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Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins

by Jamie on October 1, 2012

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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may remember me posting images from the lovely state of Vermont a couple of weeks ago. I traveled to the Green Mountain State with a few of my favorite food bloggers and fellow Keurig Ambassadors.

I arrived in Vermont after 11pm, so I was greeted by a pitch black sky and more twinkling stars than I’ve ever seen. The following morning I stepped out onto the balcony at the Stowe Mountain Lodge and it was love at first sight.

If you’ve read My Baking Addiction for any length of time, you know that I’m slightly obsessed with Fall. Growing up in Ohio has definitely given me the opportunity to experience Fall in all its glory; however, I must admit – there’s nothing that can compare to an Autumn day in Vermont.

While visiting Green Mountain Coffee’s head quarters, Amber, Cheryl, Julie, Kristen, Tracy, Kelby and I were given the opportunity to learn some fascinating information about coffee and even got to participate in a cupping. I never really pondered the fact that coffee beans aren’t actually beans at all. They’re actually the pits/seeds from the coffee cherries that grow on coffee plants. You’re welcome for that little fun fact! Now let’s talk Apple Cider Doughtnut Muffins!

One of my absolute favorite K-Cups® happens to be Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider. It’s pretty much Fall in a mug and has become my go-to evening beverage for chilly nights. If I’m feeling a little saucy, I’ll even add a spoonful of homemade caramel sauce which takes the experience to a whole new level of awesomeness.

While playing around in the kitchen, I decided to experiment with using Hot Apple Cider in a recipe. And if I must say so myself – the result was pretty darn fantastic. I started with my favorite muffin recipe and gave them a little Fall flair with the addition of diced Honey Crisp apples and a generous spoonful of homemade apple pie spice. As though that wasn’t delicious enough, I gave them a quick dip in a sweet and spicy Hot Apple Cider glaze.

The apple cider flavor in these Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins isn’t overwhelming – plenty of “Doughnut” still shines through too. These babies are just the thing to start a chilly morning off right – especially when you pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds and get that just-from-the-oven warmth all over again.

I’ll tell you more about my trip to Vermont in my next Keurig K-Cup Ambassador post, but for now, let’s all toast a cup of Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider and thank the heavens that it is FINALLY Fall!

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Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins

October 1st, 2012

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

For the Batter

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon homemade apple pie spice
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup apple cider, at room temperature
1 cup diced Honey Crisp apples

For the Glaze

3 tablespoons butter; melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar; sifted
1/4 teaspoon homemade apple pie spice
3 tablespoons apple cider, at room temperature

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin, or line with 12 paper muffin cups.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating to combine.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt. In a glass measuring cup, combine the milk and apple cider. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternately with the milk/cider, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined. Fold in diced apples.

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

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

6. In a medium bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing together the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, apple pie spice and apple cider. Whisk until smooth.

7. 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.

Notes:

- I used Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider. I have not tested this recipe with regular apple cider, but I think it will be just fine.
- Muffins will keep in a sealed container at room temperature for about a day.

My Baking Addiction adapted from King Arthur Flour


Disclosure: I am a paid ambassador for Green Mountain Coffee. This post is part of that program; however, all views and opinions expressed within this post are purely my own.


{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Kala-Dawn October 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

These have the spices of fall perfectly pinned! Can’t wait to make them. The colours in your Stowne picture are beautiful, by the way.

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Blog is the New Black October 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

These sound fantastic!

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cassie October 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I love apple cider flavor in baked goods, these look fabulous, Jamie! And I loved following your trip to Vermont, looked beautiful!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

These look so yummy!

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Kristen October 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

So delicious – I can imagine how awesome they are dipped in the glaze too. Mmmm!
It was so great to see you again!

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Shaina October 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I adore both apple cider and doughnut muffins, and the view there looks breathtaking. I can just imagine how Vermont looks when all of those trees have turned.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 2, 2012 at 12:00 am

These muffins definitely scream fall! And I totally need to make this and devour the entire pay – they look amazing!

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Mary McAndrew October 2, 2012 at 5:31 am

I was jotting down the recipe so I can make them later and noticed I think you may have put a different glaze in the directions than the “apple cider” glaze in the ingredients list. Am I right? Wanted to let you know in case you missed it.
It’s been years since I’ve been to Vermont but every time was beautiful! Thanks for the great recipes!

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Jamie October 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Mary-
Thanks so much for catching the error. I made the appropriate changes this morning. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
-Jamie

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christa October 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

Sounds delish!! I will make them. I’m sitting here (in Western Vermont) drinking some Green Mtn Coffee Pumpkin spice coffee, admiring the fall scene outside my window.

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sara October 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

picking up some fresh apple cider this weekend at the fruit farm! can’t wait to make these on Sunday!

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Sus October 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

Oh, no! I just moved away from Vermont and am missing the gorgeous autumn leaves and an annual trip to Stowe…the mid-west trees changing colors are just not the same. I’m going to have to make these today with some mid-west cider and apples to re-create Vermont fall in the mid-west!!! I might even eat some Vermont maple syrup & cheddar on the side just for fun ;)

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Gen Santanelli October 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

I am looking so forward to trying these this weekend for my hubby and boys! I am heading out shortly to shop for ingredients missing. Thank you for sharing it!

I am just wondering what your name is on Instagram so that I may follow..?

Warm regards from NYC,
Gen

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Jamie October 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Gen-
Hi! My name on Instagram is Jamiemba – have a great day!
-Jamie

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Cathy @ Noble Pig October 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

These are gorgeous! I have always wanted to go to Vermont and these muffins…seasonally perfect!

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Carlas Confections October 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

These look just fantastic! I am obsessed with hot apple cider this time of year! What a great idea to add it into muffins :) YUM!

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buttercream bakehouse October 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

LOVE! I can smell them from here.

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Chels October 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

This looks so amazing! I love how you can see all the spices inside the muffin, I can only imagine how it tastes! So glad you had a wonderful trip!

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Annalise October 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Oh my, these muffins are calling my name in a big way. Fall in a pretty little cake!

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch October 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

These look delicious, Jaime. Apple cider is just perfect about right now.

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Love this… Doughnut muffins are a favorite of mine, and the addition of cider just makes them that much better. Glad you enjoyed VT… I’ve been wanting to get up there in the fall one of these years, and now I’m craving a trip to New England more than ever!

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Jess @ OnSugarMountain October 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

OMG my roommate and I just stumbled upon those K Cups at Target the other day and stocked up for the Fall! They are fabulous I agree. I can only imagine having one of these muffins with a cup of that cider….

mmmm….maybe I’ll have to make them to really experience it :D

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tracy {pale yellow} October 3, 2012 at 4:43 am

I was in Stowe, Vermont this spring and it was gorgeous then, I can’t imagine how beautiful it in late summer/fall! My favorite part was reenacting scenes from the Sound of Music at the Von Trapp Family Lodge and eating a mini-Vermonster at Ben & Jerrys! These muffins look fantastic by the way!

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Seonaid October 3, 2012 at 5:08 am

These look lovely and light. Nice photography too.

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Casey@Good. Food. Stories. October 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

Apple cider doughnuts are some of Dan’s FAVORITE fall treats. I bet an extra sprinkling on cinnamon sugar on top would get him to eat these, even though they’re in an unfamiliar shape and therefore suspicious to him. (See what I deal with?)

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TidyMom October 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

oh I wish I had these right now!! they look delicious Jamie!

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luv what you do October 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Those look great! What an awesome recipe!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 4, 2012 at 1:34 am

Looks so delish, Jamie! I am curious about apple cider in this recipe :)

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Bellenza Bistro October 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

Must get back to baking muffins! These look soooo scrumptious. :-)

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Wenderly October 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

Oh for the love of Autumn do these ever sound incredible!! I must try this weekend!! *swoon*

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marla October 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

Sounds like my kind of trip!! love coffee and these muffins :)

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Tracy October 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

These are my kind of muffins – absolutely perfect for a cool, crisp fall morning with a hot cup of coffee!

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Donalyn October 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

These are just perfect for this time of year – great recipe!

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Karen H October 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I made these today and they are fantastic! The apples and spices combine for a fluffy Autumn-inspired muffin, exuding the warmth of the season we all love so much. The apple cider glaze is the perfect (and fun!) touch. My sweetheart loves these as much as I! Thank you for this marvelous recipe! :o) (I made the homemade apple pie spice, too! Love!)

Hugs and blessings!

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Jamie October 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Karen-
I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe – thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! Have a great day.
-Jamie

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Norma September 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I don’t usually leave comments but I had to thank you for this recipe. I lived in the northwest corner of MA, 5 minutes from the VT and NY borders, for 10 years and I miss the views and the apple cider doughnuts. I live in the Chicago area again and can easily get the doughnuts in MI or IN orchards but due to health issues should not eat them. I subbed in half white wheat flower and replaced glaze with a sprinkling of brown suger mixed with that homemade apple pie spice (before baking) and boy are these moist, light, and fluffy! I will be making these every fall when I get the itch to pick apples and snack on apple cider doughnuts. Not much to be done about the views but get on a plane, though. Thanks again.

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Jamie October 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Norma-

It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the recipe with your substitutions! I’m so happy that they will become part of your yearly traditions. Have a fantastic day and thank you for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Todd October 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

Best muffin I ever put in my mouth! Thank you!

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Jamie October 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Yay! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Todd! Have a great day.
-Jamie

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Tavia October 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

Made these and they were GREAT!!!

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Jamie October 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

Tavia-

That’s great to hear! So happy that you enjoyed the recipe. Have a fantastic day and thank you for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Adele October 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm

My mouth is watering just looking at the photo and the recipe. YUMMY!!!

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Jamie October 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

Adele-

They are so good! Let us know if you give the recipe a try. Have a wonderful day and thank you for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Natalie October 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

These muffins are perfect. I didn’t even have apples on hand so I made them without, and they are still good. Thank you!!

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Jamie October 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

Natalie-

Wow, thank you so much! That’s so great to hear! Have a great day and thank you for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons October 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

Hi Jamie – just wanted to let you know that I featured this recipe (with full credit and a link-back) in an apple cider recipe roundup today on Foxes Love Lemons. Have a great week!

http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/2013/10/sweet-and-savory-apple-cider-recipe.html

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Tara October 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Oh ya, on these muffins, I will have two please!!

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Jennifer October 31, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Read apple cider doughnut muffins, next thought was… This woman is a genius! :)

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Jamie November 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Jennifer-
Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Jamie

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