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Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

March 1, 2010
Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Last night I was craving some apple cinnamon muffins. The kind I had almost a year ago at a quaint little café in New York. It was loaded with Granny Smith apples and a whole lot of cinnamon. The gigantic muffin made for a perfect breakfast with a cup of hot chocolate. Going to bed with such sweet thoughts in my head, there was no way I’d be doing anything besides baking these when I woke up this morning.

The genius of muffins is that they can be thrown together in about 5 minutes, without  the need of your hand or stand mixer. It’s especially perfect for those that are intimidated by the idea of baking or for those lazy mornings when you’d rather be curled up in bed with a cup of coffee.

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

For the recipe, I looked up Ratio (this is one book I wish I used more of!) and adapted the muffin recipe to include apple and cinnamon. I cut up the apples into chunks, leaving the skin on, just like the ones at the café. I also tossed the apples in some freshly ground cinnamon (nothing better than a Microplane to help you through this task – I sliced a layer of my skin as well, but that’s another story.)

And you know what the best part of the muffin is? The streusel topping. The crunchy, buttery topping amplifies the taste of the muffin and after eating this, I don’t think muffins should ever be made without the streusel topping. In fact, I’m going to increase the quantity of it the next time I make muffins.

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Adapted from: Ratio, Michael Ruhlman
Yield: 12 muffins

For the streusel topping:
4 oz / 112g butter, softened
4 oz / 112g flour
2 oz / 55g caster sugar
2 oz / 55g soft brown sugar

For the muffins:

8 oz / 225g  flour
4 oz / 112g brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
8 oz / 225g  milk
2 eggs
4oz / 112g butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
3 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped into cubes
1 ½ tsp cinnamon, divided – 1 tsp for the batter and ½ to toss the apples with.

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
  2. For the streusel topping: In a food processor or by hand, mix together the ingredients for the streusel topping until it is evenly combined. Let it rest in the fridge while you prep the muffin batter.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the wet ingredients thoroughly: milk, eggs, butter and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and fold it in, until just incorporated.
  6. Fold in the apples(tossed with ½ tsp cinnamon).
  7. Spoon the batter into lined muffin tins.
  8. Top it with the crumble mixture.
  9. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.


  • Reply anushruti March 2, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    The muffins looks scrumptious. And what a lively layout!

  • Reply Barbara March 2, 2010 at 5:47 AM

    You put together some delicious looking muffins! That photo of the one broken open….yummee!
    And I agree…. more streusel topping, please.

  • Reply Parita March 2, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Muffins look fantastic! eye catching pics!

  • Reply Me and My Pink Mixer March 2, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Your muffins look wonderful – I'll have to try your recipe soon! Love the flowers in your photo :)

  • Reply Cynthia March 3, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    Gorgeous muffins! I love that they have generous chunks of apples. I had such a baked apple craving this past week and make an apple tart tartin but instead of a pastry I used pancake batter.

  • Reply Barbara Bakes March 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Now I think I'm going to go to sleep dreaming about these gorgeous muffins and have to make them tomorrow!

  • Reply joey March 3, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Yum! I've bookmarked this!

  • Reply diva March 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Oh if only I could have woken up to this! Looks so yummy with that gorgeous streusel topping.

  • Reply Maria March 4, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Bring on the streusel!

  • Reply Mowie @ Mowielicious March 4, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    Yummy – loving the colours in your photos as always. Those muffins look divine!

  • Reply Katie March 4, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    I love muffins to an unhealthy extent, and I definitely approve of the idea of adding a streusel topping. Yum!

  • Reply Katie March 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Your photos are so colourful and bright! Those muffins look absolutely delicious!

  • Reply RachelllC March 4, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Yum! These were delicious!!! I made them before school – quite a feat, considering school starts at 7:45 AM. Anyways, thank you for the amazing recipe, they were insanely good.

  • Reply Joe @ Eden Kitchen March 5, 2010 at 4:28 AM

    Lovely photos. These muffins look delicious – I love streusel topping on muffins but unfortunately not many seem to bake them that way in NZ. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Reply nandini.p March 5, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    What a lovely way to eat muffins!..The topping looks lovely!!. Streusel muffin with my south indian coffee .. oh i cant wait to make this one!

  • Reply Shilpa March 5, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Hi Shaheen! I tried making these yesterday but it seems they came out all wrong. The texture was not muffin like at all, and my muffins seemed very greasy. I followed your recipe to the T, so I'm wondering if you have any ideas about what caused this? Your thoughts would be great :)

    • Reply Chris August 27, 2010 at 1:13 AM

      Hi Shilpa, I agree with you. I just made them exactly as the recipe stated and my dough was runny and the streusel topping came out like paste – not crumbly at all. I wondered if I got some of the conversions wrong???

      • Reply mrao January 4, 2014 at 1:38 AM

        I agree with shilpa and chris. I made these yesterday and had to bake them for almost an hour just to dry it out as it was too runny. the dough itself looked too watery but since I had stuck to the measurements I thought it would be okay. it wasn’t. the muffin doesn’t have much of a rise and its way too greasy. I have tried many of your recipes and most have come out perfect. this one needs a second look. the proportions are definitely awry. muffins are usually pretty straighforward, this was a disappointment, that too for an expensive ingredient like green apples!

        • Reply Shaheen January 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM

          Hi Chris, Shipla and mrao – I’m sorry that this recipe didn’t work for you. I made this almost 4 years ago, but I remember they weren’t greasy but quite dense, like in the photos. Depending on the size and surface are of your mould, the baking time would vary and given that this is quite runny batter with so much milk it it, I’d expect that. Baking time is indicative, and varies based on the pan size, material and from one oven to another. Again, I’m sorry about the waste of ingredients. I’m going to revisit this recipe when I get a chance and update the recipe/report back. All the best.

  • Reply JenSchall March 5, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Your muffins look wonderful! I love Ratio… One of my favorite books!

  • Reply Rachel March 6, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    I want these but just the tops

  • Reply ingrid March 7, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    These are muffins that my children would love.

    Btw, I love your new look & Orangefoodie did a GREAT job on his post!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie March 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    oh good! let me know how it turns out for you!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie March 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    let me know how it turns out for you!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie March 8, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Hi Shilpa! it sucks that these didn't come out as expected. Mine were moist and delicious. I'm not sure why it got greasy for you… :(

  • Reply chezus March 10, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Shaheen, your muffins look amazing. I always love muffins but never think of making them and they make sure a great morning time treat. They actually remind me of a cookie my friend, Evelyn, just made, similar, except she drizzled caramel sauce over the tops.

  • Reply Sharmilee March 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    First time here…lovely blog u have and beautiful clicks!

  • Reply CeeII April 7, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Thank uuu this recipe is surely a keeper!! i made these last nite! didnt have a weighing scale so i used online oz to cup converter… and baked in a loaf tin (didnt have muffin cups T.T too). But boy were they GOOOD! thanks for sharing! oh btw it was my first time making the streusel topping.. i made the crumbles way too small.. next time i would have big n small chunks of crumbles … looks better (like urs)..

    here's mine:;=a9763c5865&id;=772360709

  • Reply CeeII April 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Thank you!!! this recipe is definitely a keeper! I made them last nite, didnt have a weighing scale so i used online oz to cup converted and baked them in a loaf tin (didnt have a muffin tray T.T) but boy were they yummylicious!!! It was my first time making streusel topping .. made the crumbs too small.. maybe next time i would have big n small chunks (uneven and looks nicer, like yours)

    here's mine:;=a9763c5865&id;=772360709

    thanks again! love ur blog

  • Reply Sara April 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    I made these last night. I had to find a website that converted oz to cups, teaspoons, etc. but it worked out pretty well. I'm happy to report that these muffins were fantastic. The big apple chunks reminded me of apple crisp. Thanks for the lovely recipe :)

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  • Reply Archana December 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Great muffins.
    Can i make them without eggs?

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  • Reply Danielle R February 18, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    These are baking in the oven now.
    I was really surprised there was no salt. This is probably the first recipe i’ve baked in years w/out it. Interesting!

    Thanks for the incredible recipe!
    PS! I added some Oatmeal for texture to the topping :)

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  • Reply aashu May 4, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    wats d substitute for eggs

  • Reply Emma C June 1, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Was so excited to make these, but like a few others, mine came out very much unlike muffins! I followed the recipe to a T, but my ‘muffins’ are gloopy and greasy, I don’t really understand where I went wrong! I think it’s definitely a recipe for me to experiment with though, because my gloop sure does taste good ;)

  • Reply Kate May 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Dear Shaheen!
    Thank you from me & my family for such a wonderful recipe! I made this, it’s so delicious. Sure, l’ll cook your muffins again & again. I’m from Russia, I enjoy cooking, especially baking ;) I find a greate pleasure in reading your blog, thank you very much :))) ! With best wishes!

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