First, I mixed flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl:
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2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2(ish) teaspoons cinnamon (I used heaping teaspoons, and added an extra half teaspoon)
1 large egg
2/3 c lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 C apple butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 C honey
1/3 C apple cider
1/3 C plain yogurt
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (this is optional)
1/4 C sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (I use Baker's Joy or Pillsbury Baking Spray-they have flour in them). In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the egg, brown sugar, apple butter, vanilla, honey, apple cider, yogurt and canola oil. Whisk until well mixed. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and whisk until just moistened. Be careful to not over-mix. Drop by teaspoon into the mini muffin tray, filling each about halfway to two-thirds full. Bake for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
In a small bowl, mix the 1/4 C sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon together. Remove the muffins, and brush the tops lightly with the melted butter, then dip the top and coat the sides of the muffins with the cinnamon sugar. The butter is optional, really--the cinnamon sugar will stick to the muffins on its own.
These are not hard to make--don't let the long list of ingredients scare you. Chances are, you have most of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge already. They really are easy, and super-delicious! Well worth the effort...your family will thank you for the treat!