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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Apple Cider Mini Donut Muffins

Crisp, sweet apple cider takes the flavor of these donuts up a notch!

apple cider mini donut muffins (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Our oldest just turned seven and has recently started flag football.  The other day after practice he asked me when he could start playing on Sundays {as in the pros}.  Lord heavens.  No one ever accused that one of low self-esteem.

I politely told him that he is great at football, but for now at the age of seven, he should probably focus on school and just being a good boy.
Actually if he were to be a pro at anything at this point in his life it would either be lego building or competitive eating.  That kid can build anything you set in front of him and he is growing like a weed. Therefore food is a major necessity.

For example: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner....then, 'can I have a snack'.  No way, buddy.  I'm all about feeding this weed, but not too much.  Really, how can they eat so much, yet stay so...normal?

apple cider mini donut muffins (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Although our breakfasts are usually something hearty {eggs, oatmeal, peanut butter on whole wheat toast, etc.} there are times I go outside the box to cheer them up a bit.

So 'tis the season for my favorite season!  FALL.  I love every ounce of it, as most of you already know, so with a half gallon of apple cider sitting in my fridge I had to do something more with it than just guzzling it down.

Since this past Monday was a teacher in-service day our older two didn't have school, which meant extra fun time at our house {cough}.  In all reality it meant a more laid back breakfast and me breaking up 1,479 fights before dinner....but hey, the donuts were good!

apple cider mini donut muffins (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've made donuts many times before and remember what I've said, "everyone loves donuts, if they say they don't, then they're lying".

And they probably won't be my good friend.

But there is no one who won't like these!  Tart apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg in a yummy batter, baked and then rolled in cinnamon and sugar.  What's not to love?

Oh, and your house will smell amazing!

Apple Cider Mini Donut Muffins

1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. apple cider
1 egg
1 t. vanilla extract

1 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Coat a mini muffin pan {whole batch makes 30 mini donuts) with cooking spray.
2.  In a stand mixer combine the apple cider, egg and vanilla.  Add in the sugars to combine.  Sift in the remaining dry ingredients.
3.  Using a cookie scoop fill the mini muffin tins with the batter.  Bake for 10 minutes or until spongy and golden brown.
4.  Turn the pan over and remove all the mini donuts from the pan.
5.  In a microwavable bowl melt the butter.  In another bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar.
6.  One at a time, coat the donut in the butter and then roll in the cinnamon and sugar.  Set on a wire rack to cool.

apple cider mini donut muffins (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Here are some of my other favorite donut recipes....don't be scared, they are easy!  If you are in need of a mini muffin pan, I use this Wilton 24-count one.  I love it!

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