Meal Planning Monday – Apple Cider Donut Muffins

 Happy Monday!

If I’m being honest, I’m not a huge fan of the fall. Mostly because in Illinois, it lasts about 2 weeks. I also am not a huge fan of baking. BUT I love eating baked goods. Such a dilemma.

Baking recipes on Pinterest for fall usually feature one thing – PUMPKIN. After last fall, I am pumpkin-ed out. So I started searching for apple recipes. Apple is my new favorite. I came across these apple cider donut muffins. I have been trying to make them for about 3 weeks now.

A week ago, we woke up to a 55 degree house. Our furnace was out. We called someone over to fix it but since our house currently has a warranty for the first year, we had to go through their heating and air guy. We had no heat for a week. It wasn’t a HUGE deal, but anything less than 70 degrees is freezing in my book. So I sent Dan out to get a space heater. Best purchase ever!

So I was trying to find things to bake just to keep the oven on. It actually kept the house pretty warm. These (along with my dog treats) were on the list.

The only thing I changed was I used apple pie spice in the batter instead of cinnamon and nutmeg – because I had no nutmeg. I thought dipping the muffins in butter was going to be difficult but I just used my pastry brush.

I hate linking to other recipes, but I also cannot make my own baking recipes. I just can’t wrap my head around it. 

Here’s the original recipe

Mine definitely weren’t as pretty as hers. But man, they were good!

*1 1/2 cups flour
*1/2 cup sugar
*1/2 cup light brown sugar
*1 tsp baking powder
*1/2 tsp baking soda
*1/4 tsp salt
*1 tsp apple pie spice
*3/4 cup apple cider
*1 egg
*1/2 tsp vanilla extract

*7 tblsp unsalted butter, melted
*3/4 cup sugar
*1 1/4 tsp cinnamon

*Preheat oven to 350 and grease 10 muffins in a muffin tin.
*In a medium bowl, combine apple cider, egg and vanilla extract.
*In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice.
*Slowly incorporate wet ingredients into dry.
*Divide batter into 10 muffin cups.
*Bake 15-18 minutes – until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
*Immediately transfer muffins to a cookie sheet.
*Melt butter and add sugar and cinnamon to a separate bowl. Coat the muffins in the melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.
*Transfer the muffins to a wire cooling rack positioned over a cookie sheet.

Happy Cooking!

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