Back at the Big Summer Potluck, there was one dish that caught everyone’s attention. That’s not a small feat among a group of food bloggers. But one morsel was the belle of the ball. And they may very well be my undoing. Because nothing tastes as good as mini muffins that have the texture of a doughnut and a buttery, spiced sugary coating. I purposely redid the recipe to make them bite sized because I know firsthand that making them full size is no guarantee that I won’t just keep eating them. I’ve joked with Jen of How To: Simplify, to whom we all pledged our allegiance for bringing these into our lives, that the secret ingredient in the recipe is crack because these morsels are utterly and completely addictive.
And as if the original isn’t enough, now I see that Tracy of Sugarcrafter, another Potluck alum, went and made a Caramel Apple version for fall. I sent them both a passive/aggressive tweet saying that I will hold them personally responsible when I can no longer fit into my jeans.
But there’s a little part of me that says that if I have to go up a pants size, these muffins are a pretty damn good reason. And please, hold your judgment until you have experienced the ecstasy that is the mini doughnut muffin.
Doughnut Mini Muffins
Adapted from Jenn at How To: Simplify
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray two mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl.
Combine the oil, sugar, egg, and milk in a large bowl. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Fill each muffin cup approximately 3/4 full of batter and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
While the muffins are baking, combine the 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon in a small bowl and make sure your butter is melted. When you remove the muffins from the oven, immediately remove them from the pan, dip them in the melted butter, and then coat them in the spiced sugar.