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

The Southern Lady Cooks
These Cinnamon Donut Muffins are absolutely delicious. Perfect way to start the day. Just add a hot cup to coffee! 
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 18 muffins


  • 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. Collette Ricks says:

    These are absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!! I used a brush to brush the butter on before putting it in the cinnamon sugar – and that worked really well! I felt like I could ensure the butter would be consistent, that way. My son ate one and then immediately asked if he could have another one!5 stars

  2. Amy Dittus says:

    These muffins are SO DELICIOUS! They are easy to make and everyone loved how moist they were. I’ll be making them again!! One note – they only needed to bake for 25 mins, not 35 mins.5 stars

  3. Jen Julien says:

    So good and easy to make! Will be making these again! Taste like donuts!5 stars

  4. 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.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Glad they were a hit! I’ve never baked them in advance but I’m sure you could.

  5. Do you dip the whole cupcake or just the top??

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I did the whole muffin.

  6. Great recipe was delicious my family enjoyed thank you for sharing5 stars

  7. Elaine Groves says:

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

  8. 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

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So glad you enjoy this one, we love it too!

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

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You’re very welcome!So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Lisa Howard says:

    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. The Southern Lady says:

      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.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think you could but have not tried it, Glenda.

      1. Can I use 1% milk instead of homogenized

      2. The Southern Lady says:

        Yes, I think it would work Linda but have not tried it.

  11. Do you use liquid or powder butter

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I always use liquid buttermilk.

      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!

  12. Can you replace the egg for anything? My son is allergic.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

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

    2. try 1/4 cup applesauce with additional 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  13. Mary Rose says:

    It said one stick of BUTTER …. What the measurement is that?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      That is 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      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.

  14. Patricia Meadows says:

    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. The Southern Lady says:

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

      1. Patricia Meadows says:

        They loved them!

      2. The Southern Lady says:

        Great, Patricia!

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

  16. I made these into mini muffins. I got 38 mini muffins with this recipe. Our family LOVES this recipe! Thank You!5 stars

  17. I’m going to try these with chocolate frosting on top

  18. 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

    1. I was able to get 18 muffins out of this

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

  20. vanessa green says:

    do u have to use all purpose flour or can u use self rising???????

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think you could use self-rising.

  21. I am sure these would be wonderful and plan to make them over the holidays.

  22. What can I use in place of buttermilk?
    That’s not something I have on hand.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You can check on Google search for a way to make buttermilk with regular milk.

    2. 1 cup of milk with 1 tsbp of vinegar let sit for 5 minutes and it can be used as an alternative to buttermilk 🙂

  23. 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

  24. Made these today. Wonderful! Thanks5 stars

  25. How about putting some cinnamon in the batter? Do you think that would be good or take away the donut taste??

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      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.

      1. I know how you feel! I’m also a cinnamon lover…the more the better! I’ll be giving it a try!

  26. Made these this morning. Very very good!5 stars

  27. Wanda F. Grubbs Alexander says:

    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>>>>>>

  28. Would this work with mashed banana added?

  29. 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!

  30. How many grams in a stick of butter?? In Australia we measure in grams. Thank you

  31. 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.