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Doughnut Muffins Recipe
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Doughnut Muffins Recipe

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After many tries and many different recipes that just weren't up to par, I finally decided to recreate my own version of a doughnut muffin. It has the taste of a cake doughnut and it's a lot simpler to make. —Morgan Botwinick, Richmond, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup coarse sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 muffin equals 386 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 394 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in milk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture; stir just until moistened.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, for coating, combine coarse sugar and cinnamon. Dip tops of warm muffins in butter, then coat in cinnamon-sugar. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Doughnut Muffins in Simple & Delicious August/September 2013, p40

Nutritional Facts

1 muffin equals 386 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 394 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"they are okay for muffins, but do not taste like doughnuts."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"I got 18 instead of 12. They were tasty, and I agree that the topping was necessary, but I got the amount down significantly and it still worked. A glaze would have worked as well."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Great quick replacement for doughnuts. I also made some glaze with powdered sugar and did half of them glazed. If you use standard size muffin tins and fill them all the way to the top, you will get exactly 12."

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"These muffins NEED the topping in order to taste like a donut. Otherwise, they are kinda bland."

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"These muffins were very light and fluffy tasting. I will say that my batch made 18 not 12 and the muffins cups were very full. If I make these again, I will definitely use the coarse sugar as I think that was a key ingredient for making these go from OK to fab. Ours were just OK and not all that fabulous with the regular cinnamon and sugar coating on the top."

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