Apple Donut Muffins

Hi ho bakerinos! Life is good in my tiny kitchen and today is a flashback to Christmas. Cause remember? Busy and tired and sick and just didn’t update life for a while.

I really like Christmas. I love my family and the food (obviously) and I love watching all my Christmas movies. My brothers and I (when we are in the same city) always spend Christmas Eve watching movies, drinking whiskey and talking until way too late. It’s one of my favorite things that happens all year. This year, the first thing we watched was Santa Claus is Coming to Town. It’s the story of how Santa became Santa as told through claymation.

You guys. It’s ridiculous. In the best way possible.

Anyway, I laughed until I cried and it was fantastic.

The next day, we were scheduled to have dinner at mom’s at 3. PM. 3pm. That is a long day of no food. So naturally, I whipped up something to have with coffee in the morning/afternoon to tide us all over until dinner. Enter:

Apple Donut Muffins!

These are mini little muffins with a cinnamon and sugar crunch on the outside and warm cinnamon apple flavor on the inside. They were a hit with the boys on Christmas morning, but I would honestly just make them whenever. They are like George Clooney or a great manicure. They are never not in season.

When you bake them, they are just little baby muffins, not yet ready to make their way in the world,

Then you dip them in butter, dust them with cinnamon and sugar and before you know it, they are all grown up and ready to go out on their own.

*Sniff* They grow up so fast! *Sniff*

They are super easy to make and don’t take long. They go great with mimosas for brunch! You can wow your coworkers when it’s your turn to bring snacks for that meeting that could have been an email! Or just eat them when you need something sugary and delightful!

They won’t disappoint. 🙂

Nosh on, friends!

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Apple Donut Muffins

Yield: 36 mini muffins Prep: 10 minutes Bake: 10 minutes


1 1/2 cups flour

1 3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/3 cup butter, frozen (I know, it sounds weird, but trust me. Just stick it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before you start the recipe)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

melted butter, cinnamon and sugar for coating- eyeball that business yo.


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Grease mini muffin tin and set aside.
  • Sift together dry ingredients, including sugar.
  • Take the butter out of the freezer and grate into the dry ingredients. You may need to rinse your fingers a couple times during this process, or keep the paper on the stick butter and work it down as you grate. Once all the butter is grated in, fold the butter bits into the dry ingredients until they are evenly distributed.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk and applesauce.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold to combine. Do not overmix. We’ve had this talk. Evil evil overmixing causes tough muffins. #notaeuphamism
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Allow tin to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then take muffins out of the tin and allow to cool on the rack completely before continuing.
  • Melt some butter, I used about 3 Tbsp in total. In a separate bowl, mix together some cinnamon and sugar. You can eyeball this too. Some people like more cinnamon, some people like more sugar, whatever. You do you. No judgement.
  • Take the muffin. Dip the muffin in the butter. Roll the muffin in the cinnamon and sugar. Place back on the wire rack. Try to restrain yourself so you don’t just eat them as you make them.


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