Apple Butter Pecan Muffins

Apple Butter (2)

Apple Butter Muffins are made like a coffee cake with swirled apple butter and chopped pecans on the inside.  A crumble topping made with all purpose & almond flour, brown sugar, butter, ground cinnamon makes this muffin crunchy and delicious.  After baking sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.  The muffins are baked in a silicone jumbo muffin pan.



11/4 cup all purpose flour

11/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

½ -teaspoon salt

¾ cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 eggs

2 tablespoons sour cream

6 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

4 Tablespoons melted butter

1/3– cup water or apple juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Interior Swirl:

6 Tablespoons apple butter

 Streusel Topping

5 Tablespoons all purpose flour

¼ cup almond flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4-teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4-teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into ¼” cubes


  1. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt together in medium mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. Combine eggs, sour cream, oil, butter, water and extract in a large mixing bowl, whisk until smooth. Add chopped pecans. Stir to combine.
  3. Form a well in center of flour mixing bowl then add wet ingredients. Gently stir to combine, but do not over mix. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight of up to 36 hours.
  4. In another small bowl, combine streusel ingredients but cut in butter and crumble mixture. Cover with wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake muffins.
  5. To Bake Muffins: Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly spray silicone jumbo muffin pan and muffin papers if using with cooking spray. Transfer batter to disposable piping bag, cut ½” opening or use a scoop. Pipe or spoon batter into mold, stopping ½” from the top.  Drop 1 tablespoon of apple butter on top of batter, with small knife swirl into batter.  Add streusel to top of muffin.  Place pan in oven bake for 15 minutes, cover with foil, continue baking 10-12 minutes or until center comes out clean.  Allow muffins to cool, remove from pan.  Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

*Muffins can be frozen after baked. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar before serving.  Option:  Swap out swirl for piped in apple butter after baking.



  • Refrigerating the batter over night combines the flavors and makes it easy to bake the next morning.
  • Adding oil and butter to recipe creates muffins with a tender cake.