We like our applesauce muffins topped with a cream-cheese frosting.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2004


Recipe Summary

Makes 18


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin and a 6-cup tin with paper liners. Sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves together into a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Put 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, the granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Mix in eggs, one at a time. On low speed, mix in applesauce and then flour mixture. Stir in nuts by hand.

  • Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely in tins on a wire rack.

  • Meanwhile, in the clean bowl of electric mixer, mix cream cheese with remaining 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter and 1 cup brown sugar on medium speed until smooth. Spread cream-cheese frosting on muffins.

Cook's Notes

Muffins can be refrigerated in airtight containers up to 2 days.


Reviews (7)

116 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 53
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
I only used 1/2 cup granulated sugar in the muffin part of the recipe. I also subbed brown rice flour for all-purpose flour, neufchatel cheese for cream cheese and only 2/3 cup brown sugar for the frosting. The muffins were still sweet enough. My kids loved them.
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These muffins are great! The cream cheese, brown sugar and butter frosting is the best, ever! Whenever I make these I always have someone ask for the recipe. These are my fall favorites!
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muffins apple
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Why does the recipe specify store-bought applesauce?
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These are excellent. The perfect Autumn treat, with all of the seasons flavors...cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. And the icing is great I had enough to ice a snack cake as well.
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can you change the recipe for a diabetic?
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Nutritional info, please?