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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Mini Muffins

by on November 21, 2010 · 29 comments

Today’s breakfast was courtesy of Whit at Chicken on the Green, who posted a great picture of some high-rising, cinnamon-coated, donut-tastin’ mini muffins. I figured with Fuzz’s aversion to fruited muffins and her attitude as of late towards waffles, these would be perfect. They were!

Cinnamon Donut Mini Muffins

I had fun following the trail of muffin crumbs (not that they were crumbly, they were cakey, moist and buttery) to the original source. Chicken on the Green credited Very Culinary, Very Culinary credited Evil Chef Mom and Evil Chef Mom thanked Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Cookbook: Better Home Cooking. That’s one cookbook and three, now four positive reviews for you, so you can’t go wrong with these. Still, you may not need 30 so here’s a half-batch version, which is what I made.


Cinnamon Sugar Donut Mini Muffins
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Mini muffins that taste like doughnut (donuts)
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 16
For Muffins:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
For Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 16 mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or rub with butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift or thoroughly stir (I don't sift anythign before I've had a cup of coffee) together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and buttermilk.
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until just combined. Set mixer on low speed, and beat in one fourth of the dry ingredients. Then beat in one third of the milk mixture. Continue to alternate until all ingredients are incorporated, finishing with dry ingredients. Be careful not to over mix (Note: I added the flour and stirred it in by hand).
  5. Fill the prepared muffin cups with batter – it will be pretty stiff. Bake until lightly golden and firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove the muffins from the tin and let cool (I put the muffins in the sugar while warm).
  6. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a Ziploc bag. . Once the muffins have cooled (mine were still warm), brush each one with the melted butter. Then place a few muffins in the bag with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Shake well to coat the muffins. Repeat. Makes 16

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Published on November 21, 2010

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Louise November 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I have one of the Wilton mini-fluted tube pans for muffin size stuff (makes 12). This looks like a perfect recipe for its use.

Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I’ve made these and they are DELICIOUS. Looking at yours, I want to make them again! ;)

Camille November 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

These are so cool and unique! Love it!

Michelle November 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I’ve made these before and they are soooooo wonderful…I’ll have to try your mini-version-they are darn-right cute!

Sue November 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

My kids loved these when they were young. My son especially loved them. I have a similar version that I posted here:

Anna November 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Louise, I think they were work. Let me know if you make them!

Wow, these are popular. I’m going to have to link to everybody now! LOL. Sue, that recipe is similar. I guess the Blue Ribbon cookbook’s is based on the same one yours is based on since you’ve had it forever.

Louise November 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

In Betty Crocker’s Best-Loved Recipes, this recipe is called “French Breakfast Puffs” and uses shortening, not butter. They say the recipe for these sweet buns was first published in the 1920s on Washburn-Crosby flour recipe cards. The recipe came from Miss Esoline Beauregard in Florida, who sent it to Washburn-Crosby urging them to try her mother’s wonderful recipe.

Chicken on the Green November 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I am so glad you liked them! I think everyone does :)

Anna November 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm

All roads lead back to Betty Crocker!

Sue November 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I think it’s interesting to find out the source of some of the old stand by recipes! The ones that our grandmas wrote down for us on recipe cards from their recipe cards. I think for a lot of us, this is one of those recipes. As always, thank you Anna!

Robyn November 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Except for the buttermilk, I’ve got everything on hand. So, honestly, how much of a difference can 1 T of buttermilk make in a recipe? Would I be totally missing out on the real deal if I used an extra T of milk and skipped the buttermilk altogether?

Just curious!

Anna November 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Robyn, I am sure using regular milk won’t make a difference. Chemically, the recipe gets plenty of acid from the baking powder, so the buttermilk is there for flavor. Also, the Betty Crocker recipe Louise dug up just calls for milk.

Katrina November 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I’ve seen these on many a blog over the years. And have wanted to make them, but never have. I know my boys would love them.
You can make homemade buttermilk by adding lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes. So if you really want buttermilk, add a drop or two of lemon juice to the muffins. Or to the milk and let it sit a minute.
That is fun to see the trail of a recipe.

the blissful baker November 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

yum, these look so good! i’m really craving something sweet right now, so i might just bake up a batch of these!

Ryan November 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I made a version of these a while ago. SOOO yummy. Not sure who originally came up with this idea but whoever it was was incredibly smart :P

Barbara November 22, 2010 at 6:15 am

All roads do indeed lead back to Betty Crocker!
These little donut muffins are gems, Anna!

UrMomCooks November 22, 2010 at 10:35 am

Yum!!! I have made these too! They are the best little bite ever! Everyone loves them – and around the holidays that is what it is all about!

Katy November 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I’ve been making these for years, using a recipe from our church’s cookbook. They are delicious! I know them as “French Breakfast Puffs”, although I’m not sure what’s French about them…

Sheri November 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I make these quite a bit! Everyone at work loves them, so that’s where they usually end up. I love the idea of doing a mini version.

I use a recipe that was published by Fine Cooking ( – these are the ones sold at Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg.

Jamie at Creative Cupcake Recipes November 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

These look delicious. I love cinnamon. I’ve tried making my own buttermilk. I agree, you can just add a few drops of lemon juice to milk. I tried mixing one T evaporated milk, one T whole milk, and 2 drops of lemon juice.

averagebetty November 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

These are a must bake for this weekend with family!! Thanks for cutting the recipe in half.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday, Anna!

Katherine November 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

These were a hit! Next time no need to half the recipe. Thanks!

Carol A, November 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Hi, I made these last night to take to our Thanksgiving gathering. They are very similar to muffins I had made before, here

I was curious to try this version and compare. Not sure I can taste much difference, but I like using butter rather than oil, and brushing the muffins with butter rather than dipping them was a much better method (used less butter and still worked.)

I am a bit obsessed with chocolate and cinnamon combos, so I added coarsely chopped dark chocolate chips to half the batch. Really, really delicious!

Also, I live in the same county as Healdsburg, so it was interesting to find out that they serve these at the Downtown Bakery! That’s a really great place.

Anyway, these muffins are great and very addictive, so watch out. :-)

Sarah November 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

These were yummy, and a HUGE hit with the kids! A great treat to end the holiday weekend. Thanks!

James December 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Donut Muffins are addictive :) definitely a favortie

motherload blogger July 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Making these for my daughter’s preschool party tomorrow. It’s a groovy Berkeley place that tends to poo poo sugar, but hey–it’s the last day of school, and I’m feeling rebellious!

Anna July 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Wow, school goes on through July? No wonder kids in Berkeley are so smart. Good luck with the muffins!

motherload blogger July 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Well, it’s preschool–so it goes nearly year-round for the benefit of working parents. The mini donut muffins were a hit! People were shocked that I made them since they looked so pro. I do wish they were ever so slight more moist though. Wonder if I over-mixed the batter?

Anna July 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

You probably packed the flour into the cup a little more than I do. I should have put a weight next to the flour amount, but of course that would have only helped if you had a scale. I usually fluff up the flour and use about 4.5 oz (weight) per 1 cup volume, but a cup can weigh anywhere from 4 to 6 oz depending on how the flour is measured. Glad people liked them anyway.

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