#78: Thanksgiving Apple Cider Cupcakes

In September, I started a cupcake adventure. If you haven't read about it yet, you can do so here. ***

One of my favorite smells of Autumn is that of Apple Cider. Mmm. I can smell it now. That said, I was very excited to try the Thanksgiving Apple Cider Cupcakes.

You start with your dry ingredients, chopped dried apples (straight from my grandparents' farm in Nebraska!) and warm apple cider.

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The dry ingredients (including cinnamon) combined with the apple cider make THE most aromatic batter ever.

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Next, I added the dried apple bits:

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And the baked beauties looked a little something like this:

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Look at that yummy texture!

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Next, I cooked up some chopped apples with some butter and sugar to make the filling.

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Once the cupcakes are cool, you hollow out the centers ever-so-slightly and fill the cavity with the baked apples.

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Mmm Mmm Mmm. Who needs icing?!

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