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Apple Cider Muffins

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Do you have a food that you associate with something? After baking up last weeks raspberry strawberry muffins and this weeks Apple Cider Muffins, I realized I have one. I associate muffins with the day we brought home Baby Boy. It was early spring and still quite chilly out. I stood inside the entrance of the hospital, our car just outside, all warmed up. I double checked Baby Boy for the umpteenth time, making sure he was snug as a bug in his car seat. I gave Rachel a kiss, picked up Baby Boy, and walked out into the crisp spring air with my little family.

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It was bright and sunny out that morning, a stark contrast to the sleet and lightening when we drove to the hospital at midnight just a few days before. Like much of those early days with Baby Boy, the drive home and first few hours at home are a blur of memories and emotions. So enamored were we with our little one, we forgot to eat until our stomachs growled so loudly that we remembered it was long past meal time. This is where the muffins come in. My coworkers had sent a delicious basket loaded with all sorts of muffins to our home; blueberry, apple cinnamon, cornbread. All we ate our first day home with Baby Boy were those muffins. They were a life saver that day, as we had no inclination to do anything but be with Baby Boy.


I saw these Apple Cider muffins Adrianna had posted on her site A Cozy Kitchen, and even though we had just made muffins last week we decided what the heck, and baked them up anyway. How are they?….Amazing! A perfect muffin for welcoming in the Fall.

Baby Boy has been home with us for a few months now, and we no longer eat just muffins for our meals (though we still have trouble saving enough to share the next day). But I think I’ll always associate muffins with the day we brought Baby Boy home, the crisp cool spring air, and the complete sense of awe over that little boy.

Do you have any food associations?

Recipe: Apple Cider Muffins


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 crisp baking apples, such as Granny Smith or Mutsu, peeled, cored, coarsely grated, and drained, juices reserved and used as part of the cider measurement
  • Raw sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12 cup muffin* tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a third bowl, whisk together the apple cider, sour cream, and vanilla.
  3. Add one third of the flout mixture and one third of the apple cider mixture to the sugar mixture, folding with a spatula just to combine. Add the rest of the flour and cider mixtures in two additions. Fold in the grated apple, and then divide the batter evenly among with prepared muffin cups, filling each cup three quarters of the way.
  4. Bake, rotating the muffin tin halfway through, until the muffins spring back to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack, sprinkle the tops with the raw sugar, and let cool for 10 minutes. Then turn out the muffins from the pan and let them cool completely on the wire rack.

Recipe from: A Cozy Kitchen

These muffins are best the second day and will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

*We used cupcake tins instead of muffin tins. As a result of the smaller size we adjusted bake time t0 15 – 20 minutes instead of the 25 – 30.


35 thoughts

  • September 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

    This post made me smile–not just because of what’s sure to be an amazing batch of muffins, but because of the wonderful story you have to go with it. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!! I love when the recipes people post have meaning for them and they let us readers into their lives a little bit.

    As for me, I will always associate orecchiete (sorry to any Italians if I just butchered that spelling) pasta with my grandmother. When we would go to her house on Sunday nights for dinner, she would make it for me instead of pork tenderloin (which I still have an aversion to), but she’d always call them “Pope’s hats.” So even though I know “orecchiete” means “little ears,” I still always think of them as holy hats!

    • Chris
      September 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Thank you for sharing as well Tara! Love your story about your grandmother and “Pope’s hats”, a wonderful association 🙂

    • Chris
      September 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Thanks Rachel! I don’t deny, I’m a mush when it comes to our little guy. 🙂

  • September 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    What a nice memory to bring up! These muffins look delicious. They make me think of visits to the farms in the fall as a kid.

    • Chris
      September 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Lauren, Apple Cider makes me think of the farms too; apple cider and fresh apple cider donuts!

  • September 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Wow…such a beautiful post. This is actually why I love food so much; its context can be subtle yet memorable and important. Food is often times in the background as something incredible is happening and when we re-visit that one food again it has the capability to transport us, almost like an edible time machine. Thanks for making the muffins. This post made my day.

    • Chris
      September 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Adrianna! We completely agree about food transporting you to the past. (Better than a DeLorean :))

  • Marko @ Stavros Apartmani
    September 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Who can blame me that after reading this recipe I’ll go and bore my wife to death until she bakes me a dozen muffins.

    • Chris
      September 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      If she doesn’t you should surprise her and bake these for her Marko 🙂

  • Kat C.
    September 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I’ll definitely be trying this! Delicious Orchards (large fantastical farm market near us) has to die for apple cider! Mmmmmm. Thanks for sharing!

    • Chris
      September 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Kat, I remember going to Tice Farms up in Bergen County NJ when I was little (it’s now a shopping mall :() and getting fresh apple cider and donuts after a day apple picking. Such fun, and delicious, memories. Hope you’ll try these and see what memories they conjure up 🙂

    • Chris
      September 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Maris! I agree on loving any and all apple baked goods. Next to chocolate, you can’t be a good apple dessert 🙂

  • September 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    these look absolutely delicious + what a sweet story to go with ’em. i was just talking about looking up some new apple recipes to use fall’s fresh apples with – bookmarking this one!

    • Chris
      September 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Amy 🙂 I am a complete mush for this little boy.
      Hope you’ll give these a try, I know you’ll be quite pleased. Just don’t count on sharing many, they somehow disappear before you get the chance 😉

  • September 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    That’s a beautiful association to have with the muffins and the day you brought your little guy home. Those first few days are so precious…
    Wonderful present to for new parents, who needs knitted booties when you can have much needed muffins!

    • Chris
      September 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks CityHippy =D Those muffins really are life savers. Help get the new parents through first day or two of forgetting / not having time/energy to eat.

  • September 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

    What a beautiful memory. I love that food can really evoke such feelings 🙂 These are gorgeous and I will definitely be making them this fall!

    • Chris
      September 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Rachel! Hope you enjoy 🙂 And yes, isn’t food amazing like that? Like Adrianna said, it can transports you to the past.

  • September 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Hello fall! These are perfect. We have a really great apple orchard in a suburb of Kansas City and they make wonderful apple cider…I can’t wait to drink a glass of it while making these muffins. The coarse sugar on top is a perfect addition, love these!

    • Chris
      September 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Lol. Thanks Laurie! Apple season is coming upon us, perfect time to make these. Don’t worry, sharing is optional.

  • September 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

    That is a wonderful association to have! These apple cider muffin seem like the perfect thing to snack on when the crisp fall air hits. Lovely post.

    • Chris
      September 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Dara! I love them with a hot cup of tea, to help me battle these cool mornings.

  • September 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I’m definitley going to make these today. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    • Chris
      September 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Thank you Kristen! Hope you enjoy. Warning: You may have a hard time sharing them, they seem to disappear too fast. 😉

    • Chris
      September 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Hope you do! Thanks Katie!

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  • October 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Lovet this post and love the sound of the muffins!!! I totally agree about food and it reminding you of a special time or place or in your case baby boy 🙂 We have been in the Italian Prune Plum season, so for us it is the sky. My mother in law taught me how to make German Plum Strudel and when it comes out of the oven it looks exactly like the sky when the sun goes down behind the clouds in the summer ……… orange and purple ……… CRAZY. When we see that sky all of us say the same thing …….. Plum Strudel Sky!!! I will so be trying these muffins this week!!!!

    • Chris
      October 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Thank you Sue Ann for sharing your own food memory of your mother in law. That German Plum Strudel sounds beautiful! Would love to see the recipe if you don’t mind sharing it 🙂

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