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Apple-Pecan Streusel Muffins

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham


Makes 18 to 20 muffins

These muffins are simple enough to make with kids. Reheat by wrapping in foil and popping into a 325° oven for 15 minutes.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped Granny Smith apple (about 1 [8-oz.] apple)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Pecan Streusel

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition.

  2. Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl; add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in pecans, apples, and vanilla.

  3. Spoon batter into well-greased (with cooking spray) muffin pans, filling three-fourths full. Sprinkle about 1 Tbsp. Pecan Streusel over each muffin.

  4. Bake at 350° for 22 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool 15 minutes.