Doughnut Muffins & Premium Bakeware Giveaway! (CLOSED)


Sweet, cake-like and scented with cinnamon and nutmeg, these muffins taste remarkably like doughnuts. Kids love them because they’re deliciously plain, and adults love them because they’re just plain delicious. Unlike doughnuts, they’re baked not deep-fried. And if you need one more reason to try them, they’re easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand.


Begin by combining the milk and lemon juice. This essentially makes buttermilk, which reacts with the baking soda to give these muffins a nice open crumb.


Next, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.


Beat in your eggs, one at a time, until well combined.


Stir in the vanilla extract.


In a medium bowl, whisk together all your dry ingredients. All that nutmeg is what makes these muffins taste like doughnuts.


Next, add the dry ingredients and milk alternately to the butter mixture.


Mix until well combined, but don’t overmix. The batter will be very thick.


Scoop the batter into a muffin pan, filling the tins to the rim.


Bake until firm to the touch, about 25 minutes.


Finally, brush the muffins with melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar. Serve warm out of the oven or reheated in the microwave. I especially love them slathered with jam. Enjoy!


Doughnut Muffins

Print Recipe
Servings: 12 muffins
Total Time: 45 Minutes


For Muffin Batter

  • 1 cup milk (low-fat is fine)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated nutmeg

For Muffin Topping

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a standard-size muffin pan generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine milk and lemon juice in a measuring cup and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer or large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just mixed in. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Stir with a whisk until well combined.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, 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. The batter will be very thick.
  6. Scoop enough batter into each tin so that the top of the batter is even with the rim of the cup. (I like to use an ice cream scoop with a wire scraper for this.) Bake the muffins until firm to the touch, 25-30 minutes. Set pan on rack to cool for a few minutes.
  7. In the meantime, prepare the topping: melt the butter in a small dish and combine the cinnamon and sugar in another small dish.
  8. When the muffins are cool enough to handle, use a pastry brush to paint the top of each muffin with butter, then sprinkle generously with cinnamon-sugar. If you have cinnamon-sugar left over, sprinkle muffins again. Serve warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. Store at room temperature. Reheat muffins briefly in microwave for that fresh out of the oven taste.

Add your review or comment!

Leave a comment or review

  • Lisa

    My family enjoyed these muffins. They came our perfect. Definitely hits the spot in the Fall with a warm cup of cider.

  • Aylin

    I’ve made these 2x’s already and each time have just flown out the window. My family loves these! Great with coffee in the morning or just with a cold glass of milk. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Kat

    I love your ideas & recipes. I have not tried them all yet but they are saved for future use!! Thank you for sharing your ideas & recipes with us.

  • Marcia

    My family loves these muffins! I make them for my neighbors kids too, these muffins are requested all the time around here!

  • Nancy Keck

    My husband will not eat doughnuts…but he will eat muffins!

  • Kate

    Oh. my. goodness. There are no words to describe the wonder of these muffins. I followed the recipe exactly and they were perfect. My husband even made a comment about how my baking seemed to have crossed a threshold into gourmet territory! This is a muffin not to be missed! Already planning to make them every time I have house guests!

    Thanks for this gem!

  • Kk

    These came out great.

  • Tami

    I am in love with this muffin recipe! I would not change a thing. It’s easy to make and comes out perfect!

  • Carmen

    Made these for my daycare kids today and we all LOVED THEM! I served them with fresh blueberries and milk.

  • CareyS

    These muffins are a fun compliment to a brunch/breakfast gathering. They turn out perfectly and look pretty as well. They are definitely best served warm out of the oven, but do stay nice if you make the day before.

  • Teresa Cochran

    Wow these are wonderful!

  • dwana bull

    These are delicious…I will be remembering this recipe in the fall for sure with some hot mulled cider }:>)

  • Elizabeth C. in Kansas

    Wow do these look great, or what!!? Comfort food at its best!

  • Ann Grandin

    Thanks for another great recipe. Delicious!! I would love to win the giveaway.

  • Shari S

    Great recipe, easy and sooo tasty! Thanks for a great recipe for my collection!!

  • Jerri

    Out of this world!

  • Megan

    I absolutely LOVE to bake. And to eat it!!! :D Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Made this exactly as printed and they were delicious! Especially with coffee!

  • Val

    Made these for my Godson when he visited from London and he adored them. He has already asked that I make these gorgeous muffins for his next visit.

  • I’m preparing for a large family breakfast Sunday morning, and found this recipe on Pinterest. Made them today and OH MY! Muffins – that taste like donuts! How can you go wrong? LOL Thanks for sharing this recipe. If they last until tomorrow morning (glaring at husband), I think they’ll be the hit of the day.

  • Amy

    I made the doughnut muffins twice and they were delicious both times! I loved the flavor the nutmeg added.

  • Katie

    YUM! These muffins will always be on my short list when I’m craving something sweet for breakfast (which is always).

  • Laurie Beitel

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I made them and they tasted just like the donuts my mom made when I was a small girl~

Add your review or comment!