Muffin Recipes: Frosted Apple Spice Mini Muffins

My children are forever complaining about what’s for breakfast.  They say they don’t like cereal, are tired of toast and oatmeal is boring.  Well, you know what?  Tomorrow morning they are going to be happy little campers because they will be eating frosted apple spice mini muffins for breakfast!  Mom rocks, right?  I got this recipe from Petite Treats: Adorably Delicious Versions of All Your Favorites from Scones, Donuts, and Cupcakes to Brownies, Cakes, and Pies.  It is a cute little cookbook that offers tons of delicious recipes in bite sized form.  Great for when you just want a tiny something sweet at the end of the meal or finger foods for a party.  This was an incredibly easy recipe to make, although my picture doesn’t look anywhere near as nice as the one in the book!  My frosting technique leaves something to be desired.  So, if you are looking for muffin recipes that your kids will thank you for making, I really recommend you try this one! The recipe will make about 18 to 24 mini muffins.


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Frosted Apple Spice Mini Muffins

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Frosted Apple Spice Mini Muffins

A delicious little bite of apple and spice! From the cookbook Petite Treats: Adorably Delicious Versions of All Your Favorites from Scones, Donuts, and Cupcakes to Brownies, Cakes, and Pies [

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 18 mini muffin wells with paper liners.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves in a medium bowl.
  4. Place the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Reduce the speed to low and add the applesauce. Gradually add the flour mixture until combined. Stir in the walnuts by hand.
  6. Using a 1-inch ice cream scoop and heaping portions, fill each mini muffin liner to the brim.
  7. Bake until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center returns with no crumbs, about 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Allow to cool 5 minutes in the pan, or until safe to handle. Then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
  9. While the muffins are baking, combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and cinnamon in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until combined, about 3 minutes.
  10. Transfer the frosting into a pastry bag and refrigerate.
  11. When the muffins have completely cooled, frost each one.
  12. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  13. SWEET TIPS: The frosting is only slightly sweet, to allow the flavor of the muffins to shine like the morning sun
Recipe Type: Breakfast


 Do you have any good muffin recipes that your kids rave about?

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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!


  1. I have to tell you how good these muffins look!!! That cream cheese cinnamon icing really sounds delicious! Have a great night! Blessings, Leslie
  2. My nephew's favorite breakfast right now is eggy muffins! I mixed together eggs with corn, white beans and tomato and then bake in muffin pans- low in sugar, high protein and also great wrapped in a tortilla for a more filling meal

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