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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!