Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Donut Muffins


Mini pumpkin donut muffins are baked and then coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture – tastes just like a doughnut!

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Donut Muffins Recipe

So, I set out to make homemade baked donuts and ended up with cinnamon sugar mini pumpkin donut MUFFINS.  It’s a long story, but it turns out you can’t make donut holes in a mini muffin pan because they just don’t hold their circular shape.  What a “DUH!” moment that was.  Hey, you live and you learn!  I guess next time if I really want donuts I’ll have to fry them, which I was trying to avoid (I have a deep-frying phobia).  I was, however, ecstatic that I was at least able to salvage them by turning them into these mini “donut” muffins and not a single crumb had to go to waste.  Then I really couldn’t decide if they were more like a donut hole or a mini muffin, so I’m calling them donut muffins.  I hope I didn’t confuse you too much…

These mini muffins that taste like cinnamon sugar donuts look delicious enough to fulfill my childhood love for all things dangerous and fried, but are done in a much healthier form.  You really can’t beat that.  Happy Monday and happy donut muffin baking!

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Donut Muffins Recipe

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Donut Muffins
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Serves: 24
Mini pumpkin donut muffins are baked and then coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture – tastes just like a doughnut!
  • 1¾ Cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅓ Cup canola oil
  • ½ Cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ Cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ Cup milk (I used skim)
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin puree and milk until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  2. Spray a 24 cup mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and scoop 1 oz. of batter into each cup. I used a 1 oz. scoop for even distribution. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 12 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  3. While the donuts are baking, prepare one bowl with the melted butter and an additional bowl with the sugar and cinnamon combination. Remove the donuts from the oven and allow to cool just enough to handle. Dip the TOP of each donut quickly into the melted butter (so as not to let it get too soggy) and then roll the TOP also in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Enjoy!


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44 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Donut Muffins”

  1. October 7, 2013 at 1:35 AM #

    These still look amazing to me though! And tha sugar coating… yuuum, delish! I have a deep frying phobia as well, I hate it when things get that messy in the kitchen :((

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM #

      Yes, I hate the mess!! The mess scares me more than anything 🙂

  2. October 7, 2013 at 7:11 AM #

    Donut holes or muffins… either way, they look delicious!!

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM #

      It all tastes the same to me – sugary and delicious 😉

  3. Erica
    October 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM #

    Since I don’t have a mini muffin pan I will use my cake pop pan and voila it’s a donut again. 🙂

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM #

      I’m jealous! And I never thought of that – brilliant!

  4. October 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM #

    I love learning things like this, especially when they turn out so darned delicious. I can tell by the photos that just one of these muffins alone would not cut it for me! Great post, Ashley!!

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM #

      Yeah I definitely ate more than one 🙂

  5. October 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM #

    I love these little mini pumpkin donuts, especially that they’re cinnamon sugared flavor! YUM!

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM #

      Thanks, Pamela! Cinnamon sugar is my fave when it comes to donuts 🙂

  6. October 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

    You’ve got me in a Fall mood now for sure! : ) Donut muffins sound perfect to me. I had wondered about the same thing as far as making “holes” in mini pans but all that really matters in the end is that they taste delicious.

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM #

      Yeah they definitely don’t come out as “holes” but it was a valiant effort! 🙂

  7. October 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM #

    These are the cutest things ever!!! I am sure they taste absolutely amazing, too! Gotta love the pumpkin :).

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM #

      Thanks, Hannah! I love cute desserts 🙂

  8. October 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM #

    These look DELISH!!

  9. October 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM #

    Oh my – these mini muffins are adorable! I’d be tempted to eat the entire batch in one sitting!

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM #

      I do love mini desserts because that means we can eat more, right?!

  10. October 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM #

    Ashley, this looks cute and delicious! I’m going to put this on my to-bake list. It’s perfect for the fall season. 🙂 Pinned!

  11. Missy
    October 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM #

    These were yummy! I am happy I got to taste one. I like that they were not fried.:)

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM #

      I’m glad you tried them, too!

  12. October 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

    Mmmm…your pumpkin donut muffins look scrumptious, Ashley! I need some right now…even though it is dinner time. Perfect fall recipe and I must whip up a batch soon! Thanks for sharing, girl!

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM #

      Thank you so much, Stacy! They make for a great dinner 😉

  13. October 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM #

    How adorable! These pumpkin donut muffins look perfect for the fall (:

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:15 PM #

      Thanks, Monica!

  14. Sarah
    October 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

    So happy to hear I am not the only one who is scared to attempt deep-frying things!

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:15 PM #

      Nope – I’m right there with you!

  15. October 8, 2013 at 5:26 PM #

    I’ve burned myself with hot oil before, so I understand your deep fry phobia. I love that these are baked! Pinning!

    • October 9, 2013 at 2:07 AM #

      I’m glad you understand! Thanks for the pin!

  16. October 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM #

    I’ve deep fried donuts once or twice… not fun. I still have the scars. Anyway, these donut muffins are so cute and perfect! I love the combination of cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin!

  17. October 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM #

    I am happy to see that I’m not the only one with silly mistakes in the kitchen- these turned out awesome though! I’m always a sucker for cinnamon sugar muffins and you can’t go wrong with pumpkin! Pinning and sharing on my Facebook page tomorrow! 🙂

    • October 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM #

      Nope you’re definitely not the only one! Thanks so much, Ashley!! You’re so sweet!

  18. October 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

    Oh thank you! These are exactly my kind of dessert! I love pumpkin, love cinnamon and sugar and love muffins. What’s not to love?!

    • October 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM #

      Exactly my thoughts! Thanks for stopping by my page Kristi!

  19. October 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM #

    Loved that you baked the donuts instead of frying them, even though you were going for donut holes, these mini muffins are so adorable a perfect portion controlled treat and it’s pumpkin which we absolutely love! Can’t wait to try them, specially with that yummy sugar coating!

    • October 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

      Thank you so much! Glad you stopped by my page!

  20. October 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM #

    Donut mini muffins sound even better than donuts to me. I’m excited to try these out!

    • October 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM #

      haha thanks, Katriel!!

  21. Kacey
    October 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM #

    Made these this morning with the cake pop pan…….perfect! My family loved them. I did add 1 teaspoon of maple extract for a little extra flavor

    • October 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM #

      I love the idea of making them in a cake pop pan!! More like donut holes! Thanks for letting me know and glad they turned out for you, Kacey 🙂

  22. Cindy
    August 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM #

    Can I make these in a full size muffin tin ?

    • August 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM #

      Yes! The baking time would be longer, though. Keep that in mind and check every few minutes with a toothpick.


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