Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins

Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins

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This recipe for Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins is perfect for Autumn Weekends. Sweet, tender muffins full of applesauce flavor and cinnamon spices. It reminds me of a recipe I made when I was a girl in my first year of 4-H cooking, baking with my Grandma Naomi. 

Plain Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins - No Cinnamon Sugar Topping

And while I have the directions for dipping the muffins in a buttery, cinnamon-sugar topping, they are also quite delicious plain. I like to make some both ways (for myself and my hubby, who likes the additional sweetness).

My original recipe called for room temperature butter creamed with sugar with an electric mixer. But I wanted to make it easier and changed the directions so that you can mix these by hand in one bowl. Perfect when baking with kids. Plus, I like them better this way!

 

Ingredients to Make Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • allspice
  • ground cloves
  • butter (melted)
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon-flavored applesauce

Optional Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:

  • butter, melted
  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon

 

A Note about Applesauce

I used cinnamon flavored applesauce for this recipe, which gives the muffins an additional boost of cinnamon. It is also sweetened. You may use unsweetened and/or plain applesauce if desired. Chunky applesauce would also be nice.

If you have homemade applesauce available, I encourage you to use that in this recipe. Homemade is always better. See my recipe for Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Here. 

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Muffin Pan for Baking

If desired, you may opt to use paper-lined muffin cups. If not, spray muffin pan with baking spray.

Muffins with Paper Liners

I’ve made these muffins both ways. Paper liners are nice if you are serving the muffins for a large group, but I prefer making them without the liners, especially if I’m going to be dipping them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. 

 

Mix the Batter

Mixing Dry Ingredients Together

In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, allspice, and ground cloves.

Add in the brown sugar and granulated sugar. Whisk to mix well. Using a spoon, make a well in the center of the mixture.

Mixing Wet Ingredients into Dry

Add in the applesauce, melted butter, large egg, and vanilla extract. Using a rubber spatula, mix to incorporate, but be careful not to overmix.

Overmixed muffin batter may result in what is known as conehead muffin tops, something I was warned about at my 4-H cooking meetings.

Scooping Batter into Muffin Pan

Fill lined or unlined muffin cups 3/4 full.

Although not necessary, I like to use a muffin scoop to fill the muffin cups. This helps to make uniform-sized muffins. A 2 or 3 ounce scoop works well. 

Baked Muffins

Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before placing muffins on a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Optional Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

If desired, you may top the muffins with a cinnamon-sugar topping. To make this, melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave, for 20-30 seconds.

In another small bowl, combine granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.

Dipping Muffin Tops in Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

Dip muffin tops in the butter and then the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set on wire rack to cool.

Serving Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins with Butter

This recipe makes 1 dozen muffins. Serve your family or guests these muffins with butter, honey, or even apple butter for a yummy brunch, or morning snack.

These muffins are so moist, and they stay that way thanks to the applesauce in them. Muffins may be stored in a container with a tight-fitting lid at room temperature for several days.

See more Muffin Recipes Here. Browse Breakfast Ideas Here. View Apple Recipes Here. 

Recipe for Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins

Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Muffins

Here's a recipe perfect for Autumn Weekends. It reminds me of a recipe I made when I was a girl in my first year of 4-H cooking, baking with my Grandma Naomi. Make some for your family today!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breads, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Applesauce, Ground Cinnamon
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Glass Measuring Cups
Dough Whisk
Cookie Scoop
Muffin Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce cinnamon-flavored

Optional Topping:

  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. You may opt to use paper-lined muffin cups. If not, spray muffin pan with baking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, allspice, and ground cloves.
  • Add in the brown sugar and granulated sugar. Whisk to mix well.
    Using a spoon, make a well in the center of the mixture.
  • Add in the applesauce, melted butter, large egg and vanilla extract. Using a rubber spatula, mix to incorporate, but be careful not to overmix.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before placing muffins on a wire rack to cool completely.

Optional Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

  • If desired, you may top the muffins with a cinnamon-sugar topping. To make this, melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave, for 20-30 seconds.
  • In another small bowl, combine granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.
  • Dip muffin tops in butter and then the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set on wire rack to cool. Makes 1 dozen.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 424IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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