Brr! It's frigid out there today! After the school bus picked my daughter up this morning, I was so happy to wrap up in a fleece blanket with hot coffee in one hand and one of these muffins in the other. These muffins are so moist and packed with sweet apples in every bite!
Yields 12 muffins
- 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
- 3/4 c packed brown sugar (use 1 c if you prefer a sweeter muffin)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 c butter, softened
- 1/3 c milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
- Optional: 1/4 c walnuts, chopped
- Sanding sugar, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
In a separate large bowl, beat together the eggs, butter, milk and vanilla.
Gradually stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just combined, being careful to not over-beat. Stir in the apples and optional walnuts. The batter will be thick.
Fill muffin pans 2/3 full with the batter. Sprinkle sanding sugar over the top of each muffin.
Bake for 22 to 28 minutes (25 minutes in my oven), until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes in the pan.