apple cinnamon muffins with vanilla bean glaze
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

With cinnamon, chunks of apples, & a sweet crumb topping with vanilla bean glaze, these Apple Cinnamon Muffins are the perfect way to start your day.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cinnamon, Breakfast, Muffins
Servings: 16 muffins
Calories: 285kcal
Author: Michael Johnson


For the Brown Butter Crumb Topping:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup Domino® dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Domino® Golden Sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the Apple Cinnamon Muffins:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup Domino® dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup Domino® Golden Sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups chopped apples (about 2 medium apples)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Vanilla Bean Glaze:

  • 1 cup Domino® powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  • Brown the butter for the crumb topping: Cube the butter and place in a light-colored skillet. (Light colored helps you determine when the butter begins browning.) Melt the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once melted, the butter will begin to foam. Keep stirring. After 5-8 minutes, the butter will begin browning; you’ll notice lightly browned specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan and you'll begin to smell a nutty aroma. Once browned, immediately remove from heat, pour into a medium heat-proof mixing bowl, and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners.

  • Make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, combine the Domino® Golden Sugar, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and melted brown butter. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the flour. The crumb topping will be thick and crumbly. Set aside.

  • Make the muffins: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, Domino® Golden Sugar, and dark brown sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Beat on high speed until the mixture is combined and uniform in texture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

  • Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, add the milk and apple, and mix on low speed until everything is combined.

  • Spoon the batter evenly into each cup or liner, filling each to the top. Press a handful of the crumb topping into the top of each; crumble it with your hands to make some bigger chunks.

  • Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C) degrees, then keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C) and bake for 15-17 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  • Make the vanilla bean icing: whisk all of the ingredients together and drizzle over warm muffins.


Muffins stay fresh stored at room temperature for a few days– then transfer to the fridge for up to 1 week.
For 6 jumbo muffins using a jumbo muffin pan, increase baking time to 28-29 total minutes: 5 initial minutes at 425°F (218°C) and 23-24 minutes at 350°F (177°C).


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg