Apple Donut Mini Muffins – Bite sized mini muffins that taste just like cider mill cinnamon sugar donuts filled with bits of apple!
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.
Tools you’ll need
- Mini Muffin Pan – you can also use this to make my Peanut Butter Brownie Bites.
- Small cookie scoop – to portion out the batter easily.
- Grater – you’ll need to grate the apple. Either a box grater or my favorite cheese grater will work.
- Pastry Cutter – to incorporate the butter into the flour/sugar mixture.
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.
- STEP ONE: In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and whisk together. Cut in the butter until incorporated.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Yes, I suggest peeling the apples first.
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.
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.
Mini Apple Muffins
Need more muffin recipes? Try these:
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins
Originally published October 23, 2014