Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins and a Sweet Christmas Gift

A yummy belated Christmas present for your tummy!

This Christmas was fantastic! I was able to spend it with my family, Skype with Nicholas while he was visiting Rome, and I got a present that I was not expecting: a KitchenAid Standing Mixer!! For a baker, this is probably the best gift that one can receive: I tested it out today, and it cut my time preparing in HALF. Now I am purposely looking up recipes that I could use my mixer for :P.

I  made this recipe before receiving my gift, and it is so easy to make that you don’t even need a standing mixer! As I stated in a previous post, my father works for Tastykake. When I was younger, he would bring us home chocolate donuts. Back in the day, the package used to say “Great for Breakfast!”. I would use this as my excuse to eat the donuts for breakfast and it drove my dad crazy!

But alas, this recipe tastes like a donut, but can be eaten for breakfast because of it’s muffin form! This is a moist, sweet, and delicious treat for any time during the day. It is a great alternative to less-healthy fried donuts and it satisfies your sweet tooth just the same!

This recipe is from one of my favorite blogs, Baked Perfection.



2 cups flour (I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour)
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees F. Line a standard muffin pan with paper cups.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix with light strokes until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Do not overmix; batter will not be smooth.
  3. Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake until a toothpick inserted in one or two of the muffins come out clean, 12-15 minutes.
  4. While the muffins are baking, melt 1/2 stick butter and place in a bowl just large enough to hold a muffin. Combine ½ cup of sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a small, shallow bowl. As soon as the muffing are done, dip them one at a time in the melted butter and then roll in the sugar mixture. Set on a rack to cool.

Yields 12 standard muffins.