Apple-Almond Streusel Muffins

by Amy on 1 September 2015

Apple-Almond Streusel Muffins |

It is starting to feel delightfully fall-ish in Tennessee! While the days are still hot, when I step outside first thing in the morning, there’s a hint of crispness to the air. It’s getting me in the mood for the cooler temperatures, the heartier meals, and the return of my favorite fall flavors. So, I decided to make my first “autumny” recipe of the season: Apple-Almond Streusel Muffins.

And y’all, what a perfect recipe to jumpstart the season — these muffins turned out beautifully. They’re very reminiscent of coffee cake, with a buttery, rich flavor, soft, moist texture, and cinnamony-sweet streusel topping. The apples lend a lovely subtle flavor + texture to the muffins, and frankly, if I were to change anything in this recipe, it would be to add more apples (or a more strongly-flavored apple) next time, for a more pronounced apple note.

Because I wasn’t exactly sure what my family would like, I made a few slightly-different variations — I made half with the almond streusel topping, and half with a nut-free streusel. Then, I drizzled half with the powdered sugar glaze, and left half glaze-free. Next time, I’ll make the whole batch with the almond streusel AND the glaze — those were perfection.

Finally, I had a little batter left over, so I poured it into a mini-muffin tin and made a handful of teeny muffins for my daughter (no streusel or glaze, as Fearless Toddler is just as happy with a lower-sugar treat). You can see a teeny muffin next to a normal muffin in the picture below. The wee ones were the perfect size for a two-year-old, and super well-received by my daughter. Whether you make these almond-topped or nut-free, glaze-less or generously-drizzled, I’m confident that you’re going to love ’em!

Apple-Almond Streusel Muffins |

Apple-Almond Streusel Muffins

Makes 12 muffins, adapted from Cooking Light


Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (6.75 ounces, if you prefer to weigh)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1 large Gala apple, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, chilled
2 tablespoons sliced almonds

1 cup powdered sugar
4 teaspoons milk


Preheat oven to 350°.

Place muffin cup liners in 12 muffin cups; coat with cooking spray.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking sode in a small bowl. Set aside.

Combine sour cream and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended. Set aside.

Combine apple and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl; toss well. Set aside.

In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), combine the granulated sugar, cream cheese, and 1/4 cup butter. Beat with a mixer at high speed until well-blended. Add almond extract, vanilla, and egg to the sugar mixture — beat at medium speed until well-blended.

Add flour mixture (in three additions) and sour cream mixture (in two additions) alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until blended. Fold in apples. Divide batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.

Prepare the streusel: Combine 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in almonds. Sprinkle streusel evenly over muffins.

Bake at 350° for 27 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack, and remove the muffins from pan.

Prepare glaze: Combine powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over muffins.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel Cooks September 1, 2015 at 5:48 am

I’m a sucker for anything with a streusel – these look amazing! And that picture of your daughter is just too adorable!

2 Susan September 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

I keep coming back to the photo….she is darling!

3 Amy September 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Susan, thank you so much! She is truly the sunshine in my every day, so I’m glad she could bring a smile to yours! =)

4 Kelly September 1, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Yay for apple season! These muffins are the perfect way to jump-start the season. All the versions look amazing! Love the pic of your sweet little girl, she is so adorable :)

5 Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry September 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

Your daughter looks so proud, standing there with the tray of muffins. Adorable. I can’t wait to whip up a batch of these muffins. They are perfect for this gloomy weather we are having in Seattle.

6 Cailee September 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

Ahhhh!! Oh my word! Your baby girl is the CUTEST!! Seriously so PRESH!! …and these look delicious! YUM :)

7 sarah k @ the pajama chef September 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm

these look LOVELY, amy! i wish i had one now. :) fall is coming!

8 Amy September 3, 2015 at 1:52 pm

And this will be your first Fall in Tennessee, right? Or were you here for last one? Either way, Fall in Nashville is SO lovely – I can’t wait for it!

9 Amy (Savory Moments) September 3, 2015 at 3:27 pm

OMG she is just too adorable! These muffins look like a perfect way to kick-start fall – now if only it would not be so hot and humid here!

10 Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen September 4, 2015 at 4:42 am

Awww, your daughter is just so ADORABLE. And these apple almond streusel muffins look absolutely divine. SO dreamy! :)

11 GiGi Eats September 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Im panting like a female dog in heat right now over these! LMFAO!!!

12 Beth September 7, 2015 at 6:55 am

Such an adorable picture! And the muffins sound great every way you made them, but I think the almond streusel sounds perfect.

13 Kristen @ The Endless Meal September 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

I absolutely love streusel and putting it on top of muffins is such a great idea!

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