After thinking it was a great idea to buy apples at Costco for our little family of 3 the other day, I quickly realized that I need to find ways to use them up fast. So this weekend, during a very productive nap time, with our new puppy Zeus at my feet (story to come) I found what had seemed to be a quick and easy apple cinnamon muffins recipe to make. That way, when we all woke up on Sunday, we could have fresh homemade muffins waiting for us. The recipe turned out great, and after sharing a photo on social media, you all were interested as well. The fail to this story is that the recipe called for 2 apples….just 2, and now we are left with 1000 more. I can’t wait to get back into our farmers market routine with the 10 apple bags. Check out the recipe from Add a Pinch below:
2 cups all-purpose flour (+ 2 teaspoons for coating apples)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (+ ½ teaspoon for coating apples)
2 cups diced apples
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ cup milk
For the Topping:
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray muffin tins with bakers spray or coat well with shortening or butter and flour, making sure to discard any excess flour from the tins after coating.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Toss together diced apples and 2 teaspoons of flour to coat apples in a separate bowl. Set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar until lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add an egg, one at a time, taking care to fully incorporate before adding the other. Mix in vanilla.
Gently fold in flour mixture, alternating with milk. Stir until just combined. Fold in diced apples and scoop mixture into prepared muffin tins, filling about ⅔ to ¾ full. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
Prepare topping for muffins while the muffins are baking by melting the butter and allowing to cool slightly. Pour butter into a separate bowl sized easy for dipping tops of muffins. Mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl and set aside.
Once muffins have baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the muffin tin. Then, remove each muffin and dip first into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place onto a plate to finish cooling.
Katie Rose xo