Updated: Jul 6
The wonderful time of year has come again. It is time to switch from days in the sun to days indoors, watching the leaves change. It is Fall! September, October, November. You get the idea. Months filled with crunch, warmth, and of course the spice.
Though due to the crazes about pumpkin anything, we forget about the other traditional flavors like Pecan or even the All-American Apple.
I do not know about you, but I feel like small country-towns would be the perfect town to be in when fall shall arrive. You got the females wearing boots and sweaters. You got the crochet, warm fuzzy scarves. Of course, you got the brisk air touching the cheeks. All I can imagine is smelling something sweet, baking in the oven, warming the house and being toasty while seeing the leaves fall.
Here is the way, you can feel like Fall is in the air:
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1/3 cup of milk
• 2 teaspoons of baking powder
• 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon of ground allspice
• 1 1/2 cup of flour
• 2 cups peeled and chopped apples
• 1/4 cup of butter
• 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
• 1/2 cup of flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
My Rating: When making this recipe, it was rather easy to follow. Baking wise, I would rate this recipe a 6 out of 10.
Mainly because they do not puree the apple in the muffins. It caused for the muffin batter to separate. The separation caused the muffins to crumble and not stay intact. The muffin making was sort of a fail. Luckily, since it was a fail, I used the recipe for muffin bottom pie. Yes, you saw that right.
For taste though, I rate them an 8 out of 10. The sweetness of the muffins is apparent and the brown sugar you can definitely taste. I like the taste of apple spice. Do I wish the muffins were intact? Yes, but I still got to enjoy the taste.
Shayne’s Rating: He rates the muffins an 8 out of 10. He could only handle some muffins because of the sweetness. Again, my fault because I detoxed him from any processed sugar after a while.
I did my shopping at Walmart and Publix. These ingredients I bought were able to be reused into making these muffins and other recipes. This is what makes me happy about making items at home; reusing ingredients to save money. Basically for all my scones, bread, and muffin recipes, I am utilizing ingredients from those grocers.
Below in the breakdown in financials:
• Butter, softened- $2.98 from Walmart
• Granulated sugar $1.98 from Publix
• Eggs- $5.99 for 60 from Walmart $6.69 for 30 from Publix
• Milk- $2.21 from Walmart
• Baking powder- $0.99 from Publix
• Ground cinnamon- already had the cinnamon • Ground allspice- already had the allspice
• Flour- $2.49 from Publix
• Apples- $4.49 from Walmart
Streusel Topping: all the prices from above are the same for streusel topping except the added ingredient was light brown sugar.
• Light brown sugar- $2.17
The total cost to make these Apple Spice Muffins was $23.30. One thing I love about making scratch muffins is the fact that you literally smell all the spices and sugars in your kitchen. In my opinion, that is worth the cost. In addition, you are able to freeze muffins. Let us say you have a craving for an apple spice one day, orange zest the next, then one Sunday you feel the need to indulge and have double chocolate chips. How great is that? Saving food and money for the future. In addition, having the ingredients to reuse for other recipes or even remakes!
As you know cashback applications are my life and while living an All-American Life I gotta save the money ... .so here are the outcomes I had while shopping for the Apple Spice Muffins.
While using the Ibotta application, I actually struck some luck today. I earned 10 cents back for any item on a receipt.
Fetch Rewards was a better application for me today. I earned 100 points from two receipts. I earned 50 points from each shopping trip to both Walmart and Publix. Not too shabby for that application.
Call me blond…but I totally forgot about activating my kicks while walking into Walmart or Publix. I do not know why I constantly forget. However to make up for it, I did use their daily kick rewards to earn something. I do have a lot of those moments. Sadly. Mom brain doesn't help the cause.
For my penny rewards from Coinout, I earned 15 cents from Publix. For my Walmart receipt, the application cancelled out my two cents I would have earned. So hypothetically I earned 17 cents. Not too shabby again.
Now that you made these muffins from scratch…how does your house feel? What are the vibes? How does your house smell? Do you feel like you made a step to get you and your house ready for fall? That the crisp Fall feeling is in the air? That it is time to light all the candles and create a warm atmosphere. Well…if you do not feel that way yet. Take some of Sookie’s fresh butter or cinnamon butter and slather the shit outta of it. Now is Fall in the air?
After making this recipe, I could definitely go for some homemade vanilla bean ice cream, and warm cinnamon butter on top. Ooo girl, when I'm done with summer, that is going to be the "welcome to fall dessert for 2023."