I was perusing the internet last week and ran across these fabulous Mini Apple Donut Muffins from Kristy at Sweet Treats & More. Her sweet indulging food blog is aMAZing and filled with many mouthwatering inspirations as well as super cute photos of her brand new baby … adorable.
These mini apple donut muffins however quickly captured and held my attention. The promise of a bite-sized apple muffin rolled in cinnamon-sugar was more than my willpower could take. I barely got past the images before I began making a mental checklist of the ingredients needed … and noting if I had them all. Because I was making these babies. And I was making them now.
Luckily, I had all of the ingredients on hand. Don’t you just love when that happens? In fact, most of these ingredients are basic staples to have in the cupboard (flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg) and in the refrigerator (milk, butter, egg). Plus, being in the midst of apple season, an apple or two are probably hanging out in the fruit bowl just waiting to be used. Voilà … instant sweet breakfast yumminess in 24 bite-sized pieces!
Mini Apple Donut Muffins
Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Add butter and cut it into the flour mixture. You may use a pastry cutter, a fork or my favorite method … your hands. Sometimes the hands just work best. If you use your hands, make sure the butter is completely coated with the flour first. Once the butter is incorporated into the flour mixture it will be all crumbly.
Peel 2 small apples (or 1 large apple). I used Gala because that is what I generally have hanging out in the fruit bowl. I like them because they are sweet and crispy.
Grate the peeled apples until you have about 1/2 cup.
In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Add the grated apples to the egg mixture and stir. Then pour the whole thing into the flour mixture and mix well. The batter will be thick. If it seems too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk and blend it in to thin it a little.
Spoon heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into a prepare mini-muffin pan. I lightly sprayed mine with cooking spray. Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops are lightly golden.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Once the muffins have cooled a bit (10 to 15 minutes) lightly brush melted butter on them and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Then be prepared to pop 1, 2, 3 or even more in your mouth … they are as addicting as they are delicious. Thank goodness they are ‘mini’ sized!
- 1½ cup flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup butter, cold
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ cup apple, grated (1 large Gala apple or 2 small Gala apples)
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.
- Cut in the butter until it's well incorporated and the mixture is coarse.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk and set aside.
- Peel and grate 2 small apples (or 1 large apple) to yield about ½ cup. Add to egg mixture and stir until coated.
- Pour the wet apple mixture into the dry mixture and stir. The muffin batter will be thick. Add another tablespoon of milk if it appears too thick.
- Spoon heaping tablespoonfuls into prepared muffin tin (lightly sprayed with cooking spray).
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are slightly golden.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together.
- Brush melted butter onto muffins and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Adapted from Sweet Treats & More