Jelly Donut Muffins

Life is filled with yummy adventures and we just returned from a glorious one. We feasted on memorable muffins with our grandkids and enjoyed amazing Washington State.  
Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com
We flew to Spokane and then drove three hours north, quite near the Canadian border.  On our way we crossed the expansive Columbia River. It was a stormy spring day and a perfect day to travel.  
Columbia River Washington State | singingwithbirds.com


Our son and daughter (in-law) traveled to Ecuador for a week.  We enjoyed a few days on each end of our trip with them, but most of our time was spent caring for three little grands who live in the middle of no-where, ages 5, 4 and 1.  They are each busy, creative and such fun just to watch….


 along with our handsome grand Springer Spaniel, Blintzen, who is almost one year old.

My view from the kitchen window at the glorious lake below their home.
Our phones and computers didn’t work and we filled our days reading stories, playing games, watching classic DVD movies, enjoying long walks and keeping up with diapers, laundry and bath time.  Yes, we were “back in the trenches,” getting the kids on the 7:15 school bus, making trips to their small town library, doctor’s office and country grocery store.  My hat’s off to all of you young moms who do this all day long.  I was long gone by 9:00 PM each night!  I’d almost forgotten all that it takes.

Amazing Deer Washington State |singingwithbirds.com

Everywhere we turned we saw amazing deer, large herds that live around their home, that are almost tame.  We watched them grazing as we waited for the school bus and strolled their neighborhood.


Cloudy skies filled with songbirds brightened our days.

One of the best things about caring for grandchildren is spoiling them.  I get to do all the things I wished I’d done more of with my own children.  It’s so nice to have a second chance to get it all right, not that I really do! 

Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com

Making early morning  Jelly Donut Muffins  warm from the oven was a surprisingly fun start one day.  They go together easily and make the house smell so good.  Here’s all you need to do:

Jelly Donut Muffins

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Add the wet ingredients.

Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com

Combine just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Ignore the lumps and don’t over mix.  That’s the secret to a light muffin.

Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com
Fill greased muffin cups 1/2 full with batter.  Add jam of your choice and then cover with more batter to 3/4 full. You can use papers too if you’d like. 

Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com

Pop your dozen beauties into a preheated 350 degree oven.

Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com

Bake until edges are just turning golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
  
Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com

Let the baked muffins cool a few minutes before removing from the pan.  Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top.

Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com
 Serve warm in a pretty basket with some fresh fruit.

Jelly Donut Muffins | singingwithbirds.com

Be prepared for cries of delight when your little munchers find the surprise inside.  Oh and if you have extra cinnamon and sugar, crunchy cinnamon toast was a big hit too!

Jelly Donut Muffins
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 12 teaspoons jam or jelly (I used red-raspberry)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Combine sugar, oil, egg and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full.  Place 1 teaspoon jam or jelly on top.  Cover jam with enough batter to fill muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or till done.  Brush tops of muffins with melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon-sugar.   Serve warm with lots of love.  Makes 1 dozen.

Muffins and kisses just go together, make some!

About The Author

Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

29 Comments

  1. Jennifurla

    What views, just lovely. Great recipe, thanks for sharing it.

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  2. Kris

    What a beautiful place your son and daughter in law live in!! The grands are darling. Being a Grandam myself, who happens to take care of my almost 4 yr. old grandson full time while Mama works, I know full well what that tired feeling is like at 9:00 p.m.!! I also watch my other two grands, ages 2 & 4, quite often as well. It is wonderful to be in their every day lives….buy my goodness how much harder it is in our 50’s than it was in my 20’s!!!!!!

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  3. Jaime @ Stitch2buttercups

    New follower here visiting from Blue Cricket Design. Those muffins look scrumptious! Looking forward to trying them this weekend. The photos you shared are so beautiful. I grew up in Maine, surrounded by water, and deer everywhere(or so it seemed). Made me just a bit homesick. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

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  4. Pondside

    The children will likely never forget this time. What a gift to you and to them…and of course to the young parents who had a little getaway.

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  5. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Such a beautiful area Gnee, the view from the window alone is just spectacular! I’d love to start the day with one of these muffins too:@)

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  6. Julie Harward

    What a gorgeous place to live! And how sweet of you two to go and take care of the little ones…fun too! I do the same thing..spoil them, it’s a grandma’s right! Love your jelly muffins..they look nummy! 😀

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  7. Kim

    Such beautiful pictures and what darling grand-babies! I love your blog. I’m here from Kim’s party and I’m your newest follower.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  8. GardenofDaisies

    What a glorious part of the world they live in!! Your little grandchildren are so cute!! And the muffins looks really yummy! You always have great recipes!

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  9. Sharon Lovejoy

    Thanks for the recipe and WOW, what a view from the kitchen window.

    Lovely!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  10. Gooseberry Patch

    Those look heavenly…thanks so much for linking up to our Recipe Round-Up today!

    If you haven’t already, hop over to http://www.gooseberrypatch.com and enter this recipe for consideration…we’d love to include it in an upcoming cookbook!

    Thanks again! 🙂

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  11. Gypsy Heart

    You’ve been missed! I know what a wonderful experience it is to be with the little ones. My grands are now teens and so busy…have to make an appointment to see them. 🙂 The views you shared are just gorgeous! Nature is just incredible and I love being in places like this. The muffins sound wonderful right now as I’m really hungry! Thanks for sharing ~

    xo
    Pat

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  12. LDH

    What a gorgeous place ~ your photos are amazing!

    Sweet, sweet little ones! I can imagine the joy you had spending time with them! Exhausting for sure but total joy!

    Yummy muffins to fill those tummies! What a grandmom giving out all that love 🙂

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  13. Debbie

    Welcome home!! I can tell you had a wonderful time even though it was exhausting. It’s a good kind of tired, though, isn’t it?

    Your grandchildren are precious! (I love the smile on the one year old.)That scenery is a sight to behold too.

    The jam filled muffins sound delicious. I’ve never made something like that before. I’m a pretty good muffin mom so I could do this.

    Again, welcome home.

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  14. Sue

    What beautiful scenery, especially the grandchildren:) Whenever I care for my grandchildren for an extended period, I’m pooped! 🙂

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  15. Holly

    These doughnut muffins look delish!! Sounds like you had yourself some awesome bonding time with the grands;)

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  16. Elizabeth

    What a fun trip! THat is so neat that you can just stand and watch deer! Looks beautiful, I am sure your grandkids loved those muffins too!

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  17. Julie

    Welcome home! What an amazing view from the window. Looks like a picture! More cute grandkids! How fun your time must have been!!

    Hugs from Omaha!

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  18. Erin

    Sounds like a terrific visit!!! Love the views, and how lucky to see all of those magnificent works of God! Those Jelly muffins, YUMMY!!!

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  19. Terri Lynn

    All I can say is yummy! Thanks so much for this post, you rock! If you don’t mind, I would like to make these tomorrow morning for my boys…which means I will be ‘borrowing’ your recipe…and no worries, I will definitely be sure to link back to you!!! If I knew how to do a ‘guest post’ I would do that, but I new and don’t. Sorry. Thanks again and I’m so very excited!

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  20. Little Brick Ranch

    My husband is going to DIE for these! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on Fireflies and Jellybeans!

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  21. Garden of Egan

    YUM!!!! The muffins look so delicious. That’s a recipe going into my file!

    The scenery is beautiful. What a fun time! I agree with you. I try to be a better grandma. I do love to do things with the grands that I didn’t do as a mom.

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  22.  gmirage

    You got a wonderful view from your kitchen! These muffins sound great, hope I could try them soon!

    Mirage

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  23. Lisa

    Great photos! And wow, great doughnuts! These sound amazing!

    Reply
  24. KJ@letsgoflyakite

    Beautiful post and yummy recipe. I want to make these for my girls!

    Visiting via Tip me Tuesday

    Reply

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