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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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Homemade cinnamon sugar baked donuts will save you a trip to the donut shop this weekend! Dip the freshly baked donuts in cinnamon and sugar while they’re still warm for the perfect treat.

pile of baked donuts

Baked Cinnamon Donuts

You know I have a thing for donuts – remember chocolate glazed baked donuts, vegan pumpkin donuts, and apple donut mini muffins?

I passed my donut love on to my girls (is it doughnuts or donuts? I like donuts.) but I don’t fry in my house (it makes a mess) so this baked donut recipe is perfect for a weekend breakfast treat.

You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry and can whip up a batch in no time.

Why you’ll love these Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

Easy recipe – They take just a few minutes to whip up. Faster than running to the donut shop!

Simple ingredients – You likely have all the pantry staples on hand.

Family favorite – My kids love when I start our weekend with these!

stack of cinnamon sugar baked donuts

Tools you’ll need

  • Donut Baking Pan – These donut pans are pretty affordable and you get two 6-well pans so you can make a dozen at a time.
  • Mixing Bowls – My favorite mixing bowls with grippy bottoms.
  • Balloon Whisk – You don’t even need a mixer for this recipe, but a whisk helps.

Ingredients

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • Flour – I use all purpose white flour. I haven’t tested this recipe with others yet.
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract – Try to use pure vanilla extract, not imitation, if you can. I buy it in bulk from Sam’s Club or Costco.
  • Baking Powder – Baking powder makes your donuts rise.
  • Salt – For balance.
  • Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use my hack below OR just use regular milk.
  • Egg – One large egg.
  • Vegetable Oil – Melted butter will work if you’re out of oil.
  • Cinnamon & Sugar – For the coating.
ingredients measured out to make baked donuts

How to make homemade baked donuts

  1. First, get ready by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and spraying two donut pans with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. To a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and oil. Mix in the buttermilk and vanilla.
  3. Add in the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined.
mixing ingredients together in a bowl to make donuts
  1. The batter will be fairly thin. You can either spoon it into the donut wells or I like to pour it into a zip top bag, cut off the corner, and “pipe” it into the wells. Fill each well 3/4 of the way full.
overhead shot of batter in donut baking pan
  1. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (don’t wait for them to brown – you will burn them)
  2. While the donuts are baking, pour the cinnamon and sugar into a large ziplock freezer bag and shake to mix.
  3. Once the donuts are done, quickly remove them from the pan (don’t burn yourself!) and put them into the cinnamon sugar bag. Shake to fully coat.

Enjoy fresh & hot!

shaking a donut in a freezer bag with cinnamon and sugar

What’s the difference between cake donuts and yeast donuts?

Baked cake donuts are made with a sweetened dough and they rely on baking powder to get them to rise.

They’re not going to be the same as the fluffy yeast donut you get from the donut shop.

Those are lighter and these are denser…like cake. Both are delicious in their own right.

cinnamon sugar donuts on cooling rack

Can I make donuts without a donut pan?

A donut baking pan is pretty cheap, you can order one from Amazon or pick one up at TJ Maxx/HomeGoods, but if you’re having a donut craving while reading this and don’t want to run to the store, I have a hack for you.

If you have a muffin pan, you can use balls of tin foil, or marbles, in the center to create the hole. OR just bake them in the muffin pan and cut out the donut holes after they’re done baking.

How long do baked donuts last?

Store freshly baked donuts in an airtight container or zip top bag for 1-2 days at room temperature.

Longer than that, you’ll want to move them to the fridge. There, they will be good for up to a week.

Ours never last past the morning we make them.

stack of donuts with one broken in half

Tips & Suggestions 🍩

  • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a replacement by adding 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar OR lemon juice to a measuring cup. Finish filling up 1 cup with milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes to curdle. Done. Buttermilk.
  • Don’t have a donut pan? You can bake these in a muffin pan and cut out the centers or use balls of tin foil or marbles to make the hole before you pour the batter in.
  • The donuts should easily release from the pan when done baking but if they need help, just run a toothpick along the side of the pan and they should pop out.
  • You’ll want to coat the donuts with the cinnamon and sugar while they’re super hot so the mixture sticks.
  • The donuts are best when served hot and fresh but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight bag or container for up to a week.

Need more cinnamon sugar treats in your life? Try these:

stack of homemade baked donuts
pile of baked donuts

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Homemade cinnamon sugar baked donuts will save you a trip to the donut shop this weekend! Dip the freshly baked donuts in cinnamon and sugar while they're still warm for the perfect treat.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 donuts
Calories 132 kcal

Ingredients
 

For the Donuts

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray two donut baking pans with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and oil. Mix in the buttermilk and vanilla. Add in the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined.
  • The batter will be thin – you can either spoon the batter into the pan or pour it into a piping bag or large zip lock bag, cut the tip off and pipe it into each well, about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Don't wait until they're golden – you'll over bake them.
  • While the donuts are baking, mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a large ziplock bag.
  • Carefully remove the hot donuts from the pan and immediately put them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and shake to fully coat.
  • Serve warm & enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make some by adding 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar OR lemon juice to a measuring cup. Finish filling up 1 cup with milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes to curdle. Done. Buttermilk.
  • Don’t have a donut pan? You can bake these in a muffin pan and cut out the centers or use balls of tin foil or marbles to make the hole before you pour the batter in.
  • The donuts should easily release from the pan when done baking but if they need help, just run a toothpick along the side of the pan and they should pop out.
  • You’ll want to coat the donuts with the cinnamon and sugar while they’re super hot so the mixture sticks.
  • The donuts are best when served hot and fresh but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight bag or container for up to a week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 144mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 22IUCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Maria H says

    Do you think skim milk would work?

    • Melissa Williams says

      It should, they just may be a bit drier.

  2. Jeffrey Givens says

    5 stars
    Do you have any creative ideas for Cakes, without soy or tree nuts, pine nuts & all nuts or Any Cross Contamination whatsoever. I’m also havedeathly allergic to all fish & shellfish allergies I wouldn’t be allowed to come near anyone else. Severe allergies sux

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m sorry 🙁 That is not my specialty and I don’t want to steer you wrong with something so serious.

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