It’s Sunday and time to bake for the coming school week. Muffins seem to pack perfectly into lunch boxes along with fresh fruit, carrots, yogurt, a sandwich and some trail mix. It really saves time in the morning when things are prepared ahead and packable lunch items are set out on the counter so the kids can choose their favorites. The swim season will begin next week and more food will be needed to fuel their young bodies through a day of school and endless yards of swimming.
This muffin recipe is a new one. I looked through a few of the local community cookbooks yesterday and this recipe looked easy enough to combine and pop in the oven. I added some apples to add depth and flavor. I will slather icing on a few of the muffins for an after dinner dessert and pile the remaining (un-iced) muffins into a Tupperware container for lunches.
An afternoon of baking has produced, 18 muffins, a tray of chewy granola bars, and 24 vanilla cupcakes. I have one more tray of cupcakes in the oven as M’s friend is celebrating a birthday tomorrow and she wanted to bring a birthday treat to school to share with friends at the lunch table. I have made a batch of cream cheese frosting and will finish icing the birthday cupcakes after dinner. A will sprinkle some colorful rainbow nonpareils over the frosting to make them look festive.
On the dinner menu…Teriyaki Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries…Another productive Sunday!
Apple and Spice Muffins
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, spices, and salt. Set aside. Cream together margarine and sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir together soda and 1 tablespoon warm water, and mix into the sugar mixture. Stir into flour mixture. Add apples and mix until well blended. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 17-25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
( I use cream cheese frosting, homemade or store bought, depending on time)
9 thoughts on “Apple and Spice Muffins”
Yummy! This looks delicious.. The dinner menu sounds great too! Enjoy 🙂
Yes, these are delicious. I forgot to mention how wonderfully they freeze for future enjoyment! Thanks for visiting. I’m looking forward to checking out more of your posts!
Well, my daughter and I just made them. Reduced the sugar and upped the spices a bit. They just went into the oven. Will see what happens 🙂
Oh, I hope you are pleased…let me know how they turn out!
Hi again. Sorry it took me a while to reply. They did come out lovely. Even though my 2.5-year-old helper poured the soda into the flour without waiting for water 🙂 We will definitely be making them again. Thanks for the recipe!
It’s fun to bake with kids…mistakes and all! :). I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thank you again for your valued comment! Enjoy your day… 🙂
I will definitely try this – so many apples at the markets now. 🙂 Cream cheese frosting is the obvious choice; my favorite!
So jealous that you have an abundance of apples in your area…we are in the midst of a deep freeze…just got 5 more inches of fresh snow today. Enjoy the recipe, Shanna
Take Care –Linda
It is quite warm here this winter – no snow and lots of sun. NM weather is variable – one never knows. 🙂