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Weekend Yummy: Apple Crumble Muffins

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I heart muffins.

It doesn’t really matter what type of muffins they are—I’ll eat any flavor.

I’ll eat muffins with nuts, with berries, with chocolate chips…you can even put carrot and zucchini in there, I won’t mind.

Since the weekend is finally here, why don’t we celebrate two wonderfully late mornings with a beautiful muffin recipe that includes fall’s sweetest treat: apples?

Wake up your whole dorm with the amazing smell of these muffins, and you might just become the most popular girl in school—at least until they’re all gone.

Here’s what you need to get started:

Apple Crumble Muffins

* 1/2 cup butter

* 1 1/4 cups white sugar

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 2 eggs

* 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

* 2 teaspoons baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1/2 cup milk

* 2 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples

* 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

* 1/4 cup white sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

* 2 tablespoons butter, cubed

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Coat top and insides of a muffin pan with cooking spray, or line with paper muffin cups.

2. In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at time. Mix together the 1 3/4 cups of flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Fold in apples and walnuts. Scoop into muffin cups to fill 3/4 full. Lightly sprinkle the tops with cinnamon crumble.

3. To make Cinnamon Crumble: In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, and 2 tablespoons cubed butter. Mix together using two butter knives. The crumble topping should resemble small peas.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until tops are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If they are browning too quickly, cover with tin foil. Remove from pans, and cool on wire rack.

5. Cover your muffins with a “Eat These and You’ll Die” sign, just in case anyone gets any funny ideas.

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