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Chocolate Glazed Donut Muffins


Cravings. I’m one of those people that can’t stop thinking about them once they hit me. I have to satisfy the cravings to get them out of my head. And they’re for all kinds of things, like the rest of you, I’m sure. A very common one for me is spaghetti and meatballs—I crave that all the time! My family is lucky they don’t eat it every week. Though, I don’t suppose they’d mind…hmmm…I know I wouldn’t!

But that’s not what this post is about! Cravings, yes. Spaghetti and meatballs, no. I had a craving for a Chocolate Glazed donut. Could not stop thinking about them. But do I really want a deep fried, full of fat, greasy donut? Well, maybe, but should I have one? Hell, no! So I went for the next best thing.

Yes. Cake for breakfast. Also known as Muffins. My friends, muffins. I love them! These are no exception—they were so. Damn. Good. And very easy to make—a bonus!


Chocolate Glazed Donut Muffins

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makes about 9 muffins

2 cup flour
scant 1 cup sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp Cake Spice + 1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract


Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Mix in the eggs, oil, butter, milk and vanilla.
Grease the muffin pans. Divide the batter between the muffin cups--an ice cream scoop works great!
Bake for about 18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Cool in pan on rack for about 5 minutes, then turn on out on rack to cool.
Cool completely before glazing.


And here is the recipe for the glaze, from King Arthur Flour. King Arthur is the only flour I use, ever. It’s such great quality and never lets me down. And have you checked out their site? Bakers Heaven!

Chocolate Glaze

1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) butter
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup (I use Golden Syrup)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the ingredients together over low heat or in the microwave, stirring often. Add extra corn syrup if needed to make a smooth, shiny glaze. Yield: about ½ cup glaze.

If you’re using sprinkles, get them on there right after glazing the muffins so they’ll stick. And then let the muffins sit for a bit so the glaze can set up. The easiest way (for me) to glaze them was to put the glaze in a bowl that’s kind of narrow at the bottom, so the glaze isn’t too shallow. If it is, you’ll be bumping the muffins on the bottom of the bowl and won’t get a pretty glaze. chocolate-glazed-donut-muffin-2


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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

YUMMMMMM! I could gobble up a couple of these right now. They're breakfast, right?

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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

Those look wonderful! Ummmmm, the glaze is looking delicious and those muffins look awfully tempting! I 've never heard of Cake Spice, so thanks for passing on a brilliant, new idea.

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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatrina

What a great idea, those look wonderful!

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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

This looks and sounds wonderful!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Ohhhh I can see why you made these little gems! I am trying to be good and do the 'clean eat' for the week, but damn girl these look good!

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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

A donut and a muffin together?! Brilliant!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Your donut muffins are MUCH cuter than mine ( but they have inspired me to dress mine up next time :)

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhungrybruno

I get cravings like crazy too! I'm getting some guacamole for lunch because it is all I can think about... these look so good! I love the pretty chocolate glazed tops... Delicious!

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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGinny

Beautiful! Love how shiny the glaze is and the colorful sprinkles. Looks so simple but so yummy!

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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStef

My oh my, they are so pretty! What a fabulous idea.

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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

YUM pretty much says it all!!

These are too cute for words! I bet they taste amazing too :)

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Oh wow, those look wicked good! But forgive my ignorance, what's cake spice?

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Thanks, everyone!

Bob, it's a spice mixture--if you click on the Cake Spice link, it'll take you to the page about it.

Ginny, I've been craving guacamole, too!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Do I seriously get to have these for breakfast?! Best Breakfast Ever! They look so fun with their cheery sprinkles and all. :-)

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy - Panini Happy

Mmmmm, looks good! I'll take a half dozen! Thanks for passing along the recipe!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

Oh. my. GOD. I could eat ALL of them, RIGHT NOW!!!!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

I wish I had 1 -- or 10 -- of these right now! They look beautiful and I'm sure they taste amazing too!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Elle...hit me on the head! Am I in heaven?!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Donuts?...Muffins?...Who cares with that spoonalicious glaze!

Would it be wrong to just make the glaze and eat it with a spoon. So nice and shiny!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJude

Whoops, didn't see the link. I'll go ahead and blame my color-blindness. Thanks for pointing it out. :)

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Just gorgeous Elle...I like it that they aren't deep fried bu still scream DONUTS!!

since i'm incapable of making an edible donut for myself, i'm thrilled by these. the chocolate glaze is absolutely necessary...and the sprinkles don't hurt. :)

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Oh my! Have I ever been craving a chocolate glazed donut, too. I just printed out this fabulous recipe! Thanks!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Such a keeper.. I am so printing this one out!!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna-FFW

Looks like the love child of Mr. Coffee and Betty Crocker abandoned on the steps of Dunkin' Donuts. And I mean that as a sincere compliment, because these are AWESOME!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren @ Mignardise

These look so great! I can't wait to try to make them!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Wait, either I'm getting crazy deja vu or I've seen these somewhere recently but I remember those exact same pictures...didn't you post this like a week ago?

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Yum and yum again! I probably would have headed out in search of donuts, so kudos to you for having the Strength to make muffins instead:D

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteronlinepastrychef

Thanks to all of you for the wonderful comments! They're much appreciated. :)

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElle

I've come to realize that it's near impossible to maintain a carb free diet and look at incredible blogs at the same time.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergiz

These are very pretty! I love how shiny the glaze looks!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Ergül

Hmmm. Lesson learned... hard to type and lick the screen at the same time. But I couldn't help it.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlettergirl

I don't bake however, for some reason I always have King Arthur bags of flour floating around the house. Either they are being naughty in the cabinets when I am gone or I am just getting old and keep buying them.

In the famous words of Homer Simpson: “Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?”

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Great looking muffins/doughnuts!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

These are so much fun, they look super yummy. I feel like I need to wear a little party hat when I eat 'em :). Love the idea of a donut muffin, genius!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Those look pretty. I've heard about muffins that taste like donuts before, but never tried them.

These sound heavenly! And so pretty! Yum!

Thanks for sharing!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfinsmom

Looks like I'm going to have to give these a shot Elle. You sure do come up with some yummy recipes! I'm still loving the cranberry cake!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA New England Life

Oh Elle, they look so pretty, cute and delicious! I want to make these for my kids.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Hi , just didcovered your lovely blog , very nice and colourful cyou cakes!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I am the same exact way with cravings--once I see something I can't get it out of my mind until I get my hands on it! Your donut muffins look fantastic!!!!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkitchenbelle

Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful comments!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElle

must make these soon! incredible

don't you just love Cake Spice. I found some at a spice store not too long ago and I am addicted!

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpicky cook

Elle, these look amazing! And the glaze is so perfect!

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErika

Mmm...just may have to try these. It'll be tough getting the idea of donuts & muffins all in one bite out of my head. Plus, when I do make them, I'm sure my son will never let me make another kind of muffin. Dangerous.

April 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkellypea

Oh my God, I have to make these for the next party I have!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhighfivefitness

I am in heaven - my two favorite worlds have just collided!

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady P

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