Weekend Cooking: Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins

Weekend Cooking is a weekly foodie meme hosted by Candace over at Beth Fish Reads.

Ever since I bought The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, I’ve been paging through it trying to figure out which recipe to try first. There are recipes such as the Pecan-Chocolate Coffee Cake, the Ham and Cheese Pastry Puff, and the classic Carrot Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting. They all look delicious but I decided to try the Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins.

Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

For the Muffins:

  • 3 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder, preferably aluminum-free
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs

For the doughnut coating

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

To make the muffins: Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350◦F. Lightly spray 12 large muffin cups with vegetable oil spray.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cardamom. In a medium bowl, combine the milk and buttermilk.

In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium speed, cream the butter for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the speed to low and gradually add the sugar. Continue to mix until the mixture lightens in color. Add the eggs one at a time, beating just until combined. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the milk mixture, mixing just until smooth; do not overmix.

With a large ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them approximately two-thirds full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are firm to the touch and lightly golden.

While the muffins bake, set up two bowls to dunk them in. In one bowl you will have the melted butter, and in the other bowl you will have the cinnamon sugar.

Let the doughnuts cool completely on a wire rack. Dunk them in the melted butter, and then coat them with the cinnamon sugar. The muffins can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Note: I don’t have the print version of the cookbook, just the ebook so this was my first time trying a recipe on my Nook. I found cooking using my ereader to be a little messy. There’s one thing to get sugar on a printed cookbook but it’s another to get it on an ereader. I wish I could have printed the page, (Barnes and Nobles, are you listening?), but I will use my Nook again to make more recipes.

What the cookbook didn’t tell me is that it took more than an hour to make the muffins from start to finish. I didn’t mind but if I had known, I would have made them first thing that morning. Part of the problem is I didn’t keep in mind that my muffin cups are huge! They’re twice the size of regular muffins cups. So it took about 15 minutes longer to bake. Plus, I’m not use to making things from scratch so I didn’t know that putting everything together would take so long (about 20 minutes).

The muffins were moist and perfect. They were cakey and the cinnamon-sugar coating was a great touch. I made the muffins with the help of the kids and it turned out to be a nice kid-friendly recipe to try. Sorry that I don’t have any pictures to show you all. The muffins were too good to stop and take a picture of. Just imagine a muffin with tons of cinnamon and sugar!

Now I can’t wait to try the cookbook’s recipe for Cinnamon-Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

What are you making this weekend?


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23 Responses to Weekend Cooking: Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins

  1. softdrink says:

    They sound pretty tasty. It’s hard to go wrong when there’s cinnamon and sugar involved!

  2. Beth F says:

    These sound awesome. And cinnamon is good for your blood pressure, so these are healthful, right? LOL. I’ve always been a bit nervous to cook from an eBook — so worried about spills. Glad it went okay for you. Cooking from scratch takes a bit of extra time, but the results are usually worth it.

  3. These doughnut muffins sound like the perfect thing to make for a big family breakfast; I’m going to bookmark this one for sure.

  4. These sound wonderful except I’m wondering about the cardamom and nutmeg – were those strong flavors or did the cinnamon win out?

    • Vasilly says:

      The cardamon and the nutmeg weren’t strong flavors. The cardamon was pretty mild but a nice touch.


  5. Lu says:

    These sound delicious! I often cook from my phone and it can be a pain.

  6. They sound amazing! Looks like a great book. I read somewhere to put the tablet in a large ziploc bag and it’ll protect it from cooking spills!

    • Vasilly says:

      That’s a great tip! Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.


  7. Linda says:

    Yum. Sounds delicious.

  8. I’m pretty experienced and it still surprises me how long it takes to pull a recipe together before I ever start cooking. These look great!

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  9. Marg says:

    OH, this sounds so good!

  10. Oh yummm! These sound amazing. I baked from scratch for the first time in a long while yesterday, and I’d also forgotten how long it takes to put everything together. I had time, but it was a wake up call reminder. lol

    I made a cherry walnut cake. A-mazing! Will probably post the recipe next Saturday.

  11. Charlotte says:

    Those sound great–I’ll have to try them, even though my muffin attempts have always resulted in kind of sullen unperky muffin-esque things…

  12. I’d be terrified to cook using my e-reader in the kitchen. One look at my cookbook is all you’d need to know why. 🙂

  13. heidenkind says:

    Yum! You just made me so hungry.

  14. buriedinprint says:

    Wow, these sound sinfully good. And just the kind of treat that I most enjoy on a weekend!

  15. I’ve yet to download a cookbook to my NOOK… your recipe sounds delicious! I’m sure the cardamom added a nice extra flavor boost.

  16. Care says:

    Sounds quite tasty.

  17. Trish says:

    They sound amazing but I’ve been having a tough time finding cardamon! Maybe I just need to head to Whole Foods to find it.

    I don’t have an e-reader but sometimes I’ll use the iPad to look up a recipe instead of printing it from the computer. Agree that it’s VERY messy and can make for a sticky screen.

  18. bookworm says:

    These sound so good! And that’s a fun cover.

  19. readerbuzz says:

    The old recipes are the best, I think. Good luck with all your exams.

  20. harvee says:

    I haven’t been baking recently, but I’m thinking about it. Your recipe looks good!

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