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donuts are always a good idea. always.

June 6, 2011

This is recipe week on my blog. Nothing fancy. I’m not that kind of cook. Just easy stuff. Like stuff you have in your pantry and need to use. That’s all. So don’t get all excited on me. But maybe you’ll find one or two you want to make and then I’m happy. I’m insanely easy to please.

I have never once claimed to be a baker. Not once. I don’t like to bake. Mainly because I am not good at it. No really, I’m not. And how many of you actually enjoy doing something you’re not good at? I rest my case. But last Friday was National Donut Day (only in America, right?) and I thought it would be fun to make donuts. I don’t own a deep fryer. Nor do I want to. So the only thing left to do was bake them. Except I don’t exactly own a donut pan either. I thought about buying one but going back to that “I hate baking thing” I figured this would be a waste of money. So what to do? Google to the rescue! I stumbled upon The Pioneer Woman’s Muffins That Taste Like Donuts recipe and the clouds parted and the angels sang. I made a few changes only because I didn’t have a few of the items and I really didn’t want to go to the store for the fourteenth time that week.

All I can really say about these is that they are wonderful! I ate one immediately…that whole let cool thing wasn’t about to happen. And then I ate another a little while later after the roof of my mouth returned to a more normal temperature. National Donut Day was complete in my house and it made last Friday a little bit less sad.

Muffins That Taste Like Donuts from The Pioneer Woman

1-3/4 cup Flour

1-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/3 cup Oil (now here I didn’t have any oil except olive oil and I thought that would be icky so I subbed pumpkin)

3/4 cups White Sugar

1 whole Egg

3/4 cups Milk (and here I didn’t have any milk except almond milk)


1/4 cup Butter

1/3 cup White Sugar

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk. Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a bowl. Combine the white sugar with the cinnamon in another bowl.

Shake muffins out while still hot. Dip muffins in butter, then into the sugar/cinnamon mix. Let cool.

I also never claimed to be a pretty baker. But didn’t your mama always tell you not to judge a book by its cover? I’m sure she did. And now I am telling you not to judge these muffins based on how they look. They’re good. Really they are.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2011 6:22 am

    Um, these look awesome! I am not a baker either but I wonder if I could whip up a batch of these without messing them up?

  2. June 6, 2011 6:29 am

    I love the idea of subbing pumpkin for oil! It’s a much healthier alternative of course, could you taste any subtle pumpkin flavor in these?
    These would be a great side dish to serve for brunch, thanks for the recipe Kelly!

    • June 6, 2011 6:31 am

      You can taste the pumpkin! It is like a pumpkin cake donut!

  3. June 6, 2011 7:58 am

    Yum! Those look really good and I think I have all of the ingredients. I’m making your peanut butter bread today!

  4. Tina @ vanillandspice permalink
    June 6, 2011 8:08 am

    Love the adding of pumpkin. I completely agree about the cooling process, it never happens in my house.
    I think these look great!

  5. June 6, 2011 8:57 am

    I’ve had these bookmarked for awhile but have yet to make them. I think it’s time! 🙂

  6. June 6, 2011 10:28 am

    Nothing I bake ever comes out looking pretty. Its the taste that matters though, and these sound delicious.
    Besides, if you can make it look ugly enough, it means you wont have to share. 🙂

  7. June 6, 2011 10:52 am

    Donuts ARE always a good idea. These look incredible!

  8. June 6, 2011 11:06 am

    Yum! What about apple sauce instead of the oil??

    • June 6, 2011 11:12 am

      Yup…you could definitly use applesauce instead but i didn’t have that either….so pumpkin it was! 🙂

  9. June 6, 2011 11:43 am

    Oh yum! I think I coincidentally had an apple fritter on national donut day without any knowledge of the event. Those are a definite weakness for me.

  10. June 6, 2011 12:26 pm

    donut flavored muffins? Oh this I got to try! with sprinkles? hehe.

  11. June 6, 2011 1:26 pm

    So…. I totally judge books by their covers… and if something SAYS it has cinnamon all over the top (errr, and sugar and butter), that book cover just got a lot more delicious. I mean, entertaining.

    These look/sound WONDERFUL. next time try using the NuNaturals baking blend for the dough. 😉

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