I LOVE McDonald's apple muffins. I'm hoping these are close!
Yields: 12 muffins
1 cup 100% white whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and add the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. Mix in the buttermilk gently. (If you over-mix, the buttermilk will cause the mixture to curdle.) Stir in the dry ingredients and fold in the apple chunks.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, sprinkling the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar on top. Bake for 10 minutes, turn the heat down to 400 degrees F, and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the tin, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.