Once again my cooking gadget addiction struck without warning.  Standing in Michaels, supposedly JUST browsing with NO intention of buying anything when BAM!  I became the proud & puzzled owner of a donut hole pan.  Yes, a donut hole pan.  I have 4 or 5 mini-muffin tins that would do the trick, but no, in that moment of weakness I bought one.  I own donut pans too, which in my defense, I justify by saying baked donuts are much better for you then fried ones.  Which would be fine except I RARELY eat donuts much less make them from scratch.

Just another sad excuse to feed my addiction.


The pan stayed in my cabinet forgotten until recently.  After Head of the Charles in Boston we decided to take a side trip north to see the Fall colors.   Little known to all but a few, we were actually in search of pie.  We stayed at a cute little B&B, the Trumbull House  in Hanover where one morning, we were served these delicious muffins,”Donut Hole Muffins”.  Light bulb moment.  I was finally going to pull out that pan!  So without further ado, here is the recipe for Donut Hole Muffins courtesy of the Trumbull House.  These are really easy.  There aren’t any eggs in the recipe if you were wondering and if you use your donut hole pan (doesn’t everyone have one?) and it has a dark finish, decrease the temperature to 350 degrees.  I baked them for approximately 12-14 minutes.  Test early, 20 minutes might be too long.  More on our search for pie in another post.

Donut Hole Muffins

Donut Hole Muffins


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini-mu!in cups or DONUT HOLE PAN
  • Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and mace in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the milk. Stir flour and baking powder together and add to milk mixture. Stir until just combined. Fill the prepared mini muffin cups or DONUT HOLE PAN about half full.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • While muffins are baking, place melted butter in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon.
  • Remove muffins from pan while warm, dip each mu!in in the butter and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  • Let cool and serve.
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