Apple Cider Muffins With Crumb Topping

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Apple Cider Muffins – Fall is the perfect time to bake apple muffins. One of the things I really enjoy about fall is getting back to baking. It reminds me of all those days I used to help my grandma in the kitchen. She had an apple tree and other fruits in her backyard. We’d gather them up and bake the day away.

When I used to live on a small piece of property we had apple trees. I know fall means pumpkin to so many but, I equally cherish apples. With all, it’s flavors, texture, and colors. We love baking new muffin recipes. Do you? 

We hope you enjoy today’s Apple Cider Muffin Recipe.

Apple Cider Muffins 

Muffin Recipe |Harvest Harvest Apple Cider Muffins with Spotlight

This recipe is easy to make and has all the perfect flavors of fall. Of course, it’s easily adaptable too. Don’t worry baking with alcohol cooks off the alcohol. But, if you prefer you can use a non-alcoholic cider for the recipe. Or natural unfiltered apple juice

Apple Muffins 

Apple Muffins and cinnamon sticks next to apples
I find adding wines to pasta sauce, hard cider to muffins give them the extra flavors herbs or spices just can’t give a recipe.

Yield: 12

Apple Cider Muffins

Muffin Recipe |Harvest Harvest Apple Cider Muffins with Spotlight

These apple cider muffins are flavorful apple muffins that scream fall is here. Top it with the optional crumb topping and glaze. A must try the muffin recipe that is easy to make, and bake.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • Flour 1-3/4 cup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temp.
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Hard Cider or Apple cider
  • 5.35 oz = to about 1/2 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped apples
  • Crumb Topping
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. softened butter
  • 1/2 tsp.cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp.sugar and 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • adjust as the needed mixture needs to be crumbly
  • Glaze
  • 1 Tbsp. butter melted
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. of half n' half or whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees
  2. Add all dry ingredients into a medium size bowl and stir together lightly.
  3. In a large bowl: cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, yogurt, gumption and gently fold in apples.
  4. Next slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Mixing gently.
  5. Put into lined cupcake pan. Prior to baking add the crumble mixture to the top.
  6. Mix together the crumble and add to the tops of each of the 3/4 filled muffins.
  7. Bake at 425 for 5-10 minutes reduce heat to 350 for approximately 15 minutes.
  8. Check prior to end of baking time to ensure not over baking. 
  9. If additional time is needed cover tops with foil loosely until centers are not gooey and cooked.


  • Watch baking times. As it starts higher and gets reduced. Remember to check muffins prior to finish, don't over bake.
  • You can adapt this recipe with sparkling apple cider, apple cider or a natural unfiltered apple juice. Optionally you can add 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice to the recipe.
  • This recipe makes 12 muffins. I have not tried doubling the recipe.

Adapted from Sallys Baking Addition

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 297Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 61mgSodium 344mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 1gSugar 24gProtein 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

WoodChuck Hard Cider in a glass next to an apple muffin
We received this for free to use in our recipe or drink. Have you ever tried Gumption Hard Cider? It’s a sparkly adult version of sparkling apple cider. It has all the flavors of a delicious apple pie in a drink. If you’re throwing a party this season they have more flavors too. If you indulge always revel responsibly and enjoy!

Easy Baking Recipe |Apple Muffins and Gumption Hard Cider

  •  Woodchuck Cider has lots of flavors visit their site to find out more. (you must be 21 years of age)
  • PS. They do have a delicious looking apple pie recipe along with other recipes on their site.
  • Find them at local retailers and at Target. 
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  1. Baking in the Fall is my favorite. Well that, and making cookies in December. Fall really has to be my favorite season other than Spring.

    1. Hi Stacie, Thanks for stopping by. Oh ya, we love baking all the fall & winter goodies. Nothing like warming your home, making it smell pretty & eating good foods or treats.

  2. Theresa those look amazing!!! I may have to try making these with gluten free flours they look so yummy. Totally pinned and tweeted this!

    1. Hi Amee, Oh totally! When you do be sure to share your adapted recipe with me either in comments here or at the linkup party. Thanks for the pin & share.

  3. Oh these muffins look AWESOME !!
    I happen to have apple cider in the fridge, so I hope to try this recipe soone.
    We love apple desserts, and with this topping – YUMMY !!

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