These mini muffins are so sweet they might end up being the apple of your eye!
HEAT AND GREASE: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin well with vegetable oil spray.
WHISK DRY: In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
WHISK WET: In medium bowl, whisk applesauce, melted butter, sugar, cider, and egg until well combined.
MIX: Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture and use rubber spatula to gently stir until just combined and no dry flour is visible. Do not overmix.
PORTION: Scoop batter into each muffin tin cup with 2 spoons (fill muffin cups to top). Sprinkle top of muffins with a little extra sugar.
BAKE: Bake until muffins are deep golden brown and toothpick inserted in center of 1 muffin comes out clean, 12 to 14 minutes.
There are many kinds of apples—from McIntosh to Pink Lady, Fuji to Golden Delicious. Which ones are your favorites? “Heirloom” apples are apples that have been grown for more than 50 years. The oldest kind of apple, the Decio, is from Italy. It dates back more than 1,500 years—a long time ago! A Roman general named Ezio supposedly took it with him as he chased Attila the Hun.