Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins

Jocelyn Brubaker | Inside BruCrew Life

Baking a batch of these Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins will make your kitchen smell like fall. It's the perfect way to welcome in the cooler season.

Last week sliced apples were on sale in our local grocery store, so I stocked up on a few extra bags. My plan was to bake all the apple things that I wanted to share with you this fall in one week.

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So far we enjoyed pancakes, cake, scones, Mini Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts, a couple batches of the most amazing caramel apple topping, and these amazing Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins.

And that was just last week. I still have ideas for cheesecake, bread pudding, cookies, nachos, crescent braids, and donuts in the very near future.  

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I have officially decided to add apples to all the recipes.  Now that it is September, I'm not planning on holding back on apple and pumpkin treats.

Usually by now I'm totally and completely bonkers for pumpkin treats, but I haven't hit that point this year. It must be the year of apples for me. 

A few years ago, I made these Carrot Cheesecake Muffins. I already tweaked the recipe to use zucchini, so I knew it would totally work to substitute shredded apple.

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But this time I didn't want a cheesecake center.

I know, I know.

Who am I and what have I done with Jocelyn, because I always want to add cheesecake to everything.

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This time I just felt like a crunchy streusel topping and a sweet glaze drizzle on top said fall a little better. And after one bite of these apple muffins, I knew it was the right way to go.

These bakery style muffins will win your heart over in two seconds flat. Well, it might be the crunchy streusel and glaze that will win you over first.

But then when you take a bite of the soft apple spice muffin, you will be reaching for another one in a hurry. At least I was.

File 1 - Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins

The best Streusel Topping for muffins:

  • Mix together sugar, flour, cinnamon, and cold butter with a pastry blender or a fork. Continue working the mixture until it resembles wet sand.
  • Stir in the nuts and use the back of a spoon to press the mixture into large clumps.
  • You can also use your hands to clump the mixture together.
  • A helpful tip when using this streusel is to press it slightly into the batter before placing the pan in the oven. This will help the streusel stick to the muffins as they bake.
File 2 - Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins

How to make Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins:

  • Make the streusel topping first and set it aside.
  • Mix together the oil, sugars, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl.
  • Stir together the dry ingredients and mix them alternately with buttermilk into the sugar mixture.
  • Stir in the shredded apples and pecan chips gently. A food processor is an easy way to shred apples quickly.
  • Spray your muffin tins with nonstick spray and spoon the batter evenly into 18 muffin cavities. Divide the streusel onto the muffin batter and press it down slightly.
  • Once the muffins are baked, let them cool in the muffin tins for 2-3 minutes before gently removing them and placing them on a cooling rack that has been set inside a large sheet pan.
  • When the muffins are cooled, whisk together the glaze and drizzle it over the tops of the sweet breakfast muffins. Let the glaze set before storing the muffins in a container.

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Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins

    18 Servings


For the Streusel:
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Cold Butter
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
For the Muffins:
  • 2/3 cup Oil
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Aluminum Free Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Shredded Apple
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a 12-count and a 6-count muffin tin with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Use a pastry blender or fork to mix together the brown sugar, flour, and cold butter until they resemble wet sand.
  3. Stir in the pecans and use the back of a spoon to clump the mixture into chunks. Set aside.
  4. Mix together the oil, sugars, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl.
  5. Stir together all the dry ingredients. Add them alternately with the buttermilk to the sugar mixture.
  6. Gently stir in the shredded apples and pecans bits. Spoon the muffin batter evenly into the 18 muffin cavities.
  7. Divide the streusel topping on the tops of the muffin batter. Press it slightly into the batter.
  8. Bake for 16 minutes.
  9. Remove and let cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes before gently removing them. Place on a cooling rack.
  10. Stir together the powdered sugar and water and drizzle over the tops of the cooled muffins. Let set. Store in a tightly sealed container.


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Author: Jocelyn Brubaker
Recipe Yields: 18 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1
Servings Per Recipe 18

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 125
Calories 279

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 145mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 16g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jocelyn Brubaker

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Jocelyn bakes up many delicious things to share on Inside BruCrew Life. Around these parts, she's our latest Breakfast Fanatic, and we're so glad!

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