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Apple Cider Muffins

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Apple cider muffins highlight one of my favorite fall treats– cider which is best enjoyed after a hayride and apple-picking. Apple desserts are a favorite part of autumn too.

Baked apples are a healthy option for dessert. If you are looking for a gluten free apple recipe, try this apple crumble.

Muffins are a type of quick bread which includes breads like scones, crepes, loaf breads, and pancakes. Enjoy my full quick bread recipe collection!

These muffins are loaded with apples and flavored with apple cider to bring out the best in your fall baking. The warm smell of cinnamon fills the kitchen as these muffins bake. Mine did not rise as much as I would have expected but that could be due to my altitude here in Denver.

I usually try a recipe once following the ingredient list precisely and then the next time I bake the same I will make small changes that seem to help at a mile above sea level: slightly more flour, slightly less sugar, adjust the baking powder or soda, and sometimes changing the temperature helps as well.

For now I was happy with the taste of the muffins so an instant re-do wasn’t required. I especially liked how fresh apples were incorporated into the dough as they were found in every bite of these baked treats.

Yield: 18 muffins

Apple Cider Muffins

Apple cider muffins in muffin tin with apple

Apple Cider Muffins are loaded with apples and flavored with apple cider to bring out the best in your fall baking. The warm smell of cinnamon fills the kitchen as these muffins bake.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup apple, (about 2-3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 12-muffin tin with baking spray or muffin paper liners.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to beat until incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl gently whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with a half cup of cider each time (such that begin and end with the dry ingredients). Stir gently. Fold in the apples.
  6. Use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter into the twelve muffin cups.
  7. Optional: combine 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon then sprinkle it over the top of each muffin before baking.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes and let the muffins cool in the tin before removing.


Original recipe can be found here:

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 206mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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