I want to tell you about muffins buuuuut…

…I can’t talk because I’m in hysterics over this video of Tom Hanks doing a poetry slam of Full House. Full freaking House people! Only one of the greatest shows in the world, that um, I still might watch each night at 8PM and then maybe again at 6AM the next morning. Can’t help it. Uncle Jesse was my first crush.

Wait, no. Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing was my first crush. Then Uncle Jesse. Then Zack Morris, when you know, things got serious. And by things getting serious I mean daydreaming that I was Kelly Kapowski for days at a time and trying to dress like her (which I would not recommend) in real life and then actually dressing like her for Halloween. Had you asked me in 1992 who my hero was or who I’d most like to have dinner with, my answer probably would have been Kelly Kapowski. No, not Tiffani-Amber Theissan, but Kelly Kapowski. A fictional character who lived in crop tops and an off-the-shoulder burn-out gray Bayside sweatshirt. Which, let’s be honest, I would have sold my SOUL for. I may have tried to replicate that look about 8000 times, the most recent being this summer.

I hate myself.

Anyway, that video is amazing. It just enhances my total love for Tom Hanks. What I wouldn’t give to be one of those lucky people that run into him in a restaurant and then proceed to fake a bunch of drunk pictures. He’s only the coolest ever.

Now that I’ve annoyingly relived some of my youth (and accidentally ate a plate of microwaved nachos due to nostalgia), I’m prepared to talk about cute little apple muffins.

Oh and I have a major confession: I had these muffins all ready to share with you after making them last week, and then in the comments of yesterday’s post, Erin shared that she caramelized her brussels sprouts in apple cider (!!!)… and I was doomed. I knew I had to try something similar so I whipped up another batch, this time “caramelizing” the apples in extra apple cider to make them even more appley. Hmmm. My computer thinks I am trying to type “apply,” but no. I definitely mean “appley.” As in, “as much apple as you can get.” Erin is smart. Do this. It was just as fab as the first time around when I caramelized them with butter.

These babies are HEARTY. They’re light enough for breakfast and made with whole wheat flour and a bunch of fruit, so they are the perfect snack too.They aren’t super sweet, so if you’re feeling frisky you can add some of the brown butter apple cider glaze on top. Because there is also brown butter in the muffins. I mean, if you’re gonna add butter, you may as well brown it. Right? That’s my new motto. What can I say? It’s the truth.


Loaded Apple Cider Oatmeal Muffins with Brown Butter Apple Cider Glaze

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


2 honeycrisp apples, diced
3 tablespoons apple cider
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 large egg
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 tablespoons brown butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup apple cider

brown butter apple cider glaze
4 tablespoons brown butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat and add diced apples with 3 tablespoons apple cider, and a pinch of cinnamon and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft and caramely, about 8-10 minutes. In a bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside. Line a muffin tin with liners.

In a large bowl, whisk egg and brown sugar together until smooth and no lumps remain. Add in vanilla extract, butter, apple sauce and apple cider, whisking again until smooth. Gradually add in dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in diced apples. Do not overmix! Fill each muffin liner 2/3 of the way full with batter (I use an ice cream scoop to get the muffins to be of equal size).

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until tops are no longer wet and become slightly golden. Top with glaze if desired!

brown butter apple cider glaze
In a large bowl combine brown butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Whisk until the mixture comes together then add in 1 tablespoon of apple cider, continuing to mix. I always stir my glazes for a good 3-4 minutes so they really come together. If it still doesn’t appear glaze-like, add in cider 1/2 tablespoon at a time and mix again. Don’t worry if it becomes too liquidy – just add a tiny bit of powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency. Spoon glaze on warm muffins or dip each top in the glaze, then serve.

[muffins adapted from my banana spice muffins]

These are also excellent with cinnamon or white chocolate chips… just a hint.

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75 Responses to “Loaded Apple Cider Oatmeal Muffins.”

  1. #
    Liz — October 25, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    HAHAHA I too love the Tom Hanks video :D Someone posted it on facebook yesterday and I was in tears from laughter.

    Love your idea of adding white chocolate chips to the muffins – I still feel like white chocolate is underrated.


  2. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — October 25, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    LOVED that video – seriously. House full of men. Bahah!


  3. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 25, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    a hearty muffin loaded with apples caramelized in apple cider. holy hell i must be dreaming. “Appley” indeed! And your butter mantra Jess – YES YES YES – whenever i’m melting butter for a recipe I am almost always going to brown it. Absolutely. the taste brings EVERYTHINNNNNGGGG to the next level. I’m obsessed. That glaze! I want to drink it and pour it over everything I eat. It would be so good over a pumpkin muffin too :)


  4. #
    Amy — October 25, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    aah, I just had breakfast, but now you’ve made me want a muffin too! you’ve talked me into making these this weekend. the bf will love them. I already know!


  5. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 25, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Mmm love the sound of these! They’re so pretty too :)


  6. #
    Kim in MD — October 25, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Oh my gosh, I love that video! These muffins look like Autumn on a plate, Jessica. I want one (or two or three) for breakfast!


  7. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 25, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Oh my gosh you crack me up! I loved Uncle Jesse, but I didn’t like when he got married to Rebecca Donaldson!! Not fair!! The muffins look wonderful!! You inspired me to make muffins this weekend!!!


  8. #
    Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess — October 25, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    These look delicious! I’ve never tried caramelized anything in cider, but it looks to interesting to pass up.

    Also: http://www.amazon.com/Saved-Bell-Kapowski-Shoulder-Sweatshirt/dp/B002XGNAE2


  9. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 25, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Haha how did I know that brown butter would be involved here!? :P I’m totally going to try these, as well as Brussels sprouts caramelized in apple cider…. have mercy!! :)


  10. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — October 25, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    These look fab. I haven’t gotten my fill of apples yet this season and there’s still time before everything turns into pumpkin-city. Can’t wait to make these this weekend, they’ll be perfect for trying out cooking in my new kitchen!


  11. #
    Stephanie — October 25, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    they’re not in the recipe body, but i’m guessing the oats go in with the dry stuff? or am i missing something?


    • Jessica — October 25th, 2012 @ 8:55 am

      Oops so sorry – yes! Fixed.


  12. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — October 25, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    Does anyone Remember Bosom Buddies?
    Tom hanks is so good! I love him in “You’ve Got Mail ” I watched that for 9 months while I was pregnant with my now 7Yo Charlotte.
    Oh what to do with all these apples we picked last week,make Jess’s muffins and lots of them too. Off to the market to get all the ingredients ,now everyone’s getting muffins this week! I’m hungry now.
    Thank you ,you start my crazy day!


  13. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 25, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    You had me at brown butter!


  14. #
    Erin@LawStudentsWife — October 25, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    The second I saw the word “honey crisp” in the ingredient list, I knew these muffins were here to stay! Oh “brown butter” was a good indicator too :-)
    We don’t usually have bottled apple cider around because we don’t go through it quickly enough (currently asking myself WHY?). Could I sub milk in a pinch?


    • Jessica — October 25th, 2012 @ 8:57 am

      Yes for sure!


  15. #
    Jessica L. — October 25, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    I am seriously going to make these tonight. Whyyy did I only just get to work?? So many hours before I can have muffins!!


  16. #
    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — October 25, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    What a great idea….caramelizing brussel sprouts and apples in apple cider! I’ve got to try that! By the way, I loved Kelly too!


  17. #
    Erin — October 25, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    Thanks so much for the shout out, Jessica! Cooking with apple cider is sort of becoming a problem of mine. I may have made a butternut squash and Kale rice bowl with it, too. I think I’m going to be going through withdrawals when I can’t get it fresh anymore… Which is why I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! Looks super delicious. Thanks, again! =)


    • Jessica — October 25th, 2012 @ 8:55 am

      Thank YOU!


  18. #
    Abby@ Totes Delish — October 25, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    I love that these are breakfast/dessert acceptable, the best! Who didn’t love Full House and obsess over the characters like they were real life?!


  19. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — October 25, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    PERF for autumn breakfasts!


  20. #
    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — October 25, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Yum, Erin IS smart. This looks delicious. I usually use apple juice but apple cider would be a step up!


  21. #
    Simone — October 25, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    I have serious issues with believing I need to make everything you post.
    Can you stop making such good recipes?!


    • Stephanie — October 25th, 2012 @ 9:16 am

      you aren’t the only one. i’ve had serious thoughts about going all julie and julia and cooking my way through the entire blog


  22. #
    Amanda N — October 25, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    These look and sound so appley delicious – I think I need to try these this weekend! I don’t have whole wheat pastry flour – but I do have all purpose white, wheat, and white whole wheat flour – can I use one or a combo of those instead?


  23. #
    Jessica — October 25, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I loved Uncle Jessie as well. You know after all these years he’s still super cute lol. That man hasn’t aged. Thanks for posting this recipe. I really enjoy your site.


  24. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 25, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    if wanting to skinny-dip in a bowl of that glaze is wrong then i don’t want to be right!


  25. #
    Katy — October 25, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    God, your photos give me the chills. Every. single. time.


  26. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — October 25, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    I need these this morning. Can I get an air drop for a dozen? And Uncle Jesse? Total crush!


  27. #
    Lindsey — October 25, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Um yes please! These look and sound fabulous!!!


  28. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — October 25, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    that tom hanks video is amazing. i have been watching the full house eps at 8pm too!

    love the brown butter apple cider glaze – so creative!


  29. #
    Kiki — October 25, 2012 @ 11:42 am


    I still love Uncle Jesse. I mean, he is forever in his late 20s, so he is the PERFECT age for Me…I mean pre-Aunt Becky.

    My Barbies- they were totes named Zack and Kelly. We would reenact scenes from SBTB.


  30. #
    Amanda — October 25, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    So glad I am not the only fully functioning adult that watches FH and SBTB. I am still 100% obsessed with Zack Morris. It drives my husband absolutely nuts. Whenever I see MPG on TV (most recently in promos for an ABC show) I start semi-freaking out. Ahhhh, the nostalgia. Takes me to my happy place! Oh, and the muffins look delish! The glaze is drool-inducing!!


  31. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 25, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Can I just drink the glaze? Holy yum. Apple cider is my jam. And these muffins look incredible!
    PS, I fully endorse you bringing crop tops back.


  32. #
    moesha in mn — October 25, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    I wonder what they would taste like if you used apple brandy with the apples instead of cider. Or is that too lush for a breakfast muffin?


  33. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — October 25, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Tom Hanks is my man crush. Ugh, such a hottie. He is beyond incredible and that video made me want to DIE… It was that good. Aaaaand these muffins. I want to lay in bed, watch Full House, and proceed to consume at least eight of these.


  34. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 25, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    Full House is the best show ever – hands down. And what girl didn’t have a crush on Uncle Jesse? Love these muffins – the glaze looks unbelievable


  35. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 25, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Brown butter apple cider glaze sounds like the best thing ever!

    And you always make the best looking muffins – love the big chunky textured bits and hunks in these with oats and apple!


  36. #
    Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa — October 25, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Yum! I am so into using Honeycrisps whenever possible!


  37. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — October 25, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Please never stop making muffins and don’t stop using Honeycrips. I fell in love with them recently and of course I’m sure they are the perfect addition to these muffins.

    I’m thinking about taking your graham cracker muffins and adding Honeycrisps? Would it taste like all the amazing parts of autumn?


  38. #
    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — October 25, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I made something similar last week!


    The brown butter cider glaze was so good I ate it straight from the pan with a spoon. Not my best moment, but man oh man it was aaaaawesome.


  39. #
    Honey What's Cooking — October 25, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    looks fabulous Jessica. love the idea of browned butter in muffins… perfect treat for the fall. It’s too bad I’m allergic to apples, but not cooked apples. :) I loved Full House too.. now looking back it was such a dorky show, it doesn’t do it for me anymore, sadly.


  40. #
    Jessica — October 25, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I’m not sure if I love Tom Hanks more because he reminds me of my dad, or because he is just all-around amazing. And I always wanted to be KK too, but my friends automatically defaulted me to Jesse because I’m 100 ft tall, and well, we have the same name.


    • Jessica — October 25th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

      do you realize i just thought you meant kim kardashian instead of kelly kapowski?! this almost changed the course of our relationship!


      • Jessica — October 25th, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

        Ew, god no. I’d rather be Jesse Spano than Kim Kardashian. I mean she’s pretty, but she’s wack.
        Also the fact I’m having this stream of thought is maybe a sign I need to get a life?

  41. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — October 25, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    not only are these AMAZING, but I’m thinking this could be converted into a seriously to die for pancake recipe – glaze included!!!

    I’ll let you know if I give it a try :)


  42. #
    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — October 25, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    That’s hilarious! Tom Hanks is my hero. These muffins look and sound absolutely wonderful. I am loving the totally loaded part. I too carmalize my brussel sprouts in ACV it’s one of my fav healthy pantry staples.


  43. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 25, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    My best friend posted that video yesterday! So funny. Whenever I think back about specific episodes of Full House, the Beach Boys episode is always the FIRST one that pops into my head for some reason. Apparently, Tom Hanks’s too.

    And these muffins seem quite….dare I say…..healthy! This would definitely be my kind of breakfast.


  44. #
    Diane, A Broad — October 25, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Oh my god that video. Such a pro.


  45. #
    Ruby — October 25, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Full House and Saved By the Bell! I grew up watching those shows. Feeling nostalgic now. I haven’t heard abut the Tom Hanks video though. Will google that. And those muffins look so yummy with that glaze!


  46. #
    Jenni — October 25, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    These muffins are delicious! I think they’ll become a staple!


  47. #
    Kitty — October 25, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    You had me at Apple Cider Muffins – but then you add the Brown Butter Apple Cider Glaze? It’s just not fair! I NEED to make these this weekend!


  48. #
    Mary-Where's the Zoom — October 26, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    These are in my oven right now. My house smells insane. THANK YOU!


  49. #
    Jessica — October 26, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Thank You!!! I hadn’t seen this amazing video yet and it’s sooo good!! Hilarious!! oh and these muffins? Spectacular looking!!


  50. #
    Kelly — October 26, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    I just wanted to tell you that your site is stunning and all your food looks sooooo good. I’ve been on it a million times but never comment and just wanted to let you know how awesome your blog is. I always get hungry just browsing your recipes. I’ve been wanting to use my new donut pan for a while so I might be turning these muffins into donuts. Hope all goes well :)


    • Jessica — October 26th, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

      Thank you Kelly!



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