Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting
If you just said yes, we can’t be friends anymore.
Just kidding. I totally still love you. Even my friend Kristen doesn’t like Nutella and we somehow make it work.
Last year I made these Strawberry Shortcake Doughnut Muffins for a Fourth of July party, and they were a MASSIVE hit with our neighbors. Even now, over a year later, everyone is STILL talking about them and asks for them every time we have neighbor nights.
This time, I decided to make them even MORE brown buttery fabulous, with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting.
They’re pretty much the most amazing thing I’ve ever had in my entire life.
Doughnut Muffins combine the best of two treats.
First, they’re sweet, melt-in-your-mouth, and pillowy like a doughnut.
Second, they have an addictive muffin-top texture on the outside, but doughnut muffins are way better, because they’re dunked in brown butter and rolled in cinnamon-sugar so that texture is ALL over the muffin, not just on top.
Then they’re topped with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting to send them completely over. the. top.
Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting. You need to try it at least once in your life.
Let’s make these babies.
Here’s all you’ll need for the muffins: Butter, baking powder, eggs, flour, milk, and sugar. Please pretend like you also see cinnamon in this picture. Thank you for understanding.
Add 1.5 sticks of softened butter and 3/4 cup sugar to a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium-high speed for 3-5 minutes.
Until pillowy light and fluffy.
Add two eggs, one at a time, and beat until just mixed in.
Meanwhile, sift together 3 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. You can also just whisk them together if you don’t feel like breaking out the sifter.
Next we’re going to alternate mixing in the milk with the dry ingredients. Start by adding a fourth of the flour mixture (a little less than a cup) to the bowl and mix on low speed until just combined.
Then pour in a third of the milk and stir again, just until combined. Continue alternating mixing in the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry.
Mix until well combined and smooth, but be careful not to overmix.
Since we’re not using liners for these muffins, be sure to spray the pan generously with cooking spray so they don’t stick. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of batter into each mini muffin tin. A medium cookie scoop works perfectly for this. Bake at 350 for 14-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Now we’re going to send these bad boys over the top. When these perfect little muffins come out of the oven, they’re dunked in brown butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar for a delicious sugary crust. They’re ridiculous. Start by melting the butter over medium heat. Once it’s melted it will start to bubble. Whisk occasionally.
When the butter starts to foam, like this, start whisking constantly and whisk for 1-2 mins, until it turns brown and you see brown flecks on the bottom of the pan.
When it looks like this, immediately remove from heat and pour into a bowl for dunking.
In a separate bowl, stir together one cup of sugar and one tablespoon of ground cinnamon.
When the muffins are just cool enough to handle, remove them from the tin…
And dunk them in the brown butter, coating on all sides. Thank you Kevin for hand-modeling here. I think he has a real career at this!
Finally, roll around to coat in cinnamon sugar.
Seriously!! That sugary, crunchy crust paired with the pillowy, soft muffin is absolute perfection. Now, you could totally stop here and have a perfectly delicious dessert.
But you know we’re not gonna stop, right? I made a simple, brown butter buttercream frosting (recipe below) and piped it right on top.
So much brown butter goodness in one tiny little treat!! These are ultra decadent and super dangerous, so get them out of your house ASAP or get ready to act super-shady while shoving them into your mouth and hiding in a corner, swatting at anyone who tries to come near and steal your Brown Butter Delights.
Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Doughnut Muffins
Yield: 18-20 mini muffins.
- 12 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups (13.5 oz) all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk
Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Crust
- 12 tablespoons (1.5 sticks) butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon Tahitian vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk
For the Doughnut Muffins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a mini-muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
- Beat the butter and sugar for 5 minutes until soft, fluffy and lighter in color. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just mixed in.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir a fourth of the dry ingredients into the batter. Then stir in a third of the milk mixture. Continue mixing in the remaining dry and wet ingredients alternately, ending with the dry. Mix until well combined and batter is smooth, but be careful not to overmix.
- Fill muffin tins with 1.5 tablespoons of batter (about 3/4ths full). Bake at 350 for 14-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Crust
- Melt the butter until it starts to bubble and then foam. When it starts to foam, whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until it turns brown and you see brown flecks at the bottom of the pan. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a bowl for dipping.
- Combine the sugar and cinnamon. When the muffins are just cool enough to handle, remove from the tin and dip them on all sides into the melted butter then roll in the cinnamon sugar.
For the Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting
- Melt the butter until it starts to bubble and then foam. When it starts to foam, whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until it turns brown and you see brown flecks at the bottom of the pan. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Let cool to room temperature.
- Place the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. If necessary, add milk, one tablespoon at a time, beating for 1-2 minutes after each addition until desired consistency is reached.
- Pipe onto muffins.