Pumpkin doughnut muffins

Doughnuts. It’s a love hate thing. Love them, but hate the way I feel after eating them. So when my sister showed me this recipe from Martha Stewart I was very intrigued. The goodness of pumpkin muffins combined with doughnut batter texture and a cinnamon sugar coating. Yum. These were a “try not to eat the entire batch out of the oven” recipe you will love!


  • 10 tbsp. (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp.  ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin puree (from a 15-ounce can)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 12 standard muffin cups.

Make batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and allspice. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions pumpkin mixture, and beat to combine.

Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each muffin cup and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Let muffins cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Working with one at a time, remove muffins from pan, brush all over with butter, then toss to coat in sugar mixture. Let muffins cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 12 muffins.

Recipe source: Martha Stewart Everyday

Time: 1 hour


4 thoughts on “Pumpkin doughnut muffins

  1. nancy@skinnykitchen January 12, 2011 / 1:30 AM

    Your photos make these muffins look sooo good!

    • thequickanddirtycook January 12, 2011 / 11:36 AM

      They taste good too!

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