Apple Crumb Muffins – Boulder Locavore®

If you’re a fan of the delightful flavors of fall but don’t have the time for elaborate baking, then these Shortcut Apple Crumble Muffins are the perfect solution! Made using a cake mix and a can of apple pie filling, these muffins are not only incredibly easy to whip up but also bursting with the warm, comforting tastes of autumn. 

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They strike the perfect balance between sweetness and spice, making them a delectable treat for breakfast, brunch, or any time you’re craving a taste of the season.

These tender apple crumb muffins have just the right amount of sweetness and a texture of fluffy bakery style muffins. Like or Cake Mix Apple Cobbler the shortcut ingredients save loads of time and add next level flavor.

With a crumbly streusel topping that adds a delightful crunch and an aroma that will fill your kitchen with the scent of baked apples and cinnamon, these muffins are a surefire crowd-pleaser.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker looking for a quick fix or a beginner in the kitchen, these Shortcut Apple Crumb Muffins are a must-try recipe that will leave everyone asking for more. So, let’s get started on this easy and delicious journey through the flavors of fall!

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Recipe Ingredients Notes

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  • Canned apple pie filling. A delicious shortcut for these muffins is using canned pie filling. You’ll need one 21-ounce can apple pie filling. The apples will be cut into smaller pieces to better suit a muffin. Instructions as part of the recipe.
  • Yellow cake mix. Another great shortcut for this recipe: one 15-ounce box yellow cake mix. You can use regular cake mix or a gluten-free cake mix. We’ve made it with both (we used Betty Crocker gluten-free yellow cake mix for the gluten-free batch). This makes the best apple crumb muffins with the perfect amount of sweetness and cakey consistency.
  • Cinnamon. A teaspoon of cinnamon adds a homey flavor to the muffins. You’ll need an additional one teaspoon for the cinnamon streusel muffin topping.
  • Egg. One large egg will be added to the muffin batter.
  • Flour. For the crumb topping you’ll need 1/2 cup of flour. Regular all purpose flour or gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend will work.
  • Light brown sugar. Also for the streusel topping you’ll need 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar. Be sure there are no clumps in the sugar before starting.
  • Unsalted butter. Two and a half tablespoons melted unsalted butter will be added to the topping.
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How to make it

No mixing wet ingredients and dry ingredients for these apple cinnamon muffins! The best part? Everything is mixed together for fast preparation in this apple streusel muffins recipe.

STEP 1. Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with baking liners. NOTE: we recommend non-stick liners.

STEP 2. Make the streusel topping

In a small bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter until small clumps form (photo 1). Set the brown sugar crumb aside.

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STEP 3. Make the batter

Pour the apple pie filling into a large bowl. Cut the apple slices into bite-sized pieces (photo 2). We use kitchen scissors for this but a knife will also work.

Add the cake mix, cinnamon and egg to the bowl (photo 3). Stir by hand just until mixed.

STEP 4. Scoop and Bake

Scoop (we use a large cookie scoop) or spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling them 3/4 full (photo 4). Sprinkle the prepared crumble topping evenly over the top of all of the muffins (photo 5).

Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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STEP 5. Cool

Allow the muffins to cool in the pan until they’re safe to touch, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely (photo 6).

How to Store

Fully cooled apple crumble muffins can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container lined with a paper towel for 2 days. Or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For best flavor allow the muffins to warm up if they’ve been chilled.

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Apple Crumb Muffins

Soft, fluffy bakery-style muffins brimming with tender apple pie filling topped with a brown sugar streusel. These easy muffins have two great shortcuts making them delicious and so fast to make!

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Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Cooling Time (estimate): 20 minutes

Total Time: 47 minutes

Servings: 16 muffins

Calories: 176kcal

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with baking liners. NOTE: we recommend non-stick liners.

  • In a small bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter until small clumps form (using a pastry blender works great; forks can also be used). Set the brown sugar crumb aside.

    1/2 cup all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2.5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Pour the apple pie filling into a large bowl. Cut the apple slices into bite-sized pieces. We use kitchen scissors for this but a knife will also work.

    1 21-ounce can apple pie filling

  • Add the cake mix, cinnamon and egg to the bowl. Stir by hand just until mixed.

    1 15-ounce box yellow cake mix, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 large egg

  • Scoop (we use a large cookie scoop) or spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling them 3/4 full. Sprinkle the prepared crumble topping evenly over the top of all of the muffins.

  • Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

  • Allow the muffins to cool in the pan until they’re safe to touch, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

How to store
Fully cooled apple crumble muffins can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container lined with a paper towel for 2 days. Or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For best flavor allow the muffins to warm up if they’ve been chilled.

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

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