Bad Guys & Apple Bars

When I was much younger, 6th or 7th grade,  I spent the night at my friend Ginny McReynolds house. It was a warm night and as we got into her bed I pulled the light blankets up over me, and then did as I often did and maneuvered myself so my feet stuck out at the end.

“You can’t do that!!!”, she screamed. “You need to keep your feet inside the covers. If some bad guy comes in to get us, you are making it too easy for him. He can just grab your feet and pull you out. If you at least have your feet tucked in, it will be harder for him to get you.”

Terrified, I pulled my feet in under the covers. I don’t think I slept at all that night… worrying about the “bad guy” who was going to come and untangle me out of the covers.

Would you believe that this many years later, every night when I get into bed, I think of Ginny McReynolds. Every single night, I go to put my feet out of the covers and every single night, I slip them back in… not wanting to give the “bad guy” an easier way to “get me”. Yes, I am nearing 35 years old and am still fearful of this random “bad guy”. Ginny’s advice from that many years ago has stuck with me.

What, do you say, does this have to do with those yummy muffins photographed above? Well, I’ll tie that in loosely right here. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had horrid morning sickness. Morning, noon and night sickness is more like it. One day, a co-worker of mine brought in some chunky apple breakfast bars. They were kind of like muffin texture, but in bar form. They were delicious. I ate and ate and ate those chunky apple breakfast bars. Then, within minutes of devouring the delicious bars, my child decided that he wanted to have nothing to do with those bars and decided to send them right back up. Sparing the details, that was the only day that I ended up going home from work my entire pregnancy. I was sooooo sick. Since then, that memory of the apple bars and my unruly tummy has been stuck in my brain. I could eat apple pie still, but any kind of other apple cake type thing turned my stomach upside down.

I have since decided that this is nonsense. Why should the memory of that one situation keep me away from something I loved so much? In order to show myself who is boss, I decided to start off slowly with some Apple Pie muffins. I didn’t want to go straight into the apple bars.. that would have been too crazy, but muffins I can handle, and did handle! These muffins with the small diced up apples, the lovely crispy topping, and the cinnamon flavor are amazing. My gag reflex didn’t even ignite once. Now, doesn’t that make you want one of these? Seriously, they are yummy!

Glad I took the chance on these. Now… if I can only just do something about that “bad guy” grabbing my feet in the middle of the night.

Apple Pie Muffins (adapted from Recipezaar)

45 min | 20 min prep




  1. Topping: In a small bowl toss together sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon until crumbly; set aside.
  2. Muffins: In a large bowl whisk together brown sugar, oil, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Stir oil mixture into flour mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  5. Fold in apples, mixing just until combined.
  6. Spoon into greased muffin cups filling 3/4 full.
  7. Sprinkle topping over evenly.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tops spring back.
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  1. says

    My husband sleeps with his feet sticking out. He can’t sleep if they are covered. I should warn him of the bad guy!!

    Good for you for trying something that turned you off for so long! I used to be the same way with sweet potatoes, and then I tried them about a year ago and now I can’t get enough of them.

    Deborahs last blog post..My Mint is Taking Over!

  2. says

    Good for you! No one should go without apple muffins!

    For some reason (probably laziness) I never have a problem eating foods that I have had a bad experience with… probably why I so often eat things that give me allergic reactions (just in case they don’t this time) and end up huffing and puffing an inhaler.

    And with your feet out of the covers at night, you’ll be much more capable of kicking the bad guy in his you-know-what’s when he sneaks up!

    robins last blog post..“Busy”

  3. says

    lol about “the bad guy.” As for the initial apple bar experience, my wife has a similar “food memory”…I had to fight tooth and nail to get burgers back onto the OK list, lol. I’m glad you got past the apple aversion–these muffins look delicious! I’ll have to try this soon–I used to make far too many apple pies, so I know I’d love this.

    Mikes last blog post..Carne Asada Tacos with Watermelon Mango Avocado Salsa

  4. Jody says

    I like NEVER comment on peoples blogs….but these muffins were SOOOOOOOO good. Hands down, best muffins I have ever made. I filled the muffin cups pretty much all the way full and got 14 :) The top was so yummy and crunchy. Will be making these again especially after I go pick some apples in a couple weeks. Any idea if they freeze well?

  5. Sarah D. says

    I tried this recipe last night and the topping didn’t become a crumble. Is the butter really supposed to be melted?

  6. Sonya says

    Is it not recommended to cut this recipe in half? 18 is just too many for me. Lol I know how to measure half an egg, but will it all still bake okay?

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