cider apple butter muffins

I panicked this evening as I sat down to put this post together. A couple of days ago I jotted down this muffin recipe on a piece of scratch paper as I was measuring, mixing, baking and savoring and today as I went to grab that batter splattered scrap of paper I couldn't find it anyplace. I have so many pieces of paper sitting around my kitchen with hand written recipes and recipes printed up from other blogs and websites. Hello, my name is Kim and I'm a recipe hoarder. Oh, I feel much better now. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step. Anyway, finally I spotted that little scrap. Whew!

This recipe started with a little jar of cider apple butter! I just love apple butter. It's a perfect blend of apples, sugar and spice. It's so very nice!

I also used whole wheat pastry flour, grated apple, buttermilk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, fresh ginger, and ground golden flax. They are so moist, lovely and full of autumn goodness.

I whipped up some cream cheese, cider apple butter, honey and cinnamon to top off my muffins. These are great with or without the cream cheese topping.

I found these cute leaf sprinkles last autumn. I still had plenty left over from this recipe. Aren't they darling?

Cider Apple Butter Muffins
by theUngourmet

yields 12 muffins

1/1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 ground golden flax
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 medium granny smith apple, peeled and grated
1 large egg
1/3 cup evaporated cane sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup cider apple butter
1/2 cup low fat buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liner. Lightly spray oil liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, flax, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. In a large bowl, whisk together the ginger, apple, egg, sugar, cider apple butter and buttermilk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until combined.

Fill liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-18 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Top with apple butter cream cheese topping if desired.

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Topping
5 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup cider apple butter
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Whisk together ingredients until smooth and creamy.

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Are you a recipe hoarder like me? Please, say yes! :D



Fresh Local and Best said...

This is quite a festive muffin, perfect for apple season and fall. I like that you added flax seeds to the recipe.

Angie's Recipes said...

Apple butter, flax seed...what a gorgeous looking cupcake!

Monet said...

What a lovely fall treat. I, like you, have recipes everywhere...and I always lose them! I'm glad that you were able to share this one with us because these muffins look too good not to try! Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth - MissWisabus.com said...

I love adding flax see to whatever I can. This muffin needs to be in my life!

Beth said...

Thank goodness you found the recipe! I always jot down my recipes on little scraps of paper too. One of the best reasons for keeping my recipes on my blog is that I'll always be able to find them! These muffins look just gorgeous.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I am with you on everything you wrote here - recipe hoarder, constantly misplacing scraps with quickly written recipes, and apple butter fanatic. I cannot wait to try these muffins. So perfect for the season but won't leave me with a muffin 'hangover' as so many do. Now I just need some buttermilk...

TKW said...

I'm totally guilty of hoarding recipes. I'm glad you found this one, because these little guys sound tasty!

Randi Troxell said...

muffins muffins...!
i am ALWAYS for muffins!!
these look awesome...!

Susan said...


I have recipes that I KNOW I won't prepare... but I keep telling myself... " I'll make it sometime... But " sometime " just isn't here yet " ;-)
I actually have a notebook that is titled... " RECIPES TO TRY "
Your muffins look good!

Mimi said...

I am actually a terrible recipe hoarder and now that I have gastroparesis I hardly ever cook!

These muffins look great.

Hugs & love,

Jeannie said...

I love your muffins, you always add so many ingredients into them! This is another wonderful looking muffin. I actually file my printout recipes in a file for easy reference:D

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Yes! I am definitely a recipe hoarder. And they sit in my drawer untried :( But you constantly inspire me to try new things. I love this recipe. Maybe it won't stay in the drawer so long ;)

Jamie said...

I love this kind of seasonal recipe, simple yet so full of crisp, spicy autumn flavors! Perfect! And cider apple butter? Wow! Great recipe. Want to nab this one!

Bridgett said...

Perfect for the changing weather here where I live. The flavors would fit in perfectly. Love the apple butter frosting. Wow!

Joanne said...

I love apple butter. And pumpkin butter. And pear butter. And butter butter.

These muffins looks so delicious, especially with the leaf sprinkles!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so glad you found the recipe!

Lisa said...

I had to laugh at the splattered paper! I have a huge binder for my recipes and I still end up with recipes everywhere...written down on scraps of paper....some written in crayon. These look amazing! Yum!

Jenn said...

I'm the same way. I usually write recipe ideas on little post-its they end up being in a pile on my desk until it gets out of control. Now I have a box full of them. LOL.

Delicious muffins!! A good way to get into the fall spirit.

Holly said...

These look and sound really yummy-Love apple butter!! Yes I'm a total recipe hoarder too!!

Claudia said...

What a grand way to use appple butter. Love the flavors - the inclusion of the golden flax and oh yes - isn't everyone a recipe hoarder?

Stella said...

Oh Kim, you seem like you are becoming a healthy baking maestro....maestra?! Something to this effect (smile). These look really delicious, and they are so cute too.
p.s. thanks for your sweet comment on my veg post. It was hard to write it knowing that a lot of people just don't want to hear it;) Your responsible omnivore support means a lot!

koralee said...

Yummmmm...I just made apple butter the other day....this is soooo much fun! I am sooooo going to make these. Thanks once again. xoxox

UrMomCooks said...

Ha! Thought I was the only one with a tidal wave of paper all over the kitchen! I really need to find a way to get organized - family members have bought me folders and cute boxes and all to no avail! Luv the muffins!

Pam said...

I've lost so many recipes by writing them down so now I just type up my post as I cook. The muffins look AMAZING! I love everything about them.

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Oh yes. Scraps of paper with recipes litter my kitchen! I'm always losing them :-)

Emily Z said...

Yes, your muffins ARE darling. And they look like they are nice, and moist, and have great flavor! I am becoming a recipe hoarder as well, that's why I am posting other bloggers' recipes so I can clear out my bookmarked stuff and make room for more! Speaking of which, I will be posting something of yours soon! ;)

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks so cute:) thank you for sharing this.

Reeni said...

The same thing happens to me with recipes! I keep saying I'm going to organize them...but it never happens. The sprinkles are darling! And so are the muffins - imagining all those flavors has my mouth watering!

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

These look so yummy! I love the topping, I think that frosting looks like the best part - actually, I bet that would be great on carrot cake too. Yum!

Barbara Bakes said...

Oh my am I ever a recipe hoarder. I have those same papers floating around my house. Your muffins looks scrumptious!

BarbaraJean said...

These sound so delicious! I LOVE apple butter as well... as well you know. Cream cheese frosting is perfect, too. Oh, by the way, you might try a sticky note pad and cover your kitchen with sticky note recipes. Think so?

Mimi said...

Yummy little muffins, I'm so glad you found your scrape of paper. I have the same problem with recipes, but once they make it on the blog I think they are in a safe place.

Tiffany @ Eat at Home said...

Those look wonderful! I bet the house smells divine while they bake. About the little scraps of paper - I used to do that too! Now, I keep a calendar with plenty of space to write each day. As I create a recipe, I write the recipe in the calendar book. Much easier to find than my little scraps of paper.

Marilyn said...

Like this photo. I am still learning how to photograph food. There is more of a technique to it than I first thought. Great meeting you recently.

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