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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sweet Saturday: Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins with Apple Cider Glaze

Happy Saturday, my dear friends! I hope you're enjoying a beautiful weekend. :o)

This week flew by, but I'm ecstatic that I had some fun kitchen time yesterday! :o) My loved ones and I adore the tastes of the season, so I opted for another Autumn delight. This time I wanted to celebrate apples and was thrilled when I stumbled upon a fantastic recipe: Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins with Apple Cider Glaze! (And homemade Apple Pie Spice, too!)
If enlarged, you can sort of see the shiny glaze on top and slightly pooled along the paper liner. Not only is it always fun to dunk treats into glazes, but this one is delicious. Both the muffin and glaze taste like Autumn. :o) The diced apple bits combine so beautifully with the spices, delivering flavor this is quintessential to this season of harvest. The muffin is light and fluffy, and while the apple cider doesn't wallop you in the face, it is certainly there. I hadn't made muffins in an extremely long time, but this one will be made again very soon.. as in the next couple of days to bless my mom's coworkers again. They love when I bake! :o)

Another fun thing about this recipe is it followed one for homemade Apple Pie Spice. I'm not a fan of buying seasonal spices, only because it seems silly to buy a bottle of spice that contains ingredients already in my spice drawer. Another benefit to making your own spice blend is that you can tweak the amount of spices that go into its creation. If you especially love a particular component, add a little extra! Not a massive fan of one spice? Dial that one down a notch. :o)

My family loved these muffins, which makes my heart flutter. It may just be a muffin, but when it brings about smiles... it means so much more. :o) Bake these, enjoy them with your family, and celebrate Autumn! :o)

Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins with Apple Cider Glaze
Yield: Approximately 12 muffins

For the muffins:
2⅔ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon homemade apple pie spice (recipe below)
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ cup milk
¼ cup apple cider, at room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup diced Honey Crisp apples

For the glaze:
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
¼ teaspoon homemade apple pie spice (recipe below)
3 tablespoons apple cider, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 425ยบ F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin or line with 12 paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice, and salt. Set aside. In a glass measuring cup, combine the milk and apple cider. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating to combine. Reduce the speed to low and add in the flour mixture alternately with the milk/cider, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, until thoroughly combined. Fold in the diced apples.

Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the cups nearly full.

Bake the muffins for 15-17 minutes or until they're pale golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of a center muffin comes out clean. Remove pan to a cooling rack and allow muffins to cool for about 10 minutes.

Prepare the glaze: In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, confectioners' sugar, apple pie spice, and apple cider. Whisk until smooth.

Place a layer of wax or parchment paper under the cooling rack. Dip the muffin crowns into the glaze. Place the muffins back onto the cooling rack and allow the glaze to harden.

Muffins will keep in a sealed container at room temperature for about a day.

Source: My Baking Addiction

Apple Pie Spice
Yield: Approximately ⅓ cup

4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1½ teaspoons ground cardamom

In a small bowl, mix together spices until well-combined. Store in a small jar or spice container.

 * These measurements don't need to be precise. If you prefer more of one spice or less of another, feel free to adjust to your liking.
 * If using freshly grated nutmeg, decrease the amount a bit as it tends to be quite a bit stronger than jarred ground nutmeg.

Source: My Baking Addiction


  1. tfs you made me hungry. ha too lazy to bake but you can send me some lol. hugs

  2. You are fantastic with your yummies.... It sure is making me hungry right now... I've never tried Apple cider doughnut muffin but I love anything made with apples...
    Do you have a great Apple crisp to share?
    TFS Karen ~ hope your weekend is awesome...

  3. Mmmmmmmmm, I bet these taste delicious and smell gorgeous too!!
    Thanks for your kind words on my blog Karen, it means a lot.

    hugs Sue

  4. Awwwwwwwwwwww Now that looks yummy!! thank you for sharing this recipe l can see me trying these they are yummy yummy yum !! x

  5. What a coincidence Karen I baked an apple -oat cake today but it was such a complicated recipe and I had to slave in the kitchen for 3 hours..yours sounds so much more simpler

  6. OH!!What are you doing to me....LOL...NOW I want a few of them..Very Yummy!Love!Love!Love !visiting your blog!!!
    OH!I can have a few with moderation...LOL..and with no one looking...LOL
    Enjoy your weekend,

  7. omg Karen that looks so yummy wish I had one of these now with a cup of tea...Have a great weekend Karen

  8. If only I was a baker... ( good thing I'm not, because i am a compulsive eater).. My sweet husband is always saying "are you eating again?" I graze all day, but try to make it healthy snacks. Lol
    I hope you had a beautiful weekend Karen. Hugs Sandy

  9. I am not over the pumpkin muffins yet and you hit me with these?? Oh my gosh, I wish I had a taste-o-vision screen!! These look so amazingly delicious!! I take it back that I wish we lived closer...I would weigh 500 pounds and you would never get me out of your kitchen!! Just kiddin :) I so love Sweet Saturdays my sweet and dear friend :)

    Hugs, Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. Um sis? How did I not comment on your incredible apple cider muffins either?! OMJ!!! I am the worst sis EVER! *never forgives myself*

    I NEED THESE DOUGHNUT MUFFINS!!!!!!!!! *faints* OMJ! Apple cider is one of my mostest fav all time autumn traditions. I just got some at the store the other day because I couldn't resist it! TEE HEE! Gosh sis. My mouth is watering just looking at these gems. They look SOOOOOOOO incredible! Can we bake some together tonight sis? Plueeesssse?!!!

    *does happy apply cider dance*

    I LOVE MY SUNSHINE (aka bestest muffin baker EVER)!!!

    *forever sparkling apple squishies from your number one apple muffin fan*
    ~~~ Christina :)


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