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Donut muffins are a delicious hybrid of a donut and a muffin – sweet, fluffy, dipped in butter and then rolled in cinnamon sugar. These are the perfect treat with coffee or tea!
These muffins are actually a FAIL. Well, a fail as donuts. I tried making them in my donut pan, but didn’t love the result.
The next time I tried them, I put them in mini muffin pans, and … well, you can see how they are! Yum!
You can certainly make LESS muffins (but why on earth would you want to do that?) but these are so good for sharing, especially around the holidays.
I love to have baked goods hanging about for whenever people drop by. Granted, we live a fairly hermit lifestyle, but the intentions are good. Want to come over and drink coffee with me?
If you want ACTUAL donuts, try my mini baked donuts recipe.
Why this donut muffins recipe works:
- This is a great recipe for making a lot of muffins. They’re SO easy to make, and you’ll get around 48 mini muffins.
- Easy to make with kids (fun to eat, too!)
- Common ingredients. Nothing fancy, this recipe uses easily sourced ingredients.
Kylee’s Notes & FAQs
When adding the wet mixture to the flour mixture, mix until JUST combined. Overmixing will result in tough muffins. No good at all.
Instead of just dipping the top of the muffin in the topping, you could dip the entire muffin in the topping. YUM! Just peel the linters off and dip. You could also not use muffin liners at all – just be sure to grease the muffin tin really well.
How to store doughnut muffins
Store in a covered container at room temperature. They’ll be good for about 2-3 days.
You can freeze these muffins for up to 3 months. I recommend not doing the butter/cinnamon sugar topping until the day you plan to eat them though.
You can sub white sugar for cane sugar (like I did in the pictures), if you prefer.
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
How to make this recipe:
Full, printable recipe below – just scroll down to the recipe card!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a mini muffin tin with paper liners.
Make the batter
- In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together.
- In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla extract.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients
- Fold in until JUST combined.
- Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, about 2/3 full.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until they spring back when lightly touched. Place on a rack to cool while you prepare the topping
For the topping
Add the melted butter to a small bowl. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.
- Dip each muffin first in the butter
- Dip in the cinnamon sugar.
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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Line a mini muffin pan with paper liners.
Make the batter
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in one bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla.
- Add wet mixture to dry mixture, and fold in until JUST combined.
- Spoon the batter into the muffin tin wells, about 2/3 full.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until they spring back when lightly touched.
- Place on a rack to cool while you prepare the topping.
For the topping
- Add the melted butter to a small bowl.
- Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a another bowl.
- Dip each muffin first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar.
Tips & Notes:
Recipes written and produced on Kylee Cooks are for informational purposes only. Kylee is not a certified nutritionist. Nutritional data provided on Kylee Cooks has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration.
Update: This recipe was originally published in February of 2012. It was republished in December of 2021.