Heat oven to 350?F. Cook apples in 3 tablespoons of the butter in a small skillet over medium heat just until softened. Set aside. Line 15 medium muffin cups with paper liners; coat liners with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix shortening with 1/2 cup of the sugar until well combined. Stir in egg and syrup. Stir in reserved apples. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; alternately add to bowl with milk, mixing well after each addition. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups filling 2/3 full; top with bacon. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick in center comes out clean.
Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Brush tops of muffins with remaining 1/4 cup butter; sprinkle sugar mixture over muffins and serve warm.
*5 slices Patrick Cudahy fully cooked bacon may be substituted.