Donut Muffins

I love tradition and the holidays. I especially care for the two put together. Every year, my husband and I make some sort of homemade Christmas gift for friends and family. Two years ago, we did a box of baked goods with hazelnut biscotti, brownies, and peanut butter kiss cookies. Last year we made homemade vanilla extract (which I’ll share with you soon!). So when we were walking to check out at the grocery store and I saw a Better Homes and Gardens Food Gifts magazine, I might’ve thrown a fit if my husband wouldn’t let me get it. I think he knew this and actually gave in pretty quickly!

There are some great recipes in this magazine and some very creative ways of wrapping food gifts. I was thumbing through it and saw this recipe for Donut Muffins. My husband loves donuts almost as much as he loves ice cream (he might trade me in for a gallon depending on the day!). I enjoy donuts every once in a while, but am not a huge fan of cooking anything where I have to bring out a huge pot of oil. Granted, there are sometimes that this is necessary, but those are very rare. This is the perfect substitute and they’re very scrumptious! This is a good recipe to have on hand if you happen to have visitors at breakfast, brunch, or snack time and they don’t give you much warning.

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/3 c shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange or vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c butter, melted
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl.
In your mixer, beat 1/2 cup sugar and shortening on medium speed until well mixed. Add the extract and egg and beat until combined.
Next, alternate adding the flour and milk mixtures into the sugar and shortening, mixing well after each addition.
Scoop into your muffin tins.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the rest of the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Brush each donut muffin with the melted butter and roll in the cinnamon sugar. Yum!
Buon appetito!

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