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 titled 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 or Applesauce Cupcakes, they are scrumptious, either way.

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 pure 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.

TIP: Applesauce is now available flavored with cinnamon. 


You may use the new flavored version and eliminate the the above cinnamon ingredient or add if for a spicier  taste.

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

Frosting may be added to the tops to serve them as Applesauce Cupcakes.

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

They also make a delicious dessert to your lunch boxes.

Makes 12-15 medium size muffins or cupcakes.



Cupcakes Butter Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 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 to serve as cupcakes.


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