Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins for Valentines Day

by lisa on February 14, 2012 · 10 comments

Happy Valentines Day!  Hope you are all having a day filled with friendship and love.

My son wanted to bring a treat to his class today. He wanted me to make donuts but I only have one donut pan that makes six donuts at a time. Since I would have to do four batches, he decided to be easy on mom and have me bake muffins instead. His specifications were that they had to taste like donuts.  I have made a similar muffin before that called for yogurt. Since I didn’t have any on hand, I thought I’d try something a little different. I slightly adapted this recipe from Baking Bites and used some colored sugar to make things a little festive.

This recipe produced a moist but light sugary muffin that tasted like fresh donuts. I used pink and red sugars but the colors could easily be adapted for the holiday. Green would be great for St Patty’s Day and orange would work well for Halloween. My son was very happy and I hope his classmates like them as well.

If you need some more quick treats for Valentines day, why don’t you try one of these? You might already have the ingredients on hand.

Nutella Yogurt With Strawberries

White Chocolate Covered Clementines

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

Fun Fondue

Shot Glass Brownie Sundaes

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins for Valentines Day
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Serves: 10
These muffins can be adapted with different color sugars for different holidays.
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ cups flour ( I used half white, half whole wheat)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup low fat milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup colored sugars, for rolling
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper or aluminum foil liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar & egg until light and fluffy.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, & salt. Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine. Pour in vegetable oil, milk & vanilla extract.
  4. Divide batter evenly into 10 muffin cups, filling each about ¾ full.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. While muffins are baking, melt butter & mix together with cinnamon. Pour colored sugar into a small bowl. When muffins are done, brush the top of each with the melted butter mixture then remove from the pan and roll or sprinkle with sugar. Cool on a wire rack before serving.
These can be baked the day before but coat with the butter & sugar the day they are being served.



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Ramona February 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I’ve been wanting sweet and sugary all morning!


Lisa February 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

These are adorable and I love the idea of changing up the colors to match the holiday. I haven’t made muffins in ages but these are at the top of my Pepperplate list!


Kate February 15, 2012 at 8:11 am

These are totally cute, and I bet the kids loved them as much as doughnuts.


Rach February 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

These are so precious! Love the festive colors for Valentine’s. 🙂

And thanks for popping by the blog and leaving such a sweet comment! 🙂


Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes} February 16, 2012 at 9:21 am

These are so cute. Love the colors 🙂


teresa February 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

what a pretty v-day treat! i love the pink, and they look delish!


Pam February 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm

They look so pretty & delicious!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) February 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Very cute…hope your Valentines was splendid, Lisa!


Magic of Spice February 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

These are so cure! Hope you had a wonderful valentines day 🙂


Biz February 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Those look insulin worthy for sure! Hope you had a nice v-day! 😀


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