Delicious, easy Cinnamon Donut Muffins. These popable bites are perfect paired with your morning coffee–and they freeze beautifully, too!
Rolled in butter and dredged through cinnamon sugar, cinnamon muffins almost melt in your mouth. I love these for a breakfast you can eat on the go or a snack anytime of day.
All about the Cinnamon
These mini muffins remind me of cinnamon sugar donut holes, only they’re baked instead of fried.
Homemade donuts are great, but I rarely have the time or energy to mess with frying. All that oil and mess is a huge deterrent no matter how much I want a sweet breakfast baked good!
When you want something with the crunch of cinnamon sugar that come together easily, these muffins are gold!
You bake them in a mini muffin tin and then send them right into a bath of butter and cinnamon sugar.
The miniature size is especially nice because you get to eat a LOT of muffins without feeling weighed down afterward.
Trust me when I tell you you’re going to find it difficult to stop popping these adorable mini muffins in your mouth.
My whole family loves these and the way they fill the kitchen with the aroma of cinnamon isn’t half bad, either.
These are so easy to transport that they are the perfect choice if I’m the one assigned to bring breakfast to an event!
I usually make two batches so that I can eat one right away and freeze the others. 25 mini muffins fit quite nicely in a Ziploc gallon bag.
This time I made cinnamon donut muffins. I froze 4 bags worth and saved a couple dozen muffins to eat hot from the oven.
Also, a reader recently informed me these are commonly referred to French Breakfast Puffs. I’m totally calling them that from now on!
What You’ll Need
Just a basic muffin recipe with flour, butter, milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, and eggs.
The key ingredient to get the best texture for these muffins is the butter flavored Crisco. I know you’ll ask. Can I use all butter?
The answer is yes….but you’re already this far in with the butter and sugar, go all the way!
The shortening is what makes the muffins moist and fluffy. Then you roll the baked muffins in melted butter before adding the cinnamon sugar topping.
How to Make Cinnamon Donut Muffins
STEP 1. Mix one cup sugar with shortening until well blended. Add eggs.
STEP 2. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg. Add flour mixture alternately with milk to the creamed mixture. Beat well after each addition.
STEP 3. Lightly grease mini muffin tins. Fill muffin cups half full (I use a 1 Tbsp scoop). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes.
STEP 4. While baking, melt 2 sticks of butter. In a small bowl, mix sugar with cinnamon. Dip baked muffins in butter, coating thoroughly, then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Eat, enjoy, and eat some more!
Don’t forget to enjoy a cup of cold brew coffee to have with your doughnut muffins!
Tips and Tricks
Can you make mini muffins into regular sized muffins?
You can use this recipe to make big muffins instead (using a regular sized cupcake pan).
However you would have less cinnamon/sugar to muffin ratio. You’ll also need to adjust the baking time by adding a couple of minutes.
I personally prefer them mini sized so I can eat more of them!
Mess free rolling:
To roll the muffins in cinnamon sugar without getting your hands sticky, you can use a large slotted spoon. Just be gentle with the muffin so you don’t accidentally break it while rolling!
You could also just dunk the tops in butter then the cinnamon sugar.
When it comes to these muffins, you really need to use shortening in the dough. It gets the muffins fluffy and keeps them moist!
The butter flavored shortening gives these the best taste but regular Crisco will work, too.
How to freeze muffins:
Once cooled, you can transfer the muffins right away to a ziploc freezer bag. They’ll keep in the freezer for several months.
Thaw at room temperature for a few hours or pop them in the microwave!
How to store mini muffins:
If you won’t be freezing these muffins, keep them tightly covered at room temperature.
They’re best eaten within a day or so; I love them especially when they’re still warm from the oven.
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