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Reminiscent of apple-filled doughnuts, these Apple Cider Muffins with Apple Filling will be a year-round favorite. Not only does the apple filling take these muffins from delicious to decadent, but the sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar right out of the oven finishes them off perfectly.

I just can’t help myself! If it looks like an apple or smells like cinnamon, I am most likely baking something with it right now! These Apple Cider Muffins are just the latest treat to come from my kitchen recently and perfect for Fall gatherings with good friends. I mean, one of these Apple Cider Muffins with a cup of tea or coffee and a couple of women could solve most of the world’s problems…AMIRIGHT?

A dollop of spiced and buttery Apple Filling is what takes these Apple Cider Muffins from delicious to extra-special! I mean, when doesn’t a spiced apple filling make everything better?

And then you take the fresh from the oven Apple Cider Muffins and give them a healthy dose of cinnamon-sugar…which in and of itself surely has superpowers of some sort.

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Apple Cider Muffins with Apple Filling

Apple Cider Muffins with Apple Filling

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


Apple Filling

  • 1 TB Butter
  • 2 TB Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 TB All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1 Apple, Finely Diced


  • 2 Cups Cider
  • 2 TB Mulling Spice or 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs, At Room Temperature
  • 1 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP Salt

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 TB Sugar


For Apple Filling

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add remaining ingredients and cook over low to medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside

For Muffins

  1. While the apples cook, prepare the muffins
  2. Preheat your oven to 375° and set a rack in the middle of the oven
  3. Grease your muffin pan or use liners.
  4. Combine the cider and mulling spices or cinnamon sticks in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until cider is reduced by half.
  5. Set cider in the refrigerator to cool
  6. In a stand mixer, combine softened butter and sugar and beat for 4 minutes at medium speed until fluffy.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after adding each egg.
  8. Scrape butter and egg mix off of the beater and into the bowl and then set aside
  9. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  10. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  11. By hand, gently mix 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just combined.
  12. Add half of the reduced cider and mix gently to just combine
  13. Repeat with another third of the flour, the rest of the cider and then the remaining flour, mixing until just combined.
  15. Fill each muffin tin halfway with batter
  16. Divide apple filling equally among the muffins, keeping it in the center of each muffin
  17. Top each muffin with the remaining muffin batter
  18. Bake for 18 minutes.
  19. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes and then brush the tops of each muffin with melted butter.
  20. Sprinkle the muffins with cinnamon-sugar mixture.


If you don't eat these muffins the first day, you may have to add more cinnamon-sugar to the tops of the muffins. You shouldn't need to brush them with butter again, but just dip them in a little bowl of cinnamon sugar.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 54mg Sodium: 310mg Carbohydrates: 45g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 25g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

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