It is seriously cold in Oregon right now and according to a poll I did on Facebook last night, it seems everyone is feeling a little "Arctic" at the moment. We currently have snow and cold temperatures, which means my oven is going constantly. Cold weather and baking just seem to coincide, at least for me.
The frigid weather has put me in the mood for one of the most comforting flavors I can think of, I call it the apple-cinnamon complex. Together apples and cinnamon are the perfect hand shake. Wouldn't you agree?
I decided on a double dose of cinnamon with ground cinnamon and cinnamon chips to up the flavor profile. And then I wanted rustic, so I added oatmeal. Yes...it's the perfect breakfast while sipping coffee and reading magazines. Snow falling in the background...of course.
I love these Wilton liners, they keep the muffins from settling on and sticking to the pan. I hope you have a chance to make these soon.
Streuseled Apple-Oatmeal-Cinnamon Chip Muffins
For the Streusel Topping:
- 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup oatmeal
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the muffins:
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, grated with a box grater and squeezed until most liquid is gone
- lemon juice
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
- 1 cup oatmeal
- For the streusel topping, add all ingredients to a medium bowl. Use a pastry blender or your hands to mash ingredients together into crumb-like pieces. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine flour,sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and oil. Combine with dry mixture until fully incorporated.
- Sprinkle some lemon juice over the shredded and squeezed apple to keep it from turning brown. Add apple, cinnamon chips and oatmeal to the flour mixture and stir.
- Add batter to a paper-lined muffin tin, about 2/3 full for each. Divide streusel evenly over the batter. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from the pan after a couple minutes. They taste amazing at room temp but warm they are crazy yummy too.
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