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Autumn Approved Apple Strudel Muffins You Need To Bake

Whether it’s breakfast or you’re craving for something sweet with your afternoon tea, these muffins are about to steal your heart. These apple strudel muffins are the perfect treat for fall!

Strudel is traditionally a layered pastry that comes from the German word for “whirlpool,” due to the whirlpool look that the finished pastry has. This Austro-Hungarian dessert is most commonly filled with apples but comes in many delicious varieties like poppyseed, coffee, pear, cherry, and cinnamon (some even create savory versions that have meat, cheese, or veggies in them).

Today we will be sticking with tradition by venturing out to the apple tree and picking a few apples for a new take on the strudel flavors.

The Best Apples For Your Strudel

For this recipe, we suggest picking one of the following apples for your dessert...

  • Granny Smith - A fan favorite for baking, we used Granny Smith for our recipe. This apple will give a sweet tartness that everyone is sure to love.
  • Honey Crisp - This apple is sweet and perfect for baking, they are in season in the fall-time so it is perfect for your autumn bakes.
  • Cortland - Delicious when baked, this juicy apple doesn’t brown and discolor quickly. If you see these on the shelf, grab them for your next pie or strudel.
  • Golden Delicious - If Granny Smith is too tart for you, you may want to try Golden Delicious. This apple is considered to be the best apple to bake with because of its sweet but mellow flavor. These are perfect for baking apple loaves as well.
  • Fuji - This apple holds it’s shaping when it bakes, so if you’re looking to make a red apple slice masterpiece, this apple is the way to go.

Fuji is also great for apple cider! Add some extra apples to your grocery list for this Simple Slow Cooker Apple Cider recipe.

Why Muffins?

Light and rich, sweet, and tart, these Strudel Apple Muffins are loaded with delectable flavors even though they are much simpler to make than a traditional strudel. Topped with a mouthwatering crumb topping, these muffins will be your grab-and-go option for lunches, breakfast, or after-meal treats.

If you’re looking for a fall recipe to spice up your life, the subtle touch of cinnamon adds a kick of flavor, the brown sugar makes them all the more chewy and moist, and chunks of apple make for the perfect trio!

Your mouth will explode with an assortment of rich flavors as soon as you sink your teeth in the sweet goodness. The tart of fresh, juicy apples along with the sweetness of brown sugar is a match made in heaven. The chunky streusel topping is just like a cherry on the top!

Baked muffins in a muffin tin for 12.

Apple Strudel Muffin Recipe

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Serving: 12 muffins

Apple strudel muffins in a tin.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter

A mixing bowl full of muffin batter.


Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 375°F/190°C and grease a muffin pan (this recipe makes 12 muffins, so we recommend a 12 pan muffin tin).

Step 2:

In a medium bowl, mix your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine these.

In another bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and eggs until you obtain a smooth texture. Once smooth add in your vanilla extract.

Step 3:

Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix at low speed to incorporate everything together. When everything is combined, mix in your the apples and stir.

Step 4:

Next, we will be making our topping. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter mix until it begins to form little crumbs in the bowl. Reserve this mixture until the next step.

Apple muffin batter in muffin cups ready to be put in the oven.

Step 5:

Place your muffin cups in the tin and, using a spoon, scoop your batter into each cup. Sprinkle a thin coating of your topping mixture on the tops of your muffins.

Once you are satisfied with the topping, place in the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes until golden (or until a toothpick comes clean).

Step 6:

Allow your muffins to cool for 5 minutes on a before removing from the tin. Place on a cooling rack until fully cool and store in an air-tight container.

Get Baking!

The best thing about Streusel Apple Muffins is that you can even freeze the muffins for up to 3 months! Whenever you want to enjoy them, just pop them into the microwave and they’ll be ready to eat.

You can also drizzle the muffins with vanilla icing if you want an extra punch of sweetness, pair that with a dark roast coffee or chai tea and you’ll be in for a superb autumnal experience.

Want more muffins? You got it! Try the incredible Pumpkin Oat Muffin Recipe next.

Sophie Viau

Sophie Viau

Sophie is a blogger, writer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and photographer. As a young woman she had an unusual dream: To discover Iceland! "Nobody in my entourage had an interest in this type of trip" says Sophie, so she decided to go alone. What she discovered was that, not only was... Read More

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