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Apple Cheddar Muffins

These moist and satisfying muffins are a tasty mix of sweet and savory. The apple chunks are fresh and fabulous in every bite, and the cheddar adds a savory touch that puts them over the top. They’re hearty, moist, flavorful, and perfect warmed up with a dab of butter.

3 Apple Cheddar Muffins on a black plate.

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If you love muffins, you’re going to REALLY love these muffins. And if you’re on the fence about muffins or can take them or leave them, do yourself a favor and try these. They’re the perfect mix of sweet and savory and they’re so buttery and delicious.

These are great for breakfast, brunch, a light lunch, or a snack. Heck, they’d even be great for dinner. I love warming them up and putting a dab of butter on them for an extra bit of salty butteryness. Simply delish!

These easy muffins are also simple to make. You don’t need a mixer, and you can make quick work of chopping the apples using an alligator chopper.

Sliced muffins with a dab of butter on a white plate.

What you’ll love about Cheddar Apple Muffins


  • They have the perfect level of sweetness and are so good warm with a bit of butter.
  • These are easy-to-make and forgiving muffins. You don’t have to be a pastry chef to nail them every time!
  • They freeze like a dream – pop them in the freezer to enjoy later.

Gather These Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar.
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Cheddar cheese – Shredded.
  • Eggs
  • Apple juice
  • Butter – Melted. I use salted butter.
  • Apples – See my notes below for the best apples to use in Apple-Cheddar Muffins.
Labeled ingredients to make Apple Cheddar Muffins.

The Best Apples for Apple Cheddar Muffins

Look for apples with a touch of sweetness but a firm, crisp texture that’ll hold up during baking. Some good picks are:

  • Jonagold
  • Braeburn
  • Honeycrisp
  • Pink Lady
  • Gala

How To Make The Best Apple-Cheddar Muffins

  1. Preheat your oven to 375-F and spray a 24-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in the cheese until well combined.
  4. Beat the eggs in another bowl and add the apple juice, melted butter and diced apple.
  5. Add the egg-apple juice mixture to the flour and mix until combined.
  6. Fill the muffin tins most of the way full and bake for 25-30 minutes or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
Apple Cheddar Muffins on a white plate.

How To Tell If Muffins Are Cooked

Not sure your muffins are cooked through? To determine if your muffins are cooked to perfection, follow these simple tips. First, give them a gentle press on the top with your finger. If they spring back and feel firm, it’s a good sign that they are done. Next, take a toothpick or a small skewer and insert it into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it, your muffins are ready! Remember to let them cool for a few minutes in the pan before transferring them to a wire rack for further cooling.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Peel and core the apple before dicing. Use an alligator chopper to get finely diced apple. You could also grate the apple, but then the apple will melt into the muffins.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese is great in these muffins. I like white cheddar.
  • Don’t overmix the muffins. Mix only until combined.
  • Fill the muffin tins – these muffins don’t get huge and poofy.

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Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with Apple Cheddar Muffins? As I said, they’re delish with just a bit of butter on them. Or, turn them into a meal. Pair your muffin with a leafy salad, a hearty bowl of soup, or some of last night’s leftovers.

Storage

Your muffins will keep in an airtight container or plastic bag on the counter for up to a day. If you want to keep them longer, pop them into the freezer! Then all you have to do is thaw one and enjoy!

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Apple Cheddar Muffins

Moist and with the perfect balance of sweet and savory, these easy muffins are a treat for breafkast, brunch, or a snack any time of the day!
Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cheddar muffins, apple muffins, muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 36 muffins
Calories 108kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups apple peeled, cored, and finely diced

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375-F and spray a 24-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the cheese until well combined.
  • Beat the eggs in another bowl and add the apple juice, melted butter and diced apple.
  • Add the egg-apple juice mixture to the flour and mix until combined.
  • Fill the muffin tins most of the way full and bake for 25-30 minutes or until they're golden brown and cooked through.

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Peel and core the apple before dicing. Use an alligator chopper to get finely diced apple. You could also grate the apple, but then the apple will melt into the muffins.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese is great in these muffins. I like white cheddar.
  • Don’t overmix the muffins. Mix only until combined.
  • Fill the muffin tins – these muffins don’t get huge and poofy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

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9 thoughts on “Apple Cheddar Muffins”

  1. 5 stars
    These muffins were so lovely! Apples with cheese are one of my go-to snacks so I knew I would enjoy these. I used Honeycrisp apples and they were perfect.

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  2. 5 stars
    Wowza, what a flavour combination, I am super excited to get stuck into these, they’re smelling amazing as they bake in my oven right now as I type.

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  3. 5 stars
    I cannot believe I’ve never combined apple with cheddar before. The flavor combo is so good. These muffins had just the right amount of sweetness too.

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  4. 5 stars
    These apple chedsar muffins turned out super delicious, tender and moist. Very quick and easy to make too! My kids are husband enjoyed them with butter for breakfast.

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  5. 5 stars
    The cheese and apple combination was just perfect! These disappeared so quickly, I already need to make another batch!

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  6. 5 stars
    Sweet and Savory in the same muffin?? Didn’t believe it could be true BUT these are freaking delicious! I had two apples I needed to get out of my fridge and this recipe did the trick!

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  7. 5 stars
    My little nephews love apples and cheese as a treat, and I surprised them with a small batch of these muffins this week when I babysat them. If I wasn’t their favorite aunt before, I surely am now!

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