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Chunky Apple Muffins

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A can't-resist breakfast treat combines autumn's flavors: cinnamon, toasted nuts, and tart Granny Smith apples.

  • Yield: Makes 12

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall

Ingredients

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 2 pinches salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (omit if serving to children under 4)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-cup standard muffin tin with cooking spray; set aside. Cut 3 apple quarters into 1/4-inch dice; cut remaining apple quarter into 12 thin slices for garnish.

  2. Whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add diced apple and walnuts, if using; toss to coat. Whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and butter in a small bowl. Gently fold buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each about three-quarters full. Top each with an apple slice. Bake until muffins are brown around edges and spring back when touched, 16 to 18 minutes. Let muffins cool slightly, about 5 minutes, before turning out of tin onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Notes

Muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

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  • Purseholder
    18 OCT, 2014
    Made'em this morning, but used 3/4 c sugar & 1/4 c brown sugar & 1/3 c walnuts. They're delish with coffee!
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  • FoyUpdate
    10 APR, 2013
    Made these muffins for breakfast this morning. They are nothing special. Sweet and soft, but not enough apple or cinnamon flavor. I will not be making these again.
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  • juliarows
    23 NOV, 2011
    Here are the modifications I made: Sub 1/2C Whole Wheat Flour (so 1 1/2C white, 1/2C wheat) 3/4C Sugar (I would even half it next time) 1 3/4 apples diced and another 1/2 granny smith sliced No buttermilk, so I used half 1/2 & 1/2 and half skim milk Used 6T butter and 2T applesauce instead of 1/2C butter Increased cinnamon, sprinkled nutmeg into mix They turned out great. I made mini muffins, which took about 12 mins to make and are perfect for the Thanksgiving bread basket. Yum yum!
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  • CaseysCreations
    10 SEP, 2011
    I absolutely agree that this needed the three medium apples. (I cut up three large and it looked like too much before I added it to the batter. I would say i used 2 1/4 large apples. I also left the skin on. AND I added 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon ). I sprinkled brown sugar on top before baking. I like BIG muffins so i filled mine past the rim and baked an extra three minutes. These were delicious!
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  • meagalina
    7 JAN, 2011
    +I+used+4+smallish+golden+delicious+apples%2C+doubled+the+cinnamon+to+1+tsp.%2C+and+added+a+dash+of+ginger+and+vanilla.+Be+sure+to+slice+the+apples+for+garnishing+paper+thin+so+they+turn+out+golden+and+crisp.+Next+time%2C+I+plan+to+toss+the+apples+w%2F+a+little+sugar+and+cinnamon%28not+quite+sweet+enough%29.+Makes+a+great+grab+and+go+snack+for+kids%2C+trust+me%21+
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  • RockyandReNae
    31 OCT, 2010
    I quartered caramel cubes and pressed 1 each into the top before baking. It provided a wonderful caramel gooey center and pushed these muffins over the top. Great recipe
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  • RockyandReNae
    31 OCT, 2010
    I quartered caramel cubes and pressed 1 each into the top before baking. It provided a wonderful caramel gooey center and pushed these muffins over the top. Great recipe
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  • VanessasKitchen
    31 OCT, 2010
    YUM! Very autumnal and great straight out of the oven! The apple garnish is so cute. I, however, used two apples and chunked them. I can't wait to make these again!
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  • rachbakes
    27 OCT, 2010
    I just made this recipe tonight and they turned out great! I used about 2 - 2 1/2 golden apples and also added a 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Be sure to make the apple slices on top pretty thin and they bake pretty and golden.
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  • khernsdorf
    12 SEP, 2010
    I used three apples but grated them, which worked out great! Next time I will do that again but still add a fourth apple chopped for the chunks and increase the cinnamon.
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