Jelly Filled Doughnut Muffins for Fat Tuesday!

Happy Pączki Day!

My grandpa would be so proud of me…. I’m half Polish which means that every year on Fat Tuesday we get to eat jelly doughnuts (I mean technically they’re called pączek, but we’re kind of pseudo-American-Polish (and Italian! Sorry Mom…) so we get these delicious American (oops) doughnuts from our downtown shop.

Pączek are just like jelly doughnuts- they’re yummy fried sweet dough filled with preserves or cream and usually sprinkled in powdered sugar. Sound familiar? It’s Polish tradition to eat pączek on Fat Tuesday in order to use up all of the extra butter, sugar, eggs, and fruit before Lent started and all of these treats were forbidden.

But the most important thing that I hope you got out of that last paragraph was that Fat Tuesday = jelly doughnuts! I really think this is a great tradition. Do you know what would be an even better tradition??

Every Tuesday= Jelly Doughnuts.

But then every Wednesday would have to be “Everybody Run a Marathon Day” so maybe not…

So in honor of my Polish ancestors and an amazing excuse to indulge in some doughnuts, I decided to add a little to twist to tradition and make these Jelly Filled Doughnut Muffins. 


Yup, you heard me… Doughnut Muffins!


These little babies taste like a freshly fried… warm…buttery… jelly doughnut….Only they’re baked up in the oven and take almost no time to make! They have that same dense and rich texture of homemade doughnuts but have the convenience of baking up in muffin tins and happen to be seriously adorable.


I found the original recipe on Fine Cooking a while ago and I’ve just been waiting for the perfect time to give these a try. Fat Tuesday seemed absolutely perfect! And to make them even more holiday appropriate I decided to fill them with raspberry jam. You can pick whatever your favorite jam is, they’ll all be delicious! I even considered a Bavarian cream but got a little lazy.

Here’s the recipe! Happy Pączek Day!


Adapted from Fine Cooking



  1. These are GORGEOUS! And I’m absolutely making them. Great job on these muffins. I wish I had one right now!

  2. I’m from Sweden and we also celebrate Fat Tuesday! We eat this bun filled with cream called semla, it’s delicious! But your doughnuts look yummy too! :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      That sounds delicious too! I was really tempted to fill these muffins with cream too, yum!

  3. Wow, now this a creative muffin twist! :) Looks lovely!

  4. Oh wow, those look amazing!! I can smell them from here. Must try these!!

  5. These look like my ultimate doughnut muffins – bookmarked and replacing my old recipe for sure :D

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  6. I love jelly doughnuts and this is such a fun idea to eat them as a muffin! Definitely tucking away this recipe for when I get that doughnut craving ;)

  7. wow! my son like this manu so much.

  8. i love the idea of turning jelly doughnuts into muffins! sounds delicious!

  9. Mmm these look delicious! :) Thanks for sharing!
    Definitely gonna give these a try!

  10. I think you should get quote of the year award!!! OMG!!! “and shoved it up the bottom of the muffin to get a clean hole” LOL!! Sounds like colonic irrigation! I will DEFINITELY be making these – thanks for sharing… Moo x

  11. These look delicious!! Just found your site through Kelly’s blog and I’m so glad! I’m always looking for healthy alternatives to the desserts I love :)

  12. I can’t even begin to tell you how much my daughter and her friend would LOVE these! They have a long rehearsal day this weekend, I just may have to surprise them!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Aw fun! Let me know how it goes! I made these for my little brother and he loved them too :)