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Apple Cider Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Apple Cider Reduction30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 16
Calories: 205kcal



  • 1-½ c apple cider
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • ½ c brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ c milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • teaspoon allspice
  • teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon 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

  • c all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • c chopped nuts - walnuts, pecans, whatever you like! (optional)


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 1-½ c of apple cider until it has reduced all the way down to ½ 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.


  • 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.



Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg