Mini Applesauce Muffins

These Mini Applesauce Muffins are the perfect snack for the whole family! Deliciously moist muffins filled with applesauce, and dipped in an irresistible cinnamon sugar topping.

We love muffins for breakfast, especially these mini ones! For even more muffin recipes, check out our: healthy apple muffins and blueberry muffins!

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our favorite mini Muffins

Today, I’m sharing a recipe for Mini Applesauce Muffins that were beyond delicious.

The taste of applesauce is subtle, but it made the muffins super moist and yummy. They’re also topped with cinnamon and sugar making them extra irresistible! They were really easy to make and I think everyone in your family will like them.

We like to make these mini muffins to enjoy for breakfast, or even as a snack – especially after school. The kids find themselves wanting them every week.

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How to Make mini Applesauce Muffins

PREP. Preheat the oven and lightly spray the mini muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.

BATTER. Cream the butter and sugar until they are well combined. Fold in the egg and applesauce. Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well to create a batter.

BAKE. Spoon the batter into the greased mini muffin pan, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake for 11-13 minutes.

TOPPING. Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl. Let the muffins cool for a bit. Once they’ve cooled, dip the muffins into melted butter and then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. ENJOY!

Recipe FAQ

Can margarine be used instead of butter in baking? Technically yes it can, but I would recommend not switching them. Butter is cream based where as margarine is oil based and flavored to taste like butter. When butter is substituted with margarine the end result isn’t quite the same. 

What kind of applesauce is recommended? We used sweetened plain applesauce for this recipe. You can also use unsweetened applesauce or cinnamon applesauce. They won’t really alter the flavor much or at all. If you are worried, you can add add an extra pinch of sugar if you used unsweetened applesauce. If you used cinnamon applesauce you can just reduce the amount of added cinnamon. 

You can also used homemade applesauce!

Can I make these into regular sized muffins? Yes just adjust the bake time to 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Mini applesauce muffins recipe

How to store muffins

Room temperature: Store the cooled muffins in an airtight container for up to a week. Lay a paper towel on the bottom of the container add the muffins and lay a second paper towel over the top. The paper towel will absorb any evaporated moisture so the muffins don’t get a soggy texture. The airtight container keeps the air from getting in and drying them out too much. 

To freeze: Allow the muffins to cool, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for 2-3 hours. Once frozen transfer them to a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. 

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Mini Applesauce Muffins Recipe

4.8 from 15 votes
These Mini Applesauce Muffins are the perfect snack for the whole family! Deliciously moist muffins filled with applesauce, and dipped in an irresistible cinnamon sugar topping.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 24 muffins
Calories 68 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar until well combined. Fold in egg and applesauce.
  • Combine the rest of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix. Add this to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Spoon batter into greased mini muffin pan. Fill each ⅔ full. Bake for 11-13 minutes.
  • Let cool for a bit.
  • In a separate bowl, combined sugar and cinnamon. Also, melt butter in another bowl.
  • Dip muffins into melted butter and then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from Plain Chicken.

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  1. Yum!! Muffins are my favorite thing to make for breakfast! And I always only do mini ones. Can’t wait to try these!!

  2. Happy Easter Lily guess what do you want to know something I got a new niece and guess what her name is her name is Lily Ann Huntley she wieghs 6 pounds and 8 ounces and I love pizza and I love dessert and Easter egg hunts and crafts

    1. I made these with 1 cup of applesauce and they did not turn out at all…try 1 applesauce kidsize cup! That makes so much more sense! 🙂

      1. Hi Beth! I updated the recipe. It’s suppose to be a kid-size applesauce cup. I assumed everyone would understand, but I should have been more clear. Sorry they did not turn out. 🙁

        1. Oh no worries at all! I just quickly glanced at the recipe! Made it again and they turned out picture perfect! Thanks Kristyn!

          1. I don’t have one handy to check, but it’s the little plastic ones you find in the store, in the pack. Hope that helps!

  3. NO children here. So instead of buying cups for recipe, can someone please measure the amount of the applesauce in the cups and stop the questions. Thank you.

  4. What is the measure for kids size – have never heard I’d such a thing!! PLEASE give a measure
    cheers S

  5. 4 stars
    Made these for — of course — the missionaries! They’re going to love them!!! Thanks again for all your good yummies!! I don’t know why this won’t let me rate 5 stars, just 4, but it is a 5 star!!

    1. LOL!! I love it, Donna!! So glad you liked these and I hope the missionaries did too. Looks like they’re being fed real well. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    My picky eater liked them, eventhough she doesn’t like apple sauce. A kid size cup is 4 oz or 1/2 a cup.

  7. 4 stars
    Delicious! We added a half a teaspoon of vanilla to this recipe. Amazing! Thank you.

    PS: It won’t let me give 5 stars, but I would if I was able.

    1. I personally haven’t tried, but I’m sure you can. Maybe just do the last step when you are about to eat them – the dipping in the butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture. Let me know how they turn out!

  8. Can you clarify if the applesauce should be sweetened or unsweetened. We don’t have any kids sized cups in the house right now but we have unsweetened applesauce. Just want to know if they wouldn’t be sweet enough if I went that route… if so, suggestion for adding sugar? Thanks 🙂

    1. We used the sweetened applesauce. I wish I knew how the unsweetened would taste or if the sugar amount would make it sweet anyway?? You could make it as is and taste the batter before baking and see if you’d need to add more sugar? I just wish I knew, but haven’t tried with unsweetened. Let me know what you do!

  9. Hi Lily,
    These mini applesauce muffins look so yummy!!
    I’m also a huge fan of cinnamon.
    Thanks for the lovely recipe! 🙂

  10. I’m making these for a cookie exchange. Would little paper liners work with them? I think the truffle size would fit the mini pan. thanks.

  11. Not sure what I did wrong here but I followed the directions perfect and the batter was like dough and stayed in the exact shape I put it in the muffin pan as…… Peaks and all…

  12. 5 stars
    Everyone loved these. I added 1 tsp of cinnamon to the batter (and 1 tsp of water so batter wouldn’t be dry). I will be making these again ?

  13. 4 stars
    I only got 23 from my batch. I think they need something extra, nuts or somthing for more texture.I read some other reviews and i added 1/2 Tsp Vanilla, 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp water.

  14. 5 stars
    My kids love muffins and I love having them on hand for quick breakfasts and easy snacks. This is a simple and delicious addition to our rotation.

  15. 5 stars
    Not only are these adorable, they are so delicious too. These make a great on the go breakfast or snack! I love that you can freeze them too!

  16. 5 stars
    My kids love when I make these! They are gone so fast! They are a great snack or breakfast treat & super easy to make!

  17. These muffins are so good, like the a lot better than the regular size muffins.
    Anyone who I shared them with, love the,

    1. I have never tried that substitution before but I’d love to hear how it turns out if you use the apple butter. Apple butter has a thicker consistency than apple sauce so it might change the texture of the muffins somewhat. Let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear!

  18. I don’t have a mini muffin pan–would these work as regular size muffins (less fun of course but…)? Thanks!

    1. Yes they would work as regular size muffins as well – just adjust the bake time to 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  19. 5 stars
    Our family of four devoured these in just a day and a half. They’re so moist and tender and not too sweet. I thought about elaborating on the recipe, but I’m glad I decided to stick to it.
    Perfectly simple. Getting ready to make these again right now.

  20. 5 stars
    I made these today and they were just lovely … I made double the recipe and got 12 big muffins … I was almost tempted to pipe some caramel into the center!
    Nearly half have gone already .. there’s only two of us oh my!