Bakery Style Brown Butter Apple Pie Muffins

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Apple Pie Muffins |

The best part about catering events, is when they are over. Just kidding. Seriously though. I absolutely LOVE sharing desserts, especially during weddings because they are such joyous occasions. Hours and hours of work that I put in and it makes me so happy  to see everything come together. Then I sleep. A lot. I wish I had more photos to share with you from this past weekend, but I was so busy and it was pretty much getting dark by the time everything went out. It was awesome though!

Apple Pie Muffins

September is my favorite month. The nights get colder but the days stay warm. It’s time to pick apples and flavors turn from lemon and strawberry to cinnamon and apple. My friend Lindsay and I are celebrating with Apple week! First up are these Apple Pie Muffins. It’s one irresistible one! Be sure to check out Lindsay’s Apple Blondie Cheesecake too! For even more apple inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest board!

Apple Pie Muffins

You see, I have slightly altered my master muffin mix to make these muffins. I’ve added a bit of cinnamon and mixed in some homemade apple pie filling. Then, I topped it off with a brown sugar pecan streusel.  I am not sure which part I like better, the apple filling or the pecan streusel. I am a firm believer that all muffins are better with streusel.

Apple Pie Muffins

There are two steps involved with these muffins. First, you must make the apple filling, and allow it to cool slightly before adding it to the muffins. You can refrigerate for a little bit to help cool it off. Then you make the muffin mix and stir in the pie filling.

Apple Pie Muffins |

I’ve been wanting to make an apple pie muffin for months. I cannot resist muffins. Cookies, cakes, brownies, it’s all good, but muffins, I just can’t deny. If they are sitting in my house, I will pick away at them all day. These are no exception. I know you have seen plenty of apple muffins, but this one is just, better.

Apple Pie Muffins

Let me share a couple of secrets with you.  It’s got extra baking powder, which helps boost the height of the muffin. If you preheat your oven to 425°F, and bake them for the first few minutes at the higher temp, it helps them rise. Then, just reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and let them bake for the remaining time. When I say fill the muffin cups all the way to the top, I am not joking, Then top it off with buttery brown sugar streusel and toss them in the oven! Enjoy!

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Bakery Style Brown Butter Apple Pie Muffins

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins


An incredibly moist, cinnamon muffin with fresh apple pie filling. Topped with a buttery brown sugar and pecan glaze.


For the filling

  • 34 Medium apples, sliced
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Apple pie spice

For the muffins

  • 2 1/4 C Flour
  • 1 C Granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Unsalted butter, browned
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 C Milk or buttermilk
  • 1/4 C Sour cream

For the streusel

  • 6 tbsp Flour
  • 5 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 C Pecans
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon


For the pie filling

  1. Slice apples into small pieces and squeeze a lemon over top and stir to combine.
  2. Add brown sugar, flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, apple pie spice over top of apples. Stir to mix ingredients.
  3. Heat apples on the stove over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until soft. Stir occasionally. Set aside and allow to cool, refrigerate if necessary.

For the muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Grease a muffin pan with Crisco or baking spray.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Then set this mixture aside.
  3. In a shallow sauce pan, melt butter and stir until butter starts to turn light brown and releases a nutty flavor.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg using a whisk until light and fluffy. Add melted butter and whisk together with the egg. Continue to add milk and sour cream and whisk everything together until smooth.
  5. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to mix just until combined. Add apple pie filling when about half of your flour is mixed into the wet ingredients.
  6. To prepare streusel topping, combine butter with all dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until no large chunks remain.
  7. Fill your muffin tin all the way to the top with batter. Add 1-2 tablespoon of streusel to the top of each muffin.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes at 425° and then reduce heat to 350° and bake for another 16-20 minutes. Do not open the oven for at least 15 minutes, you will see how nicely the muffins rise. Baking times will vary by oven.
  9. Check your muffins for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the muffin. If your toothpick comes out clean, your muffin is done. Allow muffins to cool completely in the pan. You can also cool on a wire rack, but you want to allow them to cool enough to remove and transport them out of the pan.

Other recipes you might like:

Apple Pie Lasagna

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Maple Swiss Meringue Buttercream

 Deep Fried Apple Pie Bites

Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Recipes from my friends:

Apple Cider Donut Holes from Heather’s French Press

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Bars from Averie Cooks

Caramel Apple Pie Empanadas from Mom on Timeout

Caramel Apple Pie Cookie Cups From Life Love and Sugar

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  1. Alyssa

    These are the perfect muffin. A little bit of everything, apples and a cinnamon streusel top. I made them with whole wheat flour and they were so moist and delicious. My family loved. Can’t wait for the morning to have one with a cup of coffee.

  2. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    I don’t know how you do it all, girl! Seriously…catering too! And you still have time to dream up and make gorgeous apple pie muffins!!

  3. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    Catering events are defo best when over, I have an afternoon tea catering event coming up and I am dreading it lol!! So much to do!! These apple pie muffins sound awesome, apples are for sure one of my fave kind of muffins!

  4. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    Catering a wedding sounds like a ton of work, but so satisfying! These muffins truly do look like they came from a bakery and I’ll be trying them soon:) Thanks for sharing the recipe…

  5. Graham @ Glazed & Confused

    Streusel is a must!
    These muffins look so delicious. Love that you guys are doing an Apple Week! So excited to see what’s next!

  6. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    I completely agree that muffins are better with streusel – love the stuff! These look absolutely perfect for fall! Yum!

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