Apple Snickerdoodle Muffins

Moist homemade apple muffins with a sweet cinnamon-sugar snickerdoodle topping. A family friendly breakfast, perfect for Fall and all year long!

Moist homemade apple snickerdoodle muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’ll happily watch Harry Potter just about any day. My kids even get excited to watch the movies now, but especially my oldest since she’s been reading the series. What’s funny to me is how the ‘Harry Potter weekends’ happen and we’ll watch and even sit through the commercials but we could just as easily put in the DVD…skipping the commercials and getting through the movies faster. And yet, every time one of these weekends happens, we watch on tv. Does this happen to anyone else? Surely they’re convincing a lot of people to tune in or they wouldn’t keep doing it. That or maybe they’re just struggling that bad for things to air.

Every year, sometime in April, I start to wish eagerly for apple season to return. This is because I can no longer get big beautiful local courtland apples anymore. The grocery store continues to have some for another month or two, but they’re not the same and not nearly as good. Once mid-August hits, our favorite apple farm is back open, but still lacking my favorite, which isn’t available until late September. I’m practically counting down the days. It’s almost here! I’m not about to rush through September, but I’m so excited to get a giant bag of apples. Seriously, courtlands are the absolute best. They’re similar to macintosh, but firmer and don’t brown fast. They’re ideal for eating fresh, in baked goods, canning… anything you could possibly desire.

Moist homemade apple snickerdoodle muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I love all things apple related but especially apple muffins. I always have and definitely always will, especially when they’re perfectly moist and bursting with Fall flavors.

I decided to combine a few of my favorite things with this family friendly recipe…

If I could eat apple snickerdoodle anything and everything all season long, I’d be totally content. From apple snickerdoodle cobbler to apple butter snickerdoodle cookies and these apple snickerdoodle muffins… it’s a fun flavor combination that I can’t get enough of. If you’re anything like me, you’ll definitely want to whip these up asap.

Moist homemade apple muffins with a sweet cinnamon-sugar snickerdoodle topping. A fun family friendly breakfast or snack, perfect to enjoy all year long!

Moist homemade apple snickerdoodle muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Apple Snickerdoodle Muffins

Moist homemade apple muffins with a sweet cinnamon-sugar snickerdoodle topping. A family friendly breakfast, perfect for Fall and all year long!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Muffin
Servings: 7 muffins


  • 1/4 C applesauce
  • 1/2 Tb vegetable oil
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 3/4 C shredded apples
  • 1 C all purpose flour


  • 2 Tb granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a regular muffin with 8 paper liners.
  • Peel and shred apples. Squeeze out excess juice. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine applesauce, vegetable oil and sugars. Mix in egg and vanilla. With mixer running on low, add in salt and spices. Mix in apples. When apples are equally distributed, mix in flour. Mix until just combined. 
  • Using a large cookie scoop, divide batter between prepared lineres. 
  • Mix together remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over each portion of batter. 
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool in pan for 2 minutes before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Store in an arightight container for up to several days. 


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Moist homemade apple snickerdoodle muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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20 Responses to “Apple Snickerdoodle Muffins”

  1. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — September 5, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I made apple muffins too but yours win with this delicious sugar topping. Yumm, yum!

    • #
      Rachel — September 6, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Thanks, Emily!

  2. #
    Nicole Taggart — September 5, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I am sooo going to miss apple season in new england this year. I need to whip up a batch of these muffins when I can get some good ones here in FL

    • #
      Rachel — September 6, 2016 at 7:36 am

      You should have some apples shipped down from Macks!

  3. #
    Kristen Chidsey — September 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I absolutely love that you combined the apples with snickerdoodles. And I am with you–so ready for apple season!

    • #
      Rachel — September 6, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Thanks, Kristen!

  4. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — September 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I’m right there with you. I could eat apple Snickerdoodle things all day long!

    • #
      Rachel — September 6, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Yay! All things snickerdoodle!

  5. #
    Krystle — September 5, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    What a great idea for Fall! A total upgrade to my break treat (cinnamon sugar toast).

    • #
      Rachel — September 6, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Thanks, Krystle!

  6. #
    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — September 6, 2016 at 5:44 am

    We are the same way about Harry Potter movies! It’s so funny. When we see them on, regardless of the fact that we own them and can watch whenever, it’s always like “Ooh! Harry Potter!”

    And these muffins look awesome. Mmm…

    • #
      Rachel — September 6, 2016 at 7:38 am

      I’m so glad we’re not alone with that! And thanks, Sarah! :)

  7. #
    Erin@WellPlated — September 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Apples are one of my favorites too and I’m constantly looking for new muffin recipes. These are perfect!

    • #
      Rachel — September 6, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks, Erin!

  8. #
    Jessica Wilson - Sweetooth — September 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Looks absolutely jaw-dropping!

    • #
      Rachel — September 7, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Thanks, Jessica!

  9. #
    Sasha @ Just Coffee Maker — August 1, 2018 at 4:10 am

    The apple snicker doodle cupcakes look delicious! Is apple butter just apple sauce or something else?

    • #
      Rachel — August 6, 2018 at 8:22 am

      To answer your question, apple butter starts out as applesauce and is then reduced down significantly so it is thick enough to stay on a spoon without sliding off. For these muffins, you should use standard applesauce for best results. I do have a recipe for apple butter cupcakes, perhaps that’s what you’re thinking of? Either way, good luck! :)

  10. #
    Molly Rasch — March 23, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Can these be done as mini muffins? If so, what is the baking time?

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      Rachel — March 24, 2020 at 7:59 am

      You can definitely do that! I don’t have an exact time for you, but generally mini muffins should be cooked for 10-14 minutes. Check early and then monitor closely.

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