Sometimes recipe experiments don’t work out. Sometimes they work, just a little differently than you expect.
I set out to make scones, but I ended up with scuffins! A scuffin is basically the hybrid of a scone and a muffin. These Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins are hearty, chewy, and flavorful. Like scones, they aren’t too sweet, but like muffins, they are nice and moist. Even better than both, they are low in fat and added sugars.
I got my inspiration from a bakery in Philadelphia. Every time I am in the area, I buy a few of their delicious scones. They supposedly are low in fat, high in fiber, etc., but they are also the size of my head. My strategy is to buy a few different flavors and eat pieces of each one. That way I never eat an entire scone, right?
My favorite flavors are the apple and cinnamon varieties, so I decided to make my baked good a combination of the two. These scuffins are full of delicious cinnamon chips and big apple chunks. I hate when you get an apple dessert and can barely find the apple pieces! They are also made with whole grains. I’m telling you, these are healthy!
They taste wonderful right out of the oven, but also taste good at room temperature. I ate them alone or crumbled over greek yogurt with fruit and peanut butter. You can also store them in the freezer and defrost for a healthy last minute snack.
A note on the cinnamon chips: I was lucky enough to win a bag of cinnamon chips from Amy at Very Culinary, but you can check the Hershey’s website to see where they are sold near you.
The recipe was loosely adapted from Cooking Light
Whisk together flours and oatmeal in a large bowl
Add the remaining dry ingredients (through cinnamon) and whisk; set aside
Combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until combined
Stir wet ingredients into dry
Add the chopped apple and cinnamon chips; knead them in with your hands
Shape dough into two round disks and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice each round into 8 pieces; do not separate the dough
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until scuffins are firm and lightly browned
Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins
Loosely adapted from Cooking Light
Yield: 16 scuffins
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Dash salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup fat free greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg white
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup chopped apple (~1 large apple)
- 1/3 cup cinnamon chips
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
- Whisk together flours and oatmeal in a large bowl
- Add the remaining dry ingredients (through cinnamon) and whisk; set aside
- Combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until combined
- Stir wet ingredients into dry
- Add the chopped apple and cinnamon chips; knead them in with your hands
- Shape dough into two round disks and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice each round into 8 pieces; do not separate the dough
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until scuffins are firm and lightly browned
Have you ever had a scuffin?
Love the name scuffin lol. I’m a big muffin fan so this totally works. And apples make it even better! :)
I’ve never heard of Hershey’s cinnamon chips! Can’t wait to come across them in the store. :)
I started hearing about them a few years ago and FINALLY found them at my grocery store last fall. In Kansas, they are a seasonal item and not available any time but fall and winter. They are really yummy! I made pumkin egg nog bread with them.
I didn’t realize they are seasonal! I think I’ll have to stock up on them the next time I see them in a store.
oooh – i may be going to that philly bakery soon!!!
Yum those look great!! I love big apple chunks in my muffins & scones as well….and cinnamon chips?!? I think I’m going to have to look those up because I’ve never even heard of them but I think they’re a fantastic idea!
Accidents always turn out the best! I love the combination of apple and cinnamon it reminds me of oatmeal when I was little, yum!
haha-scuffin, I love it! Sometimes accidents (that dont look right) make the best treats! I’m known for my meals looking like a hot mess but tasting perfect (some of the time)
Scuffins look like the next breakfast item in our home! Thank you for sharing.
I am a huge fan of breakfast goodies! These look sooo yummy! I just might have to make these tomorrow morning! :)
Let me know if you try them!
These look so great! I love recreating things at home. I haven’t tried the cinnamon chips yet, but I really need to get on that!
Scones have always been one of those ‘fear foods’ for me when it comes to baking – along with macarons. I don’t know why but it always seems like I am in an under-mixing vs. over-mixing battle. These look delicious!
I love the big chunks of apples!
I think scuffins are a great idea, even if it came by accidentally!
Scones, muffins, scuffins…they look great, no matter what you call them!
I love the combination of apples and cinnamon. These sounds like the perfect (healthy) comfort food. Perfect for this cold NY days that don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon!
No kidding, when will spring weather be here?!
These sound so yummy! Sometimes baking accidents lead you to awesome results.
Scuffins is like the cutest word ever!! I want to name an animal Scuffins. :) These look fantastic, girl–WTG!
Oh my gosh those look amazing and like my perfect breakfast treat! I think I’d hope to have this be the outcome!
I love how experiments end up becoming complete happiness! Love the big chunks of apple in the scuffins! They really sound fun and delicious:-)
the scuffins look delicious lauren! ive never had one… but i’d def be willing to have one :)
Alice’s Tea Cup, a tea shop here on the UES, sells scones that are more cake-like than scone-like…and are amazing. I’m sure I would adore these given my apple addiction. Love that they are so healthy!
I’ve never been to Alice’s Tea Cup, but now I want to go!
Love the concept of scuffins, no matter how you got there! The ingredient list looks so healthy, especially compared to most muffin or scone recipes. Greek yogurt and no butter? That’s awesome. I’m anxious to try this.
These look so heavenly!
Did you create the name scuffin? It is so original!
Haha I wish I did:-)
Your apple cinnamon scuffins look delicious! Apple and cinnamon are always so yummy together.
That looks wonderful.
Gahh! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for those cinnamon chips! Where on earth did you find them???
I won them from another blogger, but if you go to the Hershey’s website they have a product locator
Lauren, I just had to tell you, that these look amazing. I just started to do Weight Watchers with my mother, which was horrible timing because I just found a new love for (sometimes very unhealthy) cooking. My mother raised me and my sisters to know our way around the kitchen, but the last few months have turned it into something of an obsession. I just wanted you to know, in case anyone ever asks you, that these are only 2 points on the Weight Watcher’s PointsPlus plan. You have no idea how excited that made me. I can’t wait to make them! :) Thanks for sharing.
Sincerely – Kayla
Kayla- you are so sweet! I’m so glad these work into the WW plan for you. I hope you like them:-) Let me know how they turn out!
Great timing! Ever since I told my family about this recipe, they’ve been pestering me to start cooking them, my mother especially. Haha. I stopped by the store today and picked up a few bags of the cinnamon chips – they finally had them in stock! But now, I’m off to make them. I may even double the recipe to freeze half for later. I think if I freeze them they may last longer.. hopefully! ;) I’ll let you know how it goes!
They definitely freeze well and will last much longer that way. Can’t wait to hear how they turn out:-)