Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cinnamon Maple Doughnut Muffins (and a little nostalgia)

I’ve been craving two things lately: doughnuts and maple. I searched this city high and low for maple extract and couldn’t find any. My mom found some while she was at the Kansas State Fair and grabbed it for me. The following weekend I finally found it…at Wal-Mart of all places. Murphy’s Law I guess.

Cake doughnuts, particularly maple glazed cake doughnuts, take me back to my high school days. So when I need a little nostalgia, maple cake doughnuts are where I turn. Most of the time you couldn’t pay me to go back to high school but for these doughnuts I might make an exception. The muffins do a great job at mimicking the flavors and textures of my favorite doughnut. It absolutely took me straight back in time.

Chicken and Noodles, French cookies, Dr. Pepper, Reece’s Pieces and Chocolate Sheet Cake are comfort foods to me because of the familiarity they bring to my heart and mind. What are your comfort/nostalgic foods?

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Cinnamon Maple Doughnut Muffins Recipe

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup milk
10 pecan halves

1 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. maple extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.

Whisk together oil, sugar, egg, vanilla and milk, add dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Be careful not to over mix.

Pour batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan. (If you have a doughnut pan, you can certainly use that rather than a muffin pan.) Place one pecan half on top of each unbaked muffin. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are round and golden.

While the muffins are baking combine the milk and maple. Add powdered sugar, small amounts at a time until the glaze reaches your desired consistency.

Allow the muffins to cool for 6-7 minutes after removing them from the oven. Remove from the pan and Dip the tops of each muffin while they are still warm. Alternatively, you can drizzle the glaze if you prefer

Slightly adapted from my Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins


43 Responses to “Cinnamon Maple Doughnut Muffins (and a little nostalgia)”

  1. #
    Tina@flourtrader — October 5, 2011 @ 6:31 am

    Maple glaze gets me every time. If I went to a 31 flavored donut place, I would have to have a maple glaze. These look irresistible and a muffin is so much more easier to make than donuts.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe for these delicious gems.

  2. #
    Angie@Angiesrecipes — October 5, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    Love the maple glaze…they look mouthwatering.

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    Meghan — October 5, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Cassie that glaze looks great! Glad you found the extract, I love maple flavor desserts this time of year!

  4. #
    Parsley Sage — October 5, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    …I don’t think I’ve ever had a doughnut-cake-muffin. My life is incomplete!!! I’ma have to convince one of my baker friends to make these for me. They sound delicious! Buzzed 🙂

    As for my comfort food? Grilled cheese and tomato soup!

  5. #
    Three-Cookies — October 5, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Looks awesome, donut and muffin in done – doffin:)

  6. #
    Three-Cookies — October 5, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Sorry, type, one instead of done

  7. #
    Erin — October 5, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    Not only are the adorable, but they look delicious!

  8. #
    Bev Weidner — October 5, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    That glaze might have me speechless. AND THAT IS A FIRST.

  9. #
    Kelly — October 5, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Oh wow Cassie, these look SOOO amazing! They must in in my life soon!! Printing your recipe! 🙂

  10. #
    The Elegant Eggplant — October 5, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    These are GORGEOUS!! Especially the glaze… just wow!!

  11. #
    RavieNomNoms — October 5, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    HOLY MOLY! Talk about a treat! Those would be amazing and SO dangerous in my house haha

  12. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — October 5, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Oh, I love how food and music both have a way of transporting us to a specific place in time. Loved your post…made me smile thinking of happy food memories.

  13. #
    Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — October 5, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Oooohhh these look sooo oooey gooey good!!! I love itt!!

  14. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 5, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    These look amazing! Maple donuts are not really my thing. But I love muffins, and this glaze on top just looks irresistible!!

  15. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 5, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Doughnut muffins with maple?! Now you’ve really done it! These look incredible!

  16. #
    Christine — October 5, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Love the glaze… mouthwatering!

  17. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — October 5, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    I’ve never heard of maple extract – sounds very expensive as the real maple syrup is not cheap too. Doughnut and muffin together – what an interesting sweet! This maple glaze is killing me. Yummy!!

  18. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — October 5, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    These are fabulous! I would love to get my hands on maple extract too so I’ll have to check Walmart next time I’m there! Maples + Doughnuts = delicious in my book! Definitely got to try these. Snickers and Pepsi always takes me back to when I was in high school!

  19. #
    Ann — October 5, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    Hi Cassie! These look amazing! Murphy’s Law is right….I’ve recently seen a TON of extracts at my SuperCenter…including peanut butter extract!

  20. #
    marla — October 5, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    These look great, especially with the sweet glaze 🙂

  21. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — October 5, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    Cassie….these are just beautiful! Warm cinnamon and maple. I could be very comforted by these!!! Otherwise….when in need….I turn to rice pudding! I really can’t wait to try these muffins!

  22. #
    janet@fromcupcakestocaviar — October 5, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    The maple glazed doughnuts are one of my favorites and knowing that no one else in my house likes them makes me like them even more hehe. These muffins sound like a great way to get the flavor without the fuss.

  23. #
    Kim Bee — October 5, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    These look so delicious. Our Walmarts blow. Canada just blows in general for shopping. I need to start going over to the states to shop. Sorry, little rant there. I apologize. I get so jealous when people find cool stuff. It’s like a culinary wasteland where I live. Okay I digress, these look super yummy. I love me some maple, the one thing that easy to get here. Lol. I love how you made these into a muffin. Such a cool recipe. They just look so sinful.

  24. #
    Baker Street — October 6, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    I’ve always been a big fan of donught muffins. Maple and cinnamon are a lovely combination 🙂

  25. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — October 6, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    Oh my those donuts muffins look soooo good. I love anything maple so I’d be all over these. 🙂 YUM!

  26. #
    Girl Cook Art — October 6, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    the muffins look gr8!

  27. #
    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — October 6, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    Love cinnamon and maple combo. Bet these are great with a hot cup of tea on a chilly Fall morning

  28. #
    Alyssa — October 6, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    Those look so great! I can see why you remember these fondly!

  29. #
    Liz — October 6, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    Oh, that glaze is fabulous!!! I’ll trade you my donuts for your muffins…they look wonderful 🙂

  30. #
    Kate@Diethood — October 6, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    OMG those looks simply delicious, I wish I could bite them!

  31. #
    Chrise Taylor — October 7, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Directions state to fold in the apples, did I miss something in the ingredient list?

  32. #
    Beth Michelle — October 8, 2011 @ 2:19 am

    Wow these look awesome. I have never seen maple extract!! Comfort food that brings me back is mac and cheese!!

  33. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — October 8, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Yum! These muffins look incredible. What a flavor combo. And I love searching for nostalgic foods. Half my recipes are me trying to recreate something from my childhood.

  34. #
    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — October 8, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    I just saw maple glazed cookies, and now these yummy muffins. I’m loving all the maple glaze recipes. Thanks for sharing they look so mouthwatering. I love making things that remind me of my childhood.

  35. #
    Brandy — October 9, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    Sitting here in bed, recovering from a full abdominal hysterectomy, knowing that I’m not supposed to lift anything or really be out of bed. Totally going to break this rule for these muffins. Oh. My. Popanextrapainkiller…..

    • Cassie @ Bake Your Day replied: — October 10th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

      They would be worth it but don’t hurt yourself. I wish I could just bring some to your door!

  36. #
    Kita — October 9, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    I have found some of the most odd ingredients that I searched specialty markets for at Walmart! These little muffins sound and look awesome! I love me a big bowl of mac and cheese – or as weird as it sounds – tacos when I need me some comfort food.

  37. #
    aarthi — October 10, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    First time here……Muffins and cupcakes are my favorite because they are easily portable adn delicious to eat…This looks really good…Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..


  38. #
    Susie — October 13, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    They sound fantastic…. I would eat way to many I am sure. I love maple doughnuts.

  39. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — October 13, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Cassie these look FABULOUS!!

  40. #
    Colleen Bierstine — October 13, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Feel free to send a dozen or so my way! These sound so insanely good I can’t even handle it. Hello delicious Fall doughnut!

  41. #
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — October 13, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    Omg these look so dangerous! The icing dripping off the top…. mmmmm…. heaven!

  42. #
    Kelli Worley — October 20, 2011 @ 3:34 am

    Mmmm sounds perfect with a cup of hot tea this morning!

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