NY Apple Muffins

NY Apple Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 eggs

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes and softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups chopped peeled apples

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Topping

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare muffin pans by greasing or use paper liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, butter, cream cheese, and vanilla; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be stiff). Fold in the apples, raisins, and walnuts. Fill the prepared pans two-thirds full. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake in preheated oven for  20 - 25 minutes. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Makes 24 muffins.


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