Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe – These apple cider muffins are light, fluffy and coated in an amazing cinnamon sugar coating!

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe - These apple cider muffins are light, fluffy and coated in an amazing cinnamon sugar coating! // addapinch.com

Oh my goodness friends. Stop what you are doing right this second and grab this recipe! It couldn’t be more perfect for this time of year! So, now that we have that directive out of the way (sorry to have been so bossy!), let me tell you a little bit about these muffins.

You know those apple cider donuts that are all the rage in bakeries throughout the fall and winter? Well, imagine having an unimaginable craving for those little babies but not being able to find your donut pan and refusing to deep fry them.

They say that the best inventions comes from desperate measures.

Wait. I think I am the only one that says that, but you know what I mean. 🙂

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe - These apple cider muffins are light, fluffy and coated in an amazing cinnamon sugar coating! // addapinch.com

These muffins remind so much of the apple cinnamon muffins that have been absolute favorites for years, but these are made a little differently. I think you’ll love these just as much!

How to Make Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe

To make these, I begin by making an apple cider concentrate to really impart so much of the apple cider flavor into these muffins. It is so easy to make and you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks so that you have it at the ready! If you just need these in your day and don’t have time to make the concentrate, you can always use the apple cider without making it into the concentrate. The apple cider flavor is definitely not as strong, but they are still amazingly delicious!

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe - These apple cider muffins are light, fluffy and coated in an amazing cinnamon sugar coating! // addapinch.com

Once I have the batter made for the apple cider donut muffins, I divide it among the 12 cups of the muffin pan and bake. After they have baked, I let them cool in the muffin pan for a few minutes while I melt the butter and mix together the cinnamon sugar topping.

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe - These apple cider muffins are light, fluffy and coated in an amazing cinnamon sugar coating! // addapinch.com

Then, I remove each apple cider donut muffin from the pan, brush the tops with melted butter and roll the top and sides in the cinnamon sugar mixture. I place them on a plate and repeat until all of the muffins have been coated.

They are scrumptious warm or at room temperature and simply out of this world with a cup of coffee or warm apple cider! YUM!

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe - These apple cider muffins are light, fluffy and coated in an amazing cinnamon sugar coating! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe. Make ’em soon and make ’em often! (There I go being bossy again 🙂 ).

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe - These apple cider muffins are light, fluffy and coated in an amazing cinnamon sugar coating! // addapinch.com
Yield: 12
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider donut muffins recipe

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe

Total Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe - These apple cider muffins are light, fluffy and coated in an amazing cinnamon sugar coating!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup apple cider concentrate see the recipe below or substitute with apple cider
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

For the Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Apple Cider Concentrate

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray the muffin pan with nonstick baking spray, such as Baker's Joy or coat well with butter and flour, making sure to discard any excess flour from the pan after coating.

  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. 

  3. Cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and the sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add an egg, one at a time, taking care to fully incorporate before adding the other.  

  4. Mix vanilla, apple cider concentrate (or apple cider), and buttermilk in a small bowl. Set aside.

  5. Gently fold flour mixture, into the butter/sugar mixture, alternating with the milk mixture. Stir until just combined. Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pan, filling about 1/2 full. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 minutes. 

  6. Prepare topping for muffins while the muffins are baking. Melt the butter and allow to cool slightly. Mix together the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon in another bowl and set aside. 

  7. Once muffins have baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool about 5 minutes in the muffin tin. As you remove each muffin, brush top of muffin with melted butter. Roll the sides of the muffin in the cinnamon sugar and then roll the top of the muffin in the cinnamon sugar. Place onto a plate to finish cooling. 

Apple Cider Concentrate

  1. Heat apple cider in a small saucepan over medium heat until it has reduced by half, about 30 minutes. 

Notes

Use apple cider in place of the apple cider concentrate will reduce the apple cider flavor in the muffins, but will still produce a delicious muffin! 

 

Mini Muffins:
Check mini muffins at 10 - 12 minutes baking time for doneness. 

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Potassium 119mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Sugars 26g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7.5%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

11 comments on “Apple Cider Donut Muffins Recipe”

  1. Is the 1/2 cup of Apple Cider after the reduced amount?

  2. I love your recipes, but when I print them, I can hardly read the type because nowadays it is SO light.  Trying to copy the recipe into a WP program to print is almost impossible because of all the ads on the page.

    • Try clicking the print button first . This gives you a clean copy you can copy and paste into WP. Hope this helps.

    • Hi Jane,
      I’m so sorry! We had an update this week and while it looked like it was working perfectly when we initially tested, it seems that something went awry. I believe we have the issue fixed (fingers crossed) and it should be printing correctly now with much darker text. Please do let me know if it continues to give you problems and we will jump on it to make it right! Thank you again!!! xo

  3. I just made the Apple Cider donut muffin and it was soooooooo good.    I did not have the time to make the cider concentrate, but the taste was unbelievably good, I can imagine how they would taste with the concentrate.     I recommend this recipe to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. These sound amazing! How much cider goes in the actual muffin recipe? And if it’s 1/2 cup, then I assume we need to start with 1 cup of cider before reducing, correct?

    • If you use apple cider instead of apple cider concentrate, you would still only need to use 1/4 cup to make the apple cider donut muffins. I hope this helps! xo

  5. I made these last night. Delicious fresh from the oven. They were even terrific the next morning for breakfast. I can always count on your easy-to-follow recipes. Thank for this one.

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