Doughnut Muffins

Warning!! Addictive Muffins ahead!!

My kids first tasted Auntie Anne's Pretzels a couple of years ago.
They thought they were amazing (so does their Mom).
Not being one to go to malls often (since having kids), I decided the kids and I should whip up something similar at home.

What we landed on were Applesauce Doughnuts...they were really good, however they were not as good after they cooled I was still tinkering with them when I was lucky
to meet Jen of How to Simplify and sample some of her Doughnut Muffins! They were just what we were looking for!
Talk about addictive! They were a huge hit at the food blogger gathering I was at!Check out her site - she had some wonderful tips and recipes!

We made these beauties a number of times in the past few months - My kids keep asking to make them. My son loves rolling the muffins hot out of the oven in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Then he reaps the fruit of his labor...or in this case the muffin! Thanks Jen!

Doughnut Muffins
-How to Simplify

1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

Cinnamon and Sugar Coating
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin well.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk in a large bowl, add in your dry ingredients and stir only to combine.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. While muffins are baking, melt butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
Flip or gently lift muffins out of the muffin tin while the muffins are still hot.
Dip muffins in the melted butter and then into the sugar and cinnamon mixture, coating thee whole muffin. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool and try not to eat them all soon after....really!

You can also cut out the milk and add in 1 cup of sweetened applesauce if you wish, for a bit of a different flavor (if using unsweetened, add in 2 TBS brown sugar).

Happy Cooking!

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