1. For the apple-vanilla muffins: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and center an oven rack. Line a mini-muffin tray with your favorite liners.
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg
together in a large bowl.
3. Combine the sugar, butter and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer
). Beat on medium-high speed until light and creamy, about 4 minutes, scraping as needed. Add the egg
and beat until incorporated (don't worry if the batter
curdles). Adjust to medium-low speed and alternate adding the flour mixture and the sour cream in batches, beginning and ending with the flour. Fold in the apples
using a spatula
a small ice-cream scoop
(about 1 1/4 inches) with nonstick spray and fill the liners about 3/4 of the way to the top.
5. Bake, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean and the tops spring back when touched, 10 to 12 minutes. Let rest in the hot muffin pan
for 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack
6. For the cider glaze: Boil the cider with the cinnamon stick over medium-high heat until the cider is reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Whisk in the honey and continue to boil until the liquid is syrupy and just coats the back of a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick and remove from the heat. Whisk
in the confectioners' sugar and transfer to a small bowl. Let sit until slightly set but still warm, about 3 minutes.
7. Dip the tops of the muffins in the glaze and serve.
Cook's Note: Small, crisp
apples like Gala or Pink Ladies are perfect for these little muffins.