Honey Cornbread Doughnuts (or Muffins!) with Lemon Sugar Topping

I made these weeks ago…I am so behind! After yesterday’s carb fest (um, do ya’ll like peanut butter cups? ;) I couldn’t tell…), I decided to continue the party. But you should head back on over tomorrow for Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Southwest Cream Sauce -yum!

As usual, I am off topic already.

It’s very clear I have a passion…obsession, even…with all things doughnuts. I would choose a doughnut over any junk food. I’ve said this before, and I stick to it. I would even choose a doughnut over a Peanut Butter Cup Blondie. I loooove doughnuts. And the fact that I can bake doughnuts for a healthier option sends me over the moon in elation.

I also love honey. If a recipe calls for maple syrup or agave or honey, I would choose honey in a heartbeat. No competition there. I am lucky enough to pass by a raw, local honey stand on my way home from work — one of the very few perks to working in boofoo.

However, I know many people don’t own a doughnut pan. Heck, even *I*, the self-proclaimed doughnut hussie lover, didn’t know of doughnut pans a year ago. But muffin tins, I think we all know those. And chances are, if you don’t own a doughnut pan, you probably own a (mini) muffin tin. In which case, you can make this recipe :-D

These pictures are making my Greek yogurt and granola breakfast seem rather boring. Glad there’s just one day left between me and the weekend so more baked doughnuts can come to be ;)

Question: Do you prefer the flavors of lemons or limes? Which do you prefer: honey, agave, or maple syrup?

Be well,


  1. Your pictures are making my Greek yogurt w/ peach breakfast seem rather boring as well! I like that you made a muffin alternative here, but seriously one of these days I must get a doughnut pan so I can make all of your tasty baked doughnuts. What a delicious recipe!

  2. Love this! I’m a huge sucker for anything that uses cornmeal… it’s sooooo good!

  3. I wish I had one of these in front of me for breakfast. I’m pretty sure that alone would make my day much more exciting!

    Limes…and maple. :P Probably not together.

  4. I like maple syrup most out of the three, but date molasses is my go-to liquid sweetener.

  5. Mmmmm…I LOVE baked goods that use cornmeal. Such great texture!

  6. I prefer lime and maple syrup (just not together). I love cornbread but I’m not a huge fan of lemon. I’m sure this would be equally delicious with orange zest.

  7. I need to make some doughnuts soon because the pan I recently bought has yet to be used! Thanks for sharing – looks like a sweet way to start the day!

  8. I love lemon everything. Your doughnuts sound great. I really think I’ll have to get a muffin pan; hubby and the toddler would appreciate it a lot, I think! :) But in the meantime, I guess I can always make the mini muffins. I do have a mini muffin tin!!! :)

    • In my brief doughnut-making career, men do tend to go CRAAZY for the doughnuts. And the fact that they’re healthy is just an excuse to have…just…one…more :)

  9. Oooh, do these look good! Mike has been asking me to make donuts (ever fall he goes crazy with donut cravings, lol!) and I think he’d really enjoy these — bookmarking!

  10. Those doughnuts look incredible, I love anything with cornmeal. I bought a doughnut pan last weekend and it’s already changed my life :) Maple syrup is my favorite!

  11. Wow, this looks amazing! I also have a love for doughnuts!
    Another reason why I shouldn’t get a pan..think I’d be making them weekly.
    For me, I would have to say honey! I use it more than anything else.

  12. Ok – this post just made me SO hungry! These look amazing. I love cornbread, so the idea of cornbread donuts kind of blows my mind.

  13. They look amazing!

  14. Your pictures are getting so great Nicole! Love lemon/limes – the zest – it wakes up so many dishes.

    And my favorite growing up was buttered toast with lots of honey – love!

  15. These are the days when I’m happy to be a proud donut pan owner! Honey cornbread… Oh yes please! If I want leaving for the beach tonight I’d make these in a heart beat.

  16. I’m so glad that you liked these and I love that you made them healthier. Beautiful pictures!

  17. Even though I rarely bake, I really want a doughnut pan!!! They are so cute!

  18. Ohhhh….yum. I don’t have a donut pan but I bet these would make fantastic muffins. I might or might not be drooling looking at these. I’m always glad when I can find somewhat healthy dessert (or breakfast) choices. These will work well! Hooray for honey!

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