Donut Muffins. Mmm hmmm.

I have seen these all over the baking blogosphere lately and I’m obsessed! I woke up on this beautiful Labor Day and realized I had all of the ingredients. Huzzah!

I landed on using this recipe from a baking blog called Abby’s Sweets.

Donut Muffins

from Abby’s Sweets

3 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar, plus 1/8 cup of sugar
1/2 tbs. plus 1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream

For Topping
1/4 cup butter, more if needed– I used 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
1 cup sugar
1 tbs. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard muffin pan with muffin cups. I used my Williams Sonoma Crown Muffin Tray.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just mixed in. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Combine the vanilla, milk and heavy cream, in a different bowl.

With a spoon, mix a quarter of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Then mix in a third of the milk mixture. Continue mixing in the remaining dry and wet ingredients alternately, ending with the dry. Mix until well combined and smooth, but don’t over mix.

Scoop enough batter into each tin so that the top of the batter is even with the rim of the cup, about 1/2 cup (more if you’re making bigger muffins, like we did.) Bake the muffins until firm to the touch, about 25-30 minutes.

To finish, Melt the butter for the dipping mixture in a small bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. When the muffins are just cool enough to handle, remove them from the tin, dip them into or brush them all over with the melted butter, and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar.

What I would do differently: I would DEFINITELY use smaller muffin tins! While these still turned out in a very delicious way, the large muffins were a little hard to take (too much sugar– imagine that!). I think mini-muffins would taste just like mini-donuts, so I will definitely go that route next time. =)

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