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

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Reviews (22)

184 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 53
  • 3 star values: 60
  • 2 star values: 31
  • 1 star values: 9
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10/18/2014
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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04/10/2013
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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11/23/2011
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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09/10/2011
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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01/07/2011
+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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10/31/2010
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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10/31/2010
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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10/31/2010
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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10/27/2010
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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09/12/2010
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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09/02/2010
Add more fruit (fresh frozen berries, raisins, craisins, apple) and nuts (pecans, almonds or simply more walnuts) to make more muffins with fewer calories and saturated fat grams per serving. That is, don't increase the flour, sugar, butter ingredients, but divide increased batter into 18 or even 24 muffin tins.
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03/15/2010
These were delicious, very moist and super easy. Next time, though, I will use more than one apple. Not quite as chunky as I would have liked but still super yummy.
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03/15/2010
These were delicious, very moist and super easy. Next time, though, I will use more than one apple. Not quite as chunky as I would have liked but still super yummy.
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03/15/2010
These were delicious, very moist and super easy. Next time, though, I will use more than one apple. Not quite as chunky as I would have liked but still super yummy.
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12/14/2008
Great! I substituted butermilk for 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon lemon (let it stand for 10 min before using).
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11/05/2008
Yummy! Easy, fuss-free too. I substituted buttermilk for natural yoghurt and it turned out great. (:
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09/24/2008
Also, I used MacIntosh apples instead.
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09/24/2008
Delicious! Made them on a Fri night w/ the intention of having them around for the folllowing week's grab
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07/22/2008
Easy, fast, yummy!
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05/23/2008
I LOVE this recipe, although I would recommend a couple minor changes. I upped the apples to 2 whole apples and added 3/4 cup applesauce to make it extra moist. Then, I omitted the apple slice on top because the badder didn't get cooked under the slice. Other than that, it's wonderful!
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04/11/2008
I brought them to a play practice and they all got eaten! A few people even asked for seconds! I recomend these, a real crowd pleaser!
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03/06/2008
yummy!!