Apricot Muffins

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. Are you supposed to add the 1 cup of boiling water?? Not sure if its my mama brain but I think I missed a step lol the batter was very thick?

    1. Hi Katelin, if I understand you right you are asking if you add the boiling water to the whole mix? If that’s your question, the answer is no, you drain the apricots and pat them dry. Was your batter about the same as what the photos show in the post? Did they turn out ok when you baked them?

  2. 5 stars
    These muffins are FANTASTIC! We have used both dried peaches and dried apricots in them and they are our kids’ favorite weekend breakfast treat. Thank you!

  3. These muffins look delicious and I’m in the mood to make them now! I don’t have sour cream – can I substitute plain Greek yogurt, or should I make a trip to the store?

  4. Just made these today. They are absolutely wonderful. Light texture and wonderful apricot flavor.

    I’m a true Christy Jordan style cook. Instead of soaking for 5 minutes, I put the apricot bits into the boiling water and forgot about them for a couple hours. When I got around to making the muffins, I just drained and patted the apricots and went ahead with the recipe. No problem whatever. Thank you Christy and Mama for this great recipe which I am about to share with my sister and granddaughter. Love to all, Janet

  5. My grandmother gave me a recipe almost exact to this one except she also included a tablespoon of vanilla and a tablespoon of zested orange rind. You should try those additions, they are great!

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