Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Muffins

I’ve been waiting quite a while for just the right apple muffin recipe to come along.  Every time I found one that looked promising, the reviews were mediocre at best.  Why was it so hard to find a good apple muffin?  As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew it would be the end of my searching…all because of that one magic word – butterscotch.  These were as simple as any other muffin to throw together, but the combination of oats, chopped apples, toasted pecans and of course the butterscotch chips mixed into the batter made for a delicious and complex flavor.  If you’re less of a sweet tooth than I, you might want to skip the butterscotch chips but I have yet to meet something that was “too sweet”, so I loved them.  Also, the dried apple slice on top is obviously optional but I thought it added an extra layer of flavor and texture that was just right.  Yum, yum!

Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Muffins
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2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ cup old-fashioned oats
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup applesauce
2 large eggs
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
¾ cup butterscotch chips
¾ cup chopped apples
1/3 cup toasted pecans, chopped

For topping (optional):
Dried apple slices
Maple syrup
Granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line the wells of two muffin pans with paper liners (about 18 liners total).  Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Mix lightly with a fork to blend.  Stir in the oats.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Beat in the applesauce, eggs and vanilla extract until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients in three additions alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and beating just until incorporated.  Fold in the butterscotch chips, apples, and toasted pecans with a rubber spatula.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups.  If desired, press a dried apple slice into the top of the batter in each cup.  Drizzle lightly with maple syrup and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: about 18 muffins

Source: adapted from Sugar Plum

23 Responses

  1. Hi! This recipe looks awesome. I, too, have been looking for an apple muffin recipe that I liked, and yours might be the answer! The only thing is that there’s no way I can find butterscotch chips, butterscotch just doesn’t exist in the country where I live! So can you suggest a way to make it at home, or to incorporate the flavor into the recipe in another way? Thank you!

    P.S: I have to say, I absolutely LOVE your blog. I’ve tried a couple of recipes and everybody loved them. I completely trust your taste and you’re definitely my go-to recipe source! Thank you so much for your time and effort!!

    • C.B., unfortunately I don’t know of any good substitute for butterscotch chips. An internet search didn’t give any good suggestions either. I would probably just omit them, or you could order them and have them shipped to you.

  2. The dried apple slice looks so good on top. I could just eat that and be happy. But somehow, I think I would end up eating the whole thing.

  3. Hi Annie!
    These look absolutely incredible, if there is one thing I love more than anything, its a fabulous new muffin recipe. These will be great for an upcoming weekend trip I have. I just have one question though, my sister is allergic to nuts of any kind so if I omitted the pecans, do you think it would still have the same taste? Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda,
      Omitting the pecans would be fine. I omit nuts from most recipes and it never seems to make a big difference. Enjoy!

  4. I love butterscotch in just about anything. I’ve been wanting to make muffins lately! These even seem pretty healthy with the oats and applesauce 🙂

  5. YUM. I love apple muffins and butterscotch so I hope I get a chance to make these. I have the HARDEST time finding dried apples, though!

    • Elly, if you have a Super Target in your area, they probably have dried apples. I can find almost any dried fruit there (random, I know!)

  6. I love apple dessert anything. These sound delicious!

  7. These look delicious! I love anything butterscotch. I’ll have to make these soon 🙂

  8. I like the extra apple on top! YUM! These muffins look great.

  9. They look awesome! 🙂

  10. These muffins look awesome. Butterscotch sounds like a great addition, and they can’t be too horrible with the addition of the applesauce for oil. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Mmmm, butterscotch anything and I’m sold! 🙂

  12. Annie they look yummy!
    Q: What is the difference beween muffins and cupcakes?

    • Judy, it’s a fine line, but to me, a cupcake almost always requires frosting (one exception would be black bottom cupcakes).

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  14. You had me at the word “butterscotch” – man I wish butterscotch chips weren’t so hard to find around here. I’m sure they’d still be delicious with a couple of spoonfuls of butterscotch sauce swirled in! These look fantastic – and surely one of your five-a-day? 😉

  15. Everyone needs a good apple muffins recipe :o)

  16. Made these tonight and they were amazing. I did notice that mine were really moist on the bottom and stuck to the paper cups a bit. That being said, it didn’t prevent me from enjoying 2 of them in one sitting. Thanks for a great recipe. Your work is awesome.

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  18. I love apple and cinnamon. Surely this is yummy. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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