Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 2nd September 2010

I am always on the look out for extra special breakfast ideas, especially the make-ahead kind.  I first spotted Sugar Donut Muffins at Foodgawker and Tastespotting.  When searching for a recipe all roads lead me to Nicole and her amazing site, Baking Bites.

A photo of Sugar Donut Muffins arranged on a wooden platter placed on a white cloth napkin.

I am sure you all know by now how much I love chocolate!  I played around a little with Nicole’s recipe to incorporate my love of chocolate and now I can add sugared chocolate-spiced muffins to my collection of easy chocolate recipes.  Thank you for the inspiration Nicole!  If you haven’t come across Nicole’s site do yourself a favour and take a visit, she has so many delicious eats to choose from.

A photo of a person's hand holding a sugar donut muffin.

If I were involved in a blind taste testing competition between muffins and, donuts/doughnuts I would have an extremely difficult time choosing which was which.  I love sugar donuts and I never realized the tastes would be so similar to muffins, but they are!  The texture of the sugar donut muffin is pillow soft on the inside and super moist.  It has a crispy sugar coating on the outside with a hint of nutmeg in every bite.

A photo of 2 Sugared Chocolate-Spiced Muffins on white doilies placed on a small, black square plate.

The sugared chocolate-spiced muffin was similar in texture.  It looks like a muffin but tastes more like a chocolate-spiced cake. When you take a bite you instantly get the sweetness from the sugar and the nutmeg with a mild chocolate flavour but it’s quickly replaced with heat from the cinnamon.  If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical sweet chocolate muffin recipes, this is it.

A close up photo of sugar donut muffins on a gold plate.

My kitchen looked like a doughnut shop last night.  The island was covered in muffins; delicious donuts, chocolate glaze and cinnamon sugar and just like a doughnut shop I was baking till the wee hours of the morning.  Before I knew it 4:00 am rolled around.  I guess that’s what happens when you enjoy what you’re doing, time just flies by.  Check back tomorrow for delicious Chocolate Dipped Donuts (the real kind!).

A photo looking down on Sugared Chocolate-Spiced Muffins on a white cake stand with a pale blue ribbon.

A photo of a sugared, chocolate-spiced muffin on a small white plate wrapped in a brown tea towel.

A close up photo of sugar donut muffins on a brown wooden plate.

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Comments (30)

30 Responses to “Sugared Chocolate-Spiced Muffins and Sugar Donut Muffins”

  1. Brenda Says:

    Grace, I’ve made these before, aren’t they amazing?? Warm from the oven, I felt I could eat the entire dozen. Yum!

  2. Grace Says:

    Hi Brenda, I couldn’t agree with you more!

  3. Pretty. Good. Food. Says:

    Super cute! I definitely want to try these!

  4. Grace Says:

    Meredith these are definitely a new favourite, you’re gonna love them!

  5. Deborah Says:


  6. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog Says:

    These chocolaty and spicy, wow! muffins are superb :) Really all the versions are incredible, yum yum!!



  7. Amanda Says:

    Wow what a fabulous post! I’ve been meaning to try these too and now I really want to!

  8. Carla's Tasty Treats Says:

    wow these look amazing – I would never imagine a muffin to be so light and soft looking

  9. Jason's BBQ Adventures Says:

    WOW absolutely amazing! Love the images.

  10. Rhonda (The Dainty Baker) Says:

    These look really awesome!!! oh im so excited to give these a go!! thanks for the recipe!

  11. Ryan Says:

    I wouldn’t want to taste one Grace, if I did, I don’t think I’d be able to stop eating them. They look amazing.

  12. Paula Says:

    wow, it`s on my ‘next list’ now :)

  13. Grace Says:

    I have one of those Paula and it keeps growing and growing.

  14. Amy @ Blowout Party! Says:

    I want a sugar donut muffin NOW!!!

  15. Angela-Thrifty Homemaker Says:

    The Sugar Donut Muffins would be my pick. I shared your link with all my facebook friends.

  16. Grace Says:

    Thank you Angela!

  17. Marly Says:

    My family loves muffins and they’re so easy to veganize. I may have to get on that this weekend. We’re finishing up a batch of cinnamon rolls I just made (post on my site on this soon!). But this looks so good I may just push the cinnamon rolls aside and go for these instead. Thanks!

  18. mitzi Says:

    these really do look wonderful, and the idea is amazing, how would you store them if you didn’t eat them all at once. I know hard to imagine but what would you do

  19. Jeanne Says:

    They’re so beautiful covered in all that sparkly sugar! These sound even better than donuts!

  20. Bake a Cake Says:

    We made these the other day and they came out perfectly…tasted just like a donut! We rolled some in nutmeg sugar and sone in cinnamon. To make them even more like donuts we thought they would be good with a filling, so we filled some with jam and some with thick custard – yum!

  21. Grace Says:

    They sound delicious, I thought about filling them too with custard, yum is right!

  22. briarrose Says:

    These look so wonderful.

  23. meagan Says:

    I just baked these and ate two right out of the oven. I used cinnamon instead of nutmeg. They were lovely, thanks for the recipe!

  24. Grace Says:

    I am so happy you enjoyed Meagan and thank you.

  25. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    I want both! Can you please come over and teach me how to take photos? Yours are always gorgeous!

  26. Cookin' Canuck Says:

    Both versions look wonderful. What a wonderful treat these would be at teatime.

  27. bazib Says:

    fantastic recipe! i went with the donut part of the recipe and used my mini donut pan instead of making it in the muffin version. they disappeared so fast!!!!

  28. Andrea Says:

    Made these this morning! Turned out looking just like the picture. Very easy recipe to follow :)

  29. Anita Says:

    Made these a couple of days ago, and they were fantastic!! Thanks for the recipe!

  30. Grace Says:

    I’m so happy you enjoyed them Anita, one of our favourites.

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