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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

These donut muffins are baked instead of fried and are so easy to make. You only need one bowl to make the batter and the muffins are coated in a sweet cinnamon-sugar coating. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even as a dessert or snack.

photo of Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins on a baking rack

I love sugar donut muffins. They are so easy to make and they taste a lot like cake donuts, but much healthier. I’ve made them multiple times now but I realized recently that I never put the original version on this blog. Instead, I’ve done all the variations on the original recipe like pumpkin and chocolate glazed muffins.

So, here is the original version. A sugar donut muffin that is then rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. They might not look as cute as ones dipped in chocolate or some of the other versions I’ve made, but they still taste delicious.

I’ve also made these enough times now that I’ve managed to find ways to make the recipe even easier. The original recipe I tried required separate bowls and an electric mixer. The method I use now only requires one bowl to make the batter and a whisk. I love it when the clean-up is easy. I also used my mini muffin tin rather than making regular muffins.

I’ve made donut muffins for breakfast and brunch and I also serve them as dessert for parties. They’re so easy to make and everyone always loves them.

close-up photo of Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Donut Ingredients

  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Vegetable oil
  • Fat-free milk
  • Vanilla extract

All you do is mix the sugar and egg together and then add the rest of ingredients and mix. Pour the batter into your mini muffin pan and bake the muffins for about 10 minutes. Roll them in cinnamon -sugar and they’re done.

photo of Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins on a plate

If you love donuts but hate the thought of frying homemade ones you have to try this recipe! I’ve made these so many times and they always come out great.

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Servings: 24 mini muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
I love making donut muffins because they are so easy to make and they taste a lot like cake donuts, but much healthier.


  • 3/4 cup granulated 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 fat free milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and egg until combined. Add in flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Mix until combined. Then mix in vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract.
  • Fill each mini muffin cup about 3/4 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Once muffins have cooled you can roll in a cinnamon sugar mixture.


Recipe slightly adapted from Baking Bites


Serving: 1mini muffin, Calories: 78kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 30mg, Potassium: 64mg, Sugar: 6g, NET CARBS: 12g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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18 comments on “Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins”

  1. Hi!
    I just made these muffins. And I LOVE THEM. I’ve used another recipe before, but I found it was a lot drier. I added a lot more nutmeg and also added cinnamon and it tastes AMAZING. Will probably make them again in future. Thanks!

  2. This recipe looks like very nice! Today I buy mini pans.
    I’ll make this muffin! 🙂 Thanks!

  3. AHH! Made these this morning and they were so good. My only note is to make sure that if you have a dark metal pan they tend to darken on the sides.

  4. I love using my mini muffin pans! Thanks for posting this-I’m so excited to try them!

  5. These look so yummy! Would this recipe work in a regular size cupcake mold?

    • Yes, you can bake them in a regular cupcake mold but you will have to adjust the baking time. I’m not sure how long exactly you will have to bake them for but I’d try around 20-25 minutes.

  6. I’m starting to think – is it donut or muffin? But if it is donut made in a muffin shape – I will eat it. Less mess!

    • Haha, I think it is supposed to be like a donut in a muffin shape. Not sure why, but it works and it’s cute and a great breakfast treat!

  7. I made these pretty much right away after seeing you posted this! They turned out great and the flavor reminds me of churros. 🙂 The best part really is the minimal amount of dishes I had to wash after making them!

    • So glad you liked them! I love the minimal amount of dishes too. I’m always trying to reduce the work and amount of dishes, so I was happy to get this batter down to a one bowl/whisk batter.

  8. You list fat-free milk in the ingredients, but Baking Bites’ recipe in your link has milk, although it mentions you could use low fat milk. Have you noticed a difference in the type of milk used for these donut muffins?

    These look so yummy and easy; I may have to buy a mini-muffin pan just so I can make these.

    • I think I’ve tried both and it tasted the same to me. Maybe if you do a side by side you might notice a slight difference. I usually have fat free milk on hand, so that is normally what I use. I think I bought a mini muffin pan to make these. I’ve since used it for other stuff, but I originally bought it to make these. I really like these!

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