These muffins are delicious, and a great way to use up softening apples!  Not to mention, they are kid-friendly.  I’m pretty sure my daughter will eat anything in muffin form.

Streusel-Topped Apple Muffin
In a medium bowl, mix together:

2 cups flour (I like make half of that whole wheat flour–you don’t taste it)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together until combined:
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs

butter, sugar and eggs mixed

Wash and peel about 6 apples.  I used Granny Smith, but you can use whatever variety you like.

apples

Grate about half of the apples to make about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of shredded apples.  This may sound complicated, but it really is simple, and oh-so quick.  Just hold the apple with the core parallel to the grater and stop as you approach the core.  Turn the apple and work your way around it.

Grating an apple

At the end, the shredded apples should look something like this.

shredded apples

Then, chop the other half of your apples.  The shredded apples will disappear into the cooked muffin, so you want your chopped apple pieces to be fairly large to give some textural contrast.  You should get about 2 cups of chopped apples.

Chopped apples

Add the apples (both shredded and chopped) to your batter, along with 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp nutmeg.  Stir to combine.

Gradually add the flour mixture.  This will make a very thick batter, almost more like a cookie dough.

batter

Preheat your oven to 375, and prepare your muffin pan.  I prefer to use paper liners, and find that a little bit of cooking spray on each liner keeps the paper from sticking to the muffin.

Spoon the batter into the pan, filling each cup about 2/3 full.  This recipe makes about 18 muffins.

muffin batter in cups

Now, we get to make the streusel topping!

In a bowl (because I hate washing dishes, I use the now-empty dry ingredient bowl), mix together:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Then, cut in (or like me, use your fingers) 1 Tbsp butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.  Incidentally, I learned today that if you run out of butter but happen to have some homemade honey butter on hand, that will work okay too.

crumb topping

Sprinkle the batter with the topping, making sure to avoid too much spilling on the muffin tins–it will burn.

streusel-topped muffin batter

Bake muffins at 375 for 15-20 minutes.  Mine were done at 18, but they could have come out a hair sooner.  Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes.

done muffins cooling in pans

After 5 minutes, remove to cooling racks.

cooling

When cool enough to eat, enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

inside of muffin

Would you just look at all that appley goodness?

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