Okay, maybe I throw this title around too much, but these applesauce muffins are the BEST MUFFINS EVER! I have tons of muffins in my repertoire (blueberry, chocolate, banana, strawberry), but I find myself making these unassuming little guys every chance I get.
Don’t let their little brown exteriors fool you. Applesauce muffins have taken the prize at the Alaska State Fair (hence the title “Blue Ribbon”). My little brother’s swim team has dubbed them “crack muffins.” I still have old roommates contact me for the recipe. That’s how good they are.
What’s so great about them, you ask? The applesauce keeps these muffins moist and adds just the right amount of sweetness while the delicious array of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) do their work. You can dust them with a little powdered sugar, which looks amazing, eat them plain, or – my favorite – cut them in half and spread them with peanut butter.
These freeze well, both cooked and in batter form. The recipe makes a ton (4 dozen, to be exact), so I usually freeze half the batter when I make these.
Blue Ribbon Applesauce Muffins
- 1 cup butter/margarine
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp vanilla
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp allspice
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups applesauce
- Cream together eggs, margarine, sugar, vanilla, and applesauce.
- Add flour, spices, and baking soda and mix well.
- Spoon into lined or greased muffin tin.
- Bake at 400° for 8-12 minutes.
Have you given these muffins a try? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!