Sugar Donut Muffins

These fluffy little muffins taste like old-fashioned donuts, but are baked instead of fried. The make a perfect treat any time of the day.
photo of Sugar Donut Muffins on a plate
These mini donut muffins are one of my favorite recipes. I recently went to a really fun BBQ/game night party and brought these sugar donut muffins for dessert.
overhead photo of a plate of Sugar Donut MuffinsI’m going to keep this post relatively short. I’m pretty exhausted after being at San Diego Comic Con for the past four days. Waking up at 4am, walking more than 10,000 steps a day, trying to get through all the insane crowds, it really takes a toll. When I’m fully recovered I’ll share a few pictures. Some of the highlights of my weekend included getting sketches from Tokidoki artist Simone Legno, winning one of the coveted LEGO mini figures raffled away, taking pictures with Game of Thrones actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), riding in the Gotham PD cab, and watching Jim Lee live sketch.

Finally this year, I seem to be (sort of) getting over being completely star struck when I see a celebrity now. I used to be unable to think of anything to say, or I would just be gushing about how much I liked them, but this year I managed to behave semi-normally.

close-up of a muffin
It’s been a while since I made these, but they were as delicious as I remembered. Light and fluffy and they taste like old fashioned donuts but are healthier because they are baked instead of fried.
close-up photo of a plate of Sugar Donut Muffins
The best thing is, you can mix the batter in one bowl and by hand. I love it when I don’t have many dishes to clean up after.

Mini Sugar Donut Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 muffins
These fluffy little muffins taste like old-fashioned donuts but are baked instead of fried. They make a perfect treat any time of the day.


  • 3/4 cup granulated white 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
  • additional 1 cup granulated white sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and egg until combined. Add in remaining ingredients and whisk until batter is smooth.
  3. Fill each mini muffin cup about 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Let muffins cool. Put 1 cup sugar in a Ziploc bag and add a few muffins in at a time, rolling them around until completely coated in sugar. (You can also add 1 tsp cinnamon to the sugar mixture if you want a cinnamon sugar mix)
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11 comments on “Sugar Donut Muffins”

  1. Sounds delish… will be making soon! 😀

  2. Mine did not turned out nice and fluffy,  it didn’t rise as well.  🙁 I followed the recipe exactly.  What could have been the problem? 

  3. I have been using the same baking powder for months, it is not expired 🙂

    • Hmm, I’m not sure what the issue could be then. I know this recipe works. It’s one of used a dozen times and shared with many family and friends and they’ve always had success. Perhaps you can have someone on hand to double check to make sure you got all the quantities right? i know sometimes I think i followed a recipe and then someone points out I did something wrong.

  4. Made these today in two regular-sized muffin tins (I don’t own a mini version, but I think I might be running out to get one after this) and they are DELICIOUS!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I will DEFINITELY be making it again. 🙂

  5. Would I be able to use regular milk instead of fat-free?

    • I haven’t tried it with whole milk. I’d recommend low fat or fat free if you are following the recipe exactly. If you use whole milk you may need to add a little more liquid than the recipe calls for to get the right balance.

  6. I’ll take a dozen of those “healthy” baked donuts 😉 

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