Apple Crumble Muffins with a Cinnamon Cream Cheese Swirl
Makes 12 muffins
We love making cozy, fragrant muffins, and this Apple Crumble Muffin is one of the best for the fall season. Juicy, chopped apples are nested in an allspice batter with a cinnamon cream cheese swirl, and topped with a buttery, crumble topping. This muffin is undeniably filled with autumnal cheer!
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon allspice1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup light brown sugar2 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 tablespoon orange juice1 medium apple, peeled, cored and very finely chopped
Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:
6 oz cream cheese softened1 egg yolk1 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup rolled oats1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon allspice1/4 teaspoon salt6 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and allspice. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add each of the eggs, followed by the vanilla and orange juice. Mix until combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter and egg mixture until just combined. Fold in, by hand, the chopped apples.
- Make the cream cheese filling. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the softened cream cheese and egg yolk on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the cinnamon and sugar, and beat until combined. Set aside.
- Make the crumble. In a separate bowl, combine the light brown sugar, all-purpose flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and melted butter.
- In a lined muffin tin, spoon in 1 tablespoon of the batter (the batter should be thick), followed by 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese filling, followed by another tablespoon of batter. The muffin cup should be filled to the top. Spoon the crumble on top, pressing the mixture down if needed. Continue to do this layering method for the remaining muffin wells topping with the crumble.
- Bake the muffins at 425°F for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350°F and continue to bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick placed in the middle, comes out cleanly. Slightly cool the muffins on a cooling rack before serving, and enjoy while warm.