Cinnamon donut muffins will become a favorite to make for breakfast or anytime you want a sweet treat.

These muffins taste a lot like a cinnamon donut and are great with coffee. Kids and adults love these delicious little treats.

I also like to make them when I’m entertaining or have overnight guests. They are perfect for any brunch or gathering. These cinnamon donut muffins have fantastic reviews!

Ingredients Needed for Cinnamon Donut Muffins:

Butter or margarine



All-purpose flour

Baking powder


Ground nutmeg

Milk or buttermilk

Vanilla extract

Ground cinnamon

Recipe Feedback: “What an awesome and easy recipe. Tastes delicious, this is my go-to recipe for the kids, they all love it. Thank you for a great recipe.”-Zaheda

“I made these a few nights ago and used the powdered buttermilk. They came out awesome! OMG are these good! Thank you for the recipe I’m afraid to make them again as they were all gone in two days by just my husband and myself! Absolutely delicious!”-Gina

“I made these into mini muffins. I got 38 mini muffins with this recipe. Our family LOVES this recipe! Thank You!”-Chris

If you like this recipe, you might want to try our Cinnamon Sugar Pecan Loaf.

Notes: If you want to use buttermilk in this recipe but you don’t have any, here is a great tip!

Cinnamon donut muffins
Cinnamon donut muffins.
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Cinnamon Donut Muffins

These Cinnamon Donut Muffins are absolutely delicious. Perfect way to start the day. Just add a hot cup to coffee! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: cinnamon donut, Cinnamon Donut Muffins, cinnamon muffins, donut muffins, easy breakfast muffins
Servings: 18 muffins
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine or 12 tablespoons or 3/4 cup softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Dip for Muffins

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • Using mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and continue mixing. Add remaining ingredients and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  • Spray a 12 cup muffin pan and fill each cup 3/4 full. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 35 minutes or until browned. Remove and let cool. Makes about 18 muffins depending on size you make them.

Instructions for Dip

  • You will need two bowls for dipping. Melt the butter in one bowl and mix the cinnamon and sugar in the other bowl. When the muffins are cool enough to handle, dip in butter and then in cinnamon mixture.

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  1. I made these because baking has become my thing during Covid. Everyone loved them!
    I was wondering if you could bake them in advance? I think my family would love these for after Thanksgiving.

  2. WOW – So easy and delicious….Made mini/one bite size! They are beautiful – great recipe.5 stars

  3. What an awesome and easy recipe. Tastes delicious, this is my go to recipe for the kids, they all love it.

    Thank you for a great recipe.5 stars

  4. Just now finished making these. DELICIOUS! MOIST!! Not as Brown as in the picture but very very good. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  5. Could these be baked in a loaf pan as you would a quick or sweet bread? Do you happen to have a recipe for old fashioned Apple Stack Cake? My mother used to make them but as she never measured anything, as good ole country cooks have a tendency to do lol, I never got that recipe from her. Thanks so much for this great website and creating this cooking community. I usually check it every day to see if you have anything new and just love the new newsletter! You and your daughters do a fantastic job.

    1. Hi Lisa, I have not tried these in a loaf pan but see no reason why you couldn’t do it that way. Thank you so much for your kind comment. We are so happy to have you on our site and happy you enjoy the recipes. I am giving you a link to some Kentucky recipes that people posted on my site when we had Kentucky day a while back. If you click on this link and look down to the second recipe it is for stack cake. I don’t have one that I have done on here. I hope this helps you and thanks again. https://thesouthernladycooks.com/kentucky-recipes/

      1. I made these a few nights ago and used the powdered buttermilk. They came out awesome! OMG are these good! Thank you for the recipe I’m afraid to make them again as they were all gone in two days by just my husband and myself! Absolutely delicious!

    1. I only make it with the egg. Sorry, I don’t know what would replace it in this recipe.

    1. Yes, you can or you can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon white vinegar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice to just under 1 cup of milk then add milk to make one cup. Let stand 5 minutes and use in place of buttermilk.

  6. Just made these Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins. They are great! love cinnamon doughnuts and these did not disappoint.I hope the elderly couple I made these for love them as much as I do. I can see making these often. Thanks for sharing your recipe.5 stars

    1. So happy you like them Patricia and hope your friends like them, too. Have a great weekend.

  7. April 30,,2014. I am definitely going to try these today. Thank you for the receipe . AJ. Lake Elsinore, Ca.

  8. Just saw this post from a friend and it sounds so good! Will definitely make these!! 🙂

  9. I did not have any nutmeg, so I used 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in the batter. I also added 1 tsp of vanilla to the batter. For buttermilk, I used the 1 tsp of vinegar to milk trick. These were YUMMO!5 stars

  10. Made these this afternoon in miniture, added an apple butter filling and a tart cream cheese frosting. perfect little dessert with coffee

  11. These are so light & fluffy – I cooked them only 30 min and found that in my pans I could make 18 instead of 12. Can’t wait to make them again!!!!5 stars

    1. I think it would be good Jessica but I am a cinnamon lover and can eat it out of the box. lol. I often add cinnamon to dough so I don’t think it could hurt it one bit.

  12. I betting they are good,I’ll have to try when My 8 year old grand-daughter come some weekend …She loves to help cook or bake.And I’m loving every minute of it….We love all your recipes!! keep up with tne great stuff that you do…..Thank You MS Judy>>>>>>

  13. Well, I’ll be darned. I was just contemplating making muffins to put in a container a friend used to bring me some chicken-vegetable soup. As my mama told me,” you always return the dish with something in it.” Since I have “a banana and a apple ” on the counter, why not put them in, grating the apple for a change.(I get carried away sometimes) Maybe I could jazz them up a little with cinnamon and sugar by shaking them up a bit in a bag, but I’ll have to use some butter to make it stick. Think I’ll check the computer. Bingo! Maybe make some mini muffins to sprinkle in. Got my work cut out for me. Thank you!

  14. I love your grandson’s nickname. I also love these muffins. Since I worked at a bakery ages ago in high school I lost my taste for donuts! These are the perfect replacement.

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