Spiced Donut Muffins

spiced donut muffinsWhenever I’m looking for interesting recipes, I always turn to Pinterest for inspiration. The other day, I pinned these pumpkin donut muffins and got pretty excited — the taste of a donut without the grease of frying and not having to buy a special pan to bake donuts. Awesome.spiced donut muffinsI considered making the pumpkin version I pinned, but the day I had time to bake, I failed to buy any pumpkin puree. Instead, I found this recipe, which had stellar reviews, so I chose to try this version. I adapted the recipe by adding more fall spices — cloves, allspice and extra nutmeg and cinnamon.spiced donut muffinsThese spiced donut muffins are super easy to make. Just mix the donut ingredients in one bowl and fill half the muffin tin with the batter. Once they are golden brown, remove them from the oven and dip them in melted butter and the cinnamon sugar. Let dry/cool on a wire rack. That’s it!spiced donut muffinsAnd the taste, wow. They remind me of a large cinnamon sugar cake donut. They taste great as, is, but would also be great with some pumpkin butter. These spiced donut muffins would make an excellent brunch option for Thanksgiving, or for a sweet treat anytime.spiced donut muffins

spiced donut muffinsSpiced Donut Muffins



2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons cinnamon


1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup butter or margarine, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin cups (I used cooking spray).
  2. Mix 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter or margarine, and spices in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined.
  3. Fill the prepared muffin cups about half full.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. While muffins are baking, place 1/2 cup of melted butter in a bowl.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of sugar with the cinnamon.
  7. Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted butter, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  8. Let cool and serve.

Makes approximately 16 full-size or 32 mini muffins.

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