At our annual cookie exchange, this past December, the adults and children had a blast, playing, socializing with other moms, and enjoying yummy treats. In particular, the parents and children, alike, loved munching on cinnamon sugar applesauce muffins! Made in a mini muffin tin, the applesauce muffins are easy to make, kid-friendly, and perfect for a play date, holiday party, or breakfast treat. My boys always enjoy dipping the muffins in butter and cinnamon sugar, fresh out of the oven.
You Will Need:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup Sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 3/4 cup Flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
(for the topping): 1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
Prep the treat: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 24 count mini muffin pan or line with cupcake liners. I use Costco’s nonstick spray for everything (comes in a 2-pack). Melt a stick of butter, in a microwaveable bowl (about 30 seconds in the microwave). Before mixing the ingredients together, grab a chair or learning tower (we used the one that my brother-in-law constructed!) and invite your little ones to help make this delicious treat.
Making the muffin batter:
In a mixing bowl, add the melted butter and sugar. Then, add in eggs, vanilla and applesauce. When cracking eggs with a toddler or preschool, I recommend you keeping a hand on the egg, with your little one, at all times! We like to ‘crack’ the shell together and then, each hold on to a side, slowly pulling the shell apart. Using a spatula, mix until combined.
Next, add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Slowly mix these ingredients in, until JUST combined. Oftentimes, I have to stress the importance of mixing SLOWLY when it comes to the flour step!
Spoon batter into mini muffin pan evenly. I fill each compartment generously. The batter is fairly thick, and you can even use the spatula to scoop it into the tin. Bake for 12- 15 minutes.
When muffins are cooled (about 10 minutes), dip top of each one in melted butter, then, in sugar/ground cinnamon mixture. I usually prepare the melted butter and bowl of sugar/ground cinnamon, once I have pulled the muffins out of the oven. Your child can help with creating the sugar and ground cinnamon mixture as well!
The muffins taste best fresh! I would say that, after a day or two, they will no longer be so delicious and appealing. I also recommend storing the leftover muffins in an airtight container, on the counter…only for a few days! Enjoy with good friends, play, and laughter!