Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins for My Valentines

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How about a little holiday twist on one of our favorite sweets?

We big-red-puffy-heart LOVE cinnamon-sugar donut muffins. We find it hard not to eat a whole batch when they are hot from the oven. Sometimes we have restraint, other times, not so much. Since we love them so much, I thought they would make a perfect Valentine treat.

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It is a simple change. Food coloring!

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I added a few drops (2-3 drops per batch) of pink food coloring to make a very light pink batter. The color darkens as it bakes so keep the color light!

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Like with every batch, make sure to both butter (cooking spray) and flour the muffin tins. This is basically a requirement. Unless you like decapitated muffins or muffin crumbles. Been there, done that. Not a happy time.

Another secret, another almost requirement – use a small scoop to measure out the muffin batter. It’s faster, it’s easier and having perfect measurement is key to making perfectly sized muffins.

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When the batter is all scooped, it’s time for the oven. Another tip – do not over bake. Another lesson learned the hard way. I have adjust the cook tip on the original recipe so you don’t have to suffer through burned muffins. It’s too sad.

Once they are fully, yet not overly baked, run a knife around each muffin to release it and dump them out. Then into the butter bath and cinnamon-sugar sprinkle. Pure flavor love. We added a handful of  pink sanding sugar for extra holiday-ness.

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I promise your Valentine will love these. There are few people who could resist the pull of these sweet things.

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You might as well make yourself a batch while you’re add it. You are a very special Valentine too.

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Take care.

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Amy Christie

Amy is a wife, mother of two and a maker. Making is her thing whether it is food, DIYs or photos of her children. Follow Amy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Twitter, and through her once-a-month newsletter to keep up with the latest from this heart of mine.

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  • Koseli February 5, 2013, 11:45am

    These look amazing, Amy! It was so nice meeting you at Alt. You’re so talented and I love following all of your creations.

  • liz February 5, 2013, 3:45pm

    so cute! I love the little skewer flags :) Might surprise make these for Eric this next week!

  • Kate February 5, 2013, 4:21pm

    These are now my go-to work treat day treat! Everyone LOVES them. I usually make them in a regular sized muffin tin and my only complaint is that then it onlys make 12. :) Gotta get one of those scoops! Thanks for sharing this :)

    • Kate February 5, 2013, 4:21pm

      oops –

      only makes*

  • Justine@cookingandbeer March 4, 2013, 2:29pm

    These are so cute! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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