Sugar Cinnamon Donut Muffins

OH MY GOSH, when I saw these Sugar Donut Muffins on the Cinnamon Girl’s blog, I had to have them! Reeni adapted this recipe from Baking Bites, and used mini muffin pans, which I do not own. Except for that and using foil-baking cups, I followed the recipe to a tee. I’m a little nervous about baking from scratch and feeling like an amateur using those foil baking cups, let me tell you. First, my muffin pan is really, really old and looks very shallow. Add to that I didn’t use a cake mix base this time and um, I guess the feeling was correct, but the muffins were very good so one for me, right?

Sugar Cinnamon Donut Muffins

3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking power
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk (low fat is fine)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar, for rolling

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray or vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine. Pour in vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract.

Divide batter evenly into 10 muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

While muffins are baking, melt butter and pour remaining sugar into a small bowl.

When muffins are done, lightly brush the top of each with some melted butter, remove from the pan, and roll in sugar-cinnamon mix. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 10 regular muffins.

*Cinnamon Sugar Mix - combine a 1/2 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

The photo does these muffins or donut cakes, whatever you call them, no justice. They were just as described, “A soft and tender cake muffin with a crusty coating of sugar on the outside that will melt in your mouth like a little bite of heaven.” Reeni was so right to make them small, coating the entire muffin. Next time, I’ll be doing that exact thing.


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