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These Mini Muffins Are so Sweet They Might End up Being the Apple of Your Eye

BY America's Test Kitchen TIMEFebruary 24, 2022 PRINT

A good snack to keep on hand, these mini muffins can be stored at room temp for a few days or frozen so you can have them whenever you need them.

If the muffins are frozen, thaw them at room temperature, and then refresh them by placing them on a rimmed baking sheet and warming them in a 300-degree-F oven for about 10 minutes. It’s just that easy!

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Applesauce Mini Muffins

Makes 24 mini muffins

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 large egg

Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin tin well with vegetable oil spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, whisk applesauce, melted butter, sugar, cider, and egg until well combined.

Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture and use a rubber spatula to gently stir until just combined and no dry flour is visible. Do not overmix.

Scoop the batter into each muffin tin cup with 2 spoons (fill muffin cups to the top). Sprinkle the top of the muffins with a little extra sugar.

Bake until muffins are deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean, 12 to 14 minutes.

Place muffin tin on a cooling rack and let muffins cool for 15 minutes. Gently wiggle muffins to loosen from muffin tin and transfer directly to the cooling rack. Let muffins cool for at least 5 minutes.

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