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.