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Spiced Apple Sauce Crumb Muffins

You all know that we were raised by a darling, little baker named Mummy.  Of course you do - we assume you've memorized our about us page. 

So you know all about our delicious, treat-filled childhood.  Cappucino brownies, chocolate peanut butter pizza - you're familiar with that tiny (no seriously, she's really short) baker's kitchen expertise.

And here's one more for you cookies, spiced apple sauce crumb muffins.

We know we know...they kind of sound like a "dessert."  You know, like a "here, have this apple for dessert" dessert, or "what about this popsicle made from orange juice" dessert. 

We promise, this isn't one of those desserts.  Don't let the apple sauce fool you...

Apple sauce, friends, is what makes these muffins rather spectacular. We KNOW, apple sauce.

But trust us.  If these muffins weren't complete and utter deliciousness we young things would have rebelled when Mummy made them...every. single.  week. 

We were charming little things but could certainly get rather rowdy if baked goods didn't meet our high 7 year-old expectations.

Even adults might doubt the apple sauce.  There may have been some dubious co-workers who questioned the holy apple sauce muffin when a certain blue-eyed baker so kindly brought them in for a birthday breakfast.

Until they tasted the lovely little treats.  And then asked for the recipe.

Spiced Apple Sauce Crumb Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

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For Muffins:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup chunky apple sauce
1 teaspoon baking soda

For Crumb Topping:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

Make topping:
Combine butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a bowl.  Using your fingers, break up the butter and blend with sugar and flour until the mixture is crumbly.  Stir in nuts.  Set aside. 

Make muffins:
Sift flour together with cloves, allspice and cinnamon.  Set aside.

In a bowl or an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and blend until fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mix apple sauce and baking soda together.  Add to muffin mixture until barely just combined (the batter will be slightly chunky).  Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and top with crumb topping.  Bake until puffed and golden, 15-18 minutes.  Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.  Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Reader Comments (14)

Beautiful!! They look so good, how could anyone doubt their deliciousness?? Applesauce in baked goods is one of my tricks too, keeps everything nice & moist & low fat :)

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea the kitchen Witch

I'm really NOT that short - round maybe, but not that short! Sort of like these yummy muffins!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMummy

I love baking with applesauce- when put to good use it can really amp up a good recipe, like these muffins! These look really good I'll have to try them!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

oh that looks seriously divine...I can almost taste them!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Fabulous. I love a good muffin & I love apple sauce so this would be a winner, especially with all these rave reviews.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Johnston

YUMMY!! These look so delicious...great for fall too! I love anything with crumb topping...!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes & Dreams

I think everything about these muffins sound delicious! I love using apple sauce in my recipes.. makes me feel kinda healthier for topping all my muffins with hunks of brown sugar ha

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvan @swEEts

Yup, they sound like one of those 'healthy' muffins. But since you love them so much, I've bookmarked to try :)

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAvanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

oh, these look so delicious! what a perfect fall recipe :)

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe blissful baker

they look gorgeous:) cant help but fall in love with these...yummy!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblackbookkitchendiaries

These look incredible!!! I love the crumb topping and all the sweet spices! Just came across your blog, it's great :)

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer @ Maple n Cornbread

i love the warm spices in this. apple is such a lovely combination with them! these look so good!

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLimeCake

I can see why you loved those lovely crumbly muffins! I think applesauce is a great ingredient in muffins, it keeps them so moist.....I bet they are delicious! Thanks for sharing them with us.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChef Dennis

just found your blog, love muffins with crumb toppings! these look great

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

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