Soft Muffins with Juicy Apple Bits and Crumble Topping

There are apple muffins, then there are these irresistibly moist and tender apple crumb muffins! My simple recipe is packed with apple pieces and piled high with a buttery streusel topping.

For Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed (100g)
¼ cup granulated sugar (50g)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon table salt
½ cup canola oil (may substitute vegetable oil or other neutral cooking oil) (120ml)
½ cup buttermilk (120ml)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ cups peeled, chopped apples (215g)

For Crumb Topping
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (156g)
½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed (100g)
⅓ cup granulated sugar (66g)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon table salt
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted but cooled so no longer warm to the touch (85g)

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00:00 Introduction
00:13 Preheat oven to 375F (190C) and line a 12-count muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
01:00 In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
01:26 In a separate bowl (or large measuring cup), whisk together oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract until well-combined.
01:51 Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a spatula or spoon to gently stir ingredients together until approximately 50-75% combined. Add apple pieces and continue to stir until ingredients are just combined (over-mixing may result in dense, dry muffins).
Crumb Topping
02:20 In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt.
02:44 Drizzle melted butter over the flour mixture and use a fork to toss/claw the mixture together until all of the dry ingredients are moistened and you have a crumbly streusel.
03:06 Evenly divide batter into prepared muffin tin. Set aside while you prepare your crumb topping.
03:33 Evenly divide streusel over the muffins.
03:47 Transfer to center rack of 375F (190C) oven and bake for 24-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
03:57 Allow muffins to cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes before carefully removing to a cooling rack (I use a butter knife to gently pry them up and then lift them from the pan) and allow to cool a bit before enjoying.


A firm apple that you enjoy eating on its own works best for this recipe. I prefer Golden Delicious or Gala apples. Granny Smith are a bit too tart for my taste here.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. These muffins may also be carefully, tightly wrapped and frozen for up to a month.

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