Cooking with Gooseberry Patch: Muffin Doughnuts

I’m slightly addicted to Gooseberry Patch books.  Maybe more than slightly.  I packed 3 novels for our summer vacation at the lake.  I didn’t read one of em.  Not a one.

That’s Gooseberry Patch’s From Grandma’s Kitchen soaking up a little sun.  I read it instead of my novels.  And I don’t regret it. 🙂

While others were enjoying the water, wakeboarding, waterskiing, swimming to the rock in the middle of the lake…

…(you know, lake-type things), I spent most of my time reading about cozy home cooking & family traditions.

And doing highly athletic things like this.

I persuaded Munchie to join me.  She gave me an odd look, struck one pose, and dove back into the water.  Huh.  Probably she couldn’t handle my athleticism.

Let’s move on from my Olympic-worthy feats.  The point is, I thoroughly enjoy reading my Gooseberry Patch books and I certainly enjoy cooking their recipes so it makes sense that I share ones my family loves.  Therefore, this is my inaugural Cooking with Gooseberry Patch post.  Cue celebratory music!

One of the many reasons I adore Gooseberry Patch books is because the recipes are shared by folks like you and me.  People cooking for their families in kitchens like yours and mine.  Not fancy chefs or celebrity cooks.  There are tips and tricks included in the books as well as personal short stories and histories of the recipes.  They just give me that comfy-cozy feeling I love.  They go so well with rain, tea & blueberry scones, old movies, seasonal celebrations, and bundling up on the couch with a blanket.  Just my style.

I pulled out GP’s 101 Autumn Recipes book yesterday because fall has been on my mind.  Like a lot.  I am in love with autumn.  I know it’s early, but I’m a bit impatient.  I put little flower sticky notes on all the recipes I’d like to try out soon and this morning made My Mom’s Muffin Doughnuts. 

Mm!  They’ve the texture of a muffin with a hint of doughnut mostly due to the cinnamon-sugar coating.  A quick morning recipe perfect for lunch boxes or breakfasts on the run.  Although I enjoyed mine with a steaming mug of coffee as I read emails.  How versatile they are. 😉

After they’ve baked, you dip them in margarine (I used butter, shocking) and then cinnamon & sugar (kind of a like a French breakfast puff, but these are definitely more muffin-like).

That’s health.  Don’t try to fight it.  And that’s my chewed-to-the-nub-when-stressed thumbnail.  See?  I needed these.

Here’s the recipe shared by Laura Parker of Flagstaff, AZ.  Thanks, Laura!

My Mom’s Muffin Doughnuts

Gooseberry Patch 101 Autumn Recipes contributed by Laura Park of Flagstaff, AZ.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (I grated some..mmm)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/2 tsp. margarine, divided (I used butter)
  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cups chopped pecans (I didn’t have any today)
  • 2 tsps. cinnamon

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon margarine, 1/2 cup sugar, egg and milk.  Fold in chocolate chips and pecans.  Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake ate 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Remove immediately from pan.  Melt the remaining butter; roll muffins in butter.  Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; roll muffins in mixture.  Makes one dozen.

Cozycakes suggestions:  I baked mine for about 17 minutes and they were perfect.  Also, do not over mix your batter as it might toughen up the muffins.  One more thing!  Dip them ALL over in butter before rolling in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  🙂

Joined the fun at Walking on Sunshine &Foodie Friends Friday, & Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck, &Wednesday WhatsIts



  1. We make something almost identical, but I like your addition of nuts and chocolate chips.

  2. Erin @ My Mommy World says:

    Yum! I may try these over the weekend…I’m sure they wouldn’t last long here 🙂

    Fall is also my favorite season…can’t wait for the pumpkin picking, warm apple cider and hay rides!

  3. Those muffins look so yummy and your shadow pic is adorable!!!

  4. Looks delicious! Thanks for posting at this Foodie Friends Friday! Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

  5. LOL!!! Your shadow picture is so funny!
    That knows your character!
    You are so lovely and funny friend!!!

    Oh! That muffins are so yummy~~~

    • hahahahaaa!!! Glad it made you laugh, Dohee! I guess that IS my character, huh? Like dancing to the rocking music at swim class? Next time I’ll pose for you. 🙂 I’ll bring muffins to you soon!

  6. I give you a GOLD for shadow posing! And the muffins look scrumptious! Which recipe will you someday share with Gooseberry so that we will see YOU in a future book? Hmmmmm!

  7. It is crazy how similar minded we are on the fall. I just was thinking yesterday how there are only 30 days left till the official start of it. Love everything about it. Those look so yummy! I bet my kiddos would love those, especially my doodlebug (Sydney), she loves food she can eat without silverware.

    • oh! I love that you’re counting down the days…now I will, too! 🙂 This morning we have a smidgen of rain and I’m pretending fall has arrived. My little one ate the outside first, ha! get all the cinnamon-sugar coating off first!

  8. These look delicious! I’m sharing on my Walking on Sunshine Facebook Page! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Don’t forget to come and vote on Sunday! Tell your friends!

  9. Earlier this week we had some cooler temps so now I am totally in a fall mindset. I even broke out the pumpkin and did some fun baking! I love that you brought cookbooks to the lake. I always take stacks of them on any vacations or drives that we do. These donut muffins are a favorite in our house too!! Love all things coated in cinnamon and sugar:-)

    • Jocelyn, thanks for stopping by and I LOVE that you used pumpkin already! I’m going to do that now! I take cookbooks on roadtrips and vacays always…someone who understands! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. These doughnut muffins look wonderful. I’d love for you to come share them at my link party.

  11. these look downright delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie friends Friday.


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