These are really nice, moist, and flavorful muffins. I am generally not one to hack these recipes to death when I try them, but I did make a few changes this time (some out of necessity and some out of preference). I didn't have any lemons on hand, so instead of using the zest and juice of a lemon, I added a tsp of Penzey's lemon extract, which is nice and strong and imparted a nice natural-tasting lemon flavor. I diced the apples very, very finely because if my 2-year old finds chunks of anything in her muffins, she spits them out. (I would love to know if anyone has made this with grated apples, by the way!) 10 T of butter seemed like a lot to me, so I used 6 T of butter and 4 T. of natural style applesauce; this was just enough butter to keep the muffins rich and moist. I added about a half tsp of cinnamon to the batter and skipped the cinnamon/sugar on top. These are moist, flavorful, not-too-dense and not-too-light, and I agree with another reviewer in saying kind of tutti-fruitti in flavor. I will definitely make these again. Thanks for a great muffin recipe!
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These are really nice, moist, and flavorful muffins. I am generally not one to hack these...