(Happy) Sugar Donut Mini Muffin , or the failed Millionaire’s Shortbread

Don’t they look simply perfect? There is not much to it, no cream, no icing, frosting, sprinkles, just a simple sugar cover. But sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make us happy, isn’t it? Happy happy sugar!

Today is a reopening of a kids second hand clothing store in our neighborhood, which also has environmentally friendly clothes for kids and baby’s.
I thought I could bring a millionaire’s shortbread I was baking till midnight last night. For all of you who don’t know what that is. It’s a shortbread crust with a caramel (dulce de leche) layer and chocolate on top. I never made it before, but it didn’t look too difficult to me. So unfortunately it turned out to fall apart before you’re even able to stick it in your mouth… it tastes delicious, but that’s all. I haven’t been so lucky with making shortbread lately. I think I haven’t found the right butter substitute for it yet.

Enough for the shortbread. I always wanted to make this little cutie donuts muffins. And it’s a quick recipe.
You don’t even need an electric mixer.

The recipe is from CaffeIna

Sugar Donut Muffins

(makes about 30 mini sized Muffins)


170 gr (6 oz or 3/4 cup) sugar
1 large egg
340 gr (12 oz or 1 1/2 cups) all purpose flour
10 gr (2 tsp) baking power
1 pinch (1/4 tsp) salt
1 pinch (1/4 tsp) ground nutmeg
60 ml (2 fl oz or 1/4 cup) vegetable oil
180 ml (6 fl oz or 3/4 cup) milk or soy milk
5 gr (1 tsp) vanilla extract

28 gr (2 tbsp) butter or lactose free margarine, melted
115 gr (4 oz or 1/2 cup) sugar, for rolling

Preheat oven to 350F and grease a muffin pan.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until creamy.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and stir. Finally, pour in the vegetable oil, the milk and the vanilla extract.

Pour the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes.

Because I made them in mini size they just needed 10 minutes.

While the muffins are baking, melt the butter and pour remaining sugar into a small bowl.

When muffins are done, lightly brush the top of each with some melted butter, remove from the pan and roll in sugar. Cool on a wire rack.

Thanks for reading, we’re off to the party now 🙂

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