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Spiced Donut Muffins

This quick and easy muffin recipe mimics a donut without the frying!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas baking, muffins, spice donut
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12



  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour I like to use half cake flour and half all purpose
  • 1 cup milk


  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Set rack in center of oven. Line 12 muffin cups or grease the cups if not using liners.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, beat the softened butter, oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat again until smooth.

  3. Add the baking powder, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and flour to the wet mixture in bowl. Fold together by hand using a large spatula or spoon.

  4. Add the milk all at once and fold again by hand using spatula or spoon. Make sure all ingredients are combined. Do not over mix!

  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. The cups should be almost full.
  6. Bake the muffins for 15-18 minutes or until tops are golden brown and set.
  7. Remove from oven.
  8. While muffins are cooling a bit, melt the butter in a small bowl. Set aside.
  9. In a separate bowl, combine 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

  10. Dip the top of the warm muffin into the melted butter, then the cinnamon sugar mixture.

  11. Serve warm if possible!

Recipe Notes

-I used a blend of  1 1/3 cup cake and 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour to get a lighter muffin texture. You may use either type.
-Make sure to have the oven heated properly. Pre-heat while you are making the batter.
-This recipe could be altered to use a glaze as the topping, or drizzled chocolate. Or a sprinkle of powdered sugar and unsweetened cocoa. The possibilities are endless!