Applesauce puffs are perfect for breakfast or brunch. This muffins start with a biscuit mix for easy preparation. In fact, these soft and flavorful muffins are a lot like a cinnamon sugar donut. They won't last long at your house!
Applesauce Puffs are muffins rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar. Enough said, right? They are like eating a cinnamon sugar donut. (However they are much easier to make!)
You also add applesauce to the mix instead of having to add a lot of oil so that is a healthier.
Of course, you may loose some of that benefit when you roll the muffin in butter and cinnamon sugar. Shh, don't tell. But who is counting?
When I made these, I knew the family would love them. We like muffins in our house like these Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins and Chocolate Muffins.
- biscuit mix - this can be a Bisquick mix or a store brand
- applesauce - sweetened or unsweetened works
As I said, it starts with a biscuit mix. You can use a homemade mix or a store bought mix. I used a store bought mix because I happened to have some in my pantry. Here is a recipe for homemade biscuit mix.
What type of applesauce to use
These soft cinnamon sugar muffins have applesauce in them and that certainly helps with how soft they are! The muffins are moist and flavorful.
The applesauce can be unsweetened to help cut down on the amount of sugar in these muffins. Yes, they are coated with a cinnamon/sugar mixture but using unsweetened applesauce does help.
A cinnamon applesauce does help add a little extra flavor so that can be used as well. The cinnamon in the batter can be omitted if a cinnamon applesauce is used.
Bake these kid friendly muffins in a 375 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes. The muffins will start to turn a golden brown and will be firm to the touch when they are done.
Cinnamon and sugar mixture
After the muffins are down cooking, let them sit in the muffin tin for about 5 minutes. Then remove from pan (carefully) and dip the top of the muffins in the melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar mixture.
These muffins are best when served and eaten the same day or within 24-36 hours. If you want to make these muffins ahead of time, make the muffin, then wait to roll the muffin in the cinnamon sugar mixture until ready to serve.
Try making them. Actually, this would be a great recipe for your children to try their hand in the kitchen! These muffins were moist, flavorful and became a family favorite. You can use a regular sized muffin pan like this one or a mini muffin pan (which, by the way, this one holds 24 muffins. Brilliant!).
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- 2 c biscuit mix
- ¼ c sugar
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ c applesauce (I used natural)
- ¼ c milk
- 1 egg
- 2 T oil
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix biscuit mix, sugar and cinnamon.
- Stir in applesauce, milk, egg and oil.
- Stir well.
- Fill greased muffin pans ⅔ full.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Let muffins cool for 5 minutes in pan and roll in melted butter.
- Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and roll muffin with melted butter on it in mixture.
yum yum Yummy!!! My husband will eat these in no time!
Are the nutrition facts based on one mini muffin? Or for the serving size which says 9?
They are based on one regular sized (not mini) muffin. You can also reference our nutrition page. Hope that helps!
Yummy! One of the best midnight munchies desserts yet!! Especially served warm. And it took only 15 mins from start to finish. I used Almond milk instead of regular milk and pancake mix instead of biscuit mix. Also left out the butter,but we had extra cinnamon sugar to dip our puffs into. Sugar sticks to hot baked goods. A++++
I always use almond milk too! I'm glad you liked it!
Would apple pie filling work in this recipe instead of the applesauce?
No, I think it would be too heavy.
These were good but dry. I used the substitution recipe as I didn’t have a biscuit mix. It seems like there is too much flour? Looking for suggestions.
Well, the amounts should be correct. If you find you are having trouble, I would suggest adding a bit more milk. Maybe 1/4 cup and see if that helps. It is a very popular recipe and I know it works well for many people. If you try making them again, let me know how they go! I would love to help you troubleshoot!
I added 2/3 of biscuits mix and one egg to fill up the pan. I knew I needed more. For next batch I will add a apple pieces to get a little moist. Anyway, they are easy, fast and great for speedy breakfast, with company. I loved them.
Glad you enjoyed them!
Just made these to try them out before our camping trip.... Yummm! My kids Loved them ? making more batches while we eat the first!!
Glad you liked them! They are a favorite around here!
I wouldn't mind giving these a go for my toddler but the amount of fat per serving is insanity. Is that really for one muffin? I couldn't eat it!
Well, there are ways to reduce that such as no fat milk or use less cinnamon sugar mixture on the outside of the muffin.
If it doesn't suit your family, maybe search around the site and see what else you can find.
Katie, I’m sure the melted butter and cinnamon sugar mixture that the muffins are rolled in, is where a lot of the fat is coming from. Omit that step or substitute for something else if that is a concern. Maybe a small honey drizzle on top, or even just leave any topping off all together. As the original post says, you can substitute milk for almond milk too. It seems this recipe is pretty versatile.
The high fat is from the biscuit mix. You can find substitute recipes that are low in fat.
All I have is pancake mix, would that work or would it make it too sweet?
I believe someone said in the comments that they used pancake mix. I haven't tried it. It would make it sweeter, but it may work. You can use 2 cups of flour, 3 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt if you don't have biscuit mix. Enjoy! :-)
I saw that in another comment & ended up using your sub suggestion. They’re in the oven so we will see!
I have a question about the muffin tins. If I wanted to use my mini muffin tin, would I need to adjust baking times?
Yes, reduce the time to about 6-7 minutes then check.
Any suggestions if we don't have biscuit mix? Thank you!
If you want to replace the biscuit mix, try 2 cups of flour, 3 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt. I think that should work for you!