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Dutch Applesauce Muffin

The addition of cinnamon applesauce to these muffins insures that they are moist and full of flavor! The crumb topping is the perfect addition creating a muffin reminiscent of a piece of Dutch Apple Pie.


Applesauce Bread was just as common as banana bread for me growing up. This apple bread recipe uses pre-sweetened cinnamon applesauce, in the recipe notes I explain how to adjust if you prefer to use unsweetened plain applesauce.  I decided to top these muffins with the same crumb topping as Dutch Apple Pie. (because I always need my pie fix!!)  I prefer to make muffins over bread because they are so easy to freeze and use for lunches.  If you throw a frozen muffin in a sack lunch it helps keep the lunch cool, but is usually thawed by the time lunch rolls around.

  • flour
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • shortening
  • granulated sugar
  • sweetened cinnamon applesauce
  • baking soda
  • boiling water
  • salt
  • cloves
  • cinnamon
  • allspice

If you decide to freeze your muffins just make sure that they have cooled completely before packing them away in a zip-loc freezer bag, and popping them in your deep freeze.

How’s your Monday treating you? Hopefully like a Friday!  XO, Sheila

Dutch Applesauce Muffins

All the flavors of a Dutch Apple Pie in a muffin!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course baked goods, Breakfast, brunch, coffee time
Cuisine American, baked goods
Servings 24 muffins


  • muffin pan
  • 24 muffin papers


Crumble Topping

  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup cold Butter
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar


  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Sweetened Cinnamon Applesauce
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons Allspice
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling Water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, prepare muffin tins by placing papers in the tins. (Feel free to skip the papers and grease your muffin pans before baking if you rather.

  • Crumb Top: Combine flour and sugar together in a bowl, cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter, until mixture is crumbly like oatmeal. Set aside.
  • In mixing bowl beat together shortening, sugar, and eggs, scrape sides of bowl add  apple sauce (see note on variety of applesauce you choose to use).
  • Combine flour, salt, and spices in a large measuring cup.
  • Boil water, measure 1/2 cup and stir baking soda into the hot water.
  • Alternate adding dry ingredients and water to the mixing bowl. Scrape down sides of bowl frequently mix on low for an additional minute.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 full, top each unbaked muffin with 1 tablespoon of crumb topping. Place in a 350 degree preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove, allow to cool, and enjoy!


Note: If you only have plain unsweetened applesauce on hand add an additional 1/4 cup sugar and an extra teaspoon of cinnamon.
Keyword apples, applesauce, cinnamon, crumble topping, muffins
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    1. HEY that works too…It’s just another manic tuesday ooo Oo Wish it were booze day…see I can make a parody oughta anything ; ) Thanks for stopping by MWah!