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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

Patsy Jamieson
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Ingredients

Streusel

Muffins

Directions

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

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  • 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.

Tips

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; 6.7 g total fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 165 mg sodium. 37.3 g carbohydrates; 4.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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: 5 stars
04/09/2019
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: 3 stars
09/02/2018
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: 4 stars
10/16/2014
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
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2014
Muffins are very tasty. I like cinnamon but will use less next time. They were well done in less than 15 minutes. Pros: like the ingredients Cons: too much cinnamon Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2013
Fluffy and Tasty Made today for the first time. Made as directed except I used all einkorn wheat. With einkorn wheat having weak gluten I did not expect these to rise very much. My mistake - they rose beautifully (major muffin tops!) and are so light and fluffy. These are on the top of our favorite muffin list - I may make another batch tomorrow to freeze! Highly recommend! Pros: tasty light yummy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
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
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These are FABULOUS muffins! They're easy to make and easy to freeze for later. Everyone raves about them! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made these with unsweetened applesauce too and they still turned out quite well! (Just remember to not mix too much!) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
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
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
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
10/29/2011
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
10/29/2011
We all love them!..they smell heavenly and taste divine! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
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