With cinnamon, chunks of apple, and a sweet crumb topping with vanilla bean glaze, these Apple Cinnamon Muffins by blogger Mike Bakes NYC are the perfect way to start your day.
Meeting the Chef: Michael Johnson
Meet Mike! He is a New York City-based baker, recipe developer, and food photographer who loves to create indulgent, over-the-top yet approachable dessert recipes. Follow along for recipes designed to satisfy any sweet-tooth!
Domino® Golden Sugar
Domino® Golden Sugar, the less-processed sugar you can use more freely in all your favorite foods. Made from pure cane sugar, it works cup-for-cup just like white sugar, but has a beautiful golden color and a distinct hint of molasses flavor.
For the Brown Butter Crumb Topping:
- ½ cup Unsalted butter ½ cup Unsalted butter
- Domino® Dark Brown Sugar ¼ cup ¼ cup Domino® Dark Brown Sugar
- Domino® Golden Sugar ¼ cup ¼ cup Domino® Golden Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Coarse sea salt ½ teaspoon Coarse sea salt
- 1 cup All-purpose flour 1 cup All-purpose flour
For the Apple Cinnamon Muffins:
- ½ cup Unsalted butter, softened ½ cup Unsalted butter, softened
- Domino® Dark Brown Sugar ½ cup ½ cup Domino® Dark Brown Sugar
- Domino® Golden Sugar ½ cup ½ cup Domino® Golden Sugar
- 2 Large eggs 2 Large eggs
- ½ cup Sour cream ½ cup Sour cream
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda 1 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons Ground cinnamon 1 ½ teaspoons Ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Buttermilk ½ teaspoon Buttermilk
- 2 cups Chopped apples (about 2 medium apples) 2 cups Chopped apples (about 2 medium apples)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour apples 2 cups all-purpose flour apples
For the Vanilla Bean Glaze:
- 1 cup Domino® Confectioners Sugar 1 cup Domino® Confectioners Sugar
- ¼ cup Heavy cream ¼ cup Heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla bean paste 1 teaspoon 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 425F (218C). 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 425F (218C) degrees, then keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350F (177C) 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 425F (218C) and 23-24 minutes at 350F (177C).