Did you ever just really want a donut but also really wanted a muffin at the same time and just couldn’t decide? Yeah, happens to me all the time, too. Introducing you to one of the greatest hybrid baked goods of all time, the Donut Muffin! Has all the flavor of a donut with the ease of making a muffin. And this donut muffin is dipped in melted butter then coated with cinnamon sugar making these Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins recipe a must-make for any home baker and a must-eat for, well, everyone!
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Why Donut Muffins are worth making
Baking requires some work. Getting out the mixer, creaming butter and sugar, mixing, blending, stirring, baking.
Then comes all the dishes that need to be cleaned.
And some recipes obviously require more work than others and oftentimes it’s difficult to know for sure if a recipe is worthwhile enough to put forth such effort.
Typically, donuts can be a lot of work. Frying is usually involved.
And while making them is often very rewarding, sometimes you just want a shortcut.
A fast pass, if you will, to the end point when you get to enjoy the fruits of your baking labor.
Well, friends, I am here with that shortcut. Making donuts in the form of muffins not only cuts down on the prep time, it cuts out frying all together.
However, these donut muffins are as indulgent as any fried donut with that melty butter and thick layer of cinnamon sugar coating.
How to make this recipe
You can easily substitute this in equal amounts for ground nutmeg.
Next you’ll cream together butter and sugar then the eggs all of which you can do with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
Then add in to the butter sugar mixture the flour mixture, alternating it with milk and buttermilk until it’s just incorporated. This can be done with the mixer or by hand.
You don’t want to overmix the batter as it’ll create tough donut muffins. No thanks to that.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops of the muffins have just started to turn golden brown. Allow to cool until you can handle them.
For me, I always push the limits on this, so please use caution so you don’t burn yourself like I inevitably do. I just can’t wait!
Dip each donut muffin first in melted butter, being sure to swirl the top all around to get a good coating. Then dunk in a mixture of ground cinnamon and sugar.
If you’re like my daughter and want an extra thick layer of cinnamon sugar coating, you can repeat the dipping process first in the butter then the cinnamon sugar to achieve such results.
How to achieve moist and fluffy donut muffins
- Measure your ingredients correctly, especially the flour. The most accurate way to weigh the flour with a kitchen scale (gram measurements are included in the recipe below). However, if you do not have a scale, use the scoop and swipe technique for measuring your flour. First, stir or whisk the flour in the bag or container it comes in. This helps loosen it up and fluff it a bit in case it was packed down. Next, scoop the flour into a dry measuring cup using a spoon, not the measuring cup itself. Mound the flour without packing it down and, using the wrong end of the spoon (the handle), swipe it across the top of the measuring cup, level with the top of the cup, to remove any excess flour. Be sure to place a plate or bowl underneath the measuring cup to catch the excess and pour back into the container to use again
- Do not overmix the donut muffin batter. It’s tempting to keep mixing or stirring the batter once all ingredients are added until it’s perfectly smooth. Resist the urge! Mix the batter just until there’s few or no streaks of dry flour in the mixture. Overmixing will certainly cause overly dense and dry donut muffins
Can these Donut Muffins be frozen?
Yes! I would recommend freezing the muffins without the melted butter and cinnamon sugar coating.
I like to wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place them all in a ziploc bag. They’ll keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To thaw, leave on the counter at room temperature for 30 minutes then dip in melted butter and cinnamon sugar.
Or, to thaw quickly, unwrap the muffin and place in the microwave for 1 ½ – 2 minutes at 50% power or until thawed. Then dip and enjoy!
Can these Donut Muffins be made Gluten-free?
Yes these donut muffins can easily be made gluten-free!
Simply replace the all-purpose flour for 1-for-1 gluten-free all-purpose flour in equal amounts. I have not tried this recipe with other gluten-free flour variations such as almond flour, coconut flour, or cassava flour.
These gluten-free flour alternatives tend to absorb moisture differently than all-purpose flour, so I wouldn’t using them in equal amounts in this recipe.
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Looking for more donut or muffin recipes? Give these a try:
- Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Blueberry Cake Donuts
- Glazed Yeast Donuts
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Honey Corn Muffins
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12 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories389
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 10.3g 52%
- Cholesterol 73.8mg 25%
- Sodium 129.3mg 6%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
- Sugars 30.3g
- Protein 5.1g 11%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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