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Muffins That Taste Like Doughnuts

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I was immediately intrigued when I saw the title of this recipe. Muffins that taste like doughnuts? Count me in!

About 3/4 of the way through the recipe, I realized that it’s very similar to an old recipe I picked up in my ninth grade French class: French Breakfast Puffs. In both recipes, you make a nice, basic muffin, then coat the muffins in melted butter and cinnamon-sugar when they’re hot out of the oven. Whoever invented such a delight should be sainted.

Here’s lemanda’s version of the recipe. (Thanks, lemanda!)


Begin with flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.


Stir it all together and set it aside.


In a separate bowl, add milk, egg, canola oil, and sugar.


Mix it together with a fork…


And pour it into the flour mixture.


Stir it together…


Until just combined.


Use a 1/4 cup measure (not quite filled all the way) to evenly distribute the batter into twelve (greased!) muffin cups.


Then bake them until they’re just starting to turn golden brown.


Dump them onto the counter.


Now, combine some sugar and cinnamon…


Stir it together until combined.


Then melt some butter.

And it’s time to have some fun!


One by one, dunk the muffins in the melted butter…


Making sure to coat both sides.


Then immediately throw it into the cinnamon/sugar mixture.


Turn it over to adequately coat both sides. Now, I might have coated mine too adequately, because I did wind up having to whip up a second batch of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. So just watch it as you go along!


These were yummy!


Cinnamony, sweet, moist, and soft. The perfect combination.


These will keep in a plastic bag for a few days, but be sure to nuke them right before serving for just a few seconds. Eating these warm is a requirement.

Thank you, lemanda, for the wonderful recipe!

Here’s the printable: Muffins That Taste Like Doughnuts



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Kathy on 10.14.2010

I made these this evening with my 3 year old grandson. They turned out great. I used whole wheat flour and extra cinnamon. Will definitely give the recipe to our daughters.

Griswold Fun on 8.11.2010

I’ve got them in the oven right now! Ready to eat them now, too!

Tina on 7.27.2010

wow! very nice!

maryclaire on 7.27.2010

These are great!! I made them and everyone loved them…but it would help so much if this post had the ingredient amounts listed with the pictures.

Stephanie on 7.27.2010

These were beyond delicious. Hubby and I are fighting for the last 2. They really do taste like cake donuts but without the frying. Heaven!

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lemanda on 7.25.2010

Thanks Ree for testing this one out! I just discovered this today and I have to admit, I am a little giddy you picked one of my recipes! Glad you liked them!

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dmkemp on 7.25.2010

Tried them and they were good. If you like these you should like a Cinnamon Cake receipe I will post to the site. It is simple, bakes fast and tastes very similar to the muffins but will go farther.

Amy on 7.24.2010

I made these yesterday and they are gone…even made them in the mini muffin pan, so we had a lot, but they are GONE!! I had to use a cup of wheat flour because 3/4 cup of white flour was all I had left…they were still good…I was hoping that making them with wheat flour made them somewhat healthy but being rolled in butter and dipped in cinnamon/sugar, uh, I don’t think so…Super easy to make and very tasty!!

Lezlie on 7.24.2010

I just made these … Oh my gosh! … I’m beyond love!

Kelly on 7.23.2010

I am going to have to try these after reading the comments. Yum!

Erica Lucero on 7.23.2010

I made these yesterday, and of course in a matter of 2 hours they were gone! I am off to make another batch for my weekend at the lake ;) Yummy!!!

Anna on 7.22.2010

Ok the ingredients are there where are the measurements

Judy on 7.22.2010

I made these today and love them. They will be a regular favorite for me!

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teachermomofthree on 7.22.2010

Oh these sound totally delightful. I may have to try these this weekend. Yum!

Trisha on 7.22.2010

I made these this morning, but I don’t get the “taste like a doughnut” part. I thought they tasted more like blueberry muffins without the blueberries or carrot cake without the carrots… Not that any of these are a bad thing – just not what I expected.

Laura Boord on 7.22.2010

I believe this recipe is in your cookbook. It looked wonderful then and even better now. I need to stop procrastinating and make them tomorrow :)

AnnieS on 7.22.2010

I made these last night, they’ve been on my mind all week. They are absolutely the most delicious muffins ever!! yumm.

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goodlifeeats on 7.22.2010

I am going to make these today. Thanks for the recipe!

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PinkPatisserie on 7.21.2010

Holy Smokes…. I made these yesterday for my two teenage boys and now they’re gone… I made more for a coffee with friends this morning; gone. My boys now want me to make another recipe for tomorrow morning. The best thing about them is you can make them with ingredients that everyone has on hand. No special trips to the store. Make them now, don’t think about it, just do it. YUM!!

Maria Russ on 7.21.2010

I made these little gems yesterday and they were wonderful!!!

maureen on 7.21.2010

I just made these and they were soooooooooooo good. I will make these again. We had them for GNO tonight and they were a hit. Thanks.

Lydia Denning on 7.21.2010

I made these today and they were simple and tasted oh so good.

Karen on 7.21.2010

The Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans on Cape Cod sells something similar. They call them Dirt Bombs. My daughter makes them all the time and we love them.

BlueDot on 7.21.2010

BRILLIANT!!! They tasted great! Photo Blogs that walk you through the baking process. That is such a wonderful idea to spread your receipt. I’m mad I didn’t think of it. Please keep these wonderful posts coming.

Kim on 7.21.2010

A friend posted your recipe link, and I whipped these up in no time. They are fantastic!!! I made them in mini muffin tins (3 dozen) and doubled the cinnamon sugar. Thanks for a new great staple for when I’m entertaining overnight guests!

Sarah on 7.21.2010

These are really good… I think to push the envelope, I might add some sort of apple filler or yummy jam into the batter before baking and make them “apple fritters”. Yum!

Joanna on 7.21.2010

Made them last night for the family!! They were a hit!! Brought them to share with my co-workers and they loved them! Thanks for sharing! :)

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gretchen nation on 7.20.2010

Yum! I think I’d use mini muffin tins…more topping per bite and all.
plus add a generous sprinkling of Garam Masala to kick it up…

Cheryl on 7.20.2010

Ugh, just when I thought I knew what dessert I was going to have tonight! I see these — Muffin-y, donut-y goodnesses!

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tallgrasskitchen on 7.20.2010

Nigella Lawson makes another version with jam in the middle (I wrote about them here:

Definitely no need to store these – they MUST be eaten warm and immediately. Thanks for sharing a lovely cinnamon sugar version!

PatioDaddio on 7.20.2010

Imagine those with a maple glaze and crumbled crispy bacon on top. That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!


Amy on 7.20.2010

I made these a month ago and posted about it. They are THE BOMB.

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kathy713 on 7.20.2010

I am definitely going to make these to take to my daughter. She loves cinnamon.

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fruitloopgirl on 7.20.2010

So making these TODAY!!!!

Paula on 7.20.2010

omg! I must do these muffins!

Natali on 7.20.2010

My mom used to make these for us every Sunday morning, they are so delicious! I need to start making them for my munchkin and husband now!

Crystal's Cozy Kitchen on 7.20.2010

These look so good! If I weren’t still trying to lose my baby fat I’d be in the kitchen making these right now!

Angie on 7.20.2010

PW, you are very, very, very bad for pointing out this recipe. I already made a batch… and they’re already almost gone! These are so easy to make and so delicious… a dangerous combination!

Elizabeth L. on 7.20.2010

I make a very similar version that I found on the King Arthur website. With those, you only dip the tops and I’m in favor of dipping and rolling the whole thing in butter and cinnamon sugar! I think I need to make them again…they were a huge hit to begin with!

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flutterbye on 7.20.2010

Yummy! going to make these tomorrow for my sister coming to visit…..they sound lovely!

Wenderly on 7.20.2010

Can’t wait ti whip these babies up on Sat. morning and be the hero of the day!! YUM!

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DessertForTwo on 7.20.2010

Love your cake stand! Love love love it!

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 7.20.2010

the moment i saw these in your book i knew i had to make them. ’twas love at first sight!

phadthai on 7.20.2010

HMMM I wonder what they would be like if I used mini-muffin tins. Mock donut holes? :3

Jenn Bo on 7.20.2010

Hey! I just noticed that a lovely tiered milk glass tray was put to use in a way I noticed (because you’ve probably used it before and I failed to notice. It’s beautiful and I’m pleased it found a purpose. =)

These “like donuts” look delish. I’m making them on Thursday. – along with S’more brownies.

Nic on 7.20.2010

How much oil goes into this recipe? The amount is not listed. They look really good!

Amy from She Wears Many Hats (missamy) on 7.20.2010

Definitely something the kids (and adults) would devour. Yum!

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cookincanuck on 7.20.2010

My kids are looking over my shoulder as I am writing this and they made me promise to make these, not that I need any convincing!

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soufflebombay on 7.20.2010

Man these look good and simple! My kids and I make something similar but with applesauce and as balls (no cow jokes here please Ree lol).

I am seriously headed to the kitchen right this moment!
Thanks Ree and Lemanda!

KAY GUEST on 7.20.2010

If I use gluten free flour, I think I can make these for my husband. Thanks!