Brown Butter Donut Muffins

Cinnamon-sugar is the sand of the land-locked. You'll agree as you try to brush it off your child's mouth, cheeks, eyes, ears, hair. 

as you hear it fall out of your clothes as you stand up. 

as you wonder what could have possibly happened to your clean house.

By my own definition, these are no muffins.

(muffin: n, a food item with a cylindrical bottom and half-spherical top, edible by toddler hands, and requiring little-to-no parental clean-up)

These Brown Butter Donut Muffins are something with many of the muffin requirements, but much much MUCH messier.  

To save yourself getting out the vacuum and attaching a giant funnel to aim at your children, I suggest you confine these to outside.  Or, at least, the kitchen. 

Because as much as you will dislike finding bits of hard, uncomfortable cinnamon sugar all over the backs of your thighs after sitting on your couch, no one will be able to stop eating them. 

I found this recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins at The Way to His Heart, and had to try them.  I modified the recipe to include my beloved brown butter, of course.
Brown Butter Doughnut Muffins


1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 tbsp browned butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin tin well. 
(I always say this. Probably mostly for my own benefit.  Surely none of you have as much trouble with not-greased-well-enough pans.)

Step #2: Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon together. 

Step #3: Brown butter on stove. 

Step #4: In mixer, cream butter, sugar, egg, and milk.

Step #5: Add flour mixture slowly to butter mixture.

Step #6: Spoon batter into muffin tin (evenly if possible).

Step #7: Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Step #8: While still warm, pull muffins out of tin and lay on a baking sheet for topping. 

Step #9: Melt butter (I just used the same pan as for browning the butter earlier).

Step #10: Mix cinnamon and sugar topping in another shallow bowl. 

Step #11: First dip muffin in butter (roll it around to coat), then dip it into the cinnamon-sugar mix (and roll around to coat again). 

Step #12: Let cool on the baking sheet.

For more muffins, visit:
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffin Tops
Whole Wheat Cheddar Muffins
Mac and Cheese Muffins

This recipe shared at Weekend Potluck #26


  1. Just checked your comment on my foodbuzz box. Thanks for the following on twitter...but I don't see you following my blog...I'm following your blog, and will follow you on twitter, as well!

    Love your yummy donut muffins, especially with the brown butter. Awesome...thanks for sharing!

    1. Definitely following your blog! :) Thanks!

  2. These definitely do get a little messy, especially once I started doing filling inside of them as well! Glad you enjoyed them. Love the brown butter addition.

    1. Filling sounds awesome, I'll have to check those out! Although I don't know if I'm quite equipped to tackle fillings, yet :)

  3. I love your donut muffins. My kids love eating foods that are sugary and messy. I will make them some soon:) Thanks for the terrific post:)

    1. Glad you like them - messier always tastes better, doesn't it?

  4. These look so good. ...With adult girls, I think these are safe for me to make :)

    1. Haha, I'd think so, although my parents may not agree!

  5. Baked donuts!!! Love your version of these less-guilty non-fried treats. Brown butter sounds nutty and very delicious to me :D

  6. these are awesome! definitely trying this soon!


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