Project of the Day: Apple Cider Muffins

When I saw this recipe for Apple Cider Donut Holes on one of my favorite blogs, I immediately thought, “I must try that!”  While I had most of the ingredients at home already, I didn’t have a mini-muffin pan, so I was going to have to change things just a little.  Here is the recipe I used:

Things You Will Need:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 egg, lightly beaten

2/3 packed brown sugar

1/2 cup apple butter

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1 cup apple cider

1/2 cup light sour cream

3 Tbsp Canola Oil

Icing (optional):

1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted

2 tsp of apple cider.

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350.  Place muffin cups in muffin pan or grease muffin pan.

Step 2 – Put the 1 cup of apple cider into a small sauce pan at medium heat to reduce.  I had never reduced anything for a recipe before, so this was new to me.  I left the apple cider on medium heat until it started to bubble, then lowered the heat to medium-low.  Once reduced to 1/3 cup, remove from heat and set aside.

Step 3 – Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a small/medium mixing bowl.  Set aside once well blended.

Step 4 – Whisk together the lightly beaten egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, cider, sour cream, and oil in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the dry ingredients previously blended in Step 3.  Mix only until moist. (I used a whisk to do this, but I took a picture just as I was about to spoon it into the muffin pans, so that is why where is a spoon in the bowl.)

Step 5 –  Fill muffin cups 3/4 full of batter.

Step 6 – Place muffin pans in the oven for about 18 minutes.  These muffins don’t require a lot of time to bake, but make sure that they are fully baked by putting a toothpick in the center when they first come out of the oven.

Step 7 – Remove muffins from pan and place on wire racks.

Step 8 (optional) – Mix 1 cup confectioners sugar with 2 Tbsp and dip the tops of the muffins in the icing.  Return to wire racks.  (Please note, the Elmo muffin liners are required!)

Lots of ingredients, but very simple recipe.  I’m so happy with how they came out, too – absolutely delicious.  The only thing that I might change is adding only one tablespoon of apple cider to the confectioners sugar for the icing.  My icing came out a little thin, as you can see in the second picture, and I’m pretty sure this could have been avoided by adding less apple cider.  Still delicious, just not as pretty.

I’m so happy it is finally October and I can justify all of this fall baking.  I don’t care if it’s still 80+ degrees outside, it’s fall in my house!

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  1. Melissa says:

    Yum, these look incredible!!!

  2. kewkew says:

    These look delicious. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try them out. I am bookmarking this.

  3. oh…these look so delicious!

  4. These look really fantastic and thanks for linking me to that other blog!

    • jct6878 says:

      Her blog really is amazing isn’t it? She is so incredibly creative! I plan to try her polaroid pendant sometime later this week…it looks like such an easy project.

  5. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    These sounds moist and delicious!

  6. This looks so delicious. I am a new Follower of your Blog from Jamaica. I saw your Blog on the Sunday Funday Hippidy Hop. Take care and have a good week.

  7. Lindsay says:

    Mmm, I’ve never tried apple cider muffins before…but they look yummy! thanks for visiting my blog. I’m following you via email.

  8. Jamie says:

    Looks delicious!!

    Thank you so much for joining the Make Yourself Monday blog hop!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  9. WOW! The muffins sound wonderful!

    The Green Apple Girls

  10. My mouth is watering….MUST MAKE MUFFINS!

  11. angie says:

    our boys love cider they would love these as well thanks for sharing come see what I shared at

  12. These sound amazing! Definitely going to have to add these to my “to try” list!

  13. These look delicious. I’ve never thought to make a cider muffin before. Perhaps I’ll add that to my “to do” list for this fall.

    Thanks so much for linking up with my {new} Whip it up Wednesday handmade party! Great to have you this week. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

  14. AspieSide says:

    Found you through Stress and Health Online and glad I did :) I had to click on this recipe when I saw apple cider- yum!! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Finally finishing visiting everyone who linked up last week for the Curious Hop. My boys would LOVE to make these. I’ll have to save the recipe and check my cupboards for ingredients. (My waistline might not be happy, though!)

    Thanks for linking up last week. This week’s is up. You can find it at:

  16. Alea Milham says:

    Your muffins look fantastic! Thank you for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  17. What a lovely, seasonal recipe. I really like the flavours you have used in these muffins. They sound deliciously moist too! Thank you for sharing them with the Hearth and Soul hop.


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