Christmas Morning Doughnut Muffins

Saturday 19 December 2009

I have always made doughnut muffins for my children and family, and they have always loved them. Much, much easier than rolling and frying doughnuts, and to be honest there is not really that much difference in flavour.

Sometimes I make them plain, with no filling and just rolling them in the butter and cinnamon.

Other times I like to dab a bit of fruit preserves or lemon curd in the middle. Absolutely delicious!

Still yet, at other times I add a dab of nutella, or creamy dulce de leche. Scrummy yummy!!

It seemed only natural that, at Christmas, I would adapt my recipe a bit and fill them with one of my favourite holiday ingredients, mincemeat.

The shops over here have mincemeat available pretty much the whole year through, but at Christmas it seems that it is something that I just can't seem to get enough of.

These muffins are deliciously moist with a wonderfully spicy mincemeat centre, that will have your family and guests oohing and ahhing and scrambling for just one more.

In fact . . . I think you better bake two dozen . . . just to be sure you have enough.

These are fabulously wonderful!!! Would I lie? Never!!!

*Christmas Morning Doughnut Muffins*
Makes 12 medium to large muffins
Printable Recipe

Moist and spicy, with a tasty dab of delicious mincmeat hidden in the centre, and a buttery cinnamon sugar coating. Wonderful with a nice warm cuppa on Christmas morning!

For the muffins:
6 ounces butter, at room temperature
200g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs
420g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 heaped tsp of mixed spice
1 tsp vanilla paste
8 ounces soured milk
(To sour place 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup and add the milk
to measure 8 ounces)
To fill:
storebought or homemade mincemeat
For dipping:
4 ounces butter, melted (more as needed)
200g caster sugar
1 TBS ground cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Grease and flour a standard 12 cup medium sized muffin tin. Set aside.

Cream the butter and golden caster sugar together until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla paste. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and mixed spice. With a wooden spoon add this mixture a quarter at a time to the egg mixture, alternating with the sour milk, until all are mixed, ending with the dry ingredients. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups to fill halfway. Dab a teaspoon of mincemeat into the centre of each, trying not to touch the sides. Top with the remaining batter, covering the mincemeat. Bake on a rack in the centre of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until well risen and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and dump onto a wire rack to cool for several minutes.

Whisk the caster sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Place the melted butter in another bowl. Once the muffins are cool enough to handle comfortabely, roll them in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature. Delicious!


  1. Que esponjosos se ven. Tienen que estar buenisimos. Gracias por la receta

  2. Good morning, Marie! It's really late for me...the girls have some friends over for the night and I always stay awake until they fall asleep...I think I can go to bed now!

    These muffins looks SO good! My girls were wanting something new for Christmas morning breakfast--have done a strata for years now, and apparently they're ready for a change! This may be just the thing!

    Hope you're having a lovely Saturday--talk to you later on!

  3. Nice tradition,lovely photographs! I like how the tops of these muffins wave and crinkle.

  4. Oh my gosh they look absolutely amazing...

  5. Another winning recipe I am certain Marie~ I love the idea of the mincemeat in them!

  6. This would be the perfect Christmas morning "pick me up" while the children are opening their gifts from Santa. They can't think of having breakfast, but this may actually temp them into into eating something before our Christmas dinner. Happy Saturday to you, and thanks for sharing this.

  7. Paul would love these Marie - they look amazing.

  8. Marie these look absolutely amazing and delicious, beauty pics!! xoxoxoxoxo huggs gloria

  9. Marie - Do you mind if I repost this recipe and a picture on my blog. I will link back here, too. Thanks, let me know.


  10. I love traditional Christmas recipes, and each families can be so different! I have never heard of doughnut muffins before! They look so good! I love your photos too!

  11. i love your site. i enjoy seeing the recipes and many are so delicious looking. i do not know how to to convert the metric measurements into what i use here in new york. is there any chance you could put both measurements in your recipes?

  12. Anna, since I have no way of getting in touch with you that would be find. Could you please leave a link back here so that I could go have a look at it too! Thanks

    Anonymous, I'll do my best to give you both measurements from now on! So glad you like my recipes!

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! xxoo

  13. Marie-
    Here is the post address- thank you!

  14. What a great idea. These muffins look wonderful and fluffy too, I can taste them from here!

  15. Wow I'm loving these Marie & so will all the boys! Great that they don't need deep frying, will that cut the calories by at least 90%? Somehow I don't think so, but it's Christmas so I'm throwing caution to the wind.
    Millie ^_^

  16. ohh gosh, these are to die for! I loveee doughnuts, im sure I could make a vegan version.



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