Vanilla Bean Apple Muffins

Jump into fall with these deliciously easy vanilla bean apple muffins from The Simple, Sweet Life!

Today was a beautifully sunny day here in Western Norway, but it had that distinct chill in the air the whispers “fall.” Up until now, the days have been fairly mild, and in the weather’s defense, it did eventually warm up to a pleasantly warm day. But nonetheless, there was definitely a snap in the air that hadn’t been there before, and I definitely spotted some brilliant red and yellow leaves nestled in amongst the green. If I wasn’t in the mood for fall baking before, I definitely am now! And since my box of pumpkin puree has yet to arrive in the mail, I thought I’d continue on my apple kick. Last week was dessert, this week we’re serving breakfast!

Vanilla Bean Apple Muffins
Makes about 10 muffins

For the vanilla bean muffins:
4 tbsp. (57 grams) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour

For the apple garnish:
1 medium size apple, diced
Butter (for greasing the pan)
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

For these muffins, it helps to start with the apple garnish as you’ll want to let it cook for a little while so the apples get nice and soft. In a small saucepan, melt a small spoonful of butter (just enough to grease the bottom of the pan), and add your apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Allow to cook over low heat until the apples are tender (I usually just cook them for as long as it takes to make the muffins, stirring occasionally so they don’t get stuck to the pan).

baking muffins

baking vanilla bean apple muffins

Preheat your oven to 425*F (205*C) and line your muffin pan(s) with liners. In a medium size bowl, beat your room temperature butter until smooth. Add the granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and vanilla extract, and continue beating until the mixture is more or less smooth (I say more or less because you’ll still be able to see sugar granules, but otherwise it should be smooth). Beat in your eggs, again, until the mixture becomes smooth, and finally add your milk and flour, mixing until everything is just combined. Pour your batter into your lined muffin pan(s), filling the cups about 2/3 of the way full. Spoon your apple garnish over the top, straining off as much of the left over butter as possible (nobody wants greasy muffins!). How much apple you add to your muffins is up to you, but I added about a tablespoon to each one.


baked apple muffinsBake your muffins at 425*F (205*C) for 3-5 minutes (I’ve found 4 minutes to be the perfect amount), then reduce the heat to 350*F (175*C) and continue baking for about 15 more minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of your muffins comes out clean. To make your muffins extra pretty and like they came from some fancy smancy bakery, sprinkle the tops with a small teaspoon of sugar right after they come out of the oven.

homemade apple muffins

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vanilla bean apple muffins

Have you figured out yet that fall is my favorite time of year? I mean, hands. down. favorite. I won’t bore you with my million-reasons-why list, but I’d love to hear what your favorite season is! Letting me know in the comments!

Happy baking!


    • The Simple, Sweet Life says

      Thank you! And I’m pretty sure it’s been proven (somewhere) that vanilla bean makes everything better. 😉

    • The Simple, Sweet Life says

      I just finished eating my second batch of these and it was, in fact, on a particularly crisp morning! Throw in a cup of coffee and they were pretty darn delicious!

  1. says

    I just made these, and they were amazing! I had always found apple cinnamon cupcakes to be a bit spicy; however, the vanilla bean that your recipe added created a sweeter taste that was divine. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


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