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Sep 28, 2020

Apple Streusel Muffin Tops

 These apple streusel muffin tops are perfect for those who crave just the top of the muffin. 

Apple Streusel Muffin Tops

These muffin tops balance the flavors of green apples, honey, and a sweet and nutty streusel topping, all in a little compact package. 

For these muffin tops, I used a muffin top pan, which has shallow wells so you can enjoy just your favorite part of the muffin. 

Of course, you don't need a single use pan to make these. You can just scoop the batter on a parchment lined baking sheet like I did with blueberry muffin tops. However, if you get the pan, you can always use it for whoopie pies, cookies, and other treats. 

Muffin top pan

If you like the idea of making just the tops of the muffins, you could probably convert any muffin recipe into a muffin top recipe, except for batters that are really thin. Just measure 1/3 cup of batter into your muffin pan. 

Of course, you could use this batter to make standard muffins too, but I think that these are a lot more fun. Plus, they are lighter! Check out how cute they are. 

Apple Streusel Muffin Top bottoms

Ingredients in the muffins:

  • All purpose flour

  • Baking powder: You will need a full tablespoon to get the batter to rise in the middle. 

  • Finely chopped Granny Smith apples or other tart green apple. 

  • Eggs

  • Honey

  • Milk

  • Brandy (you can substitute more milk)

  • Vegetable Oil

Ingredients in the streusel:

The streusel is a mixture of flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and butter, along with pecan meal, which is essentially ground pecans. You can also use chopped pecans for a crunchier streusel. I have some eaters who turn their nose up at nuts, unless they don't know they are there. 

Apple Muffin Tops

I was a little worried about ending up with all of the muffin tops running together, but instead, they rose in the middle perfectly! 

These muffin tops are wonderful for breakfast, brunch, or tea time. If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. 

Apple and pecan streusel muffin tops

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Apple and pecan streusel muffins

Apple Streusel Muffin Tops

Apple Streusel Muffin Tops
Yield: 9 servings
Author: Karen Kerr
These apple streusel muffin tops are perfect for those who crave just the top of the muffin.


For the Streusel
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/4 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup (2 1/4 ounces) pecan meal or 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
For the Muffin Tops
  • 2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all purposed flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) peeled and finely chopped Granny Smith apples
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (4 ounces by weight) honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup brandy (or milk)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


To Make the Streusel
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl with your fingers until you have a crumbly mixture. Set aside. 
To Make the Muffins
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and spray the cavities of a muffin top pan with spray oil.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the chopped apple and stir. 
  3. In a second bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, milk, brandy, and vegetable oil. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and gently stir. 
  4. Add the batter by 1/3 cup to 9 of the cavities of the pan. Top the batter with the streusel. 
  5. Bake the muffin tops for 21 to 25 minutes, until golden. Let them cool in the pan and then remove them to a wire rack to continue cooling. 



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Recipe adapted from the King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook

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  1. The tops are really everyone's favorite part of the muffin, especially with streusel. Yours are lovely, Karen!

    1. Thanks Stacy. I always think of the Seinfeld episode.

  2. I've thought of getting one of those muffin top pans. These are really tempting me to follow through on that thought.

  3. Excuse me Karen. I already bought the mini loaf pan because of one of your posts a couple months ago, now you're tempting me again! These are the cutest ever. And they sound delicious!!

  4. This is wonderful, I would love to try it I never though there is muffin top pan existed. I have to buy it. This streusel muffins tops looks yum.

  5. The streusel crumb is what I am after anyway. Perfect for the person like me who wants smaller portions ;) without sacrificing the good stuff.

  6. I knew there was a reason I replaced my muffin top pan!

  7. This might be the perfect muffin. Not just a muffin top but a top with streusel.

  8. I need to buy a muffin top pan now. These look delicious

  9. How did I not know that there are muffin top pans?!? This is pretty life-changing and these look delicious!

  10. Almost passed these by because I couldn’t see any star reviews on Google search page. Glad I didn’t because they’re fantastic! One question. Why 9??? My muffin tins come in 6 and I have to do math to get the right ingredients for either 6 or 12. Nine makes no sense.

    1. I made these as muffin tops and used a muffin top or hamburger bun pan. You can always skip the pan and just make them on the baking sheet. If you use a regular muffin pan, I'm not sure how many it will make, possibly 12, so two batches.


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