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Apple Cider Muffins

What’s more fall than apple cider muffins? These easy muffins have a lovely apple cinnamon flavor and an irresistible crumble topping!

Light, fluffy and delicious! That’s how I like my muffins, what about you?

These apple cider muffins capture all of that fall flavor we all love in one tasty little treat. The crumble topping is the very best part. I think I said in one of my earlier muffin posts that all muffins should have some sort of streusel or crumble on top! And I am holding firm in that opinion 😉

You know what else is great about these? THESE actual muffins you see photographed here? They’re made with my very own apple cider, all from the summer apples our trees produced! Yay! Wally helped me make a big pot of it a few months ago and we froze half the batch. That means we can have apple cider baked goodies all year long!

apple cider muffins

How do you make these apple cider muffins?

These muffins are made with very simple ingredients! You’ll want to first start the recipe by whisking together the dry ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cinnamon

Instead of apple chunks for this recipe, I’ve used grated apple instead. You’ll need 1 large apple! Whisk together the melted butter, applesauce, and honey until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, and whisk again. Add the vanilla and stir.

Whisk in the apple cider slowly until everything is combined. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet, then slowly fold in the shredded apple, leaving any juices behind.

Set the batter aside for a few moments while you prepare the crumble ingredients. You’ll need to combine:

  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 425 F and line a standard-sized muffin tray with cupcake liners or parchment muffin liners.

To fill the muffin liners, start with 1 tablespoon of batter in each cavity, followed by a tablespoon of crumble, then distribute the remaining batter among the muffins evenly. Top the muffins with the remaining crumble.

Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at high heat then turn the temperature down to 350 F for another 13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tray before letting them cool completely on a cooling rack.

apple cider muffins
apple cider muffins

Can you replace the honey with maple syrup?

Yes! If you’re not a fan of honey you can definitely use maple syrup. The eggs are a must for this recipe, however, so the recipe cannot easily be turned into a vegan muffin recipe.

Are these muffins freezer friendly?

Definitely! I have a batch of these in the freezer right now! They’re best when you thaw them overnight in the fridge. You can reheat them in the oven or in the microwave, but the crumble will stay crunchy best in the oven, heating at 275 F for about 10 minutes!

All that’s left to do now is sit down with a glass of warm apple cider and a fresh muffin to go with it!

apple cider muffins
apple cider muffins

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apple cider muffins

Apple Cider Muffins

  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


What’s more fall than apple cider muffins? These easy muffins have a lovely apple cinnamon flavor and an irresistible crumble topping!


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 large apple, shredded

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F and line a 12-count standard muffin pan with parchment liners or cupcake liners. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, thoroughly whisk the melted butter, applesauce and honey until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Whisk in the apple cider until everything is combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, then slowly stir with a spoon. Gently fold in the shredded apple, leaving any residual juice behind.
  3. Prepare the crumble topping. Stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. 
  4. Place 1 tablespoon of batter in each muffin cavity followed by a tablespoon of crumble. Divide the remaining batter among the muffin cavities and top evenly with the remaining crumble. Place the muffins in the oven and bake the muffins at high heat for 5 minutes, before reducing the temperature to 350 F and baking for an additional 12-13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove the muffins from the oven, and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Muffins keep fresh at room temperature for 2-3 days in an airtight container. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating and enjoying! 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven bake
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: apple cider muffins // healthy apple cider muffins // apple cinnamon muffins

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  1. I need some of these muffins with my hot cocoa! They look soooo scrumptious!

  2. I love everything about these muffins! I can just taste that fabulous crumb topping by looking at it, so yummy!

  3. Apple cider is one of my favorite fall flavors and I think it’s so cool that your made your own!! My girls would love to have all your apple trees. And I am completely with you on streusel on muffins, they look just perfect!

  4. Ooo I love how moist, fluffy, and light (with that lite crunch topping) these muffins look like. The applesauce and apple cider are quite magical ingredients!

  5. Katherine, these muffins are so cozy and delicious! Love that crumb topping!

  6. These look lovely, and sound like a wonderful bite of Autumn! I’m impressed with your cider-making! That’s awesome! and, I agree, streusel/topping is EVERYTHING in a muffin!

  7. These muffins have the perfect texture, Katherine! My mouth is watering at your beautiful photos. I’d love one right now for an afternoon pick me up!

  8. Your crumble topping is simply divine. These would go so perfectly with a cup of coffee and a fabulous book by the fire!

  9. Perfectly delicious muffins, and that they’re made with YOUR apple cider, even better! That’s amazing! I’d love to try one, Katherine!

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