The Nosh Pit

Fun for Breakfast

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Incorporate apples into these crumbly, yummy muffins.

Cinnamony apple muffins aren't a brand-new idea, but they are a great way to use up all those apples you have lying around, and also a wonderful quick snack or breakfast to grab on the go. I made these with all-purpose flour, but you could use half white and half whole wheat to make them even healthier.

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Ingredients
Ingredients: 
For the muffins:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped apples
1 1/2 cups shredded apples
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the topping:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

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