Caramel Apple Cider Muffins

Caramel Apple Cider MuffinsCaramel Apple Ciders are synonymous with fall and winter days.  Apple ciders have been warmed up with spices such cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and vanilla. One of our favorite things next to food is books.  It is a perfect evening, if either of us can curl up with an amazing new book and some Caramel Apple Cider.  The Sonoran desert hardly gets snow, but on a really chilly day, this drink can truly warm you up.  So these muffins are inspired by this wonderful drink.  We added a crumble topping and a salted caramel drizzle for extra yumminess!

Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite winter memory or your favorite thing to do to unwind!

 

Prep Time: Cook   Time: Level: Serves:
15 min 40 min. Easy 2 dozen

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4               eggs
  • 3  1/3 C all purpose flour
  • 2 C            apple cider
  • 1 1/3 C    sugar
  • 1  C           butter, softened
  • 4 tsp        baking powder
  • 2 tsp        cinnamon
  • 1 tsp        salt
  • 2 tsp        vanilla

Crumble Topping

  • 1 C            brown sugar
  • ½  C         sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
  • ½ C          butter (cold)
  • 2 tsp        cinnamon

Salted Caramel Drizzle

  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/2 C  caramel

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut up butter into small cubes.  In a small bowl, combine all crumble topping ingredients together and blend until it is crumbly.
  3. In another small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Set it aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, blending well and then add the vanilla.
  5. Alternately, starting with the flour mixture, mix in the flour mixture and apple cider on low speed.
  6. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way and bake for 10 minutes.  Add crumble topping on top and bake for another 5-7 minutes.
  7. Mix the salt and caramel together.
  8. After baking let them cool for about 5 minutes and then drizzle salted caramel on top.

Gift of Giving (Home/Family Series Part 3)

Gift of Parenting

It is said that the love of a child is the greatest gift of all.  For new parents, you can help make things that will enhance a child’s growth or stimulate their environment.  You can help build a new art center in the playroom.  Make a wooden monogram letter decorated pertaining to the child’s interests.  Frame a book cover of the child’s or one of the parent’s favorite childhood books.  There are many great ideas on the web and some that are handmade and ready to sell to those of you who aren’t crafty (like us!) and those of you that time just isn’t on their side.

You can make magnets out of scrabble letter and a customized magnetic board!

Do you have any great or fun gift ideas for new parents?  Please share them below in the comments section.

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