Wicked Famous Apple Cinnamon Muffins


It is the most beloved, the most requested, the most downloaded and the most adored recipe on Kate from Scratch.  This recipe exploded all over the internet when it was first published; shared and linked and highlighted and commented upon regularly for over a year.  I got emails saying how “wicked good” and “totally amazing” and even (dare I repeat it, for fear of sounding like a blogger)  …

“amazeballs” they are.  Yes, seriously.

I just figured it was luck and never gave it much thought after that.    So, after nearly two years of people referring to these as, “you know those really good apple cinnamon muffins with that stuff on top you made that one time?”

I figured I’d make them again.  And as you can tell from that mess of a pan.  I made a LOT of them.


Yes, people…

I, the one who never ever makes the same thing twice (seriously never) have followed my own recipe and perfected it upon picking over fifty pounds of apples with the family over the weekend.  If you thought these muffins were “wicked awesome” before… brace yourselves.

You asked for it and you got it.

My “Wicked Famous Apple Muffins” are here once again and now that I sit here and eat one, I get it.  I understand.  They really are pretty good if I do say so myself.

The secret?


They don’t hold back.

There’s lots of real butter, lots of fresh ripe and crisp New York apples with an entire container of sour cream in the batter to keep the crumb of the muffin moist and tender.  Not to mention tons of honey graham cracker cinnamon sugar streusel on top.

Hey, if you’re going to do something, do it right.

Wicked Famous Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Makes three dozen muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups diced, peeled tart fresh and ripe quality apples
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 16-ounce container of sour cream
  • 1 stick of butter at room temperature
Graham Cracker Streusel:
  • 10 sheets of graham crackers (40 individual graham crackers), crushed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 sticks of butter cut into pea sized pieces
      1. Move oven rack to top third of oven and preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line or generously grease 36 muffin cups
      2. In a large bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and whisk to evenly distribute dry ingredients.  Add apples to dry ingredients.  Toss to coat.   Add eggs, sour cream and butter and mix to combine.
      3. In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients (you can use your hands for this) for the streusel topping until crumbly.
      4. Using an ice cream scoop or a one quarter cup dry measure, add batter to each prepared pan.  Place one handful of streusel (about two rounded teaspoons) on top of each muffin and press gently to make sure the streusel sticks.  Place pan(s) in preheated oven on top rack and bake until muffin springs back when gently pressed, or for about ten minutes.
      5. Remove pan(s) from oven and place on a wire rack until cool enough to handle.  Remove muffins from pan and enjoy.
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9 Responses to Wicked Famous Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  1. …Mmmm I am looking forward to trying these, thye look delicious. Thank you for your recicpe!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Got these delicious muffins as a gift from Kate for taking her son to school when he missed the bus. Can hardly wait till that happens again. The muffins were absolutely delicious! Making them this week-end can’t wait.

  3. Deb says:

    I missed this tempting recipe the first time and I am very happy you shared it again! Apples are my daughter’s favorite, she will love these fantastic muffins!

  4. Laura says:

    Can’t wait to try these! They look divine!

  5. Liz says:

    I probably commented on this recipe the first time around, but I, too, am delighted you re-shared it. My family thinks I’m nuts for not making the same recipes again (I do have to give in and make Nestle’s Tollhouse cookies at least once a month, though)…but I’m glad my blogger friends are of the same mind! These look terrific…apples in baked goods are one of my favorite treats in the world. More than even chocolate :)

  6. Jenny says:

    Yum! These muffins are fantastic, Kate – wonderful recipe.

  7. Veronica says:

    I can’t believe I missed this recipe before. I am going to make these this weekend – they look wonderful!

  8. Shannon says:

    I make these every year around this time. They are really really fantastic. The graham cracker streusel is divine –

  9. Jean says:

    So glad this is up again!

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