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Apple Cider Donut Mini Muffins

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Apple Cider Donut Mini Muffins
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Makes: 36 servings adjust
People will think these are traditional cider doughnut holes, but they never actually see a fryer, instead getting a quick bath in melted butter and a toss in cinnamon sugar while still warm from the oven. They're super cute, super delicious, and even better, super easy and super fast.

Can be made as regular sized muffins. See Step 9 for adjustments to recipe.

Directions

 

Step 1

Set rack in center of oven, preheat to 400°F. Liberally spray mini muffin pans with nonstick spray, set aside.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 12 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 12 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 12 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 34 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 13 cup Dark Brown Sugar

Step 2

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Add brown sugar and work into mixture by hand to break up clumps. Set aside.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, melted and cooled slightly

Step 3

In a second bowl, whisk together cider, egg, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons melted butter.
 

Step 4

Add wet to dry ingredients and quickly but gently fold together until all streaks of flour are just incorporated and you have a light, fluffy batter.
 

Step 5

Divide evenly between cups of muffin pans (about 2/3 full) and bake for 8-10 minutes, turning pan front to back once about halfway through baking time.

Ingredients

  • 12 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 12 cup Granulated Sugar

Step 6

While muffins are baking, mix together remaining cinnamon and granulated sugar in a small bowl.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Butter, melted

Step 7

As soon as muffins are done, immediately turn out onto a rack. Roll them a few at a time in the melted butter, then move to bowl containing the cinnamon sugar mixture. Shake until well-coated. Move coated muffins to a rack continue cooling. Repeat with remaining muffins.
 

Step 8

You may reheat to serve if desired, with the oven at 400°F— it will only take 1 or 2 minutes.
 

Step 9

NOTE: This recipe can also be used to make regular sized muffins. Baking time will be more like 12-15 minutes and rather than rolling them in the melted butter and then the cinnamon/sugar, use a pastry brush to brush only the tops with the butter and then dip the tops in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
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