Apricot Muffins

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Elevate plain buttery moist muffins with the added sweet boost of dried apricots thanks to my easy apricot muffins recipe.

Fabulous Dried Apricot Muffins

Today I am bringing you a recipe for some wonderful muffins, which have little nuggets of golden deliciousness in every bite. These apricot muffins are great to have on the weekends when you just want to sit and relax before starting the day or for a brunch with an omelet or fruit salad. I have made them the day before and reheated them in the microwave and they taste just like they came fresh out of the oven. Add a spread of butter and you have a delicious breakfast or mid-morning snack.

Now, all you need to make apricot muffins is dried apricots, sugar, butter, sour cream, flour, baking soda, and salt. Basically, the usual baking suspects. The sour cream ensures every bite of muffin is deliciously tender and moist, which is what we all want, right? The instructions are just as simple as the ingredients. Just combine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately then together and bake! 

Before we dive in, I just wanted to say don’t be surprised if the dough doesn’t look like a normal muffin batter. It is much thicker but turns out with wonderful results. Once you master this apricot muffin recipe, I recommend trying it with different dried fruit. They would be equally good with dried peaches.

So if you are a muffin lover like me, please give these a try. I know you will not be disappointed.

Ingredients for Dried Apricot Muffins

Recipe Ingredients

  • Dried apricots
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Unsalted butter (or margarine)
  • Sour cream
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

How to Make Apricot Muffins

Chop up dried apricots and let them soak for 5 minutes.

Chop apricots with a sharp knife and soak them in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add sour cream and mix well.

Add sour cream and mix well.

Ingredients mixed together.

This is what your mixture will look like after you have mixed in your sour cream. 

I could have left this picture out but it wanted to be included so much!

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate mixing bowl.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate mixing bowl.

Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir.

Pour dry ingredients into the batter mixture and fold in until well combined.

Drain apricots and pat dry with paper towels.

Drain apricots and pat dry with paper towels.

Add apricots to muffin batter.

Dump those apricot nuggets into your batter.

Now isn’t that so pretty?

 Like little sunshine pieces just waiting for you to taste.

Stir to combine apricot pieces.

Stir to incorporate the chopped apricot pieces.

Place apricot muffin batter into a lined muffin tin.

Line a muffin tin with papers and fill each muffin cup 2/3 full. 

I had 15 muffins instead of the 12 but that gave me three to eat with no guilt!  If a recipe makes extra, the extra should be for the cook to enjoy.  At least, that’s my way of thinking today.

Baked Apricot Muffins

Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Fabulous Dried Apricot Muffins

Slather with butter, eat, and enjoy!  Have a wonderful day!


  • Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can easily reheat them in the microwave, oven, or air fryer.
  • Alternatively, store muffins in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before reheating as above.

Recipe Notes

  • You can definitely use fresh apricots instead of dried apricot in this apricot muffin recipe. Basically any fresh or dried fruit will work, so let your imagination run wild!
  • I recommend using an ice cream scoop to add the muffin batter to each muffin cup, as it’s the perfect size to make them 2/3 full.
  • Don’t over-mix the batter! It’s meant to be thick, I promise.
  • If you want to make mini apricot muffins, just cut the cooking time in half.
  • If you prefer, substitute the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt to make apricot yogurt muffins.
  • You can also substitute the granulated sugar for brown sugar or use half and half for added flavor.
  • Speaking of added flavor… sprinkle cinnamon sugar onto each muffin before baking.
  • Feel free to stir in 1/2 cup of chopped nuts or shredded coconut too (chopped walnuts or chopped pecans work best).

Check out these other marvelous muffin recipes:

Apple Spice Muffins by Mama

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins

Bisquick Blueberry Muffins On A Budget

Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins No Dairy or Eggs

Oatmeal Muffins Recipe (Add Your Own Mix-Ins)

Apricot Muffins

Elevate plain buttery moist muffins with the added sweet boost of dried apricots thanks to my easy apricot muffins recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apricot, muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 239kcal


  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Soak diced apricots in boiling water for 5 minutes.
    1 cup chopped dried apricots, 1 cup boiling water
  • In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until fluffy.
    1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine
  • Add sour cream and mix well.
    1 cup sour cream
  • Combine dry ingredients in a separate mixing bowl and then stir them into the creamed mixture just until fully mixed.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Drain apricots, pat dry with a paper towel, and stir into batter.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until they test done.


Calories: 239kcal
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  1. Hello “Mama”, I love reading your posts as much as I enjoy reading Christy’s!! Y’alls stories, insights and humor make every post something I look forward to. So glad you are contributing more now. My mama loved apricots and there is definitely something “happy” about their sunny deep orangey( is that even a word?) color. Looking forward to trying these yummy sounding muffins. Grocery store. ..here I come! ! God bless you both and Happy New Year.

  2. Janice,
    I made your muffins today and they are wonderful. When I saw dried apricots in the ingredients, I just had to try them…I’ve been meaning to make up my dried apricots into fried pies of yours and just hadn’t. It seemed that everything I did today in making these little gems was wrong and I was afraid that I’d ruined the muffins…I melted the “oleo”…telling my age (82 in July) in the microwave, added the apricot chunks into the boiling water, forgot and boiled them just until no water was left…oh me!…but, they turned out just great…hey, I got 24 muffins from mine, baked in my Nordic bundt muffin pans. I sprinkled some powdered sugar over the tops, drizzled a bit of honey and reheated in the microwave…wow, they are great. Thanks so much for your recipe.

  3. These looks so simple and delicious! I love dried apricots, so I’ll have to include them in my breakfast muffins soon! 🙂

  4. Thanks for this recipe my husband will love these Apricot muffins and so will I. Christy daughter like Mom with so much widsom and so full of good stuff, smiles. God BLESS.

  5. Mama love the recipe, and will make it soon, I dearly love dried fruits of any kind, and would love to try this with dried peaches but they are very hard to get these days where I am, dried pears are even harder, mom would get a bag of those once in awhile when I was a kid (they were not cheap) and we would get to have a piece of pear for afternoon snack, totally yummy, she rarely bought dried apples, or other fruit, because neither my brother or myself could restrain ourselves from eating those all up, but the pears were much easier to just eat one piece of.

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