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Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze

Apple Spice Muffins make fall mornings cozier! Topped with a dreamy caramel glaze, these muffins have all the seasonal flavors you crave this time of year.

Apple Spice Muffins with caramel glaze in red checkered paper wrapper.

This apple muffin recipe started off as a happy accident.

I tweaked an old recipe I had for Zucchini cupcakes to make them apple flavored for fall. When these came out of the oven, they really were more of a muffin. A perfect, moist, spiced apple muffin that smelled like fall!

The Perfect Fall Muffin Recipe

I wasn’t disappointed that my cupcakes turned into muffins. While people might question your choice to eat cupcakes for breakfast, no one can say a word about eating a muffin first thing in the morning.

Even if it’s one topped with caramel frosting!

This Apple Spice Muffin recipe has everything I love most about fall:

  • full apple flavor
  • cinnamon spice
  • caramel

The spiciness of the cloves makes the house smell amazing when these are in the oven.

These are the perfect addition to a crisp fall morning. Pour yourself a cup of dalgona coffee or pumpkin cream cold brew, wrap yourself in your favorite scarf and cozy up with a freshly baked muffin.

Whether you live somewhere with traditional “autumn weather” or not, a bite of Apple Spice Muffin will make you feel like you’re surrounded by falling leaves!

Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze in a red and white paper liner.

Ingredient Notes

Apples.

Choose a variety with lots of flavor and a nice balance of tartness and sweetness. Honeycrisps and Pink Ladies are great choices, along with Granny Smiths and Fuji apples.

Core, peel and dice your apples before you begin preparing the muffins.

Orange Juice.

I strongly recommend you squeeze your own from fresh oranges. Use a manual citrus squeezer or just do your best squeezing by hand.

Almond Extract.

I also use almond extract in this recipe! It complements flavor of the apples and spices and makes these muffins smell extra good when they’re baking.

Step by Step Instructions

Once your ingredients are ready to go, these muffins are easy to make!

STEP 1. Make the muffin batter

Beat sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice and almond extract together in a large bowl. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cloves. Mix and then fold in the diced apples.

STEP 2. Bake

Fill paper lined muffin cups to half full. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Remove and cool.

Apple Spice Muffins might taste good on their own but WOW does the caramel glaze really make them shine.

How to Make Caramel Glaze

Place brown sugar, butter and 1/4 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 2 full minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove the warm glaze from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Let the caramel cool for 15 minutes then whisk in powdered sugar and a little more milk to make a smooth spreadable icing.

Spread the finished caramel glaze on top of each muffin to make the best ever caramel apple muffin. Enjoy!

Apple Spice Muffins sliced in half to see chunks of apple.

Recipe FAQs

What are the best apples for muffins?

Granny Smith and Fuji apples are my favorite varieties for baking, their tart balances with the sweetness.

How do I store baked apple muffins?

Store in airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to one week.

Do I have to use paper liners?

No, you can spray the cupcake tin with baking spray instead.

Can I freeze apple muffins?

Yes. Freeze them before adding glaze, then make the caramel glaze fresh while the apple spice muffins thaw.

I love these with hot cocoa or tea for breakfast or even a quick dessert. They definitely have a moist “muffin-y” crumb but the swirl of caramel on top is more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. You have to try them.

Sliced apple muffin with caramel glaze on wooden trivet.
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Hands down, these Apple Spice Muffins are the BEST apple muffin for fall!

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Yield: 24-30 muffins

Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze: perfect recipe for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

Ingredients

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

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

Instructions

  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!

Notes

  • adapted from Food.com
  • choose apples such as Honeycrisp or granny smith for best flavor

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Aimee

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on September 11, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

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