Apple muffin split in two halves on a white plate. A clear glass mug of hot apple cider is also pictured.

It is time again for the Secret Recipe Club (SRC)! This month I was assigned to {Sweetly} Serendipity and I found the perfect fall recipe on Taryn’s site. I had so much fun browsing through all of her delicious recipes, it was a tough decision–as always! If you’re unfamiliar with the SRC, make sure to check out the website. You can also browse my previous recipes that were part of the SRC: Zucchini, Red Pepper and Carrot Pancakes, Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Grape Sauce, Asian Grilled Chicken, and Chicken Enchiladas Verde.

Taryn’s apple cider muffins are adapted from Apple Cider Bread on Lori’s (Recipe Girl) site, another blog that I love, so I was sure this would be a winning recipe. I decided to make it back into bread like the original recipe….


I failed.

Undercooked apple muffin.

(I told you from the beginning that I would share my failures. So there it is. Ugly, gooey, and blurry to boot. Still tasty though. Not that I would eat under-cooked bread…) 

I thought the toothpick was clean, I really did! Turns out it was very much under-baked in the middle so I went back to the drawing board. This time I decided to stick with muffins.

I made a couple of adaptations to the recipe, as always. I subbed out half of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour to give it a little health-boost. (Note: The preparation photos are actually of the bread, not the muffins–the bread was entirely all-purpose flour, I added the whole wheat to the muffins only.)

Dry ingredients in a glass mixing bowl (flour, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg).

I also left the peels on the apples.


  • I think the color they add.
  • They get quite tender if they are cut small enough.
  • Extra fiber.
  • I’m very lazy and I had to make this recipe twice. <—real reason.

Apple muffin dough.

These muffins did not disappoint. They were delicious. I topped the bread with a little cinnamon-sugar mixture, and meant to do the same with the muffins but I forgot. I think Taryn put a glaze on her muffins which would be great too.

Close-up view of a half of an apple muffin.

Apple Cider Muffins
adapted from Sweetly Serendipity and RecipeGirl

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup softened butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup apple cider
2 1/4 cups chopped apples (I probably used more like 3 cups)
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease, spray, or line muffin tins (makes about 18).
2. In a medium bowl, mix together flours, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves.
3. In a separate large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs.
4. Add in half of the flour mixture, mix until just combined, then add in half of the cider, mix until just combined.
5. Repeat step 4 with the rest of the flour and cider.
6. In another small bowl, mix together chopped apples with lemon juice. Fold these into the batter.
7. Scoop into muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comers out clean.
8. Cool completely on a wire rack before removing from muffin tins.

Verdict: Delicious! Great recipe for fall, especially if you’re sick of pumpkin!
Husband’s take: He ate all the outside of the failed bread and said “This is the best bread I’ve ever tasted!” Have I mentioned how much I love this guy?
Changes I would make: Well, I wouldn’t screw it up again. Hopefully. I was tempted to make it more low-cal by adding applesauce and decreasing the butter…but I was scared to mess it up again so I left it alone. This time.
Difficulty: Easy. Just take a good, close look at that toothpick before turning off the oven!

Apple muffins in a basket, one apple cider muffin split in two halves on a white plate, and a glass of apple cider, all on a wooden background.

Make sure you follow the links to the other great recipes that were part of the SRC reveal!