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Horizontal image of carrot muffins on a wooden cutting board.

Carrot Muffins

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 9 large muffins 1x


Sweet shreds of carrot and tart green apple are the secrets behind these expertly moist muffins brimming with brown sugar and cinnamon.


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrot (about 34 medium)
  • 3/4 cup peeled grated Granny Smith apple (about 1 medium)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray 9 cups in a standard 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (or line with paper baking cups).
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, use a sturdy whisk to cream the butter and brown sugar together until soft and fluffy. You can also use a stand mixer or hand mixer.
  4. Beat in the oil. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then add the vanilla. The mixture should be light and airy.
  5. Fold in the grated carrots and apples.
  6. Fold the dry mixture into the wet a little at a time, mixing until just combined.
  7. Spoon even amounts of the batter into the muffin cups, making sure you fill each one to the brim. You should have enough batter for 9 large muffins.
  8. Bake the muffins until they’re golden brown on top and a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few wet crumbs sticking to it, about 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature, or wrap individually and freeze.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Baked Goods

Keywords: carrot, muffin