I made these for a coworker’s birthday last week, and I am extremely happy with the results. When I found them, they were simply called “Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins”. When the time came for the actual eating of the muffins, someone said that they tasted exactly like churros. Ahhh…churros….If you’ve never had one, they are very near to heaven. They normally come in a long and thin shape, usually fried before being coated in cinnamon sugar. Disneyland has a churro stand around every corner. Alas, they are a little harder to come by in its East Coast cousin, the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, which is right around my corner.
Anyway, I loved these little guys so much, that I really can’t wait to make them again!
Original Recipe is here: http://shopgirlmaria.blogspot.com/2013/10/cinnamon-sugar-donut-muffins.html
What You Need:
For the Muffins
2 cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1 1/4 cups milk
2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
½ tsp vanilla extract
For the Topping
4 – 6 tbs unsalted butter, melted
½ cup sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
And Here’s What You Do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and either grease the muffin pan or line them with paper liners
- Whisk together the milk, melted butter, vanilla and egg in a bowl. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well until your batter is smooth. It will be reminiscent of pancake batter, so pretty thin.
- Fill each muffin cup about ¾ of the way full. Bake for 15 -17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the muffins cool a few minutes
- While muffins are cooling, prepare the topping by melting the butter and combining the sugar with the cinnamon. Do not combine with the melted butter. Brush the butter on top of the muffins with a pastry brush. Dip the tops of the muffins in the sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat. Alternatively, you could dip the entire muffin in the cinnamon sugar mixture after removing from the paper liners and coating with butter.
What I Did:
Okay, so I broke my own rule and didn’t post the recipe exactly as I found it. The above is what I did. When I found the recipe, it called for dipping the entire muffin in the cinnamon sugar mixture, but I thought that they would be good with just the tops done. And I was right!
The coworker who I made these for had some really good ideas on some different spins that I could do for these. She is a cupcake goddess, and given enough funding I would quit my job, make her quit hers and we would go and open our own bakery. Keep an eye out, it just may happen…
Anyway, the best that I can decipher through the muttered mouthfuls was that these were very good. I made two other types of muffins to go with them, and I think that next week we may visit this muffinpalooza again…
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love, and Cupcakes