Apple Cider Donut Muffins

Your favorite apple cider donut, turned into a perfectly spiced and moist muffin, coated in cinnamon and sugar. Enjoy a taste of Fall!

Apple Cider Donut Muffin Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

As I type this, I’m sitting in Aruba’s airport waiting for a flight home. Yup, Aruba was the surprise trip I had planned for the Mr. But, I’ll tell you more about that in a upcoming post!

It’s going to be hard switching gears from tropical life back to regular days back at home with schedules and things that have to actually be done. It sure was nice to get away though!

Nothing like being submerged in a laid back tropical vacation and immediately thrown into Fall! Okay okay… It’s not technically Fall, we still have a few weeks left of Summer, but the weather is changing, as are the leaves and of course there’s the food!

Apple Cider Donut Muffin Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

It’s apple season!! I’ve been looking forward to this since I could no longer get my favorite apples at the store! The apple farm is open and the grocery stores have plenty of fresh local produce!

I actually made these apple cider donut muffins weeks ago. I’m a planner like that. I’ve been itching to share these babies with you!

Super flavorful apple cider donut muffins. All of the flavor you expect from your favorite cider donuts but in a fun muffin shape and a big bonus that they’re baked, no fried! That means no specialty equipment required!!

Definitely add these moist apple cider donut muffins to your Fall plans!

Apple Cider Donut Muffin Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 10 muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-18 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Apple Cider Donut Muffins

Your favorite apple cider donut, turned into a perfectly spiced and moist muffin, coated in cinnamon and sugar.


1 1/2C all purpose flour
1/2C granulated sugar
1/2C light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4C apple cider
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

7 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3/4C granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin pan. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine apple cider, egg and vanilla extract.

In a large bowl or stand mixer combine flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. With mixer running on low, slowly incorporate wet ingredients. Mix until batter is just combined and no streaks remain. Using a large cookie scoop, divide batter between prepared muffin cavities.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Immediately turn out onto a baking sheet or cutting board.

Melt butter in a medium bowl. Combine remaining granulated sugar and cinnamon in another medium bowl. Coat each muffin entirely in melted butter then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Transfer to a wire cooling rack, positioned over a baking sheet, to cool completely.

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73 Responses to “Apple Cider Donut Muffins”

  1. #
    Suné Moolman — September 2, 2014 at 7:27 am

    These look amazing!
    I want 6 of them. In my mouth. Now.
    Oh my!

  2. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I’ve actually never had an apple cider donut! But these muffins look like a great treat to make:-)

  3. #
    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — September 2, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I would love a few of these to dunk in my morning coffee!!

  4. #
    DessertForTwo — September 2, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I want to sink my face into these!

  5. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I am so excited for my first sip of apple cider this season!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:27 am

      I love that moment! :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 2, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Aruba? I’m so jealous. These muffins look awesome :)

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:27 am

      Thanks Aimee! :)

  7. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I am so ready for fall time – so these are right up my alley. So glad you had fun in Aruba (minus the sunburn ;) )

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:28 am

      Ugh don’t get me started on the sunburn lol

  8. #
    Faye Rolofson — September 2, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Thank you for the recipe. I usually have my husband, ( Lou ) get the donuts for me, but this year I will ask my daughter to make these. I don’t bake anymore after retiring. I was a baker for 30+ yrs. 20 of those at Le’ Bakery in Peoria IL.

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:28 am

      I hope you enjoy them! :)

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    Mir — September 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Wow, Aruba. So jealous right now! But at least you’re not coming back to freezing temps.
    These look perfect! That sugar coating looks incredible.

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:28 am

      Yes, it could be much worse! And thank you :)

  10. #
    Kristen — September 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I’ve never had an apple cider donut but yesterday I did a google search of where to get some in San Diego…road trip to follow! In the meantime, these look scrumptious and a muffin I need to make soon.

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:28 am

      You NEED some asap :)

  11. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — September 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Apple season (in particular apple cider!) is my favorite season. These donut muffins look great. Apple Cider donuts are a fond memory of my childhood. We would always get them at the local apple picking orchard. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Good luck in the transition back from Aruba!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:28 am

      Thanks Liz!

  12. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — September 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

    You’ve combined two of my fave things here!!! donuts and muffins. . love love love!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      Thanks Alice!

  13. #
    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — September 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    These couldn’t be more perfect! They are going on my to make list.

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      Thanks Jen! I hope you enjoy them :)

  14. #
    tracy — September 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I have been waiting for someone to post a Apple Cider recipe… love this!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      I’ve been waiting super impatiently to do so ;) And thanks!

  15. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — September 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I hope you had an amazing time in Aruba! These apple cider donut muffins look incredible. Apple muffin are my favorite and I just love the cinnamon sugar coating on these!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      Thanks Danae!

  16. #
    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish — September 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I was going to make cinnamon apple muffins tonight actually, but never thought to ROLL them in cinnamon and sugar! #genius

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      Definitely give it a try :)

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — September 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    There is no way I could not eat at least a half-dozen of these in one sitting if they were right in front of me. SO GOOD!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:30 am

      Thanks Stephanie!

  18. #
    Amanda — September 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I need to make these right now!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:30 am

      You really do! :)

  19. #
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — September 2, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I’ve actually never tried an apple cider doughnut before, but it sounds awesome! These look like perfect little cinnamon sugar doughnut holes. Hope you had a lovely vacation!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:30 am

      Put them on your Fall must try list this year :) And thanks Stacey!

  20. #
    Christine@ Apple of My Eye — September 2, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    These look divine! I’m a huuuuggee donut fan and anything with apple cider flavoring is right up my alley!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:30 am

      Thanks Christine!

  21. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 2, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I adore apple cider donuts so I am really loving this muffin version! I’m so ready for fall!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:31 am

      Thanks Stephanie!

  22. #
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu — September 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Oooh these donut muffins look divine! I just love the neat flavour idea – apple cider! So cool!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:31 am

      Thanks Jessica! :)

  23. #
    Medeja — September 3, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I think the best word to describe these muffins is Perfect!

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:31 am

      Thanks so much Medeja :)

  24. #
    Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker) — September 3, 2014 at 7:16 am

    SO pleased to have discovered your blog today! These muffins look spectacular… just the thing to kick off the apple season (and ease you back into normal life after your vacation)! Bookmarking this to try soon.

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2014 @ 7:31 am

      So glad you found me. I hope you enjoy the muffins! :)

  25. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Ahh I’ve been craving an apple cider donut! I need to make a batch asap!

  26. #
    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — September 5, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I made these this morning with my kiddos, they inhaled almost half of them before I even got a chance to douse them in the cinnamon/sugar mix! Total winners!

    • Rachel — September 6th, 2014 @ 8:37 am

      Yay!! So glad they enjoyed them :)

  27. #
    Jez — September 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Hi there!

    I just realized I need to get a new muffin pan as mine is a disaster right now. Any other way you recommend baking this recipe? As a cake perhaps? I ask because I just went out , bought all the necessary ingredients only to realize I can’t use my pan !!

    • Rachel — September 7th, 2014 @ 7:57 am

      I wouldn’t personally recommend adapting this to a cake recipe. If your pan is still in okay shape to use liners with, you could go that route instead and simply coat the tops with butter and cinnamon-sugar after baking. Good luck!

  28. #
    Hillary — September 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I just made these and they turned out fantastic!!
    Everyone in my house loved them. They were super moist inside and had nice texture from the sugar on the outside. There is a store near me that sells fresh baked donuts that taste exactly like this. The donuts were my favorite, but very over priced. I will make these again! Thanks!! :)

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2014 @ 7:35 am

      So glad to hear everyone enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing! :)

  29. #
    Meg — September 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I have made these twice now- they are fabulous!

    • Rachel — September 24th, 2014 @ 7:44 am

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing :)

  30. #
    Ann-Marie — September 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I just saw these yesterday, went to the store and made them last night! So good for fall! Apple with spice,um! Thank you! I also made your stuffed shells recipe. Yummy but I added too much spinach for my liking. I will remake it though, thank you!

    • Rachel — September 29th, 2014 @ 7:05 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

  31. #
    Jamie Haag — October 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Just made these about 10 min ago. I should have made 2 dozen because my family has almost devoured the first batch. These are amazing! I love cider donuts but now I won’t have to leave the house to have some. Thanks!

    • Rachel — October 5th, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

      So glad everyone enjoyed them! Next time a double batch is a must! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  32. #
    jake — October 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    these are so easy and delicious — also tried adding some extra spices to the garnish, including allspice and garam masala. so good

    • Rachel — October 19th, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing :)

  33. #
    Heather — October 21, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Do you think these would be good in a mini muffin pan?

    • Rachel — October 21st, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

      They definitely could be. Just keep in mind that the bake time will be different for smaller muffins. Good luck!

  34. #
    Kim — October 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Have you ever tried these as mini muffins?

    • Rachel — October 26th, 2014 @ 8:18 am

      I have not. They should work fine as mini muffins but the bake time will need to be adjusted. Good luck!

  35. #
    Ann — October 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    These look great, but noticed there is no fat (butter/oil) listed in muffin ingredients. Is that correct? Just wanted to check before I make these. Thanks!

    • Rachel — October 27th, 2014 @ 7:01 am

      Correct, there is no butter or oil in the actual muffin, only butter to coat in at the end.

  36. #
    Denise — October 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The muffins were fabulous, moist and tasty. I think next time I will dip only the top in the sugar. It was a bit too sweet for us fully dipped. Of course saying that they were sweet didn’t prevent my family from enjoying them, lol.

    • Rachel — October 30th, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

      I’m glad everyone enjoyed them! :)

  37. #
    Sarah S — November 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Rachel, these look delicious, and I plan on making them for my parents’ visit this weekend. Can you make them the night before? Do they retain their texture and taste? I’m sure they are the best served immediately, but I am trying to plan ahead. Thanks!

    • Rachel — November 10th, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

      Texture and taste of the muffins will absolutely be retained. However, if making ahead, I’d recommend either only sprinkling the top with cinnamon and sugar or coating the muffins the day of. Enjoy! :)

  38. #
    Emily — November 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    These look delicious! I’m going to make them for a dessert for my office’s potluck! It says the recipe yields 10 muffins; How high did you fill each muffin tin?

    • Rachel — November 12th, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

      Use a large cookie scoop to divide batter between muffin cavities. It will be roughly 3/4 full. Enjoy!

  39. #
    Colleen — November 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    This recipe looks amazing! Do you think they’d work in a donut pan instead of muffins?

    • Rachel — November 25th, 2014 @ 7:22 am

      It’s possible that they might, but I can’t promise that as I haven’t personally tried it that way.

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