Apple Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

A recipe for apple pumpkin gingerbread muffins. Tender and moist spiced pumpkin and gingerbread muffins with sweet apple chunks throughout. The perfect Fall breakfast or snack.

Apple Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffin Recipe from

I finally broke down an updated my phone. I put off updating it for so long because last time there was a major iOS update, I had too many things that needed updating at once. Basically, my computer and phone spazzed out (actual technical term) and I ended up losing most of my photos, etc. I’ve been scared to do too many updates, backups and changes at once but this time it was smooth sailing… minus one glitch that brought me to even consider doing the update in the first place…

On Friday I cracked my phone. I decided I can live with it for now because it doesn’t intrude into the  actual screen at all and I can’t feel the crack so we’ll see if it gets worse over time or anything. It was dumb how it happened really – in a rush to get outside to get my oldest from the bus I ended up wiping out in the driveway. Oops. Only minor injuries that will heal but my poor phone won’t. They should really use scratch proof plexiglass or something instead of regular (easily cracked and scratched) glass. Surely that’d be a better solution, at least for the consumers.

As for the iOS upgrade… I’m not totally sold on it but I don’t really have a choice huh? There are some features I like and others I’m just meh about. I actually don’t mind being forced into having a lock pad now. It’ll prevent my youngest from potentially sending messages or placing calls. Oh it’s happened. Maybe this means we’ll all be seeing fewer garbled messages showing up online that were clearly pocket messages or messages from those 3 and under.

The thing I hate most is all of the new icons. They’re just weird and so many changes at once is hard to take. I swear my icons are all neon colors too, not attractive. Whoever though a boxy neon green icon would be a good idea was seriously wrong.

Apple Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffin Recipe from

I made these muffins a week ago, total last minute, not this particular batch just this recipe. I sent the majority with the Mr and a friend for a long day of mountain bike riding. The few left behind were completely devoured that morning by myself and the kids. I knew immediately I had to make them again so I could share the recipe with you. They’re too good not to share! And sharing is caring. I care and want you to have these delicious muffins in your bellies.

Packed with the flavors of the season… from sweet apple chunks, spices, pumpkin and molasses. These muffins are moist, tender, flavorful and a must make breakfast or snack! A final sprinkling of sugar creates the perfect sweet crusty top.

Apple Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffin Recipe from

Apple Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

Tender and moist spiced pumpkin and gingerbread muffins with apple chunks throughout.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Muffin
Servings: 17 muffins


  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 C plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 2 to 2 1/2 C apples peeled and chopped
  • Plus additional sugar for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare two regular muffin pans with 17 liners total.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter with sugars. Add in wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Mix in spices, salt, baking powder and baking soda. With mixer running on low, slowly add in flour. When batter is streak free, mix in apple chunks by hand.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, add 1 heaping scoop to each liner. Sprinkle generously with granulated sugar.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out with only a few moist crumbs.
  • Cool in pan for 1 minute. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store uncovered.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Seasonal recipes to try:
Soft batch frosted pumpkin cookies
Pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread
Perfect soft batch pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Slow cooker cinnamon applesauce
Apple snickerdoodle cobbler
Apple cinnamon pull-apart bread

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66 Responses to “Apple Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins”

  1. #
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — October 28, 2013 at 6:56 am

    These look great! Sorry about your phone.

  2. #
    Terri C — October 28, 2013 at 7:25 am

    These sound wonderful! You would think they could make a phone that doesn’t have to break.

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

      You’d think! Maybe if I buy a kids phone it’ll have that option lol

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — October 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

    All of my favorite fall flavors in one recipe! Love it!!!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Ali!

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    Carrian — October 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

    These muffins looks amazing! I love the combination of apples, gingerbread and pumpkin. It is like fall all rolled into one muffin!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

      It is! :) Thanks Carrian

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      Jessica — October 19, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Made these this morning. Very good but next time I will add nuts.

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      Rachel — October 23, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!

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    Erin|The Law Student's Wife — October 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I’ve been holding out on the upgrade! Sounds like I need to keep thinking about it…preferably over an entire pan of these muffins.

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Yes! Muffins would help ;)

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — October 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I’m with you, the icons are just annoying with the upgrade. I held out long but caved eventually. I love these muffins, gingerbread and apples!!! And pumpkins. What a great fall breakfast. Oh and that muffin pan they are in and your background are beautiful. Just want that last picture to come off the screen :)

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

      I wish we had more control over the style and colors, then I might not mind so much ;)

  7. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — October 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Best flavor combo ever! I’m making these for breakfast tomorrow!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Enjoy! :)

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This is a killer combination with apples, pumpkin and gingerbread going on, love it! Also- you can actually get rid of the lock screen if you want. I never had one on my phone and figuring out how to disable that when it upgraded was the first thing I did!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

      You can remove it BUT if you lose your phone then the find my iPhone thing doesn’t work if you aren’t utilizing the lock screen :( so I’ll just use it.

  9. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — October 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I love pumpkin and gingerbread together, but now with apple too? Fun.

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Erin! :)

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    Beth @ bethcakes — October 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    These look incredible! I really love all the fall flavors going on in these muffins! I don’t have an iphone, but I’ve really been putting off upgrading my ipad.

    • #
      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      For some reason the iPad update doesn’t bother me as much, maybe because it’s not attached to my hand ;)

  11. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — October 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    What a great combo! Not sure why I’ve never thought to add apple to my pumpkin muffins. Awesome idea. Also looooove that pan.

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Apples are necessary in this house ;)

  12. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    All of my favorite seasonal flavors in one place! Love these muffins

    • #
      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks Lauren! :)

  13. #
    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — October 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    each muffin has my name on it ..

  14. #
    Gaby — October 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Pumpkin and gingerbread, I must have these! Sorry to hear about your phone & your wipe out in the driveway, Ouch.

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      Rachel — October 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

      You really do! Thanks Gaby :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    seriously love the flavor combinations in this muffin. gingerbread is one of my favorite Fall flavors but so is pumpkin and apple sooo you basically made the best trifecta of flavors :) i LOVE the last photo with that muffin tin, it’s gorgeous. i hope you figure out the phone situation, maybe the Apple store will replace it for free for you!

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      Rachel — October 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Ugh I know… wishful thinking. I’m probably not even going to waste my time going to the mall to be shot down though.

  16. #
    Joanne T Ferguson — October 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    G’day! Love the combination Rachel, true!
    I can almost smell these through the computer screen and love your photos too!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • #
      Rachel — October 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

      Thanks Joanne!

  17. #
    Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker — October 29, 2013 at 3:11 am

    These look fantastic! They look even more gorgeous with that bright purple muffin liner and I’m sure they taste great as well.

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      Rachel — October 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

      Thanks Rebecca!

  18. #
    Glory/ Glorious Treats — October 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Yum, sounds like all the flavors of fall in one pretty muffin! Not only do the muffins looks great, but I’m in love with that muffin tin! =)

  19. #
    Dina — November 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    all the wonderful flavors of fall!

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      Rachel — November 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Dina! :)

  20. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    These muffins look delightful :) I just love apple muffins!

  21. #
    Kristy — November 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    You you think you could also add oatmeal to these? maybe a cup of oatmeal add less flour?

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      Rachel — November 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      It’s possible but I cannot promise it will turn out the same, as I haven’t tested the recipe that way myself. Good luck!

  22. #
    Julianne — November 25, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I’ve made these muffins twice and love your recipe! Any thoughts on if it would work to make it in a 9X13 cake pan instead? …..wondering if I would need to double the recipe or keep as is.

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      Rachel — November 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

      It’s possible that it might. It might be thinner/shorter than your standard muffin but doubling the recipe might be overkill for that size pan. I guess the only way to find out is to try it though, right? :)

  23. #
    Chelby — September 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    These are awesome! I am allergic to dairy so I substituted the butter for canola oil and instead of yogurt added another 1/3 c. of pumpkin. They turned out fantastic!

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      Rachel — September 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

  24. #
    Serena — September 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

    All things fall…that I love. Adding to the weekly rotation…as we make muffins weekly!

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      Rachel — September 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks so much Serena! I hope you enjoy them :)

  25. #
    Liz — October 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I’m wondering how sweet these are? They look amazing! But would would it be possible to reduce the amount of sugar in them?

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      Rachel — October 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

      I don’t remember them being overly sweet. Typical pumpkin muffin flavor but if you’re sensitive to sweetness, feel free to adjust to your liking but I can’t promise how they’ll taste with adjustments made. Good luck!

  26. #
    Jessica — November 5, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Just made these yesterday and they are deeelicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Rachel — November 6, 2014 at 7:27 am

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing :)

  27. #
    Sylvia — November 5, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I made these tonight and they are awesome! So yummy and a great fall treat! I used Penzey’s vanilla sugar on top. Love them!

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      Rachel — November 6, 2014 at 7:27 am

      That’s great to hear. I’m glad you enjoyed them! :)

  28. #
    Holly — November 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I just made these muffins and OMG. Absolutely divine! I used pears and substituted 1/2 c. of ww for the flour and they are A-MAZE-ING. Thank you so much!

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      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing :)

  29. #
    Anne — January 9, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I have made pumpkin-apple muffins for years but decided to try your recipe because it included molasses and less butter. I am so glad I did! I made these this morning and this will now be my new favorite recipe. The combination of yogurt, less flour and only 20 minutes of bake time turned into incredibly moist muffins. Thanks for experimenting-Love these and will definitely share your blog site.

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      Rachel — January 10, 2015 at 8:18 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing! :)

  30. #
    chelsea — September 11, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Hi! I made these muffins so much last fall while in Virginia and everyone loved them! I have now moved to Colorado and would love to make them this week but not sure what I will need to change due to the elevation here… do you know? I love these muffins and want to be able to still make them perfect!


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      Rachel — September 12, 2015 at 7:56 am

      I’m not too familiar with all of the adjustments required for high altitude baking. However, you might want to check out this link from King Arthur Flour. They offer great suggestions. Good luck!!

  31. #
    Sheila — October 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    these are delicious! I used buttermilk since I didn’t have yogurt and shredded the apple for different texture, will definitely make again!

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      Rachel — October 30, 2015 at 7:24 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing, Sheila!

  32. #
    Katelyn — October 31, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    These were absolutely delicious!! I made 12 large sized muffins. I love the texture and that they only use half a stick of butter! Definitely a new favorite.

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      Rachel — November 1, 2015 at 7:48 am

      So glad you enjoyed them, Katelyn! Thanks for sharing!

  33. #
    Jill Roberts — July 31, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Apple pumpkin gingerbread muffins are perfect for morning breakfasts! Ideal ingredients + low calories is what i needed! Thx for sharing, Rachel!

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      Rachel — August 3, 2017 at 7:23 am

      Thanks, Jill! Enjoy! :)

  34. #
    Diana — October 31, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    These turned out great, moist and flavorful. I love the smell of these flavors! I got 14 medium muffins.

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      Rachel — November 2, 2022 at 12:42 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!

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