Combine your two favorite breakfast foods into one convenient snack. These cinnamon sugar donut muffins are everything you love about both recipes but without the deep frying! Quick, easy, and delicious, these muffins are sure to become a go-to recipe.
My family loves doughnuts, but I’m not a big fan of frying things, so we often don’t make them at home. I recently found this recipe for Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins and thought I’d try it. The results are delicious – I’m not sure that they taste exactly like a doughnut, but they taste pretty close, and no frying is involved. You dip the muffins in butter, which is a good substitute for deep frying in oil!
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
Donuts are a tasty American breakfast treat that is beloved by many thanks to their melt-in-your-mouth texture, sweetness, and variety of toppings. Muffins are just as popular, and you’ll find recipes for both donuts and muffins on this blog, but combining the two into one recipe just makes them “perfect.” Sweet, filling, and always satisfying.
Why You’ll Love this Donut Muffin Recipe
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins are a delicious treat that combines the best of two worlds: muffins and donuts. Here are a few reasons why you’ll love this recipe:
- Easy to Make: This recipe is quick and simple, requiring only a few ingredients and minimal prep time. Even novice bakers can make these muffins with ease.
- Perfect for Breakfast or Brunch: These muffins are a great addition to your breakfast or brunch spread. They are easy to grab and go, making them a perfect option for busy mornings. You’ll love these muffins while they’re still warm and fresh from the oven, but even if they cool completely, they’ll still be enjoyed by all. Pro tip: A quick 15-second burst in the microwave will make them taste fresh again the next day.
- Moist and Fluffy: The combination of oil and milk in this recipe creates a moist and fluffy texture that is sure to please.
- Delicious Cinnamon Sugar Coating: The cinnamon sugar coating on the outside of these muffins adds a delicious sweetness and crunch that is hard to resist.
- Customizable: This recipe is versatile and can be customized to your liking. You can add in different spices or toppings to create your own unique flavor profile.
Ingredients in Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
For the muffins, you will need:
Oil– You will need 1/3 cups of vegetable oil or canola oil to give these muffins the needed fats to stay moist and fluffy. I often use coconut oil too and it works great, but just make sure it is melted first
Sugar– Adding in 1 cup of granulated sugar will help to give us a great texture and a sweeter taste.
Egg– One beaten egg is needed to bind the batter together well.
Flour– Use 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour as the base of this muffin recipe.
Baking powder– To help these muffins puff up and rise properly, you will need 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder.
Salt– Adding in 1/2 teaspoons of salt to the recipe will make the muffin’s flavor improve even more because salt is a natural flavor enhancer.
Nutmeg– For added warmth and spice, stir in 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
Milk– You will need 1/2 cup of milk to get the batter to the right consistency.
For the Topping, you will need:
Butter– You will need 1/2 cup (one stick) of melted butter to roll your muffins in to make the cinnamon sugar mixture adhere well to the muffins.
Sugar– This is the base of the cinnamon sugar mixture that coats the muffins. You will need 1/2 cup of granulated sugar to make sure there’s enough sugar to coat all of your muffins.
Cinnamon– 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon will really help to give a nice spiced flavor to every bite.
How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
To begin making these delicious cinnamon donut muffins, gather all of the necessary ingredients and preheat the oven to 350° F.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the oil and sugar until well combined. Then, add in the beaten egg and mix until the batter is smooth.
Next, add in the dry ingredients, including the flour, baking powder, salt, and ground nutmeg. Mix everything together until the batter is well combined.
Finally, add in the wet ingredients, including the milk, and stir until the batter is smooth and well mixed.
Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray or butter and pour the batter into each muffin cup, filling them about three-quarters of the way full.
Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes, or until they are slightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Once the muffins are done baking, let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing them and placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.
Add the cinnamon/sugar topping
To make the topping, melt the butter in a small bowl and mix the sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.
Roll each muffin in the melted butter, then coat it in the cinnamon sugar mixture until it is well coated.
CINNAMON SUGAR DONUT MUFFINS
- ⅓ cup oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup butter melted
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Cream oil and sugar in mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and pour into greased muffin tin. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350. Muffins should be slightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the muffin tin. Place the melted butter in one bowl, and mix the sugar and cinnamon in another.
- Roll each muffin in the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Enjoy!
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Serving and Storing
Once your Cinnamon Donut Muffins are done baking and have been coated in the cinnamon sugar mixture, they are ready to be served. These muffins make for an excellent breakfast treat or snack that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
To store these muffins, place them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. Alternatively, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. To freeze, wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe container. Frozen muffins can be stored for up to three months.
When ready to eat, simply thaw the muffins at room temperature or in the microwave. If reheating in the microwave, be sure to cover the muffin with a damp paper towel to prevent it from drying out.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Donut Muffins
To make pumpkin cinnamon donut muffins, simply add 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin puree and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the batter. This will give the muffins a warm, autumnal flavor that pairs perfectly with the cinnamon sugar topping. You can also add a glaze made with powdered sugar, milk, and a dash of vanilla extract to give the muffins an extra touch of sweetness.
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins with Glaze
For those who prefer a sweeter muffin, try making cinnamon sugar donut muffins with a glaze. Simply make the muffins as directed, but instead of rolling them in the cinnamon sugar mixture, make a glaze by mixing powdered sugar, milk, and a dash of vanilla extract. Dip the muffins in the glaze and let them dry before serving. This will give the muffins a sweet, sticky coating that pairs perfectly with the warm cinnamon flavor.
Mini Cinnamon Donut Muffins
If you’re looking for a bite-sized treat, try making mini cinnamon donut muffins. Use a mini muffin pan to make bite-sized muffins that are perfect for snacking or serving at parties. You can also add chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips to the batter to give the muffins an extra burst of flavor. These mini muffins are easy to make and are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them.
Overall, there are many ways to customize this muffin recipe to suit your tastes. Whether you prefer a denser muffin or a lighter texture, there are plenty of ways to tweak the ingredients to get the perfect muffin. Experiment with different spices, toppings, and glazes to create your own unique twist on this classic recipe.
When it comes to baking, there are often questions that arise. Here are some frequently asked questions about making cinnamon donut muffins:
Can I use a different type of oil?
Yes, you can substitute the vegetable or canola oil for another type of oil such as coconut or avocado oil. Keep in mind that different oils may affect the taste and texture of the muffins.
Can I use a different type of milk?
Yes, you can use any type of milk including almond, soy, or oat milk. Just make sure to adjust the amount of milk based on the thickness of the milk you are using.
Can I use a different type of sugar?
Yes, you can use brown sugar or coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar. Keep in mind that brown sugar will give the muffins a slightly different flavor and color.
Can I add other spices to the muffin batter?
Yes, you can add other spices such as ginger or cloves to the batter to give it a different flavor profile. Just make sure to adjust the amount of spice based on your personal preference.
Can I make these muffins ahead of time?
Yes, you can make these muffins ahead of time and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply place them in the microwave or oven until warmed through.
Can I make mini muffins instead of regular muffins?
Yes, you can make mini muffins instead of regular muffins. Just adjust the baking time to 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Can I use a different type of topping?
Yes, you can use a different type of topping such as powdered sugar or a glaze instead of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Just make sure to adjust the amount of topping based on your personal preference.
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Enjoy this cinnamon sugar donut muffin recipe for years to come. Made with basic ingredients but packed with awesome flavors in every sweet and buttery bite. You’re going to love this delicious and fast recipe.