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Cinnamon Sugar Dounut Muffins

With the change of weather comes an intense feeling/need for me to nest. Nesting for me means cooking, baking, decorating, and crafts.

Earlier in the year I was watching a tv show (The Best Thing I Ever Ate?) and they previewed a bakery who served Sugar Donut Muffins. Everyone raved about them. Since then, recipes have popped up all over blogland. One blog who I totally trust their recipes is Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice and it was her recipe I used. She adapted it from Baking Bites.

Here's my adapted version. Be warned-these melt in your mouth and you can't eat just one!

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking power
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp burnt sugar flavoring
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp butter, melted to brush tops
1/2 cup sugar and 1 Tbl cinnamon mixed together, for rolling

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray or vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine. Add vegetable oil, milk, burnt sugar and vanilla extract, stir to combine.

Divide batter evenly into mini muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

While muffins are baking, prepare your rolling station.
Melt butter.
Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

When muffins are done, cool slightly, then lightly brush the top of each with some melted butter, remove from the pan and roll entire muffin in cinnamon sugar mix. Cool on a wire rack.

I made two batches. One I rolled in just sugar. The second I rolled in cinnamon sugar. Next time, I'm going to roll them in powder sugar like Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice did.

What would you roll the muffins in?


  1. Thanks Lisa. A while back I accidentally mixed some flour and sugar in the wrong proportions for the recipe I was making. I couldn't stand to throw it out, so I bagged it, labeled it and saved it for a workable recipe. I just have to add a little more sugar to make it work for this recipe.

    I think I'll try both plain sugar and cinnamon-sugar with just a little nutmeg for mine. I think I might freeze a batch or two of them without any butter and sugar on them, then roll them later when I get them out of the freezer.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I am excited to giv it a try. Sounds like a great aftr school snack.

  3. Annie how cool that you'll be able to use your "mis"-mix! These are suppose to freeze well too!

    FHA It did made a great after school snack for my son. Now that they are gone, they want me to make more!

  4. Lisa, I made these this morning! That's special, because as much as I love to cook, I hate cooking as soon as I get up. :)

    I am super lazy and hate washing muffin tins, so I used mini cupcake papers, then buttered and sugared just the tops. I left half of them completely plain. We all loved them both ways!