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    35 mins

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    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    This is one of my all time favorite muffin recipes! --- you can substitute one large finely chopped apple for the nuts, increase the spices if desired --- some of the butter can be replaced with more applesauce for a lower fat muffin :)

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    1. 1
      Set oven to 350°F.
    2. 2
      Set oven rack to second-lowest position.
    3. 3
      Butter 12 muffin tins or line with paper liners.
    4. 4
      For muffins: in a small bowl mix together first 7 dry ingredients.
    5. 5
      In another large bowl whisk together eggs and brown sugar until well combined.
    6. 6
      Add in melted butter whisking continuously until mixture is creamy.
    7. 7
      Stir in applesauce.
    8. 8
      Fold in flour mixture until JUST combined.
    9. 9
      Stir in nuts.
    10. 10
      Divide the batter evenly between muffin tins.
    11. 11
      To make the topping: stir together all ingredients then sprinkle over tops of muffin batter.
    12. 12
      Bake for about 20-22 minutes, or until muffins test done.
    13. 13
      Cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove to a rack to cool.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 01, 2009


      Kittencal, you are so good at muffins. :) Even though I kind of messed with this recipe a bit, these muffins are still a really nice spice muffin. I love how you just need a whisk to mix everything! This is going to be one of my rotating muffin recipes that I make for my husband to grab-and-go on his way to work (along with Best Bran Muffins, Chocolaty Decadence Banana Muffins, and Pumpkin Pie Bread [in muffin form]). I used 1/2 c. whole wheat flour as part of the 1 1/2 cups, 1 slightly rounded tsp. cinnamon, I used 1/4 c. Splenda for 1/4 c. of the brown sugar, and I traded all instances of allspice out for apple pie spice. I also decreased the butter by 1/4 c. and used 1/4 c. more of applesauce, and I didn't use nuts. I got 15 delicious standard-size muffins. Until I unpack my own Wilton pans, I am using dark Oneida muffin tins, and 350 for 18 minutes is PERFECT for these (for me). I only sprinkle about 1/2 tsp. of topping ingredients on each muffin, so the topping ingredients make a lot, but I just save it in a Ziploc sandwich baggie (labeled as to what it is) for the next batch of muffins, because I know I'll be making these again! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    • on January 26, 2010


      Fantastic muffin. What I like about this is the easy, quick way to put together. Usually I have to peel and chop apples and with this recipe, I do not have to do this unless I want to add one apple. I use just the applesauce and no nuts and it is DELICIOUS. I did buy the apple pie spice and used that rather than separate spices because the same ingredients are in it. I just added it all together and added almost 2 teaspoons of that to the muffins. These muffins are very moist, just be careful not to overmix. I love the fact that this recipe can be mixed in less than 5 minutes and probably be gone in the same amount of time!!! Thanks for the delicious recipe.

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    • on October 27, 2008


      Wonderful muffins! I subbed Splenda brown sugar blend for the brown sugar due to being diabetic but didn't make any other changes. They smelled incredible while cooking and I was waiting impatiently for them to cool enough to touch lol. These are a keeper for me!

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    Nutritional Facts for The Absolute Best Applesauce Spice Muffins With Spice Topping!

    Serving Size: 1 (1193 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 328.4
    Calories from Fat 144
    Total Fat 16.0 g
    Saturated Fat 6.1 g
    Cholesterol 51.3 mg
    Sodium 327.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 43.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    Sugars 27.2 g
    Protein 5.3 g

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