Spiced Apple Cider Donut Muffins

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Spiced Apple Cider Donut Muffins – say that 3 times fast! Now to clarify the only real reason these are muffins was because I was far to lazy to make them into actual donuts. But I just had to leave “donut” in the title because are very close to the real thing and their texture is very similar. Either way donuts or donut muffins these are magnificent.

Fist things first, who doesn’t love cinnamon and sugar? That might just be one of my all time favorite combinations and it makes a lovely topping or crust on finished baked goods. Apple cider isn’t something I keep around my house often, I may have the occasional packet of instant apple cider. But I was so excited when I started this recipe because reducing the apple cider down into a concentrate turns it into the most lovely almost caramel-like mixture and adding delicious spices to it will have your whole house smelling incredible.

Another win on this recipe – besides that it was easy, used mainly kitchen staples, and took very few dishes – was that these package up very easily which makes them great to give away. With the holiday season inching towards us, I am trying to hold onto fall a little bit longer by working with fun fall flavors.

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I don’t even really like apple cider – but those Spiced Apple Cider Muffins you made were absolutely delicious!

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F, line or grease a muffin tin and set aside.

In a medium saucepan add in the apple cider, nutmeg, allspice, ground ginger, and cinnamon Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and allow to simmer until reduced down to about a 1/2 cup, the mixture should have thickened up. Once reduced allow to cool slightly.

Now if you can find spiced apple cider in the store – there is no need to add in the extra spices. I couldn’t find any spiced apple cider and I didn’t feel like searching all over, so we made our own! This was my favorite part of this recipe, because the sugar in the apple cider almost started to reduce this into a caramel and it was at that point I knew it was going to be good.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. In a small mixing bowl combine the spiced apple cider concentrate, vanilla, melted butter, milk, and the egg. Mix to combine. You can also mix this in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer but it’s just as easy by hand and clean up is much easier!

Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mix and using a rubber spatula mix until everything is evenly combined. Using a cookie scoop – I highly recommend sing a cookies scoop – or a measuring spoon, fill each muffin tin about 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool slightly.

While the muffins cool, melt your remaining butter, and mix together your cinnamon and sugar for the topping. Dip each muffin into the melted butter than into the cinnamon sugar mix, allow to cool again once more for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to a week!

Spiced Apple Cider Donut Muffins

An easy spin on apple cider donuts, these muffins are full of flavor, have a great texture, and come together quickly!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 Muffins
Cost: $$

Equipment

  • Muffin Tin
  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour Blend
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Almond milk, can substitute dairy milk or any other milk alternative
  • 1 egg
  • For the Topping
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, line or grease a muffin tin and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan add in the apple cider, nutmeg, allspice, ground ginger, and cinnamon Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and allow to simmer until reduced down to about a 1/2 cup, the mixture should have thickened up. Once reduced allow to cool slightly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the spiced apple cider concentrate, vanilla, melted butter, milk, and the egg. Mix to combine.
  • Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mix and using a rubber spatula mix until everything is evenly combined.
  • Using a cookie scoop or a measuring spoon, fill each muffin tin about 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool slightly.
  • While the muffins cool, melt your remaining butter, and mix together your cinnamon and sugar for the topping. Dip each muffin into the melted butter than into the cinnamon sugar mix, allow to cool again once more for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to a week!

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