Monday’s Muffin: Doughnut Muffins

by kitchenarian on August 8, 2011

It has quieted down here a bit this week. Last week was crazy! As you know, Sous Chef flew home from school for four days and then left for Europe last Thursday. My father celebrated his birthday and we had a big family birthday dinner honoring him and then my oldest son turned 18 on Friday. That’s a lot of celebrating and cooking and saying goodbye and laughing and crying all in five days time.

Things have slowed down a bit, so today I spent a leisurely morning in the kitchen baking doughnut muffins. Could there be anything better? A muffin that tastes like a doughnut or a doughnut that looks like a muffin? This recipe was a big hit with my youngest child. After a few healthy muffins recently, he was ready for this Monday treat.

Although there seem to be a lot of ingredients, it’s a quick recipe. My favorite part was dipping the muffins tops in melted butter and then rolling them in the cinnamon sugar! And then eating one, of course. I’m not gonna say whether I dipped it in the butter again after I ate the top, but really what would you have done?

This recipe is adapted from King Arthur Flour. This spectacular muffin really does taste like a good old-fashioned doughnut, so much that you might think it really is a doughnut. You might even think it has a hole in it. πŸ™‚

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
ΒΌ teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400Β°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin or line with paper muffin cups. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, vanilla and sugars till smooth. Add the eggs and buttermilk. In a separate bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients making sure everything is thoroughly combined. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the cups nearly full. Bake the muffins for 15 to 17 minutes, or until they’re a pale golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the oven, and let them cool for 5 minutes. While they’re cooling, melt the butter for the topping. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip the muffin tops into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar. Makes 12 muffins.

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Steph@stephsbitebybite August 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Yes!!! I love donut muffins!!!!


torviewtoronto August 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm

these muffin donuts look delicious


Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} August 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

These look fantastic! I’ve made something similar to these and they are straight addicting. Love it!


yummychunklet August 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Yum! I’ve been seeing a lot of these lately. Yours look delicious!


Alix August 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Golly gosh. I have never seen these before. After school drop off I am going to the store to buy buttermilk and making these this afternoon. . What a great winter treat for the whole family.


Emily @ Life on Food August 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Haha, these are super cute. Glad you got to relax a bit after all of the celebrations. The kitchen is my favorite space for a breather.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Muffins are great! Love the whole you put in there – cute!


Kelly August 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

How cute! These doughnut muffins looks delicious! πŸ™‚


Ann August 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Delicious! While you are blogging this….isn’t it lovely to steal some time in the kitchen for yourself? These are lovely.


Liz August 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I’ve made something similar…SO yummy! Yours are coated to perfection πŸ™‚


Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I’m glad to hear that you have been able to slow down a bit. I would love to slow down a bit, especially to enjoy one of these! I made a similar version a while back and they were heavenly. I’m going to crave them now, better make them again!


Christina @ This Woman Cooks! August 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Lovely idea for a muffin. Definitely want to try!


Kim Bee August 9, 2011 at 1:57 am

Oh my, these look way too good. I must make these. Glad life is slowing down for you, sounds like you’ve had a lot of stuff happening. My kids are 17 and 22, both are talking about moving away to go to school in a year. I want them to stay at the local U but they both want to transfer out. So I am trying to spend every moment I can with them knowing it won’t last forever.

Reply August 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

The donuts sound incredible! Especially that cinnamon sugar topping.

P.S. Sounds like you and I had the same type of a blast last week. πŸ™‚


Quay Po Cooks August 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

I have not tried doughnut muffin before. Yours make me curious to find out how it taste. I guess I got to make some soon using your recipe. Thanks for sharing.


Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family August 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Uh-oh I’ve got all the ingredients…and I bet this would be a wonderful suprise for my 3 children tomorrow morning.

What a great recipe and I hope mine turn out as delicious as yours look πŸ™‚


Tiffany August 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

It sounds like you have a lot going on! There’s nothing like melted butter and cinnamon sugar to calm things down! πŸ˜€


Kita August 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Things do sound busy for you! Its amazing how the summer months always keep me as scrambled and busy as the holiday season in the winter! There really isn’t a break is there?

These muffins sound delicious! I love the idea of a doughnut muffin.


briarrose August 11, 2011 at 10:42 am

Definitely a busy sounding week. These look like excellent recovery muffins. πŸ˜‰


RavieNomNoms August 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Yes please, I love donuts and definitely don’t eat them as much as I used to. When I was a kid I used to eat them all the time, back when the waistline didn’t get as affected as it does now haha. These look delicious!


sarah@spinach&spice August 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

yum! perfect for those who don’t yet own a donut pan πŸ˜€


Jess September 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I tried these recently and they were a big hit with my husband and his co-workers! Yum!


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