Weekend Baking: Three To-Die-For Delights

I am in the bad, bad habit of watching Food Network Nighttime in bed, before falling asleep. I love all the shows- Good Eats, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Chopped, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. It works out good for me too- sometimes I have trouble turning off the brainwaves at night, so I either watch TV until I fall asleep… Or until I pass out from hunger.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate is especially gut-wrenching because they never post any of the recipes- and it always inevitably makes me want to hop the next red-eye flight to the nearest 3,000 miles away, sophisticated big city where they are and immediately order whatever it is that they are having- the thing that makes one’s life not worth living until you’ve had it.

The other night the show was titled “Snack Attack.” Oh man, was that the wrong show to be watching at midnight.

The founder of Sprinkle’s Cupcakes was on, and she was talking about her favorite “Snack Attack”- Doughnut Muffins. Muffins, which really taste more like a sweet doughnut cupcake, flavored with just a hint of freshly ground nutmeg, and when fresh out of the oven, brushed all over in warm, melted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. I just about fainted on the spot.

Instead, I threw back the covers, leapt from the bed, ran to the office and immediately started Googling doughnut muffin recipes. It was the right thing to do. The next morning, I had these:


Oh man. They were so light and fluffy. So sweet and airy. So buttery and rich. Yes. Buttery and rich. But light and fluffy. I don’t know how they did it. But oh, that muffin top. I love, love loved the crackly, crispy top.


And then, when I brushed the entire muffin with melted butter, and covered them all over in a crispy, cinnamon sugary crust…  It was like eating that best part of a muffin, the muffin top- but allllll over. Then biting into the most decadent doughnut cupcake you’ve ever eaten.

If you wanted to be extremely indulgent, you could swirl on a little of my favorite glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tbsp melted butter, and 1-2 tbsp milk, whisked to combine.

Just like a doughnut.

Perfect, perfect, perfect for a cozy, weekend brunch- and for sharing with friends! :D

Doughnut Muffin Recipe
*I also found this article on Doughnut Muffins helpful! :)


And now, If I haven’t sent you over the edge yet… I’ve posted about these Blondies before– I’m kind of obsessed with them. They’re easily one of my Top 5, all-time favorite desserts. Give me a choice of cookies, brownies or blondies and I’ll pick these Blondies, hands down, every single time.

I usually make Blondies just plain- I am in love with this simple, original Blondie recipe- I want to marry it. But today I decided to add in a little extra chocolatety and hazelnutty goodness- yes, I am talking about those creamy, delightful swirls of Nutella. *swoon*

I posted about them today, over on my recipe blog.

Nutella Swirl Blondies Recipe


Okay. One last thing. I promise.

cinnamon-bun-sugar-cookies*Photo by Jenny Flake

Make these. Cinnamon Bun Sugar Cookies. Right now. You’ll thank me.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies Recipe


Thanks for looking! :D

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56 Responses
  1. Katrina

    I’m a little late reading this post, I just stumbled upon your blog. FIVE sticks of butter in the donut muffins? Did I read that right on the recipe? I REALLY want to make these, but seriously, 5 sticks of butter in 24 muffins? That’s just wrong…and evil. Tell me they really are worth it.

  2. Intentionally Katie

    Oh man…I wandered over here from your free fonts blog and am DROOLING! I’m saving these recipes for after Easter because I FOOLISHLY gave up sugar for Lent. Seriously. Drooling.

  3. Lillian Child

    OHMYOHMYOHMYMYMY! I have played these recipes forward and all my family and friends agree we have GOT to try the cinnamon bun cookies, although a lot of love was also shown for the muffin donut recipe as well. Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

  4. Cec

    No fair, when I am trying to be a good girl. I will have to make the muffins for sure because I have a skinny husband loves sweets for breakfast.

  5. Donna Baker

    I watch all those shows too, in fact have to watch just a few mins before going to sleep. Totally drooled over that recipe-thanks for sharing!

  6. Marija

    I stumbled upon your site while trying to create a custom signature. I can’t believe your talent! The blog, the cookies, the beautiful projects?! I’m excited to come back and see what else I find! Marija

  7. Kristen

    We have the same bad habit! I am always bookmarking the places in my Travel folder :-) My husband thought the doughnut muffin looked amazing so I will have to give these a try! Thanks Amanda!

  8. Yoli ~ Apron Senorita

    This is my 1st visit to your blog, and I find it so adorable. I like assortment of recipes. I added your button to my blog so I can drop by often. Thank you for the inspiration!!

    Yoli :)

  9. Ashlie

    It’s amazing that we are all not a thousand pounds after watching shows on the food network! I am the same way, get sucked in to the decadent food they talk about and then try to figure out how to get my hands on some too. May the invention of smell-o-vision never actually happen because we’ll all be doomed!! :) Thanks for sharing the recipes can’t wait to try them out.

  10. Cass Webb

    It’s like you know I’m trying to eat healthy! LOL. I hate you! ;) I will definitely indulge on those doughnut muffins and cinnamon roll sugar cookies. OMG!

  11. Crystal

    Can’t wait to try all three! I’ve been trying your recipes for a long time and I can’t wait…except I’m watching my calories too…dang it! Oh well, I’ll still have to have a little indulgence :)

  12. KajunKJ

    Oh, my goodness…I am already hungry and these recipes have sent me over the edge! I have the sugar cookie dough (to make something else!) but, it may turn into those awesome cinnamon roll cookies!

    Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  13. Rochelle

    Amanda…you are killing me with this post! All three things look like they taste amazing. And the doughnut-muffin-heaven in the shape of a cupcake is now on the list of MUST MAKE items. Thanks for sharing :-)


    These sound amazing. I love reading your recipes, first because they sound so good, but secondly, they usually contain good basic ingredients that I always have on hand. Just a side note: I made your recipe for Chicken ‘n Dumplings last night. OMG, so good even my hubby who has always crinkled his nose at dumplings really liked it. I tweeked it a bit for our tastes and we loved it. Thanks for sharing! Sincerely, Carol in Yuma, AZ.

  15. Beth

    Good grief! Here I thought we were friends. Now I HAVE to make those muffins and cookies. There’s just no way around it. You’re going to have to hit the treadmill for me, it’s all your fault! LOL!

  16. Southern Gal Love Blondies. Love Nutella. Can’t wait to try these.

    And please tell me how you make all these goodies and keep your weight off. Please? I really need to know. Cause I can’t eat just one of anything.

  17. Amy

    OK, so I am about to make the cinnamon bun cookies. Is there really anything better than cinnamon and sugar mixed together? I think not!

  18. Meghan D

    OMG.. You truly are trying to ruin diets everywhere!! I love cinnamon sugar donuts! These look absolutely DELISH! The other two look amazing too… I might have to take a weekend break to try all of these!

  19. Úrsula

    They look so yummy. This is a good weekend to cook delicious recipes for our valentine. I’m going to cook my favorite three chocolate cake. Let’s see it if you want in my blog It’s in spanish so I’m sorry.

    Love & Blessings

  20. Dayna

    I wanted to tell you that I LOVE every one of your recipes I’ve made, and I’ve made A TON!!!!
    Thank you for making me giggle! I love the way to speak in your posts….I can see myself jumping out of bed to make those too!
    Thanks again!

  21. Patricia Wright

    Amanda!! This way i’m going to break my diet !!!! Jk but anyways, i decided to do the “1200 calories a day diet ” like you did and I have lost 17 pounds so far!!! I had a baby 3 months ago and i’m trying to loose all the weight i gained during pregnancy (i’m not breastfeeding, so it’s ok for me to do it). The reality is that I gained 30 lbs and i want my skinny body back again!! I love how this diet has been working for me, otherwise i would have been pretty much depressed by now! Thank you for your weight loss story!!!

  22. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"

    Oooh, I’ve made those sugar doughnut muffins many times, LOVE them! I also just made those cinnamon roll sugar cookies (blogged too), THOSE are GOOD!!!

    =)I too lay awake at night drooling over the food, particularly triple D, he makes anything he’s eating look yum! lol

  23. Rebecca

    I saw the donut muffin episode too and it was all I could think of for 12 hours. I think I’m gonna try the recipe this weekend! Thanks for the reminder.

  24. Cheryl Newton

    I love your yummy recipes! Buttery, cheesy and usually nary a veggie in site … my kind of cookin’. But, seriously, how did you ever manage to lose weight?

  25. Michelle

    Thanks for your fun blog! My husband and I are obsessed with the shows on the Food Network, too. We saw that “Snack Attack” episode and thought that the Doughnut Muffins were brilliant! We are quite the followers of “Good Eats” and made Alton Brown’s pound cake last weekend. Yum! The “Best Thing I Ever Ate” show is dangersous as we will travel just for a food experience. We drove to Santa Fe a couple of weekends ago from Denver just to experience Trader Joe’s!

  26. Diane K.

    Yum, Yum, Yum!!!!! These all look wonderful but I don’t have the energy you have, Amanda!!! I think I might try these over the weekend. The grandkids will be here and I’m sure they’ll want to help, also. Thanks for the recipes!!!!!

  27. Laura

    These all sound to-die-for! I have to try out those doughnut muffins ASAP. They remind me of something my mom made every Christmas morning. We called them Magic Puffs, and they couldn’t be easier to make. Thought I would share!

    cinnamon sugar
    Pillsbury crescent rolls

    Take a marshmallow and dip it in melted butter. Roll it in cinnamon sugar. Wrap in a crescent roll. Dip this in butter and cinnamon again. Put into muffin paper and make at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

    I suspect these would be great with your favorite powdered sugar glaze…

  28. Collette

    OMG………….these look DIVINE!!!! You’re killing me, Amanda…….here you inspired me to go on the 1200 calorie-a-day diet, and now this??? >sigh< This is going to be a LONG few weeks!!! :-)

  29. Debi

    OMG!!! I just LOVE reading your emails….most of the time you make me laugh…..this one sure did. I can just see myself getting up at 2 in the morning to make these doughnut muffins….YUM!!! I will have to have that recipe for SURE…..
    Thanks for always making me laugh…

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