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Vanilla Glazed Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Oh my December. This calls for a muffin or three!

Muffins are so lovable that if I make them on Saturday, which I obviously do, always, I will end up eating at least three. It's guaranteed. I am sucker for those little muffies. Especially if they aren't actually little.

And besides loving muffins, I so so so love baking with apples.

Apples plus muffins? Yes, friends. I'm gettin' wild.

Apple cinnamon muffin topped with a warm vanilla glaze.

The obsession continues today because I'm giving you a recipe for apple cinnamon muffins that is perfectly sized for just you. And your special someone.

This is a cute little recipe for just 3-4 muffins! Yay for easy, small batch baking!

Yay for eating the whole small batch while Bjork is working out!

Um, I mean, you know...

Maybe double it. Just in case.

Apple cinnamon muffins topped with a warm vanilla glaze on a white plate.
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Small Batch Vanilla-Glazed Apple Cinnamon Muffins


These apple cinnamon muffins are easy to make and topped with a warm vanilla glaze. Perfect for a quick breakfast or snack.


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 apple, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk or cream


  1. Mix dry ingredients together. Combine milk and egg - add to dry ingredients.
  2. Add melted butter and mix well. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar with chopped apples. Stir apples into batter.
  3. Fill 3-4 greased muffin tins and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until tops and golden brown and spring back when pressed.
  4. For glaze - combine powdered sugar with vanilla and milk, adding a teaspoon of milk at a time until glaze reaches desired consistency.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple cinnamon muffins, vanilla apple muffins, healthy apple muffins

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    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      True confessions: I didn’t mean to post them yet! I usually post on M, W, and F. It’s Thursday. I messed up my queue. But I guess then these would have just tempted you tomorrow instead of today. 🙂

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    There is something so familiar yet special about apples in baked goods. I guess it goes back to that apple pie thing. I love that this is a small recipe! I tend to get sick of a batch after I snarf down 5 of them between two days 🙂

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    Thank goodness you added the glaze to these. If you hadn’t, they might trend a little *too* much towards the healthy…small portions *and* fruit? Don’t scare me like that. 😉

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    Do I know the Muffin Man? No…

    Do I know the Vanilla Glazed Apple Cinnamon Muffin lady?
    Luckily, yes I do!!

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    I LOVE the idea of just a little batch – because usually I am the one that ends up eating all the ones that hang around. And, YUM! Awesome recipe!

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      Little batch is my new thing. Or at least I’m trying to make it my new thing. With just the two of us eating at our house, we need portion control.

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    I love the idea of making just a few. I mean, my heart truthfully does not, but my (sadly non-stretchy) pants are really into it! Stupid pants.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      lol. My heart truthfully does not either, except for the fact that it saves more flour and sugar for, say, cookies?

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    Oh, I can’t make muffins without wanting to eat 3-4! It takes so much willpower! You just eat a muffin, walk by and oh! there’s a muffin, a little later, another muffin. It’s a cycle. I don’t usually make much with apples but I’m branching out and I think I’m developing an attraction to them. I’ll have to try these out because they may just push me over the edge into apple love.

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    These muffins look perfect. I can almost smell the wonderful goodness just looking at the picture. Be sure to stop by on Friday 12/2 and register to win our wonderful giveaway from The Shabby Apple.

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    Love this small batch apple-cinnamon muffin recipe! gorgeous photos and you can’t go wrong with muffins and a vanilla glaze…love it!
    And I am also loving this band, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    These look delish! Love the glaze! I had a little apple obsession going this fall too. I think the move to December has now changed my obsession to chocolate. I have also been dwelling on peppermint quite a bit….hmmm…I might be in trouble:-)

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    Though the muffins look FAB, the real reason I’m here is I just checked out your “about me” section and realized that we might be the same person. Teacher..check. Food blogger…check. Lover of dogs with smushed faces and trying to get our significant others to buy us said dogs…check.

    Sorry if this is too much too soon. #letsbefriends ?

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    What a delicious idea 🙂 Ive just bookmarked to try out tomorrow. Thanks! Belle

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      Not pictured is the muffin I completely dunked in glaze. Just kidding. Sort of. 😉

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    Oh wow, these sound really yummy. I just made a batch of apple muffins this past weekend that I really enjoyed, but this recipe seems to take them to a whole different level. I love the addition of the vanilla glaze. I’m sure it makes them taste more like a dessert, but what the heck. You gotta go all out sometimes, right? What kind of apples did you use for this recipe? I’m always trying to experiment with different ones for different uses, but always seem to go back to Granny Smiths when it comes to baked goods.

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    I came across your blog one day and i instantly fell in love with your recepies(?) not only do they look amazing they taste the same way!!..i tried this today and it was a hit!! you have gained a fan:)