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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Mini Donut Recipe:

We made these mini doughnut recipe for the first day of school. The kids are already begging for me to make them again. I’m not much of a baker, but this was a success.

The kids devoured them and my entire family thought they were in heaven with this buttery, sugary, deliciousness!

It brings back so many wonderful memories of State Fairs and carnivals. We would order a bucket of those made to order cinnamon sugar donuts. They served them hot and you could barely wait to take a bite of those yummy little donuts.

These are baked though and in the form of mini muffins so the process is much easier, faster and probably healthier too.

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Cinnamon and Sugar Topping:

My favorite part is the Cinnamon and Sugar Topping. There is nothing better than sugar, cinnamon and butter mixed together. We make sure that we have made enough as my kids like to keep dipping their donut each time they take a bite.

This buttery cinnamon and sugar mixture gives these mini donut muffins such a sweet, rich flavor that you do not even need icing. This topping makes these muffins where you can’t just eat one.

With this cinnamon and sugar it is almost like eating donut cupcakes.

Close up image of mini donut muffins. stacked with cinnamon sticks.

Quick and Easy Muffins:

These donut muffins are so quick and easy that you can serve these for a busy weekday breakfast. However, they are delicious enough to serve for a special brunch on the weekend.

These donuts will become a weekly addition to your morning breakfast. I like a little balance when I make these. So I usually serve them with some scramble eggs and sausage links.

It just makes me feel better knowing that my kids head off to school with a healthy meal.

A Mini Muffin Pan is needed:

Make sure you have a mini muffin pan on hand to make these delicious little muffins.  This sized muffin pan reminds me of a donut hole and we love having bite size muffins.

You can use this mini muffin tin for many things. You can make bite size egg muffins or make mini brownies. The options are endless.

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This is totally optional but makes it so much easier.  I highly recommend using a cookie scoop. You will thank me later because it saves so much time on spooning out the muffins.

They are very inexpensive and typically come in a set with different sizes. That is so handy for other recipes and we use ours frequently.

Ingredients:

Donut Ingredients:

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

Topping for Mini Muffins:

  • Margarine, melted
  • White Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon

How to make Mini Donut Muffins:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grease 18 mini-muffin cups.
Close up image of dry ingredients being mixed in a bowl.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and sugar in large bowl. You can also use a stand mixer.
Close up image of melted butter being poured in the dry ingredients.
  • Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Do not over mix.
Close up image of mini muffin batter being put in a mini pan.
  • Fill the mini muffin cups about half full. Remember to use a cookie scoop to make this super easy.
Close up image of mini muffins in a mini muffin pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes.
Close up image of melted butter in a bowl with a mini muffin.
  • While muffins are baking, melt the butter and place in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix together the sugar with the cinnamon.
Close up image of mini donut muffins rolled in cinnamon sugar mixture in a clear bowl with a spoon.
  • Once the muffins are done, allow them to cool slightly so you can handle them.
  • Remove muffins from their cups, dip the tops of each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  • Let cool completely and serve.

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.
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Tips for Cinnamon Donut Muffins:

  • 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.

How to freeze Donut Muffins:

These 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 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.

Give these Mini Donuts a try!

I think donut muffins are so delicious and an easy twist on a classic mini donut. It is a great recipe and very easy to make.

Once you try a Cinnamon Sugar Donut and taste the bite sized goodness, you will know why these doughnut muffins are a hit.

Sugared donuts are one of our favorite baked goods and these muffins make it so easy!

Print this Cinnamon Donut Muffin Recipe below:

Mini Donut Muffins Recipe

5 from 3 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 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 18
Cuisine breakfast
Course muffins
Calories 118
Author Eating on a dime

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • For topping:
  • 1/4 cup margarine melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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. 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!

  2. 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?

  3. 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.