Pipe Dream #311: To Keep It Crackly, Yo – Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

Oh, these muffs. Whole wheat flour, orchard apples and a crunchy cinnamon top that makes these feel like a double treat. Will I ever tire of muffins? Likely not.

apple muffins



These are best the day they’re baked, and make sure you let them cool completely on a wire rack before storing. The crunchy top lost it’s crackle after a few hours in a storage container. But it’s not like that killed it for me, no sirree. Great flava flav remained.


Lovin’ these muffins,


Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

Adapted from Pinch of  Yum

For the apple muffins:

1½ cups finely chopped apples

⅓ cup canola oil

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon white vinegar

⅓ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon molasses

1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 2 1/2 tablespoons water, let set for 1o minutes)

1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

1 cup all purpose flour

1½ cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the crunchy topping:

2 tablespoons canola oil

3 tablespoons white sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Add the vinegar to the milk and let it sit for a few minutes to curdle (or just use buttermilk).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, buttermilk, sugar, molasses, flax egg, and maple flavoring until smooth. Add the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Stir until just combined. Fold in the chopped apples. Scoop the mixture into the twelve cups of a greased or lined muffin tin.

Stir together the oil, sugar and cinnamon; spoon over the tops of the muffins.

Bake the muffins for about 15 minutes, until golden brown with big round tops that spring back when pressed.


2 Responses to “Pipe Dream #311: To Keep It Crackly, Yo – Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins”

  1. 1 rachelshane January 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I have made this recipe 2-3 times from POY. They are SOOOOO good.

  2. 2 Lauren January 12, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I know!! I also love her pumpkin muffins. Soooo good. I’ve made them twice.

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