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Apple Cider Muffins with Browned Butter Glaze Cooking View

One of my favorite things about having house guests (other than their fabulous company, of course) is the opportunity to make something special for breakfast.  Sure, we make muffins, scones, waffles, or cinnamon rolls on occasion for ourselves but the majority of the time it’s more oatmeal, granola, etc.  When I have company though, I try to make sure they get something a bit better than the usual fare to start their day out right.  And then, as an added bonus, we get to enjoy a special treat as well.

So these…these are loaded apple cider muffins.  The muffin portion uses whole wheat pastry flour, chunks of apples, oats, and a modest amount of fat so they are on the healthy side, but they still taste good enough to eat on their own.  Definitely the best apple muffin I have ever had.  But then…oh my goodness…there is this browned butter glaze, which is incredible.  Once you’ve tried them that way, there’s really no going back.  I made these over the weekend with every intention of freezing some to have ready for our overnight Thanksgiving guests, but we loved them so much, they didn’t survive more than a few days.  I think I know what Andrew and I will be baking this evening!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday giving thanks and spending time with your loved ones.  Make sure you hold them tight.

Apple Cider Muffins with Browned Butter Glaze
Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

For the muffins:
4 tbsp. butter
2-3 crisp apples, peeled and diced (I like pink lady, gala or honeycrisp)
1/3 cup plus 3 tbsp. apple cider, divided
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
Dash of grated nutmeg
1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. salt
1 large egg
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened applesauce

For the glaze:
4 tbsp. butter
¾-1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp. apple cider

Cooking View

Directions

  • Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Let melt and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter is a deep golden brown color (be careful not to burn it).  Set aside to cool slightly.

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line muffin pans with paper liners.  Add the diced apples to a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add 3 tablespoons of the apple cider, ¼ teaspoon of the cinnamon, and the nutmeg.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are somewhat softened, about 8-10 minutes.  Remove from the heat.

  • Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon, allspice and salt.  In a second medium bowl, combine the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, applesauce, remaining 1/3 cup apple cider, and the cooled browned butter.  Whisk to blend.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk just until evenly incorporated, being careful not to overmix.  Fold in the diced apples.

  • Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.  Bake about 15-18 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until the tops are golden and set.  When cool enough to handle, transfer to a wire rack.

  • To make the glaze, heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Let melt and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter is a deep golden brown color (be careful not to burn it).  Set aside to cool slightly.  Transfer the browned butter to a bowl and whisk in the confectioners’ sugar.  Whisk in the apple cider until the mixture is smooth.  (Note: If the browned butter begins to cool, particularly if the apple cider is cold when added, the glaze may become very thick or difficult to whisk.  Simply rewarm in the microwave in very short few-second bursts until the texture has corrected.  If the mixture is too thin, whisk in additional confectioners’ sugar a small amount at a time until thickened to your liking.)  Spoon the glaze over the muffins and let set before serving.

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  • Abby@ The Frosted Vegan

    I have to have chunks in my apple muffins, but that glaze is taking it out of the park!

  • http://www.twohealthyplates.com/ Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)

    Every last thing about these sounds incredible. I have some leftover cider from Trader Joe’s just waiting for a recipe like this! yum =)

  • http://www.twohealthyplates.com/ Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)

    Every last thing about these sounds incredible. I have some leftover cider from Trader Joe’s just waiting for a recipe like this! yum =)

  • http://twitter.com/tiffany_colvert Tiffany Colvert

    I want to eat like 10 of these right this minute

  • Amy

    This is definitely happening tomorrow. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Amy

    This is definitely happening tomorrow. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • http://twitter.com/wvanillasugar Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Oh! That glaze looks absolutely lovely. What an awesome looking muffin!

  • http://twitter.com/wvanillasugar Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Oh! That glaze looks absolutely lovely. What an awesome looking muffin!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    These look fantastic. I’m a sucker for anything with browned butter!

  • Irene

    Oh my… I might have to make these. They look beyond amazing. I hope you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones even though this is a tough time of year for you. Best of luck as you continue healing!

  • Irene

    Oh my… I might have to make these. They look beyond amazing. I hope you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones even though this is a tough time of year for you. Best of luck as you continue healing!

  • Kelsey

    Annie, these look incredible. And how very YOU to be thinking of your guests when you must be having a difficult time yourself. Hugs to you, dear.

  • Caroline L.

    oh wow, these simply look… splendid! i’ve been so obsessed with apple cider lately. ah, putting this on the must-try list!

  • http://twitter.com/completedelish Annalise

    What’s not to love about this recipe? Looks fabulous!

  • http://twitter.com/JenatPBandP PB and Peppers

    Yummy! I love everything about these muffins.

  • http://twitter.com/JenatPBandP PB and Peppers

    Yummy! I love everything about these muffins.

  • disqus_CCmygiz3uq

    I made these tonight & they were delicious. I had a real problem getting the liners off though. Most of the muffin stayed inside the liner. I’m not sure what went wrong.

  • disqus_CCmygiz3uq

    I made these tonight & they were delicious. I had a real problem getting the liners off though. Most of the muffin stayed inside the liner. I’m not sure what went wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/emilialiveslife Emilia

    These look absolutely incredible and I cannot wait to make them! I too, love the holidays for an excuse to make a fancy breakfast and a healthy muffin is always right up my alley. Happy Thanksgiving :)

  • Katrina @ Susie Homemaker MD

    Annie, I have been thinking about you today while I have been in the kitchen (making your pie crust among other things). I am sending warm thoughts and hugs your way from south Alabama. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • infinATEappetite.com

    This looks delish! I can’t wait to try to make these!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorinda.clarkmckinnon Lorinda Clark McKinnon

    Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try the glaze!

  • annieseats

    Thank you so much, Katrina.

  • annieseats

    I think that is part of the nature of the low-fat muffin batter. You can add more fat which will help release the liner, but then it is obviously less healthy. Glad you enjoyed them anyway!

  • Denise Wesely

    I’ve had this happen with muffins, too. I now usually spritz a little Pam on the liners and the muffins come right out of the liners with very little left behind.

  • Maris

    These look amazing. I recently made caramel stuffed apple cider cookies. They were a big hit with my office at Halloween.

  • Ann P.

    SO pretty and cute with the tiny apple slices! I love anything apple cider :) and brown butter, too! I would sure love to be a house guest w/ you guys!