Cherry Donut Muffins

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Well, I’m sorry but I had to do it.

I heard that today was National Donut Day so I had to make homemade donuts. And since I like to keep things relatively simple around here, especially when it comes to baking – I decided to make Cherry Donut Muffins.

Cherry Donut Muffins

This was my first time making homemade donuts so instead of using a donut pan and kept it easy with a mini muffin pan.


Cherry Donut Muffins

Cherry Donut Muffins – A fun twist on the classic donut.  Just add cherries and cherry juice for a delicious breakfast treat.

  • Author: Kara



Cherry Donuts:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or half & half


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk, yogurt, cherry juice, vanilla, and melted butter.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir gently until just combined. Batter will be thick.
  5. Fold in the chopped cherries.
  6. Add batter into muffin ins evenly about 3/4 of the way full.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan and place onto a wire rack.
  8. To make the glaze, mix together powdered sugar and milk.
  9. Dip each donut muffin top into the bowl of glaze. Place donut muffin back on wire rack to set for 10-15 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

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I guess these are actually more like donut holes than donuts which means I can eat 1 (or 3) and not feel guilty.  It’s not like I ate an entire donut right?!

Cherry Man Cherry Donuts

Yum!  Doesn’t everything taste better with cherries?  We definitely think so.  Connor could eat an entire jar of cherries all by himself if I let him so when he saw that I made Cherry Donut Muffins, he was super excited to eat a few this morning.

National Donut Day!

Ok, now I’m off to drink a cup of coffee and treat myself to a Cherry Donut Muffin.

Have a fabulous National Donut Day and remember – Donut worry be happy!

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  1. Made these today. They are delicious. Will def make again. This recipe made way more than 24 mini muffins. I had enough batter to make six regular sized donuts as well.

  2. I am going to make next month when my niece visits. I will use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt as I hate Greek yogurt. These look delish!!!

  3. I pinned this a long time ago and finally made today – they are as tasty as they are pretty! This has been re-pinned so many times from my pin – I’m sorry it took me so long to get up it! I doubled the recipe and used full-sized muffin tins – yield 24 beautiful treats. Followed directions exactly with addition of 2 drops red good coloring to “up” the pink, as it was kind of beige-y. Very pleased with these – thanks for a great recipe!!