Donut Muffins

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The perfect marriage between a donut and a muffin! These taste like donut holes! There are several recipes out there for these delectable bites, I've tried a few, and this one is my favorite. I found it here on Hillbilly Housewife. I made a few slight variations, and don't really know if it makes a difference or not, but here is my modified recipe

Doughnut Muffins

* 1/3 cup shortening
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 medium egg (I used large and it worked fine)
* 1-1/2 cups flour
* 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 3/4 cup milk
* 1/2 tsp butter flavor extract
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl mash together the shortening and sugar. Add the egg and whisk it all up until it is smooth. Make sure you use shortening, Not Margarine. The shortening gives this recipe it’s special texture. Measure the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg into the bowl. Pour in the milk, butter extract and vanilla extract. Mix the batter with a whisk until it is smooth. Drop the mixture into 24 oiled mini muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake the muffins at 350 for 15-18 minutes, the tops my still look pale, use a toothpick to check doneness. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.

***I had a little batter left over so I added 2 teaspoons of cocoa and made 6 chocolate muffins, super yummy!***

Here are the recipes for the glazes:

Chocolate Glaze
Alton Brown

* 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1 Tablespoon milk
* 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
* 1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar

Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Dip tops of muffins into glaze. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.
*I just heated mine in a small bowl in the microwave, then added the chocolate and sugar.*

Strawberry Glaze

* 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1 Tablespoon milk
* 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
* 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
* 1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
* a few drops pink food coloring

Directions same as above, replace vanilla extract with strawberry and omit the chocolate, add food coloring at the end.

Vanilla Glaze
Alton Brown

* 1 Tablespoon milk
* 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar

mix all ingredients together until smooth.

For the cinnamon sugar coated muffins, I just dipped the whole muffin in melted butter then rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture.
Be careful with these, they may seem small and harmless, but it's easy to eat more than a few!

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Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Wow... the look amazing!

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a fun take on donuts. My kids would love making and eating these! Joni

Unknown said...

I KNEW I should have skipped this entry when I saw the title. These look dangerously good!!

Mom B. said...

Yummo is all I can say! I'll have to try them soon.

Jingle said...

These look SO good! Do you know if they would work with full size muffin tins?

Megan said...

Jingle-they would work in regular size muffin tins, the link to the original recipe has the directions for how hot and how long to cook them for @ regular size. I think it makes 12 regular size muffins.

January Hart said...

These look off-the-charts yummy!! Do you know how long they stay good? Could I make them the night before and serve in the morning?

Jenny said...

those look delish! I'll have to try them out!

Megan said...

january, I'm not sure how long they would stay good for once they are frosted, I made some with just cinnamon and sugar and they were good the next day. I gave the frosted ones away to a friend, and only kept a few, we ate them all that night! :) I bet they'd be good the next day though!

amieggs said...

wow thanks!!!! they look amazing =D

Unknown said...

OMG - how yummy !

Kristi said...

These look yummy! I can't wait to give them a try! Thanks for sharing.