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apple cider muffins

Apple Cider Muffins

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Bakery style apple cider muffins have a soft, moist texture inside and a giant crunchy dome top. Fresh cider, grated apple and ground cinnamon.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 6 jumbo muffins


  • ½ cup butter 113g
  • 1 cup brown sugar 210g
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour 250g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • tsp baking soda
  • 1 large granny smith apple grated (about 150g after grating)
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons buttermilk or kefir 100g
  • ¼ cup reduced apple cider 75g from about 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • Turbinado sugar to sprinkle on top


  • Reduce 2 cups of fresh apple cider by boiling it in a pot on high for about 45 minutes to an hour. Toward the end it will bubble and foam up but keep going until it looks thick and dark (but also, don’t burn it!). You may end up with more than you need for this recipe but don’t use any more than the ¼ cup.
  • In a medium sized bowl beat together the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon for at least 5 minutes until it’s light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat for another 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla, cider, buttermilk and grated apple and stir. Add the flour and baking soda and powder and beat to just combine.
  • Cover the bowl and let the batter sit at room temperature for an hour, alternatively set it in the fridge overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a muffin tin and fill each cup ⅔ of the way with batter. Sprinkle a teaspoon of turbinado sugar over the top. If you like, you can add thinly sliced apples on top. Bake until the top springs back when pressed (for jumbo muffins about 30 minutes for standard size about 20).