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Gluten-Free Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 18 mins
Calories: 239

This recipe was originally published in 2011.

This recipe is a delicious shortcut to fresh-baked doughnuts. Just bake these in 12 muffin cups – nice and easy.

For Egg-Free Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins, replace 2 eggs with 3 tablespoons applesauce + 1 teaspoon baking powder + 1 tablespoon flaxmeal + 3 tablespoons hot liquid (combined and mixed well). Add ¼ cup additional flour blend to dry ingredients if dough is too wet.

Nicole Hunn is the author of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, and Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: Quick and Easy.

Yields 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cinnamon stick, optional
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter or dairy-free alternative, room temperature
  • 2/3 + 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend of choice
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if already in your flour blend)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 + 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon


1Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin with unsalted butter or line with muffin papers and set aside.

2In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the milk and cinnamon stick, if desired, whisking constantly for about 6 minutes or until reduced to about ½ cup liquid. Strain mixture and discard cinnamon stick. Set aside to cool.

3In a large bowl, cream the butter or dairy-free alternative and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla and mix until well combined.

4Whisk together the flour blend, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar and ground cinnamon and add to the wet ingredients. Add the cooled scalded milk in a slow, steady stream, mixing to combine. Beat the batter until it thickens and becomes a bit more elastic.

5Divide the batter evenly among 12 prepared muffin cups. Place the muffin tin in the center of preheated oven and bake 15 to 18 minutes or until muffins are lightly brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the middle muffin comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.

6While muffins are baking, make the topping by combining cinnamon and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Once muffins are finished baking, allow them to cool slightly and then roll tops (while still warm) in the topping. Set aside to cool completely.

1 serving contains 239 calories, 5g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 61mg cholesterol, 168mg sodium, 33g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, sugars, 2g protein.