Caramel-Apple Muffins

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Remember when I posted about the doughnut muffins, which I decided were my new favorite kind of muffin? Well, I may have spoken a bit too soon. My baking friend Becky made these caramel-apple muffins based on a recipe from my Taste of Home Fall Baking issue, and they are so addictive, we haven’t been able to stop making them since. We haven’t been able to stop talking about them either, so much so that a mutual friend of ours was demanding that I post the recipe already! I really can’t blame her; once you take a bite and taste the spiced apples and gooey caramel, you’ll be hooked, too. And, they’re as much fun to bake as to eat, because they fill your home with the comforting smell of warm autumn treats…and after stepping inside from a rainy September day, these are the perfect way to shake off the chill!

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (at least 1%)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  • 12 caramels, chopped

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla.

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Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the apples and caramels.

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Combine all of the topping ingredients in a small bowl.

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Fill muffin pan cups 3/4 full, and then sprinkle the topping over the batter.

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Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

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43 Responses to “Caramel-Apple Muffins”

  1. 1 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    these look UNREAL! ok… story time: i once tried to make muffins with those caramels in them – the caramels just sunk to the bottom and stuck to the pans and I had a HUGE mess. gotta try yours!

  2. 2 Heather @ Multiply Delicious Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Wow! These sound and look amazing! Caramel and Apple with a cinnamon crunch topping…yummy! The perfect fall muffin. Thanks for sharing and I’m already excited to try these.

  3. 3 JenniferA Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Oh my! I have a pumpkin apple muffin recipe that I love – I’m imagining those with that topping.

  4. 4 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Oh apples and caramel! Yum. I posted caramel apple oat squares a few days ago….now I see this!! Adding it to the list! Thanks!

  5. 5 april Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I can’t wait to make these! These little gems look delish!

  6. 6 Jennifurla Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    OMGOSH, the caramels! I am so making these.

  7. 7 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Y’all are killing me with these recipes. The fat pants are screaming to be let out of the back of the closet. Must resist the power of these muffins.

  8. 8 Liz @ Blog is the New Black Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I just made something similar- caramel apple cupcakes! Yours look so great.

  9. 9 Blond Duck Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Popped in to say hi! These look absolutely amazing.

  10. 10 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Those look really good…like fall rolled into a muffin!

  11. 11 Lisa Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Caramels in a muffin. Ahhh, that just sounds so decadent.

  12. 12 Kathy @ The Sugar Queen Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve just happened upon your blog, and I’m glad I did! These muffins look amazing!

  13. 13 Robyn Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Oh this looks heavenly! Such a great recipe. I’m so glad you shared it.

  14. 14 Katrina Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    These look sooooo amazing! I love the caramel addition!!

  15. 15 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Mmm… Yes, please! These muffins look amazing! Caramel is one of my favorite flavors!

  16. 16 Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    These look SO SO good!!

  17. 17 Avrilm Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Oh my! These muffins look amazing! You had me apple cranberry but then I discovered that pieces of caramel are in this recipe too….wowsers! YUM!

  18. 18 Avrilm Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Opps…I misread the name of this recipe – no cranberries in the muffins….caramels and apples! :-)

  19. 19 Tracy Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Avril – Haha, no problem…apple-cranberry would make a great combination in these muffins! :-)

  20. 20 Jenny Flake Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    this is such a great recipe! Wow, I need a dozen stat!

  21. 21 Maria Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    LOVE this recipe!!!

  22. 22 Mom R. Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Got to taste these delecious muffins….WOW…Pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and you have gooey little pockets of caramel……my favorite with a cup of coffee.

  23. 23 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    This screams fall. These look amazingly fabulous

  24. 24 Eliana Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    WOW – thse could very easily become my favorite muffins. They look amazingly delicious.

  25. 25 Amber Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Oooh oooh oooh. These look SO good. And Cardamom! My favorite!

  26. 26 naomi Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    This looks fantastic! I didn’t really need more convincing other than the first picture, but the one with the caramel squares thrown in-um, that sent me over the top!

  27. 27 Angela Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Hi, I am from Australia and not sure what sort of caramels you use in this recipe. Are they hard or soft…any particular brand?
    Thanks for making the world a more wonderful place by your blog.
    Regards from the land down-under.

  28. 28 Tracy Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Angela – They are soft caramels; I think mine were the Kraft brand. Thanks so much! :-)

  29. 29 Chris Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    These look fantastic! I love the picture in which the caramel is added to the bowl Not sure if all those pieces would make it in my version…:) Well, would make it into my stomach…but not the muffin. :)

  30. 30 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    These look absolutely delicious!! I just need to find some similar caramels, and I’ll make them immediately!

  31. 31 Michelle Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    What a great idea, love the scrumptious topping!

  32. 32 bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! THAT is a great way to start the day, and for the middle of the day, and after dinner…. YUM!

  33. 33 Joanne Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    It’s still unbelievably hot here in NYC so these are going to have to wait until proper fall weather. But damn I am so excited about making them!

  34. 34 Jarrelle Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    i bake every friday for work and now that the fall is here i am into any recipe with apples! these will be on the menu for this friday! thank you!!!!

  35. 35 Souffle Bombay Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    These look and sound fantastic! Can’t wait to try!!

  36. 36 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Awesome, awesome. Perfect for fall! Love these!

  37. 37 Jarrelle Says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Usually i bake every friday for work but its wine grape season here and we are all stressed and tired so i thought we all needed a little mid week pick me up . . . after hitting the gym last night i stopped by the store to grab some caramels. . . i flew in the door and although after running 3 miles my stomach was telling me to eat i had to hold off because i was so excited to make these! Thank you for a great recipe! they were a hit for hump-wednesday!!

  38. 38 Celine Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    After seeing your post on Foodgawker – I had to try them for sure. Didn’t make the topping and they were still soooo good!!

  39. 39 Courtney Says:
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I just made these but added some chopped candied pecans to the topping. They are so good! My husband inhaled two. :D

  40. 40 Jen @ How To: Simplify Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I made these and absolutely fell in love with them! I loved them so much that I posted them on my blog. They are perfect for this fall weather we’re experiencing right now…my favorite kind of weather!

  41. 41 Jessica Sage Says:
    February 5th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    My first batch is in the oven now. 10 minutes to heaven! I used little caramel balls and cinnamon chips. They smell heavenly!

  42. 42 Cindy Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    How many muffins does the recipe make?

  43. 43 Tracy Says:
    August 26th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Cindy – This recipe makes 12 muffins.

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