Meatless Monday–Pumpkin Donut Muffins

Where do I even begin about with these muffins?  The inside was perfectly dense and moist, just like a great cake donut.  The outside held together wonderfully and the topping of butter, cinnamon, and sugar takes it all over the edge.  Don’t skip that step–it’s what makes these muffins really feel like donuts.  

I know for sure that I’ll be indulging in these muffins several times throughout the fall and winter.  In fact, I’m already dreaming of enjoying a warm, fresh batch of these while sitting outside on a crisp morning with a blanket, a book, and a hot cup of coffee.  

pumpkin donut muffins

Pumpkin Donut Muffins

adapted from Martha Stewart


For the batter:

10 TBSP (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. coarse salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1/3 c. buttermilk

1 1/4 c. pure pumpkin purée

3/4 c. light brown sugar 

2 large eggs

For the cinnamon-sugar topping:

3/4 c. granulated sugar

2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 c. unsalted butter, melted


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 18 wells in standard-sized muffin

2.  To make the batter, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a medium bowl.  In a separate small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and pumpkin.

3.  Cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.  Turn the mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with pumpkin mixture.  Beat to combine.  (Dough may be slightly sticky.  It will resemble donut dough more than a traditional muffin batter.)

4.  Fill muffin tin by using a standard-sized cookie scoop or 1/3 c. measuring cup.  Bake 30 minutes or until a
toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. 

5.   Meanwhile, make the topping by combining cinnamon and sugar in a medium bowl.  Let
muffins cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack.  One at a
time, remove muffin from pan and brush the top with butter.  Toss to
coat in cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Let muffins cool completely on a wire rack.  Keep in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.  After a day or two, you may wish to redip in cinnamon-sugar.

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  1. Natalie
    October 1, 2012 / 4:11 pm

    I'm bummed I missed this place while in SF!! Guess I'll have to make these to compensate 🙂

  2. That Girl
    October 1, 2012 / 7:25 pm

    I love pumpkin muffins in general, these are a great twist.

  3. Christine @ Cooking Crusade
    October 2, 2012 / 2:59 am

    Mmm yum! I've really been craving doughnuts lately and this post is making me hungry! How sweet that Dynamo Donuts carries post-engagement memories for the two of you – very cute 🙂

  4. Cake Fixation
    October 2, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    They look delicious!!

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