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Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

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Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins are soft, cakey and coated with the warm sweetness of cinnamon sugar! This easy "donut" recipe is quick throw together as a fun add-on for breakfast or brunch. All the ease of making muffins with all the taste of a fresh donut!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 muffins 1x



For the Muffins:

  • ¼ c unsalted utter
  • ¼ c vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon ((I prefer Ceylon Cinnamon))
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ⅔ c all puprose flour sifted or mixed with a whisk
  • 1 c whole milk

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • c granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Grease min-muffin tin with vegetable shortening.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter, oil and sugars until smooth.
  4. Add eggs and beat until fully incorporated.
  5. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, spices, salt and vanilla.
  6. With the mixer on low speed, gently add in about a third of the flour and stir until mostly worked in. Then add about a third of the milk; mix in. Continue to alternate while mixing (stopping for an occasional scrape down) until all of the milk and flour are in the batter.
  7. Once the last of the ingredients are in, do not over mix.
  8. Using a 1 ½ tablespoon size cookie scoop, place one scoop of batter into each cavity. Or, if you don't have this size scoop, fill the cavity most of the way, leaving a little bit of room.
  9. Bake the muffins for 7-10 minutes (they were perfect for me at 8min), until golden brown and a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
  10. Remove muffins from the pan and place onto a metal rack to cool.
  11. In a deep bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar for the topping.
  12. Dip muffins into the melted butter, then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Allow to set on a wire rack or enjoy promptly.


Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes