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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins taste like your favorite cinnamon & sugar donut from the bakery but in a muffin. Soft donut muffins dipped in butter and cinnamon & sugar. These muffins will disappear fast thanks to that sweet and crunchy topping.

A cinnamon and sugar donut muffins with a bite taken out of it.


These cinnamon sugar donut muffins are one of the very first recipes I ever posted to this food blog of mine! That was almost 5 years ago and I can’t even count the number of times I have made these muffins since. They’re just like these cinnamon banana bread muffins which is another muffin recipe that you must try.

They are so soft, dense but in a good way, and they taste just like that cinnamon & sugar donut we all love from the bakery. 

The best part is that buttery cinnamon and sugar topping. My kids usually will just eat off the topping and leave the rest!

Donut muffins with a buttery cinnamon and sugar topping.

Recipe for cinnamon & sugar donut muffins.


  • In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients; all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. 

    • You want to stir this with a whisk to break up an clumps of flour or baking powder.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, I use a Pyrex glass measuring cup, mix up the wet ingredients; melted butter, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.

    • Mix it together.
    • I use the same whisk as I did for the dry ingredients. 
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. You don’t want to over-mix but you also want to mix enough to make sure there are no flour pockets in the batter.

How to make cinnamon sugar donut muffins with step-by-step instructions and pictures.


All-Purpose Flour

Granulated Sugar

Baking Powder



Whole Milk

Large Egg

Melted Butter

Vanilla Extract

Donut muffins dipped in butter and then rolled in cinnamon & sugar.


  • Regular sized muffins or mini muffins?

    • I have made this recipe both ways! If you have a mini muffin pan and what some mini muffins then use that. 
    • I normally just make regular sized muffins because it’s easier to fill than the dozens of mini muffin cups. 
    • Cook time is available for both ways in the recipe card below. 
  • Spray the muffin tins very well with cooking spray

    • The muffins like to stick so make sure you spray each muffin tin well with cooking spray. 
    • You can use cupcake liners if you want to…. I prefer to just dump the batter in and call it good. 
  • How do I know when the muffins are done cooking?

    • These muffins are easy to tell when they’re done cooking because the tops will be domed and when you gently press a finger on top of the muffin it will spring back. 
    • You can also stick a toothpick in the center and make sure it comes out with no raw batter on it. 
    • But for the most part, the muffins will domed and they will look done. Meaning there won’t be any shiny raw batter on tops

hand holding a cinnamon and sugar donut muffin with a bite taken out of it


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Cinnamon sugar donut muffins recipe
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Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Author Jessica - Together as Family
Course Muffins, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins taste like your favorite cinnamon & sugar donut from the bakery but in a muffin. Soft donut muffins dipped in butter and cinnamon and sugar. These muffins will disappear fast thanks to that sweet and crunchy topping. 


Donut Muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon & Sugar Topping

  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Heat oven to 350°. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin by spraying it really well with cooking spray. You can also use a 24-cup mini muffin tin as well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir with a wire whisk to break up any clumps.
  • In a smaller bowl combine the milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir with a whisk until combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together with a spatula or wooden spoon until combined.
    You don't want to overmix but you also want to make sure that you mix it enough so no flour pockets or streaks remain in the batter.
  • Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full with the batter.
  • Cook regular sized muffins for 18-22 minutes.
    Cook mini-sized muffins for 12-14 minutes.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes or until you're able to handle them without burning yourself for dipping.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Topping : Place melted butter in a small bowl. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in another small bowl. Dip the tops of the muffins into the butter and then immediately into the cinnamon sugar topping.
  • Place dipped muffins on a cooling rack and repeat with the remaining muffins. Let cool completely or eat them warm.
  • Store leftovers, at room temperature, in a covered container or a gallon-sized Ziploc bag.


Milk : You can try using any milk you want but the recipe has been tested and made dozens of times using the higher fat whole milk. 
How do I tell when the muffins are done? The tops of the muffins will be puffy and domed. You can insert a toothpick into the center and it should come out with crumbs on it or nothing at all. If it comes out with wet batter then you need to keep cooking them. You can also gently press on the tops of the muffins and it should spring back once pressed lightly. The tops of the muffins will look like they're done, meaning there will be no wet shiny batter visible.
Recipe originally published in 2015. It has been updated with more helpful text and better pictures in March 2021.


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Teri Giese says:

    Jessica, these muffins are just so adorable! Want to see how many I can pop into my mouth! Yum!! Pinned, printed,now to make and bake! Thanks HUN!!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Aww, thank you 🙂 I hope you like them as much as we do! And yes, mini muffins are just about the cutest thing there is!

  2. Can you make this in a cake pan?

    1. Together As Family says:

      Hi Kelly. I have never done that so I can’t promise that it will work. But I suppose you could always try it. I would just watch the checking time because it would need to cook a bit longer. Just a thought. If you want the cinnamon sugar flavor (like a cinnamon roll) in cake form, try this cinnamon roll cake —> it’s crazy yum and I’ve made it before, several times!

      1. Together As Family says:

        ** cooking time not checking time 😉

  3. Can someone tell me if buttermilk can be used in place of regular milk.

    1. Together as Family says:

      What I found online- “To substitute buttermilk for milk in a recipe, use 2 teaspoons less baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon more baking soda than called for in the recipe for every cup of buttermilk used.”
      Best of luck!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Has any body used 2% milk? I want to make these but don’t have any on hand.

    1. Together as Family says:

      Sorry I’m just seeing this! 2% milk should work just fine.