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Do you love those delicious old fashioned sugary donuts but hate all the work? You can make these easy Mini Donut Muffins instead. They are just as light and fluffy and covered with cinnamon and sugar. Yum!

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These doughnut muffins make the perfect sweet treat or an easy breakfast recipe. I love to make them for my kids with a side of bacon and eggs for a complete breakfast before they head to school.

You may also love these Air Fryer Donut Holes for another quick and easy recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

These mini donut cupcakes are perfect for many occasion. The crispy edges, soft center and cinnamon and sugar flavors makes these always a family favorite.

These made from scratch mini donuts cook easily in a mini muffin pan for a bite size treat. Make these simple ingredient mini doughnut recipe for your family today.

Mini donut muffins stacked

Ingredients

Donut Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Margarine, melted
  • Milk
  • Baking Powder
  • All-Purpose Flour

Topping for Mini Muffins

  • Margarine, melted
  • White Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe and ingredients.

Variation Ideas

  • Mix in Chocolate Chips – When you are preparing your muffing batter, mix in some mini chocolate chips. My kids love Chocolate Chip Mini Donuts.
  • Drizzle with Glaze – You can make an easy glaze to drizzle over the top of the mini donuts with a piping bag or for dipping.
  • Add in Pumpkin – If you are are pumpkin lover, mix in some canned pumpkin for your fall donut muffins.
  • Gluten Free – You can use gluten free flour to make them gluten free.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Step 2 – Grease 18 mini-muffin tins with cooking spray.
Combining the dry ingredients in a bowl

Step 3 – Whisk together the flour, baking powder and sugar in large bowl. You can also use a stand mixer.

Combining the wet ingredients and dry ingredients together in a bowl

Step 4 – Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Do not over mix.

Filling mini muffin pan with donut batter

Step 5 – Fill the mini muffin cups about half full. Remember to use a cookie scoop to make this super easy.

Baked mini donuts in muffin pan

Step 6 – Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes.

Melted butter in a bowl with a muffin and a bowl of cinnamon and sugar mixture

Step 7 – While muffins are baking, melt the butter and place in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the sugar with the cinnamon.

Rolling baked mini donut in a bowl of cinnamon and sugar with a spoon

Step 8 – Remove muffins from their cups, dip the tops of each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Then serve and enjoy these cinnamon sugared donuts.

Recipe Tips

  • Make Full Size Muffins – You can use this recipe to make full-size muffins if you prefer. Your baking time will change a bit. It will probably take about 20 minutes to bake a full size muffin.
  • Don’t Overmix the batter – You want your muffins to be light and airy. Overmixing them causes the batter to lose the fluffy texture.
  • Evenly distribute the batter – Make sure when you are filling the mini cupcake tin that your batter is evenly distributed. This allows room for the muffins to rise.
Close up image of mini donut muffins.

How to Freeze

These donut muffin recipe actually freeze great. Once they are completely cool you can then place them in a gallon size freezer bag. Place in the freezer.

In the morning just pull out the ones you want and heat them in the microwave. You have a homemade special breakfast without any extra work!

How to Store Leftovers

We normally leave these mini cake donuts on the counter in an airtight container for about 1-2 days. They will last a little longer in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.

Close up image of mini donut muffins.

More Mini Dessert Recipes

I love making mini size recipes as they are great for small hands and perfect for serving a crowd. If you love mini desserts as much as I do, try these family favorites.

More Donut Recipes to make

We love to hear from you. If you make this mini donut recipe, please leave us a comment or a star review.

Mini Donut Muffins Recipe

5 from 30 votes
If you love old fashioned sugary donuts but hate all the work, you will love Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Muffins. Learn how to make easy Mini Donut Muffins.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18
Cuisine breakfast
Course muffins
Calories 118

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 16 mini-muffin cups.
  • Mix all the ingredients together. Do not overmix.
  • Fill the mini muffin cups about half full.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • While muffins are baking, place melted margarine in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the sugar with the cinnamon.
  • Once the muffins are done, allow them to cool slightly so you can handle them. Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  • Let cool completely and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 118kcal, Carbohydrates 16g, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 62mg, Potassium 38mg, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 235IU, Calcium 21mg, Iron 0.3mg

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  1. Cindy says:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Even managed to cook them in our frustrating caravan gas oven, only two scorched bottoms so I’ll take that as a win!
    Thanks for the recipe will definitely be making again to have with our coffees by the river ???
    Coffee & cinnamon doughnut muffins ?

  2. Carrie Barnard says:

    So glad you loved them!

  3. Rowa_m@hotmail.com says:

    5 stars
    Makes these today and omg! Wowwwww!! Delicious. Your measurements are PERFECT. SO SO SO SK GOOD

  4. Carrie says:

    No we do not use eggs in this recipe.

  5. Jessica CoyKendall says:

    Hi, are there eggs in this recipe?

  6. John says:

    Made these and they were great! Then, my grandson was over and wanted to fix something for his mother for mother’s day so we chose these. Our problem was she needed gluten free, so we used almond flour. When they baked, they rose and went all over the oven.

  7. Chels. says:

    These look great! I can’t wait to try the recipe. Would it still work with a normal size muffin tray if there isn’t a mini one at my disposal?

  8. Carrie says:

    Buttermilk would work great.

  9. Kay says:

    Can you use buttermilk or is it best to use regular milk? Trying this today!

  10. Carrie says:

    Yes, they usually keep for up to a week.

  11. Cheryll Lewis says:

    Can these Mimi doughnuts made and store

  12. Sandra says:

    5 stars
    Wow! These are absolutely delicious and really do taste like mini doughnuts… but even better! Bonus that they are so easy to make! Thanks for sharing!