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I would never really have thought about making maple-apple muffins. It's a nice flavor combination but just not one I would necessarily have thought about in a muffin. Then one time when we were visiting family in Elko, Nevada, we stopped in, as we often do, at Sierra Java, a favorite coffee shop. I can no longer remember if someone recommended the maple apple muffins or if we just thought they sounded good, but that's what we ordered with our coffee.
What a wonderful flavor those muffins had! Before leaving town, we actually bought a plastic box so we could pack a half dozen or so muffins to take home on the plane with us! They fit nicely in a carry-on that we placed under the seat in front of us. When we got home we froze the muffins and doled them out one at a time for as long as they lasted.
I knew the muffins had been purchased at Costco, so there would be no getting the recipe from the coffee shop. I eventually went on line and I may have done a search for "maple apple muffins like at Costco". It was so long ago I can't even remember. But this is the recipe I ended up with: Maple-Drizzled Apple Muffins. I made them and we did like them a lot. The flavor was not exactly like the coffee shop muffins, but very, very close -- plenty close enough for us!
Then I sort of filed the recipe away and forgot about it. Last weekend I was going through some recipes and this one came to the surface again. I baked the muffins to enjoy for the weekend and they were so good, I thought others might enjoy them too. I should add that this time, I skipped the maple drizzle