Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

I’m a little behind the blogosphere when it comes to these muffins. I don’t know why I waited so long to try them. I love donuts. I love muffins. I mean, what’s not to love about either? These muffins are incredibly simple to make. Unadorned, they taste similar to a plain yeast donut, with that slight hint of nutmeg. Once they are rolled in the cinnamon sugar, they just melt in your mouth. I couldn’t eat just one. Luckily, I had help eating them, or I would’ve probably finished the entire dozen myself.

Adapted from Baking Bites

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins


¾ c sugar
1 large egg
1 ½ c all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ c vegetable oil
¾ c milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbs sugar
1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly coat a muffin tin with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and egg until light in color. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Pour dry mixture into the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla, stirring until just combined.
  2. Divide batter evenly into muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes clean, about 15-18 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove muffins from tin.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. While the muffins are still warm, roll each one in the mixture, coating all sides with the cinnamon sugar.


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Sweet Comments:

  1. I just made a batch of these this morning myself and boy were they ever good. I bet yours were eaten up just as fast.

  2. How much does this recipe yield? They look superb!

  3. where there’s cinnamon there’s pleasure !!

  4. I keep seeing these on blogs everywhere too. Don’t worry, I think I’ll be the last one to bake them. It takes me forever to get around to posts I’ve bookmarked. At least it is another reference that they are delightful!

  5. Surie, the recipe makes 1 dozen. Enjoy!

  6. They look delicious! Your photos are beautiful. Congrats on the Top 9!

  7. Those are so cute and they look so yummy! Congrats on Top 9!

  8. These muffins look so good! I will bake them for my church friends this saturday! so exited and can’t wait to taste it!

  9. These are adorable, love it!

  10. Brilliant. These sound adictive-ly delicious.

  11. these are adorable!!! i can’t wait to make them. 🙂

  12. These are just great, love the sugar and cinnamon.

  13. Look SOOOO good that I just had to tweet. I’m seeing LOTS of these in my future. Thanks for sharing…

  14. What a coincidence! I just made these Duffins (yes, I combined donut and muffins) two days ago, and I got the recipe from the same site. They were delicious, they didn’t taste exactly like donuts, but they were still very tasty! Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

  15. These are really good, especially when you are craving a doughnut and don’t want all the calories. I made a low fat version. Thanks for the recipe and great pics.

  16. I just made these and it was amazing how fast they were gone, definitely something I’ll have to remake. I posted pictures on my blog!

  17. This recipe sounds great! I need to take baked goods to an upcoming teacher sppreciation breakfast. Does anyone know if these hold up well enough to make the evening before? Thanks!

  18. Theresa, thanks for the question! If you store them in an airtight container overnight, they will taste great the next day.

  19. We made these tonight and they are delicious! Very easy to make. I doubled the recipe to make 24 muffins and substituted cinnamon for the nutmeg b/c I was out of nutmeg. It turned out great.

  20. Wonderful recipe and photo. I have to try it!

  21. Anonymous says:

    These are really good–absolutely have the texture of a doughnut. I would imagine you could also dip them in chocolate (Chocolate frosted donut muffin anyone?)

    They were also super easy to make and didn’t take very long at all.

    I’ll absolutely make these again.

  22. I have a neighborhood get-together tomorrow night and I’m supposed to bring an appetizer…saw these and figured I’d earn some extra points by bringing them as well! I can’t wait to try them!

  23. Melissa Case says:

    So excited! I was looking for a quick, but special breakfast to make for my kids before school this morning. These were so easy, I was able to pull the batter together even before the oven was finished preheating. I even had time to have a quiet cup of coffee before the kids woke up. Thank you!

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