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Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

 A number of years ago my friend Carol sent me some recipe cards which she had gotten from a Blog Her Convention.  The recipe cards came from Land O Lakes, a brand I had loved when I lived back in Canada. 

We did not have it in Canada, but whenever I would go shopping in the US, I would pick up Land O Lakes products.  I loved the packaging and products, which just goes to show you the power of marketing.
Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

 One of the recipes in the recipe cards was for these Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs.  Delicious buttery muffins, rolled in melted butter and cinnamon sugar after baking. 

The flavour of them is very similar to the favour of a cake doughnut. Cake Doughnuts are my favourite kind of doughnuts!

My Great Aunt Orabel used to make her own doughnuts. She and Uncle Robie lived in a big white farmhouse on the South Mountain back home. 

Aunt Orabel was known for her cooking prowess. I can still remember watching her making doughnuts on her woodstove in the kitchen of her farmhouse.  The smell, the taste, heaven.

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

 She was making doughnuts right up into her old age. Mom said however that she would always burn her fingertips in the fat because she had lost the feeling in them by that time.  

The last time we saw her she was suffering from Dementia.  By that stage she was seeing things that were not there and did not know who most people were.  My sister and I spent most of that visit in the field by the house feeding the old white horse that was kept there carrots and apples.

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

 My sister was horse crazy. She used to say she was going to marry one when she grew up.  She came close. Her first husband was a jack you know what, LOL  Sorry, I could not resist and truth be told she would agree with me! 

Anyways, Doughnut Muffins.  I adore Doughnut Muffins.  You get all of the wonderful flavour of a cake doughnut without any of the faff of frying! 

My mother used to buy a bag of them every now and then for us as a real treat. She would warm them up in the oven in a paper bag. Nothing on earth tasted better than those doughnuts.  She would give them to us as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Heaven.

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

 These have a beautiful texture.  I love the flavour of the nutmeg in them. I suppose that is also what I love about cake doughnuts!  I adore nutmeg!

I have also added some vanilla.  Mostly because I am trying to use it up before I move, but also because I like vanilla and it goes really well with nutmeg.

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

If I had to choose between a cake doughnut and a yeast doughnut, I will choose a cake doughnut every time. There is something about their texture that I love more than anything in the world. 

When you are making these, do not overmix the batter.  Its okay to have a lumpy batter when it comes to muffins. In fact it is most desirable. Overmixing will result in a tough muffin and they won't raise as high!

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

I think of all the cake type doughnuts, sour cream are my favourite kind, followed closely by sour cream chocolate (doughnuts!). I can't wait to go to Tim Hortons and enjoy a couple of Tim Bits!

That's what they call the doughnut holes back home. Tim Bits. Nothing of the dougnut is wasted and you can buy the Tim Bits by the box, small, medium and large.  And, if you take your kids there after socker practice, they will give them a free Tim Bit, which to a child is a very big deal!

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

One thing which was quite different about this muffin recipe is that it recommends serving them, warm, split and spread with butter. I had never thought of doing that before.

I have to say, excellent suggestion!  Excellent indeed!  These would be great for breakfast, coffee break, tea time, whenever.  
The glutton in me would also like to tell you that they are awfully good eaten cold, whilst sitting at the computer typing early in the morning, enjoyed with a glass of milk.


Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs
Yield: 12
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 10 Mincook time: 20 Mininactive time: 5 Mintotal time: 35 Min
A breakfast treat with the texture and flavour of cake doughnuts, but much easier to make! They are delicious! Why not enjoy them warm, split and spread with butter!


For the muffins:
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1/3 cup (80g) butter, melted
  • 1 large free range egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cup (225g) all purpose (plain) flour
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
  • 1/3 cup (80g) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5. Butter a 12 cup muffin tin really well with butter or spray with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Combine the milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter in a measuring cup.
  3. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together in a bowl.  Make a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients all at once. Stir together just to combine.  Divide between the greased muffin cups.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  They should be well risen and a toothpick inserted in the centre should come out clean. Tip out of the pan onto a wire rack and allow to cool for several minutes.
  5. Put the melted butter in one bowl and mix the sugar and cinnamon together in another bowl. Roll the warm muffins in the butter and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar to coat.
  6. Serve warm, split and spread with butter.  Delicious!
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Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

There are a great many versions of this delicious muffin out there. This one is excellent and makes for the perfect weekend breakfast with your morning cuppa! 

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  1. These look really delicious. I like Tim Bits, too. But this cinnamon sugar -- yum. I always think of cider with donuts and just bought some the other day so maybe this will be on my weekend cooking plan. I actually think I have all the ingredients so I won't have to wait till Rick goes to the store!

    1. I hope that you will bake them Jeanie and that you both enjoy them! They are very delicious to be sure! xoxo

  2. Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering. My Steve would have loved these, he was a big doughnut fan as I am a big muffin fan . . . win, win :)
    Thank you for sharing,
    Connie :)

    1. You are welcome Connie! These truly are win/win! xoxo

  3. Dear Marie, I don't expect to see this comment published. Your wonderful marriage while working at the Manor with Todd, and living at Oak Cottage, and most of all, Todd's help when you were heartsick and found moving to be difficult, are all a part of my memories too. I missed your commentary that you deleted about moving back to Canada, and the end of your marriage. You are in my prayers for a Miracle to happen for you and Todd, and Mitzi. May God's Blessings shower down upon you all, and lift you up. A Grateful Reader of The English Kitchen

    1. Thank you so much. It’s been a very difficult time for me, and Todd as well of course. I can only say if there was another choice I could make I would. This is the only choice and the best for everyone. It’s not easy to face picking up and starting all over again with nothing but a suitcase at 65, but I have to do what I have to do. I hope you will continue to stick with me as I transition to the next Chapter in life! Xoxo

  4. Oooo...these looks yummy...think I will run to the chicken gal down the way tomorrow and get some fresh eggs and try some! I always buy Land O' Lakes butter, sour cream, etc. Then again, we haven't many choices here and being in Wisconsin and all.... What is sour cream chocolate??? ~Robin~ (PS...please don't think me picky...I am, but I am not pointing things out to be a nuisance really...but I think you mean allow them to "cool" not "cook" in step 4 LOL)

    1. Sour Cream Chocolate is a variety of sour cream doughnut Robin. You can get them at Tim Horton's. They are delicious. Like a chocolate cake doughnut made with sour cream. Thanks for letting me know about the cool not cook! I don't mind people pointing out things like this as I want to change them! I find the new Blogger format is not so easy to navigate! Hope you will try the doughnut muffins! xxoo

  5. It's been a real education for me to read your recipes over the years. Doughnuts did not feature in my childhood, except for once a year when a huge Agricultural show came to town in the spring and there was a van that sold hot doughnuts covered in cinnamon sugar. That's the only time we ever saw them.

    That there were things like cake doughnuts had also completely passed me by until you talked about them. And here we have something different again that I am going to have to try. We love a cinnamon/sugar flavour combination, so I am sure they will be a hit here. Iä've pencilled them in to bake this week - we are in for cold, wet weather so I can see me sitting with these, a cuppa and a good book :)

    1. Thank you so much Marie. These taste just like cake doughnuts. Non yeasted is probably a better term! I eally hope that you and Lars enjoy these! xoxo

  6. Hi Marie,

    I noticed in one of your previous posts that you mentioned moving back to Canada. I tried to look back to see where I might have missed this. I love your blog. You have a wonderful way about you and I love reading your stories and your recipes. I know there will most always be a post from you every morning when I open my computer and I always look forward to it. I do hope that after your transition back to Canada you will be able to continue writing your blog. As a fellow Canadian (Ontario) I will welcome you back to Canada with open arms. Wishing you peace in the days ahead.


    1. Thank you Sue. I am in the middle of traversing a very difficult move back to Canada. Your wishes for peace are very much appreciated. I will always be blogging here so long as I am capable of doing so. I probably enjoy it more than my readers do! xoxo


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