Random Recipe: Baked Apple Cider Mini Muffins

It is hard to believe that we have lived in Portland for 12 years. Before moving out here we lived in Boston, and the last place we lived was in a small town on the outskirts of Boston called Lexington. Compared to anything in Portland, it is old. It was a town involved in the Revolutionary War, and where the Battle of Lexington was fought. That, however, is just a bit of history. We rented the first story of a large house, and 5 women rented the upstairs of the house. Next door, was a farm called Wilson Farms. Next to our house was one of their fields and on the other end of the field was their farm store.

We spent quite a bit of $$$ — as it was so easy, convenient, and of course tasty. In the fall and winter they would have piping hot apple cider donuts and some prepackaged to take home. I think that was probably Chris’ favorite part of living right next door. I loved them too – but what I miss most was the tulips that were the size of my hand. When I recently found this recipe for Apple Cider Mini Muffins I knew we had to try. A bit of Wilson Farms nostalgia. And…they were so good!

Baked Apple Cider Mini Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • Cinnamon/Sugar Coating:
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the egg, melted butter, and brown sugar. Then add the buttermilk, applesauce, vanilla, and apple cider.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and whisk together just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into lightly sprayed mini muffin tins. Fill each muffin ¾ full. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. While the muffins are baking melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. In another bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon together.
  6. When the muffins come out of the oven dip the top of each into the melted butter, then dip into the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

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