Apple Cinnamon Donut Muffins

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Moving away from Krispy Kreme was one of the best things that could have happened for my waistline. I had baby weight to lose, and that hot donut light called to me. Seriously, whoever came up with that light is a donut evil genius. Anyway, when we want donuts at home, we have donut muffins. They have all of the yummy goodness – a delicate crust and moist, tender inside – without all of the mess that goes along with frying. These donut muffins also have warm, apple pie spices and pieces of juicy apple in them. And since you’re making them, they are as hot and fresh as you can get. Take that, hot donut light!

Apple Cinnamon Donut Muffins
  • 4 T. butter, softened
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. + 2 T. milk
  • 2 T. non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 c. diced apple (about 1 medium apple peeled, cored, and in small dice)
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. cinnamon sugar (1 T. ground cinnamon mixed with 3 T. granulated sugar)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease 36-cups in mini muffin tins.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, oil, and sugars until well-combined.
  3. Stir in the eggs and vanilla until combined.
  4. Add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt; stir to combine.
  5. Add the flour; stir until just barely combined.
  6. Stir in milk and yogurt until well-combined.
  7. Add apple, and stir until just combined.
  8. Scoop batter into prepared pans, filling 3/4 full.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Let the muffins cool in pan for about 5 minutes or until they’re cool enough to handle.
  11. To top the muffins, dip in melted butter, letting excess run off.
  12. Dip in cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  13. Serve warm.

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    • says

      Thank you!! I think they taste best when they are served warm. It’s similar to a muffin, though, so if you like muffins the next day, you may like these the next day, too.

  1. says

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Your donut muffins looks SO good! Thank you for sharing and please stop by the website for your “I’ve been Featured!” Button.

  2. says

    Krispy Kreme going out of our town was a good thing…that darn light was too hard to resist :-) I love these yummy looking muffins!! I just might need a batch very soon !!!

    • kateheartseating says

      Thank you so much!! That’s awesome!! I’m glad you liked the muffins =). Thanks again for picking them!

  3. says

    They look perfect! The ingredients are all delicious and go together so well!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – see you there again next week with more deliciousness :)

  4. says

    These look heavenly! I pinned them! :)

  5. says

    I need one of your lovely Muffins to go with my morning coffee. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • kateheartseating says

      Thanks!!! Wow, I’m in awe that you don’t eat sugar and carbs! That takes some serious will power! Congrats!! Your blog title is so funny; I’ll definitely come by.

  6. says

    1. I love the name of your blog. I heart eating? I think I heart *you*!

    2. these muffins looks awesome! I’m definitely going to try them out, thanks!

    • kateheartseating says

      Thank you so much!! Taking better photos was one of my resolutions, so that’s really nice to hear!! =D

    • kateheartseating says

      Thanks for the invite! I love a good link party! I will add you to my link party list and be there. =)

  7. says

    These looks delicious! We have company coming for the weekend and I will be making these for Saturday morning! Thanks for sharing on A Glimpse Inside!

    • kateheartseating says

      I would love for you to let me know how they work in a donut pan. I have one and haven’t used mine yet. Thanks for the invite! I’ll add you to my link party list and be there! =)

  8. says

    Donuts and Muffins?! Oh yes please! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  9. says

    “donut evil genius” ha, that’s funny. I just found you over at Market Yourself Monday.
    Love your blog it’s super cute.

    • kateheartseating says

      Thanks for pinning! Don’t you love it when you can combine two of your fav foods?! I think that’s how I end up coming up with half of my recipes =)

    • kateheartseating says

      Thanks!! What a nice comment!!! I’ve been trying to step up my photography skills, so I really appreciate your comment! =)

    • kateheartseating says

      Thanks!! Agreed! Donuts are a lot of work to make, and I don’t fry things. It just never works out for me (or my hips!!) =).

    • kateheartseating says

      Thanks!!! Yeah, we pretty much inhaled these. If you make these in a donut pan, you’ll have to let me know how it works out =).

  10. says

    Oh my goodness – I just drove past Krispy Kreme yesterday and it took all of my will power to not stop! These sound amazing. I’d love to have you come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!

  11. says

    Visiting from the Cheerios and Lattes link party … YUM!! These look delicious!! Thanks for sharing :) Pinning!!
    – Brenda @

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