May 14, 2009

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Posted by Susan at 12:00 AM
When I was a kid my parents owned and operated a small pharmacy in Brooklyn, me and my brothers and sister were practically raised there. We have tons of old photos of my mom pregnant, with one of out of the four of us, behind the counter. Photos of us kids playing in the back room, or sleeping in a playpen. That old Brooklyn pharamacy has so many great memories for me.

My dad used to go to this one bakery in the neighborhood and get us the BEST sugar donuts. To this day when I think of the pharmacy I think of the donuts and vice versa.

The other day I was looking through a blog I had just come across, and came across this recipe for Sugar Donut Muffins. I knew immediately that I had to make these. I tweaked it a bit based on some of the suggestions on the blog and I loved them. So simple and the perfect reminder of our Brooklyn pharmacy.

I took it a step further by spreading Nutella on a few of these, giving it an extra kick of flavor.

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
adapted from


1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking power
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
Zest of ½ an orange
¼ cup plus 1 tbs vegetable oil
¾ cup plus 2 tbs buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract

For topping:
4 tbs butter, melted
½ cup sugar, for rolling
1 tbs cinnamon, for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color. Add in all the vegetable oil, all the buttermilk, vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg; add this to the wet mixture.Divide batter evenly into 12 muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. While muffins are baking, melt butter in one bowl and in another bowl pour in the ½ cup sugar, plus 1tbs cinnamon.
  5. When muffins are done, take muffin one by one and brush top of muffin with melted butter then dip into cinnamon sugar mixture. Cool on a wire rack.Makes 12 muffins.

15 comments on "Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins"

Marthe on May 16, 2009 at 7:38 AM said...

These are delicious, I actually made them a while ago. Yours look amazing!

african vanielje on May 16, 2009 at 9:56 AM said...

Susan, these look so simple yet so yummy. Great blog

the southern hostess on May 16, 2009 at 1:24 PM said...

I just found you foodgawker. These look incredible!

Anonymous said...

These look great and with Nutella - WOW!

Susan on May 16, 2009 at 2:34 PM said...

Thanks all!!!!

oneordinaryday on May 16, 2009 at 5:35 PM said...

Did you make your cupcake liners? They're great! So pretty!

Sherlie on May 16, 2009 at 5:39 PM said...

I made these and they are delicious, just like a lovely cake donut. I did add a quarter teaspoon of baking soda because of using the buttermilk. I am not sure of the reson other that to offset the acid and all the recipes that use buttermilk call for baking soda along with the baking powder. I had one with Nutella on it and ohhhhhhhh yum!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Susan on May 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM said...

I purchased the wrappers in a cake store in NYC, but you can find them here:

Baking Momma on July 30, 2009 at 10:17 AM said...

I have never heard of these. But I tell you I am sold. They look and sound delicious

Jimmy Simpson on February 2, 2010 at 6:52 AM said...

Good work..Thanks for information
Jimmy Simpson
Wedding Cake Writer

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WeddingCakeTV on November 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM said...

These look absolutely delicious! They may come a close second to the best baked good I ever had. That was my Sydney Wedding Cake. It was delicious on the inside with white cake and hazelnut filling and just gorgeous on the outside with fresh flowers and a swag of fondant. It was simple but perfect!


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