Pumpkin Donut Muffins with Cinnamon and Sugar

Tis the season for fall baking, which means pumpkin and apples are going to be the main ingredients of the majority of the recipes I’ll be making.  As much as I love summer and the great flavors that go along with it, I am ready to move on.

Last week I got an email from King Arthur Flour for Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts.  It looked so easy and delicious I couldn’t wait to make it.  What’s great about this recipe is you don’t have to have them as donuts, so if you don’t have a donut pan, it’s ok!  The recipe suggests that you can make them in a muffin pan and that is just what I did.

You can find the original recipe for Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts here… but here is the recipe for “Pumpkin Donut Muffins with Cinnamon and Sugar”…

For muffins:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin (this is pretty much a whole 15 ounce can)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

For topping:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Fill muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

Combine the first 7 ingredients (all except the flour), and beat until smooth.

Add the flour and stir until combined (I found it to be a little lumpy).

Fill the liners ¾ full.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow the muffins to cool slightly.

For the topping, combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and put the melted butter in a small bowl.  Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top of the muffin with butter (you need just enough to make the cinnamon-sugar mixture stick).

Dip the top of the muffin into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

That’s it!  So easy!  You now have a wonderful, fall flavored breakfast treat with a sweet, slightly crunchy topping.  I brought a whole plate to work for the lovely ladies in my department to enjoy.   I hope you give it a try and enjoy it too!

2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Donut Muffins with Cinnamon and Sugar

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