Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

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Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

It’s apple cider muffins season! The weather has turned chilly and brisk, the leaves are falling from the trees, and I’m ready to cuddle up by the fire with a good book and a warm treat fresh from the oven.

 

This easy recipe makes moist, fluffy muffins flavored with apple cider, shredded apple, and all your favorite apple pie spices (how’s that for apple-icious!), all topped off with a cinnamon streusel for a sweet crunch on top. Enjoyed alongside a cup of hot tea, or even a glass of apple cider, will make everyone want to go for a walk in the woods, wrapped in a warm scarf, kicking up colorful leaves all the way.

 

Earlier this fall, I made my mom’s Jewish Apple Cake, which is a-ma-zing…but this time of year, there’s no such thing as too many yummy apple recipes, so let’s add an apple cider muffin recipe to our recipe box, shall we? There’s so soft and delicious…think of them as individual apple cider donut cakes!

 

What is apple cider?

You’re probably asking yourself, what is the difference between apple juice and apple cider anyway? Well, the answer is a little murky…literally. While most states don’t have a standard legal definition of what constitutes apple juice vs apple cider, generally speaking, cider is unfiltered (and sometimes unpasteurized), as opposed to apple juice, which undergoes both of those processes. That’s why you’ll notice that most apple ciders have a bit of a murky appearance, with some pulp and sediment floating around. While you can easily find apple cider in your local supermarket, especially in the fall months, somehow the apple cider from a local orchard always tastes better.

Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Apple Cider Muffins Ingredients

Muffins

  • 1-1/2 c apple cider
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and shredded
  • Extra melted butter for greasing muffin pan

Note: One time I made these and totally forgot to add the allspice and cardamom, and they were still absolutely delicious!

Cinnamon Sugar Streusel

  • 1/3 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 c chopped nuts – walnuts, pecans, whatever you like! (optional)
Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Apple Cider Reduction

The first step to making these delicious apple cider muffins is to make an apple cider reduction. It’s easy! In a small pot, simmer 1-1/2 c of apple cider until it has reduced all the way down to 1/2 c. For me, this took about a half hour. By reducing it this way, the flavor of the apple cider will be intensified (this is definitely a good thing!). Once your cider has reduced to 1/2 cup, place it in the fridge to cool down a bit while you collect the rest of the ingredients for the muffin batter and shred the apple.

 

Shredding the Apple

Although apple cider is delicious, I also wanted to include real bites of apple in these muffins. I chose to shred my apples, so that there were just little bits throughout all the muffins, but you can also chop them into tiny pieces if you prefer. To shred them, just remove the skin using a vegetable peeler…then, using the larger side of a grater, shred the apple all the way around until you’ve almost reached the core. Set aside while you mix the rest of the ingredients.

Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Shredding the apple (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

How to make Cinnamon Sugar Streusel

In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients using a fork or spoon. Continue mixing until small crumbs form. That’s it! Set aside for now.

Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

How to make muffins

While you can mix these apple cider muffins by hand, I’ve found that it’s much easier using a KitchenAid stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer. First, mix together the egg, both sugars, butter, milk, and vanilla until all ingredients are incorporated together.

 

In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and salt). With the mixer still turning on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. This will come together quickly, so don’t overmix. Then, with the mixer still turning, slowly pour in the apple cider reduction. Finally, mix in the shredded apple.

Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Grease your muffin pan with melted butter and fill each cup to about two-thirds full. Sprinkle cinnamon streusel on top of each one.

Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Enjoy with a glass of apple cider or a steaming mug of hot tea, and relax, ahhhhhh………..

Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

These muffins will stay delicious for several days when kept on the countertop, and if you’d like them warm, just zap them in the microwave for a few seconds!

 

Can these Apple Cider Muffins be frozen?

Yes! Place the baked muffins in a sealed container and freeze for up to 2 months. To thaw, simply remove as many muffins as you’d like from the freezer and place on the counter until they reach room temperature. Note: The streusel may fall off during the freeze-thaw process, so you might want to just freeze the muffins and add the streusel afterward (brush the tops with a little melted butter and sprinkle streusel on top).

 

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Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

It's apple cider muffin season! Moist, fluffy muffins with apple cider, shredded apple, and your favorite apple pie spices, with a cinnamon streusel on top.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Apple Cider Reduction 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Muffins

  • 1-1/2 c apple cider
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and shredded
  • Extra melted butter for greasing muffin pan
  • Note: One time I made these and totally forgot to add the allspice and cardamom, and they were still absolutely delicious!

Cinnamon Sugar Streusel

  • 1/3 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 c chopped nuts - walnuts, pecans, whatever you like! (optional)

Instructions
 

Apple Cider Reduction

  • The first step to making these delicious apple cider muffins is to make an apple cider reduction. It’s easy! In a small pot, simmer 1-1/2 c of apple cider until it has reduced all the way down to 1/2 c. For me, this took about a half hour. 

Cinnamon Sugar Streusel

  • In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients using a fork or spoon. Continue mixing until small crumbs are formed. That’s it! Set aside for now.

Muffins

  • First, mix together the egg, both sugars, butter, milk, and vanilla until all ingredients are incorporated together.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and salt).
  • With the mixer still turning on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. This will come together quickly, so don't overmix.
  • Then, with the mixer still turning, slowly pour in the apple cider reduction.
  • Finally, mix in the shredded apple.
  • Grease your muffin pan with melted butter and fill each cup to about two-thirds full. Sprinkle cinnamon streusel on top of each one.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Enjoy with a glass of apple cider or a steaming mug of hot tea.

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18 Comments
  • A Capone Connection
    November 2, 2020

    These muffins sound absolutely delicious! I love apple cider so much. Thank you for sharing. I will save this recipe for later!

  • Justine
    November 2, 2020

    You had me at apple cider. I’m pinning this to try!!

    • maplewoodroad
      November 6, 2020

      LOL! Apple cider is one of those things that’s hard to resist! 🙂

  • Ildiko
    November 2, 2020

    Wow, sounds and looks delicious . Perfect for the season. I wouldn’t have thought of the cardamom. Looking forward to trying these!! Pinned.

  • Nart at Cooking with Nart
    November 2, 2020

    5 stars
    Look so good! Can’t wait to make these this weekend!

  • Jessie
    November 4, 2020

    Wondering if you could use buttermilk in place of the milk? I have everything except milk. I have evaporated milk and powdered buttermilk.

  • ADAM N CUTCHER
    November 5, 2020

    These look great! Will definitely give them a try. Thanks!

  • Hunter
    November 5, 2020

    5 stars
    They look so yummy, I’m going to have to try these today!!

  • Jessica
    November 5, 2020

    Move over Saturday morning Pancakes! I can’t wait to make these this weekend. They look soooooo good!

    • maplewoodroad
      November 6, 2020

      Haha! You’re right, they are a perfect weekend treat, and great when you’re on-the-go too! Thanks! 🙂

  • Craige Hardel
    November 9, 2020

    Interesting read. Thanks for the recipe

  • Diana
    November 9, 2020

    These sound amazing! I like how you included a step by step process!