Applesauce Muffins

Moist Applesauce Cupcakes or Muffins with a light spice flavor.

Applesauce Muffins recipe with cinnamon, raisins and nuts or frost with Butter Cream Cheese Frosting for cupcakes. 

This is a personal recipe given to my husband in 1969 by   Mrs. Cordelia Kelly, Greensboro, NC. She hosted a cooking show, "What's Cooking Today" on WFMY - Channel 2.

The original recipe was title Apple Cupcakes and did not include a frosting recipe.

Because these moist, yummy cupcakes were not frosted but looked and tasted like muffins, I called them muffins.

Later, I add a delicious frosting calling them cupcakes.

Applesauce Muffins Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups thick, canned applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup soft vegetable shortening (I use Crisco)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)


Sift together flour, sugar, salt, soda, baking powder, and spices twice into a mixing bowl.

Add eggs, applesauce, shortening, water, and vanilla extract. Mix on low speed for 1 minute.

Scrape down sides and beat   on medium speed for about 1 minute until well blended and lumps are gone. Fold in raisins and nuts.

Line muffin pans with cupcake liners. Fill cups 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven 400F. 18-20 minutes or until muffins test done.

Remove from oven. Let set 5 minutes and remove from pan leaving the liners intact.

Serve hot out of the oven or cool them on a rack before serving.

Frosting may be added to the tops to turn them into Applesauce Cupcakes.

These muffins make a lovely addition to your breakfast or brunch table.

They also make a delicious dessert to your lunchboxes.

Makes 12-15 medium size muffins or cupcakes.

Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
for Cupcakes

1 lb. (16 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar

Mix all together in mixing bowl on high speed until light and creamy.

Frost cooled muffins or cupcakes.

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