Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

These easy Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins make a delicious breakfast or a tasty snack. Applesauce adds sweetness and moisture while cinnamon adds a warm and cozy flavor. Topped with a simple cinnamon sugar mixture.  Makes about 10-12 fluffy moist muffins.



Quick Note:  This recipe was originally published in February 2019.  It was updated in December 2020 with fabulous new photos.  This post also contains Amazon affiliate links.  Please read my disclosure statement for more details.


Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  I’m excited to share with you our favorite cinnamon applesauce muffin recipe!  Cinnamon sugar has always been a favorite for my children.  And I grew up on cinnamon sugar toast!  So, topping these muffins with cinnamon sugar was a no brainer.  This easy muffin recipe is ready in well under 30 minutes.


baked muffins with butter on top


This recipe calls for Bisquick instead of regular flour.  Bisquick gives the muffins the slightest hint of a biscuit.  While similar to a cinnamon sugar biscuit, using Bisquick ensures a light and fluffy muffin and I just love the texture and taste.    


Why you should make these applesauce muffins

These muffins are moist and full of apple cinnamon flavor! Have one for dessert with your favorite coffee or tea to satisfy that sweet tooth. Pack one inside a school lunch bag.  Cinnamon applesauce muffins are wonderful sweet breakfast muffins that your coworkers will thank you for.  Share with that special neighbor.


What is the difference between all-purpose flour and Bisquick?

Glad you asked!  Bisquick is a pre-made baking mix with a hint of sugar.  It’s used for all kinds of baking recipes such as biscuits, muffins, pancakes, and waffles.


When was Bisquick invented?

Bisquick first hit the grocery store shelves in 1931!  Wow!  I can remember my mom using Bisquick when I was little.  Rumors have it that the original baking mix ingredients have changed over the years; however, I’ve used it and haven’t noticed much change at all in the flavor or consistency.  


What to Put on a Muffin

For these muffins, I like to slice a hot muffin in half and put a pat of butter inside.  For day-old muffins, slice one in half and toast it.  Then, spread some cream cheese on both halves.  Apple butter would also be a nice addition.  Mmm, the possibilities are endless!



Muffin Ingredients: 

2 cups Bisquick

1/2 cup applesauce

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1 tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp Oil

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, unsalted (optional)


1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

2 Tbsp melted butter


Kitchen Equipment/Tools Needed

muffin pan

muffin liners (optional)

large mixing bowl

measuring cups

measuring spoons


basting brush


How to make my cinnamon applesauce muffins

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 400F.  Lightly grease muffin pan or paper liners.  OXO offers a wonderful, heavy-gauge muffin pan with easy grip sides.  Find OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Muffin Pan here on Amazon.


STEP 2: Add sugar, cinnamon, applesauce, egg, milk, vanilla extract, and oil to a large bowl.  Blend well with a whisk.  Then add Bisquick and blend well.  Mix just until blended because if you overmix, the muffins will be too dense.  

cinnamon applesauce muffin batter


STEP 3: Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full. 

muffin batter in prepared muffin tin


STEP 4:  Bake at 400 for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

baked cinnamon muffins without sugar topping


STEP 5:  For the muffin topping:  Combine the cinnamon and sugar ingredients in a small bowl.  Brush tops of baked muffins with melted butter.  Sprinkle muffin tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture.    

cinnamon sugar topping ingredients


STEP 6:  Enjoy!  Makes 10-12 muffins.  

baked applesauce muffins in muffin tin with cinnamon sugar topping


More Muffin Recipes

Banana Nut Muffins 
Homemade Chocolate Muffins


Love apples?  This Easy Apple Crisp is made with fresh apples, maple syrup, and cinnamon and topped with a crispy oatmeal almond topping.


Storing Muffins

Whether you’re looking for make-ahead muffins, or you have leftover muffins, you can store muffins at room temperature for up to 3 days if they’re stored in an airtight container. 


You can also freeze muffins for up to 3 months if you wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or place in plastic freezer bags.


Kid-Friendly Muffins

I would say yes!  I have received several photos of parents/grandparents making these muffins with their children/grandchildren.  Children love to help in the kitchen and since this is an easy muffin recipe, it’s a great one to try with your toddler or older children. 


Adult supervision is of utmost importance.  Measure the ingredients and let the child pour into the mixing bowl.  If they’re older, you can supervise them measuring the ingredients and placing into the mixing bowl.  The older child can use the whisk to blend the batter.  However, let the adult handle the hot oven and pans.  Make it a fun experience!


How to Transport Muffins

So now that you’ve made these delicious muffins, what the best way to transport them?  I recently discovered a plastic carrier that’s perfect for transporting pies, muffins, and cupcakes.  It’s the Southern Homewares 3-in-1 Plastic Holder Container.  It offers easy-grip handles, a snap-tight lid, and it’s made out of durable plastic.  Available now on Amazon!


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cinnamon applesauce muffins on glass cake plate with glass of milk

Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

Easy muffins! Applesauce adds sweetness and moisture. Cinnamon adds warmness and comfort. A moist muffin that's great for breakfast or a snack. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on top.
4.5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 334kcal


  • muffin pan
  • muffin liners (optional)
  • large mixing bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cup(s)
  • whisk
  • Basting Brush



  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, unsalted (OPTIONAL)


  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400F.  Spray muffin tins or paper liners with non-stick to keep muffins from sticking.
  • Add the cinnamon, sugar, applesauce, egg, milk, oil, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and blend with a whisk. Then add Bisquick (and nuts if using) and blend well.  
  • Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 10-11 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove muffins from oven.
  • Mix the cinnamon-sugar topping and sprinkle on top of muffins.


  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Brush muffin tops with melted butter. Sprinkle muffin tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture.


Makes 10-12 standard size muffins.  Store cooled muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Serving: 3.5oz | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 528mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g

My original photos from 2019.  Not bad, but it was time for an update!

finished muffins on blue serving platter with glass of millk

baked muffins lined up on a teal blue platter

stacked muffins on a glass platter with a bite taken out of one muffin





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