Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Welcome back to my cozy kitchen nook, where today we’re going to embark on a sweet, spicy journey that’s going to make your kitchen smell like a heavenly bakery. Our voyage today brings us to a delightful recipe that I’ve been eager to share with you all, the utterly delightful Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins!

These little gems have the heart of a donut and the soul of a muffin. They bring you the comforting flavors of a cinnamon-sugar doughnut without the hassle of frying, all snugly packed within the tender crumb of a muffin.

I was inspired to create this recipe on one of those chilly mornings when the scent of cinnamon just felt like the right kind of warm hug. And now, I can’t wait for you to experience the same comfort in your own home. So, let’s get started on this aromatic adventure, shall we?

Why We Love Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Oh, where do I start with the wonders of these scrumptious Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins? The magic, my dear friends, begins with the exquisite balance of flavors they bring to the table.

The sweetness from the sugar, the warm and spicy undertones of the cinnamon, and the doughnut-like essence. It all comes together harmoniously, creating a taste profile that’s simply irresistible.

And here’s the other part we all love, making these little bundles of joy is way easier than making actual doughnuts! No yeast to fuss with, no waiting for the dough to rise, and definitely no dealing with hot, splattering oil. It’s a recipe that’s as easy as it gets, making it perfect for anyone from beginners to seasoned bakers.

Preparing to Bake: Tools & Tips

Before we dive into the baking process, let’s set ourselves up for success. Even the simplest of recipes can benefit from a little organization and preparation, and our Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins are no different.

First, the tools. You’ll need your regular baking basics: a good mixing bowl, a whisk or a spoon to bring the batter together. Then, a couple of small bowls for the topping, and of course, your trusty mini-muffin pan. Having these on hand before you begin will make the whole process smoother.

No Muffin Liners

Now, let’s talk about muffin liners. You might be surprised to learn that this is one recipe where we’re skipping them. Yes, that’s right! We’re going for ‘No Muffin Liners’ with these beauties.

Why, you may ask? Well, muffin liners can sometimes stick to the muffins, causing you to lose some of that delightful, fluffy texture we’re aiming for. Instead, we’ll simply grease the mini muffin cups. This will ensure that our muffins bake perfectly and pop right out when they’re done.

Pro Tip: to avoid any last-minute scramble, always preheat your oven and prep your pan before you start mixing your ingredients. Trust me, this little step can make a big difference in ensuring a seamless baking experience.

The Simple Muffin Batter

Now that we have our stage set, it’s time to bring our star ingredients together and create the heart of our Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins, the simple, yet divine, muffin batter.

At its core, this recipe is about simplicity. With just six ingredients: white sugar, melted margarine (or butter, if you prefer), ground nutmeg, milk, baking powder, and all-purpose flour, we create a batter that’s no-fuss and easy to put together.

But don’t let this simplicity fool you, each of these ingredients plays a key role in bringing our muffins to life. The sugar lends sweetness, of course, but also helps to create a lovely golden-brown color when our muffins bake.

Our choice of margarine (or butter) is about adding richness and ensuring our muffins have a tender, melt-in-your-mouth quality. The nutmeg adds that warm, spicy hint that makes these muffins feel extra cozy.

The milk helps to moisten our ingredients and bring the batter together, while the baking powder gives us the perfect lift and ensures our muffins have just the right amount of fluffiness.

The all-purpose flour is the base of our muffins, and it’s crucial to achieving the right texture. We’ll talk more about this in our tips section, but let me just say this: the right flour can make all the difference.

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Baking the Muffins

Now that we’ve mixed up our batter, it’s time to let the oven work its magic. Baking is where our simple batter transforms into the beautiful, golden-brown muffins we’ve been dreaming of, filling your kitchen with the most heavenly aroma.

Here’s my method, honed over many joyful hours spent experimenting in the kitchen.

Step 1

First, you’ll want to fill your pre-greased mini-muffin cups about half full with the batter. Don’t be tempted to add more, as this could cause your muffins to overflow during baking. Remember, we’re aiming for mini muffins here, the perfect bite-sized treat.

Step 2

Place your muffin pan in the preheated oven and let the baking begin. This is where patience comes in, as we give our muffins time to rise and turn that wonderful light-brown color that indicates they’re perfectly baked.

The bake time should be approximately 15–20 minutes, but I always recommend keeping a close eye on them. Ovens can vary, and the best way to ensure your muffins are done is when the tops spring back upon lightly touching.

Pro Tip: while your muffins are baking, this is a perfect time to prepare the sugar and cinnamon topping. Having it ready to go once your muffins are out of the oven will make the next steps a breeze.

It’s All About the Toppings

This is where we cross the bridge from muffin land to donut town. The topping is the key, the crowning glory that transforms a simple muffin into a Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffin.

Once your muffins are out of the oven, it’s time to bring in our star trio: melted butter, white sugar, and ground cinnamon. I know, it sounds too simple, right? But sometimes, the simplest combinations bring out the most extraordinary flavors. This is certainly one of those times.

While your muffins are still warm, carefully dip each one into the melted butter, ensuring they’re thoroughly coated. This not only gives them an irresistible buttery flavor, but also acts as the “glue” for our sugar and cinnamon.

Then, while they’re still glistening with melted butter, roll each muffin in the mixture of sugar and cinnamon. The heat from the muffin and the melted butter helps the sugar to partially dissolve, creating a crisp, sweet, and spicy coating that is just to die for.

You’ll want to do this while the muffins are still warm, so the butter absorbs beautifully, and the cinnamon sugar sticks well.

Once all your muffins are beautifully coated and looking absolutely scrumptious, place them on a plate to cool. Or, serve them warm and watch them disappear before your eyes!

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Tips for the Best Mini Donut Muffins

Baking is as much an art as it is a science, and over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that I’d love to share with you. These little nuggets of wisdom can take your baking from good to outstanding, so let’s delve into them.

First, let’s talk about flour. Our recipe calls for all-purpose flour, which is a staple in most kitchens. But what if you run out of it, or you only have self-rising flour on hand? Well, you can indeed substitute self-rising flour in this recipe.

Just remember, if you do so, omit the baking powder from the recipe. Self-rising flour already contains baking powder, so adding extra would disrupt the balance and could lead to overly risen or dry muffins.

Second, let’s discuss a tip for those who are mindful of their calorie and sugar intake. These muffins are a treat, but there’s a way to reduce the sugar content without losing out on flavor.

Instead of fully immersing the muffins in the melted butter and rolling them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, try just dipping the top half. You’ll still get that delightful crunch and flavor, but with less sugar.

Storing and Freezing Your Muffins

We’ve baked, we’ve tasted, and hopefully, you’re as in love with these Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins as I am. But what do you do if you’ve baked a batch and find yourself with leftovers?

Or perhaps you want to bake a double batch and save some for later? Not to worry, these muffins store beautifully, and I’ve got just the tips for you.

If you’re planning to eat the leftover muffins within a few days, simply store them in an airtight container at room temperature. There’s no need to refrigerate. In fact, refrigeration can often change the texture of the muffins, making them a bit too firm for our liking.

If you’re thinking longer term, these muffins freeze wonderfully. Once they’ve completely cooled, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container, and they’ll stay fresh for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy them, just let them thaw at room temperature. If you prefer them warm (and who doesn’t?), a quick 10–15 seconds in the microwave should do the trick.

Remember, whether you’re storing or freezing, it’s crucial to ensure your muffins are completely cool before you put them away. Storing warm muffins can lead to condensation, which can make them soggy, and we certainly don’t want that!

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Cinnamon and Sugar Donut Muffins

Gwen Xavier
These mini-muffins are a nod to the classic Cider Mill Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut without all the extra calories.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Muffins
Calories 160 kcal


  • 1/2 Cup White sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Margarine or butter, melted
  • 3/4 Tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour


  • 1/4 Cup Margarine or butter, melted
  • 1/2 Cup White sugar
  • 1 Tsp Ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 24 mini-muffin cups.
  • In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup margarine, and nutmeg. Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined.
  • Fill the prepared mini muffin cups about half full and bake in the oven about 15–20 minutes, until the tops are light brown.
  • While the muffins are baking, combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping together in a small bowl. When the muffins are done, melt the remaining margarine.
  • Remove muffins from their pan and carefully dip each muffin in the melted margarine. Roll each muffin through the cinnamon-sugar mixture and set in a plate to cool. Serve warm or cooled.
Keyword Cinnamon sugar, Donut, muffins
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Gwen Xavier

Gwen Xavier, the culinary genius behind Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life, initially crafted her food-focused website out of a necessity to find joy in cooking. Over the years, her relationship with the kitchen transformed from a mere duty to a fervent passion. Today, Gwen shares a variety of recipes on a daily basis, curating meals that cater to diverse tastes and family preferences, proving that cooking can indeed become a love affair!

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