Cider doughnuts, a New England harvest treat, inspired these spice-happy muffins. A crumbly streusel topping made with a small amount of butter provides a delicious finish.

Patsy Jamieson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004


Recipe Summary

1 hr
Nutrition Profile:




Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

  • To prepare streusel: Mix brown sugar, whole-wheat flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts, if using.

  • To prepare muffins: Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.

  • Whisk egg and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in apple butter, syrup, cider, yogurt and oil. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups (they'll be quite full). Sprinkle with the streusel.

  • Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.


DIY Muffin Cups: Make your next batch of muffins or cupcakes the ultimate grab-and-go treat by lining your tin with muffin liners. No liners? No problem. Use 5-inch squares of parchment paper, coat each muffin cup with cooking spray, and push each square into the cups using a small can or bottle, pressing the paper up the sides. (It's OK if some of the paper is sticking out over the rim.) Fill each cup as directed.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 37.3g 12% DV; dietary fiber 2.5g 10% DV; sugars 17.7g; fat 6.7g 10% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterol 18.5mg 6% DV; vitamin a iu 57.9IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.2mg; folate 2.9mcg 1% DV; calcium 89.2mg 9% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 4.2mg 2% DV; potassium 103mg 3% DV; sodium 164.5mg 7% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 11% DV; added sugar 11g.

Reviews (13)

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
I make these every winter and I absolutely love them. I bring them into work and they are gone before I have been there an hour!:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Muffins are very tasty. I like cinnamon but will use less next time. They were well done in less thn 15 minutes Pros: like the ingredients Cons: too much cinnamon Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I didn't have apple butter so I used apple sauce and added 2 shredded granny smith apples. The warm muffins smelled strongly of apple cider vinegar when I cut it in 1/2. The muffins were very moist and had good flavor but the smell is off putting. Maybe it will smell less like apple cider vinegar when they are cold. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
heavenly I loved these and served them to 25 rehabilitation oatients. Every single one of them said they loved them and filled out anonymous feedback forms saying they would absolutely eat them again. NOT one of them said they didn't like them. Thats 25 people plus me and a few staff that agreed these were awesome muffins. Easy! Also the batter itself tastes amazing. I would like to try these in mini-bundt pans and top with some chopped cooked apples with a bit of brown sugar and a tad of butter. Pros: moist flavorful fluffy easy Cons: needs fresh apple somewhere Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really good!! I made one big change and that was too add finely chopped fresh apples. If I m eating an apple muffin I definitely want to taste apple! And too many comments mentioned the lack of. With the fresh apple they are AWESOME!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I absolutely love these muffins!!! I substituted the oil for applesauce and they turned out so yummy! They have been great to take to work with me for breakfast in the mornings:)) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
We all love them!..they smell heavenly and taste divine! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I just made these last night and they came out kinda dry and not a huge apple flavor. Wonder if I did something wrong. I may have over mixed. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I make these all of the time- everyone loves them. I substitute the following: whole wheat pastry flour for the white flour and applesauce for the apple butter. Delish! Read More