Cordelia’s Apple Muffins

TailorMadecover1In my very first book, one of the secondary characters, who also happened to be the hero’s sister, was a fabulous baker. Seeing as how I adore baked goods, I knew I had to share one of Cordelia’s recipes with you today.

I actually adapted this recipe from one I found on the Food Network, and made it myself. It is delicious! Makes wonderfully moist muffins with just the right amount of sweetness. I hope you enjoy!


Cordelia Tucker (A Tailor-Made Bride) supplied Coventry’s general store with fresh baked goods. Her bread and rolls were in great demand, but for those with a sweet tooth, her apple muffins were irresistible. She welcomes the heroine, Hannah Richards to town with a batch of these muffins in chapter 5.

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored, and finely diced


  • 2 Tbls brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12-capacity muffin pan with cooking spray. Mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk the ¾ cup brown sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add applesauce and vanilla.

Whisk in the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the buttermilk, until combined. Gently stir in the apple chunks.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling the cups nearly to the top. Sprinkle with the topping mixture. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles.

Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove them from the pan to finish cooling.

  • What is your favorite muffin flavor?
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34 thoughts on “Cordelia’s Apple Muffins”

  1. I’m with Janine above! My baking has taken a downturn in the past few years since my sons have moved out of the house, but oh, my, these do sound delicious! My favorite muffins are the ones with –I think it is called strudel topping and cream cheese inside.

  2. I loved A Tailor-Made Bride! And these muffins do sound good!
    I like muffins of all kinds. My favorite when I first married we All Bran Muffins made with the cereal of the same name. Now I am more likely to eat lemon poppy seed.

  3. Thanks for the recipe! A Taylor made bride was the first book I read by you and I was hooked! Now I think I’m going to go pick it up and re-read it. You inspired me to start reading again. I have been taking a small break because I just had my little girl who is now 4 weeks! And even though she is so precious, she seems to have days and and nights mixed up so any extra energy I have during the day has been for my other two kiddos. But I think it’s time to start reading again 😉 My favorite muffin flavors are anything chocolate or cinnamon.

    • Congratulations on your latest family addition, Cori! What a blessing. Even if she does steal your sleep. 😉

      I’m delighted that you are going to start reading again. I hope it provides a relaxing outlet for you even if you can only enjoy it for a few minutes at a time.

      I love cinnamon in muffins. Especially those that taste like coffee cake with the streusel on top. Yum!

  4. Those sounds very good but I don’t remember the last time I baked. I love to cook dinner though lol. Apple/cinnamon muffins are my favorite but I pretty much love them all.

  5. Ooh I have to try these… I love blueberry muffins, pumpkin muffins, cinnamon streusel muffins, and chocolate chip muffins! 🙂

  6. I love any baked items with apples. Especially this time of year when my favorite types are fresh for the picking. We just picked 20-30 lbs of apples (gravenstein and Honeycrisp) two weeks ago and I have nary a one left. My family ate them all before I could use them in some baked goods.

    • Honey crisp are my new favorite apples. I love apples that have a firm texture, and these have just the right balance of tart and sweet. So good. Wish I had a place close by where I could go pick my own. I’m a little jealous, Terrill. 🙂

  7. Reading about these muffins has made my mouth water. They sounds fabulous! Thank you, Karen for sharing this recipe.

  8. I enjoy muffins . They are so easy to make and everyone seems to enjoy them. My favorites are Cranberry Orange Muffins. I probably make Banana Muffins more than anything else, since my husband doesn’t care for bananas once they ripen and start to have spots. These Apple Muffins sound delicious. If my week lightens up, I may get a chance to try them.

    • Patricia – Those Cranberry Orange muffins sound like some fancy you’d find in a bakery. I bet they are delicious! And I hear you about those spotted bananas. They’re not too popular in our house, either. I wish I made banana muffins with them more often than I just throw them out. If only there were more hours in the day. 🙂

      • I don’t get my ripe bananas into muffins or bread as often as I’d like. I usually “feed” them to my roses. I don’t know if it helps, but I read somewhere the potassium and other elements are good for rose bushes.

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