Apple Cider Muffins

filed under: Dessert · Food + Drink · Muffins on November 25, 2020

Apple Cider Muffins are full of apple flavor with apple pie spice and apple cider and are the perfect treat to have with a cup of coffee, as a dessert, or even to just satisfy your sweet tooth! For another quick and sweet muffin, try my Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins.

Apple Cider Muffins

It’s all about apples and apple-flavored treats in the fall. But, you don’t even need to peel or chop any apples to get that popular fall flavor in these muffins. With homemade apple pie spice and apple cider, there is a sweet apple taste in every bite! Plus, the sugary topping will make it hard to eat just one!

Apple Cider Muffins in Basket

Apple Cider Muffins Recipe

There are two main parts to this sweet treat–the muffins and the sugary topping.

Muffins Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Apple pie spice–If you don’t have any of this spice on hand, make your own apple pie spice!
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Apple cider–You can also use apple juice in this recipe.
  • Milk – I used whole milk

Overhead of Apple Cider Muffins in Pan

How to Make Apple Cider Muffins

Apple Cider Muffins are really easy to make, and go so well with coffee, tea, milk, or (of course) a cup of apple cider! They are also a quick apple dessert or breakfast muffin to bake. To get started, preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix the rest of the muffin ingredients.

Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the flour mixture and stir until there are very few lumps. The batter will be a bit runny. Fill a lined muffin tin about 2/3 full with the batter and bake the muffins for 20-22 minutes. Carefully take them out of the oven to sit for a few minutes before removing them to a rack to cool.

Dipping Apple Cider Muffins in Butter Then Cinnamon Sugar

Apple Pie Spice and Sugar Topping

After the muffins have cooled, it’s time to sweeten them up a bit more with the topping. First, dip the top of a muffin into a bowl of melted butter. Then, roll the buttered top in a separate bowl of the apple pie spice and sugar mixture. Place the muffin back on the rack and repeat with the rest of the muffins.

Apple Cider Muffins on Cutting Board

Can I Freeze Apple Cider Muffins?

Yes! To freeze the muffins, let them cool completely. After they have cooled, store the muffins in freezer-safe containers for up to three months. Don’t forget to label and date the containers. When you are ready to enjoy a muffin, simply let it thaw completely before devouring.

Stacked Apple Cider Muffins

Looking for More Apple Spice Recipes?

Fried Apple Spice Cake Sticks

Spiced Apple Pancakes

Old Fashioned Apple Muffins

Apple Dump Cake

5 from 6 votes
Apple Cider Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
32 mins

Apple Cider Muffins are full of apple flavor with apple pie spice and apple cider and are the perfect treat to have with a cup of coffee, as a dessert, or even to just satisfy your sweet tooth!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cider Muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 259 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature and beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup apple cider, or apple juice
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with liners.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together beaten eggs, oil, apple cider, and milk.

  4. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until very few lumps remain. (The batter will be a bit runny.)

  5. Fill the prepared muffin tin about 2/3 full of batter per cup. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and let rest in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

  7. Once cooled, melt butter in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and apple pie spice. Dip the tops of muffins in the melted butter. Then, roll the top in the sugar and apple pie spice mixture to coat. Place back on the rack and repeat with the remaining muffins.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is formulated for store-bought apple pie spice. If you are using the homemade recipe (click here) I would recommend starting with 1/2 the amount. 

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  • Dovia says:

    I’m trying the apple cider muffins tomorrow morning. Wish it was morning slready.

  • Jennifer says:

    I just made these and they’re so delicious! They totally have the amazing apple cider flavor! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed them!

  • Lori says:

    Are you able to make this recipe into a loaf bread?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I haven’t, but you should be able to.

  • Karen says:

    I live in Australia and we don’t sell apple pie spice. What spices do I need to make it please

  • Gail Bocage says:

    Wow,those apple muffins are delicious and filling !!

  • Dawn says:

    If using your recipe for apple pie spice, should I use half the amount called for in this recipe or the full amount? Can’t wait to try these!

  • Nancy says:

    I made these in a mini bundt pan and they came out great! Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Suzanne says:

    Last night I made a batch of these muffins to go with our dinner (I followed the recipe exactly). They were super delicious and the perfect texture. We all loved them. The topping, sugar mixed with homemade apple pie spice, was something special. I’m mixing up a second batch now to surprise my kids with an after school snack. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  • Brenda Salazar says:

    Can I use apple sauce instead of apple cider?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Brenda! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried using apple sauce, so I can’t say how the muffins would turn out. Have a great day!

  • Sharon Dawson says:

    I would love to make these but I do not know what Apple Pie Spice is?

  • Debbie T. says:

    Oh.My.Goodness! These are wonderful. Am giving for Christmas gifts to postal ladies and neighbors–a nice change from Christmas cookies. I did need to bake mine for 25 min.

    If I made these into 6 jumbo muffins, how long do you think I would need to bake them?

  • Rasha says:

    It’s sooo good. Thank you for the recipe.
    I made frosting from powder sugar and apple juice and a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon

  • Pauline says:

    Love your recipes.
    Would you every consider doing weight measures .

  • Amy Clemons says:

    These were delightfully apple cider-y – a perfect treat with a cup of tea or coffee! I love the included recipe for homemade apple pie spice too, which was so much fun to mix together and sniff. I’ll be making these regularly to share with friends and coworkers!

  • Hannah says:

    They look great! And delicious. What kind of apple cider did u use exactly?

  • Kristi Howell says:

    Addictive! I made a double batch of these two days ago, using Trader Joe’s honeycrisp sparkling cider and silicone mini muffin pans. Gave most away, took some hiking, everyone loved them. I’m doing it again today. That’s how good they are. Thanks!