Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Hole Muffins

Pumpkin and cinnamon… oh the delicious flavors of fall!  These cute little ”pumpkiny” treats taste like amazing doughnut holes, but are actually mini muffins.  Call them baked doughnuts, or mini muffins… either way, they’re delicious!

These sweet muffins are easy to mix, and bake up quite quickly, so they’re perfect for a weekend breakfast, or a special snack anytime!

You’ll notice in the recipe that the baked muffins are dipped in melted butter, then rolled in cinnamon sugar…. so needless to say these little guys are not exactly a “light” treat.  Enjoy a couple with a glass of skim milk, and call it even  =)

Pumpkin Doughnut Hole Muffins

Pumpkin, cinnamon and sugar make a delicious combo in these cute mini muffins.

Yield: 24 mini muffins

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves

1/3 cup oil (vegetable, olive, etc)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup milk

For the coating-
1/2 cup (1 stick) Challenge butter, melted
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F.
Spray a mini muffin pan generously with cooking spray.

Pull out two large bowls.
In one bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and spices.

In another bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk. Mix until smooth and well combined.

Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined (do not over mix).

Divide the batter evenly among the 24 muffin cups (using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop).

Bake 10-12 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

While the muffins bake, prepare the final coating.

Melt butter in one bowl and combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.

Remove muffins from oven and cool for 2 minutes, or until just cool enough to handle. Dip each muffin in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar to coat. You will likely not use all of the butter, or cinnamon/sugar but this amount makes them easy to dip.

If by chance you don’t have any pumpkin on hand, I have a previous post, Cinnamon Sugar Mini Cupcakes that is almost identical, but without pumpkin.

As I was preparing this post, I was stuck on the spelling of “doughnut” (or “donut”).   I posed the question on my facebook page and had fun reading all of your varying opinions =)  In the end, I chose “doughnut” mostly because I have a previous post titled, Baked Doughnuts with Maple Glaze and I thought it made sense to just keep any others the same.  But I’ll borrow a comment from the facebook discussion (as posted by Naomi S.) “either way, it spells delicious”.

Happy fall baking!