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Apple Donut Mini Muffins – Bite sized mini muffins that taste just like cider mill cinnamon sugar donuts filled with bits of apple!

bowl of apple mini muffins.

I’m a big fan of apple desserts. Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Apple Filled Pull Apart Bread, Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins, and these Apple Donut Mini Muffins.

One of my favorite parts of fall is going to the cider mill.

I feel sorry for you if you don’t have them in your part of the world.

You get warm cinnamon-sugar donuts and cider slushies. I don’t even like cider, but cider slushies? All day.

Why you’ll love this easy mini muffin recipe

So good! – They have the consistency of a cake donut but they’re little mini muffins – something like a donut hole.

Bite sized – Perfect for little fingers, if you have kids, or perfect to have, 5, if you’re a grown up. I won’t judge you.

Good year-round – They’re perfect for apple season but since apples are so readily available, you can make them any time of year. They make a great back-to-school treat in lunchboxes or after school.

apple mini muffin with a bite taken out.

Tools you’ll need


Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Flour – I’ve only tested with all purpose white flour.
  • Baking Powder – For rise.
  • Salt – For balance.
  • Nutmeg – Nutmeg is a warm, nutty spice that pairs beautifully with cinnamon.
  • Cinnamon – Try to use a high quality cinnamon like ceylon for the best flavor.
  • Butter – You’ll need butter both for the batter and melted to roll the finished muffins in. I use unsalted but salted will work as well.
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
  • Apple – I use a Gala apple. You need one cup grated, which depending on the size of the apple, should be about one apple.
  • Egg – A large egg.
  • Milk – I use 2% because that’s what we always have on hand.

How to make Apple Mini Muffins

This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. STEP ONE: In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and whisk together. Cut in the butter until incorporated.
pastry cutter with butter and flour in a mixing bowl.
  1. STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, add the egg, milk, and grated apple and whisk together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together.
mixing bowl with a whisk in it.
  1. STEP THREE: Use a cookie scoop to portion out the batter evenly to 24 wells of a mini muffin tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until just golden, at 375 degrees.
  1. STEP FOUR: While they’re baking, melt butter in a small microwave safe bowl. In another bowl, mix together the cinnamon & sugar to make the coating.
a bowl of melted butter, cinnamon sugar, and a pan of mini muffins.
  1. STEP FIVE: Once the muffins are done and slightly cooled, dip each one first into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, fully coating each. ENJOY!

What to serve with Mini Apple Muffins

These mini muffins really do well on their own, but you could take them up a notch by serving them warm with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel.

Oooh, I’m liking the sound of that…

Tips & Suggestions 🍎

Use a cookie scoop to easily portion out the batter into the mini muffin tin. I use a small scoop (#60) which is 2 teaspoons. This portion perfectly makes 24 muffins.

If you don’t have a pastry cutter, a fork will work just fine.

Use your favorite apple. I like Gala but Granny Smith, Fuji, or Braeburn would also be good.

How to store leftovers

Leftover mini muffins should be stored covered at room temperature. They’re best within 3-4 days.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, muffins freeze well. Once cooled, put them on a plate and move them to the freezer. Once frozen solid (or at least an hour later), move the frozen muffins to a freezer bag. They’ll be best within 3 months.

Thaw them at room temperature and then enjoy!

bowl of mini apple donuts with a teal napkin.


Should I peel the apples before grating them?

Yes, I suggest peeling the apples first.

Is a mini muffin the same as a regular muffin?

No, a mini muffin is about 1/3 the size of a regular muffin.

That means, if you want to make this recipe full size muffins, you’ll get about 8.

Do I have to use paper liners?

I don’t typically use paper liners when I make mini muffins but you certainly can. If you don’t, just make sure to spray the pan, fairly generously, with non-stick spray.

bowl of apple mini muffins.

Mini Apple Muffins

Need more muffin recipes? Try these:

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins

bowl of apple mini muffins.
4.70 from 43 votes

Apple Donut Mini Muffins

Servings: 24 mini muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Apple Donut Mini Muffins – Bite sized mini muffins that taste just like cider mill cinnamon sugar donuts filled with bits of apple!


For the Muffins

  • 1 ½ cups (180 g) all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (99 g) granulated white sugar
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • cup (76 g) unsalted butter cubed into small pieces, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (60-70 g) grated apple I used a Gala
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup milk + 1 Tablespoon (I used 2%)

For the Cinnamon/Sugar Coating


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and whisk together.
    1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 cup granulated white sugar, 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Add the cubed butter and use a pastry cutter, or a fork, to cut in the butter to the flour mixture until incorporated.
    1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • In a separate medium mixing bowl, add the egg, milk, and grated apple and whisk together.
    1/2 cup grated apple, 1 large egg, 1/4 cup milk
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop to evenly fill all 24 wells of the mini muffin pan with approximately 2 teaspoons of batter.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden.
  • While they’re baking, in a small microwave safe bowl, melt the butter.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • In another small bowl, add the cinnamon and sugar and mix together.
    1/4 cup granulated white sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • Once the muffins are done and slightly cooled, dip each one first into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, fully coating each.


Use your favorite apple. I use Gala but Fuji, Granny Smith, Braeburn, etc. will work well.
Store leftovers covered at room temperature for 3-4 days.
Muffins will freeze well in freezer bags for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published October 23, 2014

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plate of mini muffins with an apple in the background
mini muffin donuts arranged in a line
mini muffin with a bite taken out of it

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  1. 5 stars
    These were so yummy! I added some sugar to the wet ingredient, a little more apples, and some extra cinnamon 🙂 thanks for this recipe!!

    1. 5 stars
      I panicked at first because my mix was very thick, not sure if that’s the normal consistency? So I added a touch more milk, but they turned out AMAZING! I added vanilla and extra cinnamon. Thanks for an amazing recipe, definitely a keeper! 24 mini muffins gone in 3 hours🙊 will be making a double batch tomorrow!

  2. Ohhh gosh, I just made the batter & realized that I didn’t add any sugar in the batter 😬😬 I see in the ingredients it calls for 1/2 C, but I never noticed where to add it in the instructions. I have it all portioned out in the mini muffin pan. Should take it all out, add sugar to the batter & then put it back in the muffin pan??

    1. 5 stars
      Alright, I just went for it & put them in the oven without adding any sugar to the batter & they are PLENTY sweet with just the cinnamon sugar rolled on the outside! Thanks for the yummy recipe! I will definitely make again & pass it along!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these mini muffins for a breakfast at our golf course and everyone loved them. My husband said they were his favorite for sure. I worried about the muffin not coming out of the baking pan cleanly so I used little muffin papers, and then just dipped the top in butter and then cinnamon sugar. Delicious!! It was plenty of coating and I think less messy to eat than dipping the entire muffin. Also, my grater was in the dishwasher and I didn’t want to wait for it so I minced the apples rather than grating them and it was still just right.