Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze

Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze. Delicious and Easy to make! Freezes well.

I’m so excited for this week. It’s APPLE WEEK!

A bunch of bloggers are posting apple recipes all week long. 

On Friday, we are each sharing one of our favorite Apple Recipes.


It gets better…

At the bottom of this post you have a chance to win an AWESOME giveaway. 

Thanks to Crunchpak for helping us bloggers out.

Not only did they provide the bloggers with some coupons for free apples, but they are also donating an awesome prize for the winner. 
Oh wait.

I meant to say WINNERS. 

There will be TWO winners to this giveaway!! Each receiving the same awesome prize. 

PLUS, we are offering you TONS of chances to enter…
(Check it out at the bottom of this post)
But first, let’s get to the recipe.
Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze. Delicious and Easy to make! Freezes well.
So originally my plan was to make a Caramel Apple Cupcake. 

I tweaked an old recipe I had for Zucchini cupcakes, and when these came out of the oven, they really were more of a muffin.

Granted, you can call them cupcakes if you want…but not me.

See muffins? You can eat for breakfast. 

And muffins with caramel glaze, totally perfect any time of the day with your cup of coffee. 

Cause they’re muffins.

With apples.

Healthy. Breakfast. Food.

You’re welcome.

Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze. Delicious and Easy to make! Freezes well.
So…on to the giveaway. 

Jocelyn and I decided in addition to all the Swag from Crunchpak, we would throw in some goodies of our own. 

The winners will each receive one swag bag from Crunchpak, including two insulated tote bags, two soccer blankets, two thermal mugs and one dozen coupons for FREE Crunchpak apples! 
Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze. Delicious and Easy to make! Freezes well.

They will also each receive an apple pie press, a bag of Milky Way Caramel apple candies, a $10 Starbucks gift card and a free ticket to register for Online BlogCon!!

Online BlogCon is the blog conference everyone can attend. It’s all online, so there is no need for expensive travel or time away from family. Hey you can even participate in your PJs, we won’t tell! The conference is going to be done in blog post style, with posts from your favorite bloggers like Love from the OvenI Heart Nap Time, and Cookies & Cups. The conference is taking place from October 22-24 and again, it’s all online. Visit us for more information and registration is now open!

Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze

Yield: 24-30 muffins


    For the Muffins:
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (I used 4 oranges)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cup peeled, diced apples (I used crunchpak)
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 Tbsp milk, divided
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cup powdered sugar


  1. In large mixing bowl, beat sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice and almond extract. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cloves. Mix until combined. Fold in apples.
  2. Fill paper lined muffin cups to half full. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Remove and cool.
  3. For the frosting, in a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter and 1/4 cup milk (4Tbsp). Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 2 full minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool 15 minutes.
  5. Whisk in the powdered sugar and remaining milk until smooth. Spread on cooled muffins. ENJOY!
  6. **adapted from

Check out some of the other bloggers posting apples today, or follow along on my twitter account using the hastag #appliciousweek


Check out our pinterest board for all things Apple: Applicious Goodies
Now on to some of the other Applicious Goodies:

Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits from Inside BruCrew Life

Caramel Apple Munch Mix from Shaken Together

Apple Cheddar Bacon Sandwich with Roasted Red Onion Mayo from Jam Hands

Man Bait Apple Crisp from Bakeaholic Mama

others joining in this later this week….

4 Sisters from Crumbs and Chaos
Cassie from Bake your Day
6 Sisters from Six Sisters Stuff


70 Responses to “Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze”

  1. posted Sep 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    These look soooo good. I adore this glaze!

    • posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

      Thanks Cassie, can’t wait to see your recipe!!!

  2. posted Sep 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    This glaze is amazing! I think I’m in love with these muffins.

  3. posted Sep 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I am all over healthy breakfast cupcakes…errr I mean muffins! Especially with yummy fabulous glaze…although I might just eat that by the spoonfuls…or stir it into my coffee:-) Thanks for planning a fun Applicious Week with me:-)

  4. posted Sep 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    YUM!!! I am a sucker for muffins and that glaze sounds diving!! Jocelyn – I second the glaze & coffee combo!!

  5. posted Sep 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    My SIL makes some great Apple Cheesecake Bars with a Caramel Drizzle each year for Thanksgiving. Yum!

    • posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

      That sounds amazing…I think she needs to guest post that recipe on your blog!!

  6. posted Sep 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I love Simply Recipes’ apple pie!

  7. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I have an apple pound cake recipe that I love!

  8. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

    thanks for coordinating such a great week and your muffins and the GLAZE!!! sounds incredible!

  9. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Oh no!! I have finished all the apples! I want these muffins!

  10. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Aimee…these are AWESOME. I’ve been excited for this week because I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:56 am

      Thanks girlfriend!! I love apples so I’ve been pretty excited too!! Wait till later in the week….just sayin….that’s when I bring out the big guns!

  11. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

    So excited for apple week!! And we both know caramel and apples are a good way to start it. Aimee, thank you so much for your hard work putting this together! So amazing to be apart of! Love these muffins.

    • posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:57 am

      You’re so sweet. I definitely like the way we started the week off!! Glad you could be a part of it!

  12. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Wow these look delicious! My favorite apple recipe is apple crumble.

  13. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:31 am

    what a great recipe! hope i win this great giveaway!

  14. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:42 am

    OMG…I just might run out of paper and/or ink printing all these yummy looking recipes!!!

    • posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:58 am

      haha! I know the feeling. My husband scoffs at me all the time when I ask him to pick up ink on his way home. He says, “you used to ask me to pick up milk!”

  15. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Apple week–you’re kidding! This sounds like a swell idea. Out of curiosity, how did you gals get the idea to form this great week blog-off? You make such a tight-knit community, I just love hearing about these great events you pro planners all put together. Thanks for sharing!

    • posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:01 am

      Jocelyn and I met for a fun day and we brainstormed the idea months ago of having an apple week. We emailed a group of bloggers to see if they would be interested and they said yes! Not pro planners at all…just have to reach out. Best part of blogging, building a community!!

  16. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:06 am

    those look so delicious! i can’t wait to make them with some fresh cider apples!

  17. Anonymous
    posted Sep 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

    My favorite Apple recipe is Fried Apple Pies! They are yummy!

  18. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I love making caramel apples at home!

  19. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I love apple cinnamon chip cookies!

  20. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Amazing! I have an apple spice cookie recipe that will surely go nicely with these muffins! I think I would do a caramel drizzle next time around. Thanks for sharing!

  21. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    These muffins look so good, especially with that glaze!

  22. Anonymous
    posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I love apple cake….or fresh made apple sauce – so easy

    losurymalu at cinci dot rr dot com

  23. Samantha M.
    posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite apple recipe is homemade apple pie with a crumb topping, but those muffins look amazing. I can’t wait to try them!

  24. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I have a great apple cake recipe and I love caramel apple cider cookies. Found your blog via Pinterest and can’t wait to make some of your recipes!

  25. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    My favorite apple recipe was for an apple crumb cake – it was beyond delicious!!

  26. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    lol, we are both totally thinking caramel glaze today!

  27. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Apple pie with a crumb topping. Scrumptious!

  28. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I’m a broke college student with no muffin tins, but this sounds good enough to make me take the train ride to Target to buy some just for this recipe!

  29. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Apples wrapped in crescent rolls, then baked with a mountain dew sauce. It’s unhealthy, it’s sorta gross, but it’s super delicious!

  30. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I love Apple Crisp with Ice Cream!

  31. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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  32. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    What a heavenly little muffin!

  33. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I can’t wait to make these and of course I’ll eat them for breakfast :)
    Normally I just make apple crisp with ice cream which is my favorite apple treat

  34. Diane
    posted Sep 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    My mom’s apple crisp recipe is my fave by far! I’m looking forward to making these muffins, though!!!

  35. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    wow! All of these recipes look soo good!

  36. Melissa L.
    posted Sep 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I love baking with apples and pumpkins. My family only likes the apple part though. These cupcakes look delicious.

  37. Danielle Beinke
    posted Sep 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    My favorite apple recipe is probably apple crisp – I use the one from Joy the Baker. It’s delicious!

  38. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Ooooo, I’m all for muffins with glaze. I’ll take one for breakfast and two 😉 to go with my afternoon coffee. Thanks for organizing such a fun week!

  39. posted Sep 18, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I love the idea of so many apple recipes! My mom makes the best apple pie. It’s one of my favorite parts of fall :) These muffins for breakfast though could definitely rank up there.

  40. posted Sep 18, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I love apple cobbler. Very very much.

  41. posted Sep 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Apple crisp. I just tried the BEST new recipe! And it’s really easy! WOOT!

  42. Anonymous
    posted Sep 19, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I love all your receipes! I keep forgetting to follow you on Pintrest. I’m gonna go do that know.
    My favorite apple receipe is for crock pot apples. All the insides of an apple pie, with none of the worry about crust!

  43. Erim M.
    posted Sep 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I love apple bread!

  44. posted Sep 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    These apple muffins look divine—-so excited to have found all these awesome recipes! :)

  45. posted Sep 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I saw these the other day and since then I can’t stop thinking of that caramel glaze. Mmm

  46. posted Sep 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Favorite apple recipe would be caramel apple pie! So yummy!

  47. posted Sep 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I am all over the Apple Cheddar Bacon Sandwich from Jam Hands! Sounds like lunch!

  48. posted Sep 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I love making homemade applesauce, but that doesn’t involve much of a recipe, so I’m going to say my grandma’s Apple Kuchen.

  49. posted Sep 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! I love love love Caramel Apple Pie. It’s da bomb.

  50. posted Sep 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I’m loving all the apple recipes! One of my favorite things about this time of year 😀

  51. Anonymous
    posted Sep 21, 2012 at 1:41 am

    These look so yummy!

  52. Anonymous
    posted Sep 23, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I love caramel apple pie.

  53. posted Oct 5, 2012 at 3:36 am

    These look amazing! We would love to invite this apple recipe and other other of your favorite apple recipes in this week’s Iron Chef Mom link up contest!
    The Iron Chef Mom Team :)

  54. posted Mar 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

    You had me at Apple Spice and then you said Caramel Glaze…your muffins look wonderful. I’ve pinned them :)

  55. deb farrell
    posted Apr 14, 2013 at 6:16 am

    All of these recipes sound amazing! I need more paper and ink.

  56. posted Jun 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    YUM! Just pinned….

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