Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary

Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary
Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary
Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary

These delicious Apple Cheddar Muffins are so good, and so easy to make. It's a pretty obvious flavour combo, right?  Apple and Cheddar, although perfect, are even more delicious when you add some herbs. These delectable muffins are a true flavour treat, with apples, aged cheddar, and a hint of rosemary.  I especially love that these muffins are savory, with the apples  to add just a hint of sweet.

Apples are super versatile for sweet or savory dishes, and they are also an incredibly healthy food. The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” really does have a ton of truth to it. Apples are a great source of  antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. They're are just really, really good for us. Best of all, how wonderful is it to bite into a sweet, ripe, juicy apple? It's the best snack you can eat, and so convenient, too.

We're into apple season right now in the Okanagan. It's harvest time here, so there are a lot of apple varieties. Although all of them are wonderful, in our house, our all time favourite apple variety is, hands down, the Ambrosia. If you haven't tasted an Ambrosia apple yet, you should!  Ambrosia means “food of the gods”. You will know why if you taste one of these delicious apples.The Ambrosia originated here in British Columbia in the 1990s from a chance seedling that appeared in an orchard. Find out more about Ambrosia apples on the Ambrosia Apple website.

But, any apple variety will work with these muffins. These apple cheddar muffins make a good quick breakfast, or coffee time snack. And, if you have a sweet tooth attack, spread some honey on one.  Keep muffins covered, for up to 3 days, or freeze them..

If you want more savory apple dishes, try these Glazed Apple and Onion Pork Chops, or Slow Cooker Red Cabbage & Apples


Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary
Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary

Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, cored, finely chopped apple (about 2 apples)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan by greasing or with paper liners, or use a non stick pan.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and rosemary.
  4. Add grated cheese and combine.
  5. In another bowl, beat together egg, milk, and melted butter.
  6. Stir in apples
  7. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour apple mixture in, stirring swiftly until just moistened.
  8. Divide batter among cups in prepared pan. Bake in center of oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pan on a wire rack


Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary
Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary

10 thoughts on “Apple Cheddar Muffins with Rosemary

  1. These are lovely and tasty muffins! Your pictures are always so beautiful, too! Love the combination of apples, cheddar and that hint of rosemary. And Ambrosia apples are among my favorites too.

  2. What a tasty way to celebrate apple season. This is my kind of breakfast (and snack). These would be perfect for brunch. I would make a HUGE batch and freeze some too.

  3. I don’t know what it is about apple and cheddar, but it’s just such a spectacular combination. I’m especially fond of ambrosia apples, and I like that you’ve used them here – I think sweet apples bake really well alongside savoury ingredients like cheese and rosemary. Wonderful recipe!

    1. Thanks Sean! I agree; one of my very favourite snacks is just a plate of sweet apple slices and sharp cheddar slices. My inspiration for this recipe.

  4. I can’t wait to make these! I’m not cooking this thanksgiving, so these will be my kitchen project for Monday! I also may have picked too many apples the other day haha!

    1. Awesome Markus, how nice for us foodies to get a break from cooking a huge holiday meal! Even though we love cooking, a break is always welcome. Enjoy yours and your apples, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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