat in the eggs and add the baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice, salt, and vanilla, alternate between adding the flour and the buttermilk, finishing with the flour.
  • Mix in your chopped apple mixture to the batter, and fill each muffin cup with the batter.
  • Finally, before baking, brush the egg wash over each muffin, followed by sprinkling the turbinado sugar over each muffin as well. Bake for 15-17 minutes and let them cool before you put on the glaze.


Dunking and Glazing Apple Muffin

How to Make the Glaze for Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

While the muffins are cooling, mix together all the ingredients for the glaze. Take one muffin at a time, dipping them top down into the glaze. Let the first layer of the glaze harden before you dip it in again. Old Fashioned Apple Muffins are soft and so flavorful, you may want to double the batch next time!


Bit into Apple Muffin

Old Fashioned Apple Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
10 mins
Total Time
37 mins

Dense and moist, topped with a sugary glaze, Old Fashioned Apple Donut Muffins loaded with apples and flavor!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old Fashioned Apple Donut Muffins, Old Fashioned Donut Muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 389 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net
  • 1/4 cups (57g) butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cups (73g) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cups (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cups (67g) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons homemade apple pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups (333g) flour
  • 1 cup (245g) buttermilk
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, diced
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons homemade apple pie spice
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup (125g) confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a muffin pan with liners.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, oil, and sugars until smooth.

  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

  4. Add the baking powder, baking soda, apple spice, salt, and vanilla.

  5. Using a rubber spatula, alternate between stirring in the flour and buttermilk. Begin by stirring in 1 cup of flour. Add 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Add another 1 cup of flour, followed by the remaining 1/2 cup of buttermilk and stir just until combined. Finally, add the last 2/3 cups of flour until incorporated.

  1. In a small bowl, mix together apples, apple pie spice, and granulated sugar.

  2. Gently fold apples into muffin batter.

  3. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.

  1. Use a pastry brush to gently brush egg wash over each muffin.

  2. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the top of each muffin.

  3. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes.

  1. 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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  • Linda says:

    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

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Linda! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Here is a recipe for homemade apple pie spice you could use. I hope this helps, and have a great day!