Monday, November 11, 2013

Cider Donut Muffins

I adore cider donuts. I first had these luscious treats at an apple orchard in Massachusetts. In fact, I made trips to that orchard just to get the donuts! I was thrilled when I discovered Rees Fruit Farm here in Topeka also makes them. The donuts are available all year, but I crave them in the fall when the apples and cider are fresh.

Recently I saw a Facebook post about donut muffins, and I thought, “Why not make cider donut muffins?”

Oh my, am I in trouble. These muffins are so delicious and easy to make I will be making them a lot! (The Picky Eater even tasted one and asked me to be sure and save him a couple.) The crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside makes a nice contrast to the soft, moist interior. Unlike the typical sturdy breakfast muffin, these are more cake-like…in other words, like a donut. They taste best warm, so if you need to warm them up, just zap them for 20 seconds in the microwave or put them in a 350-degree oven for a minute or two.

On a personal note, three years ago today I went to a local grocery store parking lot to meet a man I connected with on Little did I know I was meeting my future husband and the love of my life. Happy first-date anniversary to the Picky Eater.

Cider Donut Muffins
Adapted from a recipe on Serious Eats
Makes 12

For muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup apple cider
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, cooled

For topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, cooled

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Add the brown sugar and then, using your fingers, mix in the sugar while breaking up an sugar clumps.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cider, egg, vanilla and melted butter. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and then pour the wet ingredients into the well. Gently fold the ingredients together just until all the streaks of flour disappear.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, dividing evenly between the cups. Each cup will be about 2/3 full. Bake the muffins for 15 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

Prepare the topping while the muffins are baking: In a small bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar. (Or mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a paper or plastic bag.) Put the melted butter into another small bowl. When the muffins are done, remove them immediately from the muffin tin. While still warm, roll the muffins in the melted butter and then toss them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place them on a rack to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container. 


  1. Yum, aren't these wonderful? I, too, am a fan of the cider doughnut, but muffins can be rationalized easier (in my mind, anyway!).

    As for finding love ... I'm all for that! I'm so glad you found your true love, Linda!

  2. Dear Linda, These cider donuts would be gone in a NY minute!!

    I wish you all the very best on your first date anniversary. I am so happy that you are happy and in love.

    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  3. Awww - congrats on your anniversary. I think these cider donut muffins could be the key to a long and happy marriage.

  4. Your muffins sound good and must feel your kitchen with terrific smells while baking.

  5. O don't know what's more heart warming, your story or those cake like cider muffins (I adore cake like:)

    GREAT story Linda and yes, I will be baking those Donut Muffins!

    Happy Anniversay and thank you so much for sharing...

    Just in case I don't "see" you before Thanksgiving, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Louise