Donut Muffins

All the flavor of a spice cake donut in muffin form! These donut muffins are soft and crumbly and packed with flavor. 

Donut muffins are a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or an indulgent relaxing morning go to. For more must-make muffins try Oatmeal Muffins, Banana Nut Muffins, or Double Chocolate Muffins. 

Donut muffins on a cooling rack

Like a Donut & Muffin in One!

These portable donut muffins are simply delectable. They have that cake donut texture that makes them utterly dunk-able, and a sweet glaze for the irresistible factor. Just think cinnamon and sugar apple spice donut. 
 
They are perfect for those family breakfasts, or they can be made ahead for a quick grab-and-go. The kids love to pair these with a nice cold glass of milk, or if we’re feeling especially fancy, some hot apple cider! 
 
While the apples are optional, I love including them. They add a bit of tart, give some texture, and break up the sweetness of this decadent donut muffin. These are sure to be a big hit at your house—they are at mine!

Donut muffin batter in a muffin tin

How to Make Them

PREP. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin, or line with 12 paper or silicone muffin cups, and grease the cups with non-stick vegetable oil spray; this will ensure that they peel off the muffins nicely.

WET INGREDIENTS. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, sugars and vanilla till smooth. Add the eggs, beating to combine.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.

FLOUR + MILK. Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.

BAKE. 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.

COOL. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool for a couple of minutes, or until you can handle them. While they’re cooling, melt the butter for the topping (this is easily done in the microwave).

Baked donut muffins in a muffin tin

Topping Options

We tried two different methods for topping these donut muffins and liked both of them so much, we HAD to include each in the final recipe!

Cinnamon Sugar: Use a pastry brush to paint the top of each muffin with the butter, then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar. Or simply dip the tops of muffins into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar.

Glaze: Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a bowl. You can either spoon the glaze on top of the muffins, or just dunk the muffin tops straight into the bowl of glaze. 
 
Cinnamon sugar donut muffins on a wire rack

Serving & Storing

SERVE warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. STORE for a day or so at room temperature in a covered container.

To FREEZE, wrap each muffin in plastic wrap and then place all of them in a freezer safe bag. They should last for about 3 months. Let them thaw until they reach room temperature and then you can warm them in the microwave for 15 seconds or so to get that freshly baked taste.
 
Donut muffins topped with a glaze

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Donut Muffins Recipe

All the flavor of a spice cake donut in muffin form! These donut muffins are soft and crumbly and packed with flavor. 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breads & Muffins
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Cool Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 354kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk - (1 % works great)
  • 3/4 cup granny smith apples - cooked, 1/4'' cubes, optional
For the Glaze
  • 3 tbsp butter - melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk
For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping
  • 1 tbsp butter - melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin. Or line with 12 paper or silicone muffin cups, and grease the cups with non-stick vegetable oil spray; this will ensure that they peel off the muffins nicely.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, sugars and vanilla till smooth.
  • Add the eggs, beating to combine.
  • Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
  • Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and 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 them from the oven, and let them cool for a couple of minutes, or until you can handle them. While they're cooling, melt the butter for the topping (this is easily done in the microwave).
  • Use a pastry brush to paint the top of each muffin with the butter, then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar. Or simply dip the tops of muffins into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar.
  • Serve warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. Store for a day or so at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg

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(recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour)

 

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About the Author

Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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