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Apple Cream Cheese Crumb Muffins are the perfect buttery and moist apple walnut muffins with a hidden cream cheese center. Topped with a cinnamon sugar crumb topping these are the perfect fall muffins!

Apple cream cheese Crumb Muffins in a muffin tin.

I love that fall is in the air. We had some high temperatures last week but I am reminded of fall and the beautiful changing leaves in the mountains. It will be pretty cool and chilly in the morning and evenings but you are dying of heat in the afternoon and have to change into shorts and take off the sweatshirts. That is typical Utah weather for you. But I am not complaining because the electric bill finally is starting to go down.

I am especially excited for fall baking. I mean isn’t that what we look forward to? All of the amazing fall baked goodies with apple and pumpkin? I love that meme that is going around that says, “My summer body wasn’t ready but my winter body is good to go!” Isn’t that the truth? 😉

This year I am bringing you some delicious recipes using walnuts. I especially love walnuts for baking because they add a new crunchy texture and the nutty walnut taste that we all love.

Apple cream cheese come muffins

It took me three times to get this recipe just right. I love apple muffins but I wanted to have a surprise cream cheese center. I mean who doesn’t love when a layer of sweet cream cheese is baked into the center of a muffin? It is the BEST! Then to top it off with an amazing crumb topping! This muffin is the muffin of my dreams!

To achieve the bakery style buttery muffin the dough will be slightly thicker. You will be able to fill the muffins right to the top. The inside of the muffin is delicious and tender. And you will especially love the hidden apples and walnuts in the dough.

Apple cream cheese, muffin ingredients in a glass bowl being stirred together with the wooden spoon.

I used my favorite crumb topping which actually requires the butter to be melted instead of cold. The crumb topping comes together quickly and is the perfect sized crumbs ready to go on top of the muffin. I also press lightly to make the crumbs stay better. A crumbly muffin is my favorite!

Overhead shot of an apple cream cheese muffin.

These muffins are the perfect fall muffins and you must put them on your baking list as soon as you can! You are going to love every single thing about them from the buttery and moist muffin, to the apples and walnuts hidden inside, to the cream cheese center, and the cinnamon sugar crumb topping! You will want to bake these again and again!

Apple cream cheese crumb muffins cut in half

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Apple Cream Cheese Crumb Muffins

4.34 from 3 votes
Apple Cream Cheese Crumb Muffins are the perfect buttery and moist apple walnut muffins with a hidden cream cheese center. Topped with a cinnamon sugar crumb topping these are the perfect fall muffins!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12


Cream Cheese Center:

Crumb Topping:


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners. In a medium sized bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat together butter, sugar, and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples and walnuts. Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until combined. Add 1 tablespoon into the bottom of the muffin liners.
  • To make the cream cheese mixture: Beat together cream cheese, sugar and egg yolk until smooth. Put about 1 tablespoon on top of the bottom of the dough in the liners. Top the cheesecake layer with the rest of the dough and fill to the top.
  • To make the crumb topping: Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter to a small bowl and mix. Add the flour until it starts to become crumbs. Top the muffins with the crumb mixture and lightly press into the top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes clean and the tops are lightly brown. Let them sit for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool.


Calories: 404kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 6gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 303mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 606IUCalcium: 53mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This post was sponsored by the California Walnut Board. Thank you for allowing me to work with brands that I love. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    WOOOOOW!!! THESE ARE SO GOOD!!!! I will absolutely be making these again.

    Do these need to be stored in the fridge or is on the counter ok?? Have you ever frozen them?