Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Posted on October 19, 2013
Hi Everyone! Happy Weekend! I have a delicious recipe to share with you to start this weekend off! I almost feel a little guilty sharing these donut muffins with you because of their butter and sugar content, but they are so ridiculously good that I couldn’t not share them! If you are looking for a healthy, nutritious sweet treat, this is definitely not the recipe to make. But if you are looking for something melt-in-your-mouth, out-of-this-world delicious and super indulgent, and let’s face it, sometimes nothing else will do, then this is the dessert for you! One bite of these will instantly turn a bad day into a much better one. These little donut muffins would be delicious with some hot apple cider and they would make a perfect addition to any brunch table or holiday gathering!
(Recipe adapted from Ina Garten)
*Makes 12*
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 1/4 cups milk
2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 – 8 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon



1. First, preheat your oven to 350 deg F and grease your muffin pan. Then, whisk together the milk, melted butter, vanilla extract and egg in a large bowl. In another, smaller bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well until you have a smooth batter.
2. Pour the batter into your prepared muffin pan, filling each muffin cup until it’s about 3/4 full. Bake for 15 – 17 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Once done, let the muffins cool for a couple minutes, while you prepare the topping. To make the topping, melt the butter and pour it in a small bowl, and combine the sugar and cinnamon, and place it in another bowl. Once the muffins have cooled a little bit, coat each muffin in the butter first (dipping it in the butter or brushing it with butter using a pastry brush), and then in the cinnamon sugar. (You could also just cover the tops of the donut muffins with the butter and cinnamon sugar).

Happy Baking, Everyone!

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  • Reply October 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I love this version! I made a similar apple poppers recipe, but this one sounds better! Would love for you to link to my Friday Favorites at


    • Reply Maria October 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Laura!

  • Reply Megan October 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Yum! I bet these are delicious, especially with the cinnamon sugar topping.

    • Reply Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Megan! The topping really makes these! Hope you have a great week, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Reply Leslie October 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Maria, these muffins sound decadent with a coating of cinnamon sugar!! I want to try these out, for sure:)

    • Reply Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! These little donut muffins are almost too dangerous to have around, they are so good! Hope you have a good week and that you are enjoying your fall so far 🙂

  • Reply Zainab Mansaray October 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    These are so delicious looking! I was on the internet looking for an apple cider donut muffin and thought of you so I came here to see if you had any muffin recipes in that area and this guy was on the home page!! I am so making these this weekend and adapting!! Thanks for solving my problem 🙂

    • Reply Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Ohh let me know how they work out with the apple cider!! I’m sure they will be delicious, that sounds soo good! Have a great week! 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl King October 20, 2013 at 1:01 am

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  • Reply Cheryl King October 20, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Hi, I found you on Saturday Night Fever! These look yummy. I just saw a recipe for jelly donut muffins a few days ago. I was sure both recipes were from you, but the other is from Living the Gourmet. I’ll have to give both a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks, Cheryl! I hope you love these! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

  • Reply Sarah Vanderkooy October 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    These sound decadent! Sometimes you just need an indulgent treat, thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Maria October 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 🙂

    • Reply Linda Young October 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      These are great! They’re so good! I used to make them years ago and had forgotten about them! Sometimes I want something sweet for breakfast or with tea anytime! This is nice because I usually have all these ingredients, and saves me a trip to the Donut shop, and is cheaper too!

  • Reply Sue October 22, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Oh my, do these look GOOD!!! I love visiting your blog…it’s always so warm and inviting:)

  • Reply Tina October 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I need these! The more butter and sugar the better. 🙂
    Tina at

  • Reply Jen Nikolaus October 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I need these little muffins in my life. Right now! Yum! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever! Pinning this now! See you again this week!

  • Reply Eileen October 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Oh, these sound fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m going to try them this weekend.

  • Reply Linda Bouffard October 25, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Coming from the Anyonita Nibbles party. I think I may love these muffins TOO much, but it would be great for company. Thanks for the recipe. Linda

  • Reply Lulu October 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Omigosh, I love this muffin and buy it frequently at a local bakery. Thanks to you, I can now make it myself. Yeah!!!

  • Reply Britni Vigil October 27, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I’ve made these before and LOVE them. Thanks for reminding me that they need to be part of my breakfast soon. And thanks for linking up to the weekend re-Treat link party.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  • Reply Miz Helen October 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Hi Maria,
    Your Donut Muffins look awesome! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Reply Ali @ October 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Coller October 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Oh wow—those look amazing! Thanks so much for linking up at Make Bake Create. I’ll be featuring these today when I get the new post up!


  • Reply Emma R October 30, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Mmmm these sound fab! x

  • Reply Carrie October 31, 2013 at 7:17 am

    These sound delicious! I tried some this fall but they weren’t that great. I may give this recipe a try. Thanks for linking it up to Think Tank Thursday. Happily featuring you today at

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