Easy Applesauce Muffins {With Cinnamon}

Quick and easy spiced applesauce muffins recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in 30 minutes. Soft , moist and full of cinnamon and nutmeg.

These muffins taste like Fall! The warm spices combined with the apple flavor are just what your soul and mouth need this season. If you are in the mood for all things Autumn and Thanksgiving, then make sure to try these Easy Pumpkin Muffins, Cranberry Orange Muffins. Also, don’t forget this delicious Applesauce Cake!

Stack of Easy Applesauce Muffins on Cupcake Pan

How To Make Applesauce Muffins Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Add ingredients in bowl- This includes butter, eggs, applesauce, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda.
  2. Mix– Until just combined.
  3. Pour batter– In lined cupcake pan.
  4. Bake– Until tops are golden brown.
  5. Cool muffins– For 10 minutes and then enjoy.

Why did my muffins sink in the middle?

This means they were not done cooking yet and were removed from the oven. The muffins needed to be baked longer. You will know they are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, and the tops are golden brown.

Freshly Baked Apple Muffin in Liner in Cupcake Pan


Applesauce oatmeal muffins– Add 1-2 tbsp rolled oats (not quick oats) in the batter for a subtle chewy texture.

Banana applesauce muffins– You can use this Banana Muffins recipe as the base and reduce the amount of sugar with applesauce so it doesn’t become overly sweet. Another option is to reduce the quantity of applesauce in this recipe and replace it with some mashed ripe banana.

Add a sugar topping– While the muffins are still warm, brush tops with melted unsalted butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar.

Add a sparkling sugar topping– The sparkling sugar is a larger crystal than granulated sugar and will give a beautiful look and crunchy texture on top of the muffins. They need to be added just prior to baking.

Try other extracts– Such as bourbon, maple, or almond extract.

Mix in some nuts– Such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, or cashews. They should be finely chopped to prevent them from sinking to bottom.

Add some shredded carrots– For additional sweetness and some added health benefits too.

Make mini muffins- Use a mini muffin tray. Keep an eye on these, because the baking time will be shorter than normal sized muffins.

Make jumbo muffins- Use a jumbo muffin tin. Be aware that the baking time will vary and take longer than the regular muffins.

Add chocolate chips– Fold in dark, milk, white chocolate, or even butterscotch chips for added sweetness. They should be mini sized to keep them from sinking to bottom.

Top them off– With peanut butter or any other nut butter or Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam or Powdered Sugar Glaze or even this Easy Chocolate Ganache. I love it with a smear of this Crockpot Pumpkin Butter and this Crockpot Apple Butter.

Partially Eaten Spice Muffin on Top of Whole Muffin- Closeup Shot

Tips And Techniques For Apple Muffins

Use unsalted butter– Because this prevents them from becoming too salty.

Use unsweetened applesauce– Because this will prevent them from becoming too sweet.

Adjust amount of extracts- Add more or less cinnamon and nutmeg, based on your preference.

Why are my muffins soggy? Either the ratio of liquid to dry ingredients is too off and there was too much liquid, or the muffins were not baked long enough.

Butter vs. Oil– Butter adds so much more flavor and richness, while oil only adds moisture. Stick with butter for this recipe.

Don’t over-mix- Because that can yield very tough and dense muffins.

Both, baking powder and baking soda are required– One cannot be replaced with the other, and neither can be left out.

Liner vs. No liner– Many people prefer to just oil the pan and omit the liners but this is entirely up to you.

Let muffins cool- They must cool completely before you dig in. If you peel the liners while the muffins are warm, they will fall apart.

Collage Image With Baked and Unbaked Muffins in Foil Tray

Storage of Muffins

Refrigerate- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Freeze- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month, then thaw to room temperature and enjoy.

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Applesauce Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Quick and easy spiced applesauce muffins recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in 30 minutes. Soft , moist and full of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Yield: 12 Muffins



  • In a large mixing bowl, add butter, eggs, applesauce, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda until combined. You can also mix in 1 tbsp rolled oats, if you like.
  • Add this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Don't over mix! It's okay if there are some lumps.
  • Pour batter in a cupcake pan, lined with cupcake liners.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean and tops are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let muffins cool for about 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 216kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 126mg, Potassium: 109mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 283IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 216
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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