Baked Apple Fritter Muffins Recipe

Oh my goodness, this baked apple fritter muffin recipe is like if an apple fritter donut and a cinnamon muffin had a baby! It is just so ridiculously delicious that you will find yourself craving this apple muffins recipe.
Baked Apple Fritter Muffins Recipe

Our baked apple fritter muffin recipe is our way of making the apple fritter everyone knows and loves without having to fry anything! Not to mention it makes the best apple dessert.

Baked Apple Fritter Muffin unwrapped

If you have never tried an apple fritter recipe, this is a great one to start with. You will get all of the tasty flavors of the apple fritter without all of the frying mess, plus it creates some super tasty and moist apple muffins. 

What is also nice about these delicious muffins is that they have a delicious glaze that you put over top as an ode to the traditional apple fritter recipe. You could make the muffin without it but you’d definitely be missing out!

You can make more fun fall recipes like this with our sheet pan zucchini cake recipe with frosting, pumpkin zucchini bread, and of course some cinnamon zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting. In my honest opinion you can never go wrong with anything that has cream cheese frosting (or really anything with frosting, haha), so be sure to make those recipes! 

Baked Apple Fritter Muffins frosted on a cooling rack

Ingredients You Need to Make Our Baked Apple Fritter Muffins Recipe:

  • Granny Smith apples
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Water 
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Applesauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Powdered sugar

How To Make Our Baked Apple Fritter Muffins Recipe:

Baked Apple Fritter Muffins on a plate

To get started, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Then get out your muffin pan and line it with 18 muffin cup liners or 48 if you want to make these into mini muffins, or simply spray it with nonstick cooking spray to avoid the muffins from sticking.

Now, in a large skillet over medium heat saute the finely diced apples, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and water, cooking it all together for about 7-10 minutes or until the apples are tender. 

Next, add in ⅓ cup of flour and mix it into the sauted apples until they are well coated. 

In another small mixing bowl combine the remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and stir it all together. 

Then, in a separate larger mixing bowl combine the applesauce, sugar, and brown sugar until it is nice and smooth. 

Once the sugar is dissolved into the applesauce add in the eggs, mixing inbetween each one. 

After both eggs are mixed in, add in the vanilla extract and give everything another stir to combine the vanilla. 

When all of the wet ingredients have been combined, carefully stir in a part of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and then part of the milk. 

Continue to alternate adding the dry ingredient and milk to the wet ingredients until everything has been added. 

Lastly, once the batter is made, slowly fold in the sauted and tender apples until they are distributed throughout the batter. 

Now scoop the batter into the liners or muffin cups until they are about ⅔ full and bake the regular muffins for 15-17 minutes or the mini muffins for 10-12 minutes. 

Allow the muffins to cool in the muffin pan for about 5 minutes and then take them out and place them on a wire rack to let them continue to cool. 

While the muffins are cooling down, mix together the glaze ingredients (powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract) in a bowl until they are nice and smooth. 

Baked Apple Fritter Muffin being dipped in glaze

Now just carefully dip the tops of the muffins into the glaze and place them either back on the wire rack or a piece of wax paper and let the glaze run down the sides of the muffin. 

Baked Apple Fritter Muffins in a muffin tin with apples

To Make Baked Apple Fritters You Will Need:

  1. Muffin tin or pan (THIS is a great mini muffin pan to use!)
  2. Nonstick cooking spray
  3. Large skillet
  4. Small mixing bowl (2)
  5. Large mixing bowl
  6. Liquid measuring cup
  7. Wire rack

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What is a Fritter in Apple Fritters?

A  fritter is a piece of apple covered in batter and deep fried. These muffins are baked, which means you don’t have to deep fry anything, but still get all the flavor of apple fritters. Talk about a win win situation. 

However, if you do want to try and make a traditional apple fritter, Small Town Woman has a great homemade apple fritters recipe that you can try and compare the two! You might just fall in love with all of it and feel all the cozy fall feelings. 

Try This Too!

For our glaze we make it just like you would put on a traditional apple fritter, however if you want to explode the flavor even more, there are ways to do that! You can try adding in a dash of either cinnamon or apple pie seasoning to the glaze and then top it off with a little sprinkle of cinnamon. Talk about YUM! 

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Serves:
18 people

Baked Apple Fritter Muffins Recipe

A delicious spin-off of a fried apple fritter in muffin form!
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
17 minutes
Total Time
42 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 2 large granny smith apples finely diced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2⅔ cups flour divided
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • cup sugar
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Glaze:

  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If making regular sized muffins, line 18 muffin cups with liners. If making mini muffins, line 48 muffins cups with liners (or spray with nonstick cooking spray).
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the apples, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and water and cook until tender (this will take 7-10 minutes). Add 1/3 cup flour and mix until all the apples are coated.
  • In another bowl, mix together your dry ingredients (remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt).
  • In a separate bowl, mix the applesauce, sugar and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in eggs, mixing after each egg is added, and then stir in vanilla.
  • Carefully stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, alternating pouring in the milk, until they are both completely added. Slowly fold in the apples.
  • Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full and bake (regular muffins – 15-17 minutes; mini muffins – 10-12 minutes). Let muffins cool in their tin for 5 minutes, then remove onto wire rack and let cool.
  • While muffins cool, mix together glaze ingredients in a bowl. Dip each muffin top into the glaze and let glaze run down the sides of the muffin.

Notes

  • For our glaze we make it just like you would put on a traditional apple fritter, however if you want to explode the flavor even more, there are ways to do that! You can try adding in a dash of either cinnamon or apple pie seasoning to the glaze and then top it off with a little sprinkle of cinnamon.

Nutrition

Calories: 219 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 45 g
·
Protein: 3 g
·
Fat: 3 g
·
Saturated Fat: 2 g
·
Trans Fat: 1 g
·
Cholesterol: 25 mg
·
Sodium: 164 mg
·
Potassium: 93 mg
·
Fiber: 1 g
·
Sugar: 30 g
·
Vitamin A: 126 IU
·
Vitamin C: 1 mg
·
Calcium: 57 mg
·
Iron: 1 mg

Equipment

  • Muffin Tin or Pan
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • Large Skillet
  • 2 Small Mixing Bowls
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Liquid Measuring Cup
  • Wire Rack

Recipe Details

Course:
Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine:
American

Recipe slightly adapted from Just A Pinch

Baked Apple Fritter Muffins on a serving plate

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