Awhile back, I was watching a relatively new show on Food Network, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The show features Food Network personalities and other notable people in the restaurant/food business and asks them about their favorite chocolate dish or meat dish or appetizer or whatever.
The episode I watched had the CEO, I believe, of Sprinkles Bakery. She was raving about this doughnut muffin she had eaten, somewhere in Northern California. It was a muffin and once cooled, was dipped in butter and rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture. It looked really good!
I decided I would make my own version of the doughnut muffins. I love cinnamon sugar topping and I liked that it was baked, instead of fried. I found a recipe that I liked and tweaked it a bit. I used 1/2 the sugar it called for and I substituted a can of unsweetened applesauce for the milk. I also baked it for about 5 minutes more than the recipe called for but the tops never did get brown. I dipped it in melted butter and rolled them in cinnamon sugar.
My doughnut muffins did not have a crisp exterior, which was a bit disappointing. The inside was super moist, almost like a crueller. That was a nice surprise! I will probably play around with the recipe a bit more but I am happy with the results. I am going to have one for breakfast tomorrow and if it is just as yummy, I may have a new office treat!