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Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnut Muffins

When I was little my dad had his own remodeling business, mainly finishing basements.  He would go to people’s homes in the evenings usually, to discuss what they wanted and to give them a bid.  If he would get the job…..he came home with treats!! YUMMY baked goods or ice cream.   My dad is where I got my sweet tooth from,  along with my short stocky legs…..thanks Dad.

Many nights he would bring home doughnuts…….I called them “doan doans”, and I LOVED “doan doans!”……I would eat several.  One night dad told me he was going to bring me home just one  “doan daon”, and “I bet you can’t even eat the whole thing” he said.   Later that evening he walked in with my one doughnut… was HUGE!  Do any of you remember when Target had bakeries?…….They made these HUGE, like 10-12″ glazed donughts……THAT is what dad brought home to me.  My eye’s grew HUGE at the site of that beautiful sweet disc of glazed goodness!! I climbed in my chair with a big glass of milk, because doughnuts are BEST when they’re dunked in milk you know…..and I TRIED to eat that donught………but Dad won!!……I could NOT eat ONE whole doughnut…..but I sure tried my best.

My Dad with me and my brother

So you see………I’ve always had a deep LOVE for doughnuts!

That’s why when I heard the buzz all over the internet recently about “Muffins that taste like donuts” I just KNEW I had to try them!

I don’t remember who or where I first heard about them, but the same source kept popping up for the recipe…….. Tasty Kitchen was the keeper of this coveted recipe by lemanda

I didn’t change a thing………it was simple and perfect!!

Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnut Muffins



Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnut Muffins

Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnut Muffins

Recipe from lemanda


  • 1-3/4 cup Flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup Butter (4 Tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and set aside. Mix oil, sugar, egg and milk, then added dry ingredients, mix just until blended.
  3. For regular size muffins: spray muffin pans with no-stick cooking spray and fill each cup 1/2 full. Bake for 15-20 min. Yields 8-12 muffins
  4. For mini muffins (this is what I made) – spray mini muffin pans with no-stick cooking spray and fill each cup 1/2 full. Bake for 10-12 min. Yields 18 mini muffins.
  5. While muffins are baking melt butter in one bowl. Mix1/3 cup White Sugar and 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon in another bowl. *(I needed 50% more for the mini muffins so I used 6 Tablespoons butter and 1-1/2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon)
  6. Remove muffins from oven, let cool for just a minute or two, remove from pan and place them on a platter. Dip each muffin in the melted butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar.
  7. Let cool or serve warm.

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Doughnut Muffins

Wouldn’t these be wonderful with a little jelly or vanilla custard?  I may try that next time!

My Dad would have LOVED these!!

**WARNING - if you make the minis, I am NOT responsible for how many you eat!!

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  1. 1

    What a fantastic tip at the end of your post, Cheryl!
    Yummy muffins too!

  2. 2

    Aren’t these amazing!! I was fortuante enough to have some made by Jennifer at How to Simplify when we were in PA. These little guys are soooo addictive. I absolutely love the story about doans with your daddy, and what a great photo :) You look a lot like him.

  3. 4

    These look fantastic… and could you be any cuter??!?!?!!!!

  4. 5

    Good morning! Looks like we’re in the same frame of mind today! It was fun to read your version of these muffins – I always love an endearing story and photos from the past.

  5. 7

    These look so delicious!

  6. 9

    My mouth is watering so much that I’m drooling!

  7. 10

    I love the story about your Dad, Cheryl! So great!
    And those muffins…oh man they look awesome!
    Can I join you for breakfast today?

  8. 12

    They look addicting! And darling. And yummy. Guess I know what I’m doing A.S.A.P.- making “doan, doans.” LOVE the old photo too!

  9. 14

    Oh my gosh they look so good -esp this time of year when baking becomes fun on cold dreary days -Thanks for sharing

  10. 15

    Cheryl….I love this post…and the old picture! :) How SWEET!!!

    Yes, those muffins are DANGEROUS!!! I’m afraid to make them again! I’m still carrying the first batch on my hips!

  11. 17

    Wow – those look delicious Cheryl!!! Yum!! I shared them on my TT&J FB page and linked back to you :)

    Have a great day!


  12. 19

    You were such a cutie!!

    I am a donut fanatic. I once ate a donut after it fell on the ground and have yet to live it down. That may have something to do with the fact that I was in my 20′s when it happened. But what can I say, it had sprinkles on it and I couldn’t bear for it to go to waste!!

    I have a recipe like this that I’ve been meaning to try…it’s from the book Confections of a Closet Master Baker.

    Happy Monday, girl!! :)

  13. 21
    Kristin Murphy says:

    What a beautiful story!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    This recipe is just what I needed today! It’s a chilly rainy day & these will be perfect to bake with my daughter! :)

  14. 23

    Love these! My mom used to make them for camping trips, which we did a lot. I now make them for my family. My mom called them French Breakfast Puffs. But no matter what they’re called, they taste so delicious. :)

  15. 25

    My mom made these alot when I was growing up – it’s an old Betty Crocker recipe.
    I have to be careful when I make them because I will eat the whole batch – I make sure there are alot of mouths around so they go quickly.

  16. 27

    I really do have to try and make these. They look scrumptious! Love the story about your Dad. I know the picture is in B &W (it’s so sweet) but I think you may have also gotten your eyes from your Father. Even in B & W they look like they would be as blue as yours.

  17. 29

    oh yum! thanks for sharing-can’t wait to make and try these-sounds delicious!

  18. 30

    I remember my Dad would always buy donut holes from Albertson’s and fresh French bread whenever he was around one of their stores. We didn’t have one where we lived so he would always bring them home from his trips to the bigger cities. I still to this day LOVE donut holes and I can’t resist a loaf of French bread at the store if it just came out of the oven.

    I am going to give these muffins a try, thanks for sharing!!

  19. 31

    Cheryl these look deeeee~lish!
    I mean I can seriously taste them!
    ANd I just know they are so good with cold mild!
    What a sweet sweet picture of you with your Daddy.
    You haven’t changed a bit!
    Lovely recipe!

  20. 32

    We LOVE these muffins. I don’t make them too often anymore because they’re so addicting. But when I first tried them, I made them several times in the first couple of weeks. I want to try them in mini muffin tins so they will be like little donut holes.

  21. 33

    What a sweet story!
    These look delish!!!!

    Kendra aka “Domestic Princess in Training”

  22. 34

    They look so delicious, wish I had a whole plate full right now :)

  23. 35

    What a precious photo…just looking at it, I can tell it’s you!
    I’ve had this recipe saved for some time now, I guess I better get hopping and try them myself, because they look delicious!

  24. 36

    So fun. I remember coming home on some Sunday nights and my dad would make homemade potato chips. These look really yummy and we all love donuts and muffins at our house.

  25. 37

    Looks delicious! I’d love for you to stop by What’s Cooking Wednesday ( and share one of your recipes! We’d love to have you, hope to see you tomorrow!

  26. 38

    Do you have a version of apple cider donuts with the sugar on top? I had some at an orchard recently and they were so tasty!

  27. 39

    Holy cow – I made a batch of these yesterday and they are already gone! Really Really Yummy. I now know I will need to double or triple the recipe if I want to be able to freeze any of them.

    And Yes I did eat more than my fair share… :)

  28. 40
    Keri Dahling says:

    A similar recipe has been floating around my family for at least 40 years. I remember my grandmother making these little treats since I was a toddler. I hadn’t thought about those in many many years until I saw them on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”. Oh how it brought back memories…~sigh~….wonderful memories. The day after seeing this on television, my aunt called from half way accross the county and had stumbled upon the very recipe card that my grandmother had used for so many years. I now keep it as the “inspirational” recipe in the cookbook I am currently writing. Oh how I love that warmth of nutmeg and cinnamon lingering in the are….it’s kinda like a sweet hug coming from Grandma!

  29. 41

    My Dad loved doughnuts too – he used to bring home ring doughnuts with chocolate icing which are still one of my favourites! I love cinnamon and sugar doughnuts too though and your muffins look wonderful – what a great shortcut to that wonderful doughnut flavour!

  30. 42

    These look so yummy. I love the little cinnamon sugar doughnuts they sell at Fairs and these look similar- only without all the grease. I also love that I have all the basic ingredients on hand so I can try these this weekend. Thanks for sharing- great pics!

  31. 43

    Donuts AND muffin in one! Does life get any better than that?? I’m never going to lose this baby weight if people like you keep posting these divine recipes!

  32. 44

    Wickedly GOOD!!!! I just made these for my son who is a new reader and as soon as he read doughnut he requested them for the morning:) My husband has added these to his list of things he can’t not eat-lol

  33. 45

    Hello Cheryl,

    I saw this recipe on Tatertots and Jello and as a cinnamon-doughnutfan I had to try these out. They’re amazing. I made a Dutch translation on my blog so the dutch bloggers can also try them out and I linked your post.

    Thank you so much for sharing.


  34. 46

    These look amazing. I will try them this weekend. I am having a link party featuring bread recipes made from food storage ingredients. I would love it if you would link up.


  1. Tidymom says:

    Morning all!!….come see the yummy goodness I made this weekend & a flash back picture of a 3yr old TidyMom!

  2. Tickled Red says:

    RT @Tidymom: Morning all!!….come see the yummy goodness I made this weekend & a flash back picture of a 3yr old TidyMom!

  3. Brenda Score says:

    And @TidyMom baked up some doughnut muffins, too!! Check out her fun childhood story & photo

  4. These are what I'm craving for breakfast this morning.

  5. Kristen says:

    Memories and muffins make for a perfect morning.

  6. linda smith says:

    yum….me too! RT @jenjentrixie These are what I'm craving for breakfast this morning.

  7. Amy says:

    These look delicious! We must make these…soon! @TidyMom Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnut Muffins

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