Brown Butter Apple Muffins | Formidable Kitchen


Oh hey there! It’s your resident Muffin Queen right here to deliver you a model NEW muffin recipe that simply screams fall.

These tender, completely candy brown butter apple muffins are crammed with warming spices and juicy bites of apples, plus essentially the most unimaginable cinnamon pecan streusel topping. Ever since I shared this Brown Butter Apple Espresso Cake a few years again I’ve been dreaming a few tremendous fluffy muffin model. I baked these beauties up a few months in the past and it was really love at first chunk.

I’ve included simple methods to customise your apple muffins, together with the best way to make them gluten free (as a result of I do know you’ll ask!). So bear in mind to scroll by way of the entire put up and notes part to get your entire questions answered. Get pleasure from these lovely muffins heat with butter for the perfect breakfast or snack this fall!

apple muffins in stacks on a plate

What you’ll have to make these brown butter apple muffins

These lovely apple muffins are completely candy, crammed with warming spices, and have an unimaginable cinnamon pecan streusel on high. Right here’s what you’ll have to make them:

  • Flour: we’re utilizing good outdated all-purpose flour in each the streusel topping and the muffin itself for the proper texture. See under for a gluten-free substitute!
  • Butter: these apple muffins are deliciously moist and decadent because of brown butter. It’s the key ingredient that makes them further particular.
  • Applesauce: you’ll additionally want some unsweetened applesauce for further moisture and apple taste.
  • Sweetener: we’re sweetening these muffins with a bit brown sugar and pure maple syrup.
  • Apple: we’re additionally mixing a chopped apple proper into the batter, after all! I like to make use of a honeycrisp apple, however be at liberty to make use of any agency, candy apple you want.
  • Spices: each chunk tastes like fall because of the comfortable spices! You’ll want cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and a bit salt.
  • Baking staples: don’t neglect the baking powder, baking soda (sure, each!) and vanilla extract.
  • For the streusel: that attractive streusel topping is made with flour, chopped pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter. OBSESSED.

mixing batter for brown butter apple muffins

Customise your apple muffins

There are a number of swaps I can advocate to make these apple muffins your personal. Right here’s what I recommend:

  • Make them gluten free: merely use an all-purpose 1:1 gluten free flour rather than the common flour.
  • Make them dairy free: use a vegan butter (I like Miyokos) as a substitute of normal butter. Don’t try and brown the vegan butter, merely soften it as a substitute and use it within the recipe as directed.
  • Make them a bit extra nutritious: use as much as 3/4 cup of white entire wheat flour or entire wheat pastry flour rather than the all-purpose flour.

mixing batter for an apple muffins recipe

Discover ways to brown butter

As I discussed, the brown butter provides a wealthy, nutty, completely scrumptious taste to those apple muffins. Discover ways to make brown butter right here, plus get all of my suggestions and methods!

unbaked apple muffins with a crumble topping in a muffin tin

How one can make the perfect apple muffins

  1. Make the streusel topping. Begin by mixing collectively the substances for the streusel topping, pouring within the melted butter final, and stirring all of it along with a fork to create good crumbles. Refrigerate the topping till you’re prepared to make use of it.
  2. Brown your butter. Add the butter to a saucepan or skillet over medium warmth and whisk it till it’s a pleasant deep amber shade and smells nutty. Set it apart to chill earlier than including it to your muffin batter.
  3. Make the muffin batter. Add your entire moist substances to a big bowl and blend till they’re nicely mixed, then do the identical in a separate bowl to your dry substances. Add the dry combination to the moist and blend till simply mixed. Stir within the brown butter final, then fold within the apples!
  4. Prime, bake & take pleasure in. Divide the batter right into a muffin tin lined with muffin liners (I additionally advocate spraying the muffin liners!), sprinkle the streusel on high of every muffin, and bake. Cool and luxuriate in as is or with a bit butter!

homemade apple muffins on parchment paper

Don’t neglect these muffin-baking suggestions

  • Use room temp substances. Ensure your brown butter is cooled earlier than utilizing it and convey your eggs to room temperature in order that they don’t coagulate with the butter. Merely run your eggs underneath heat water for a couple of minutes to deliver them to room temp.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Combine the dry substances into your moist substances till it’s simply mixed. For those who overmix the batter your muffins might end up dense and nearly rubbery, which we don’t need.
  • Use muffin liners & spray. I like to recommend spraying your muffin liners with a little bit of cooking spray to stop any sticking.

brown butter apple muffin with a bite taken out

How one can retailer and freeze home made apple muffins

  • To retailer: retailer the apple muffins in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 2 days, then I like to recommend storing them within the fridge for as much as 1 week.
  • To freeze: wrap the muffins individually in freezer-safe baggage or retailer them in a big freezer bag. Whenever you’re able to take pleasure in them, reheat them for 30-45 seconds within the microwave or just thaw them at room temperature.

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homemade apple muffin on a plate with butter

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I hope you’re keen on these brown butter apple muffins! For those who make them, remember to go away a remark and a score so I understand how you preferred them. Get pleasure from, xo!


Brown Butter Apple Muffins with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel

apple muffin with a bite taken out

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook dinner Time 25 minutes

Complete Time 45 minutes

Serves12 muffins

Stunning brown butter studded apple muffins made with with chunks of juicy apples AND applesauce! A contact of brown sugar, maple syrup and a crunchy cinnamon pecan streusel may have you coming again many times! And the apple muffins keep moist for days! Make these, you will not remorse it.


  • For the topping & streusel:
  • ½ cup all goal flour
  • ¼ cup finely chopped uncooked pecans
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon floor cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • Moist substances:
  • cup salted butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 giant eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (or sub coconut sugar)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dry substances:
  • 1 ¾ cup all goal flour (or sub gf all goal flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Combine-ins:
  • 1 medium honeycrisp apple (or one other agency & candy apple), peeled, cored and roughly chopped into ¼ inch items (about 1 cup chopped apple)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 levels F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners and spray the within of the liners with nonstick cooking spray. This may stop sticking.

  • First make your streusel topping: in a medium bowl, combine collectively the flour, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add within the melted butter and stir along with a fork till it begins to kind into crumbles and resembles clumps of moist sand. You could want to make use of your fingers/fingers to kind into good thick ‘crumbs’. Cowl the bowl with plastic wrap and place within the fridge till prepared to make use of.

  • Make your brown butter: add ⅓ cup butter to a big saucepan or skillet and place over medium warmth. The butter will start to soften, crackle, after which ultimately foam. Ensure you stir continually throughout this course of. After a few minutes, the butter will start to brown and switch a pleasant golden amber shade on the underside of the saucepan, this often occurs proper when it foams. Proceed to whisk and take away from warmth as quickly because the butter begins to brown and provides off a nutty aroma. Put aside till cool sufficient to the touch, about 5 to 10 minutes.

  • In a big bowl, combine collectively the moist substances till nicely mixed: applesauce, eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

  • In a separate medium bowl: whisk collectively the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Add the dry substances to the moist substances and blend till simply mixed; don’t overmix. Lastly stir within the brown butter till nicely integrated, then fold within the chopped apples.

  • Divide batter evenly between the ready muffin liners, then evenly sprinkle the streusel on high. Bake for 23-28 minutes or till the tester comes out of the center clear. Permit muffins to chill for five to 10 minutes within the pan earlier than eradicating and transferring to a wire rack. Get pleasure from muffins heat with butter. Makes 12 muffins. Retailer muffins at room temperature in an hermetic container for as much as 2 days, then switch to the fridge for as much as 1 week or freezer for as much as 3 months.

Recipe Notes

To make gluten free: use an all-purpose 1:1 gluten free flour.
To make dairy free: use a vegan butter (I like Miyokos) as a substitute of normal butter. Don’t try and brown the vegan butter, merely soften it as a substitute and use within the recipe as directed.
To make these a bit heartier (and a bit extra nutritious!), use as much as 3/4 cup of white entire wheat flour or entire wheat pastry flour rather than the all-purpose flour.


Serving: 1muffinEnergy: 232calCarbohydrates: 31.2gProtein: 3.8gFats: 10.6gSaturated Fats: 5.5gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 11.5g


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