Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

by Maris Callahan on May 21, 2011

Growing up, it was a real treat in my house if one of my parents had gotten up early on a weekend to pick up donuts or bagels for breakfast. Obviously, this was before I had any cognizance of calories or the fact that donuts would one day land firmly on the no-fun side of the list of Foods You Should Avoid Unless You Want To Buy Larger Jeans.

Which you might.  Once you taste these donuts you’re not going to care about your jeans and you’re not going to want to stop eating them.  Dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar these are the kind of donuts you make when you want to impress someone. When you want to say thank you. Or when you just happen to be craving something sweet.

Even though these are made in a pan specifically intended for donuts (round shape, hole in center) I know that isn’t something everyone has in their pantry. If you don’t want to shell out $11.99 for a new pan, use a muffin/cupcake tin instead. Your donuts won’t have the traditional shape but they’ll still taste every bit as delicious. The ingredients for these are ones that you probably already have in your pantry if you’ve ever baked the anyone-can-do-it Tollhouse Cookie recipe on the back of the pacakage of Nestle’s chocolate chips.

Don’t even worry about the cookies though. Just make these instead.

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Adapted From: Bella Cucina Artful Food
Yield: 9 donuts

What You Need:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp canola oil
1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon combined in a bowl


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir dry ingredients together. Add egg, vanilla, and milk and whisk together for one minute. Add oil and continue to whisk until well combined.

Grease doughnut pan wells. Fill each 2/3 way with batter. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Allow doughnuts to cool for a minute or two. Then dip doughnuts in melted better and toss in bowl with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

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Erica May 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I have never been a big donut fan, but the cinnamon goodness on these might change my mind! What a treat!!!


Tasha May 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

In my house growing up, my dad used to go pick up donuts some weekend mornings for a special treat too. It was made even more exciting when I got to go with him and help pick out the flavors. While I’ve pretty much avoided donuts most of my adult life, these sound awfully good with their cinnamon sugar coating!


Jennifer May 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I didn’t know I could just use a muffin pan. Good plan… I’ll let you know how it goes if I give it a try!


Nelly Rodriguez May 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Baked doughnuts are like…health food! Cause they’re baked, duh. I need some healthy snacks, so I will be making these today or tomorrow. Thanks!


Courtney May 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

So, I’m a little older than a twenty-something and am just learning to cook. Your website is a terrific resource for easy meals (and snacks)! Thanks! Oh, and these donuts look fabulous!


Cristina May 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I luv that these donuts are baked instead of fried. Fantastic sugary/cinnamon goodness! =)


Susan May 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I’ve never tried making donuts because I thought they had to be deep-fried. I’ll have to try this recipe – they look delicious!


Bee May 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Yumm… homemade donuts are sooo good. Not something I’ve tried to make before, but I definitely want to!


A plum by any other name May 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I don’t know what’s more impressive … that you make making donuts sound easy or that they look so amazing. Either way I’m inspired.


Ruth May 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Oooh! I can never resist cinnamon sugar – and on donuts! Bring it on!


Sharlene May 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I really need a donut pan but your idea of muffin tins sounds delicious too!


yummychunklet May 22, 2011 at 1:27 am

How delicious! I love Bella Cucina Artful Food. I just received their waffle cone maker in the mail this week. By the way, check out my blog for awards that I’ve handed out to you. Congrats!


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit May 22, 2011 at 5:34 am

I remember those days when I could eat weekend treats and never even think about it. My uncles owned a bakery in the city and would bring loads of goodies to us each weekend. Nowadays though, I have to practice more willpower than I did in the good old days. These doughnuts would be very tempting! They look delicious. :)


chopinandmysaucepan May 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

I should remember making this when I’m in trouble with my wife :)


Daryl May 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

wish I had one right now with my coffee!!!


Simply Life May 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

wow! these do look incredible! nice work!!!


Autumn @ Good Eats Girl May 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I need to make these…like now. My doughnut pan has been itching to be used again!


Vanessa May 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

These look so scrumptious Maris!! l ♥ the cinnamon and sugar combo. I dont have a doughnut pan, but I might need one now :)


Sawsan@chef in disguise May 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Oh I love donuts, especially if they have cinnamon in them but I have never attempted to make them at home.
I will try these as soon as possible with the risk of eating them all by myself


Jamie | My Baking Addiction May 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I’m a sucker for any baked good that features cinnamon and sugar! Love that these are baked, they look perfect!


Adrienne May 23, 2011 at 2:03 am

OMG soooo yum!!:)


Tara May 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

I need to get a donut pan. I could have so much fun with it! Cinnamon Sugar Donuts are amazing!!


Maureen May 23, 2011 at 2:57 am

Wow.. I love cinnamon sugar donuts. So do my hips, let me know you some day. :)

I don’t have a donut pan and I guess I’ll have to order one from the states. Until then I’ll drool over your photos. Sorry.


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 23, 2011 at 6:22 am

I love fresh donuts and the best way to get them fresh is to bake them yourself like this! :D Great idea using a muffin or cupcake pan too :)


Emily May 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

I think you know how i feel about doughnuts. These look amazing!


Maria @ Scandifoodie May 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

These sound so heavenly, especially so when you’ve baked them instead of deep-fried!


Joanne May 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

I definitely used to LOVE it when my parents bought us bagels/donuts in the morning! Now I haven’t eaten either in….well. Years.

These donuts look delicious though! And they’re baked. Score.


Blond Duck May 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

New plan: I’ll eat these on the treadmill. Win!


Jessica May 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

Umm. did you know that I am obsessed with donuts. They are right there underneath by NEED for cookies! This post is being saved, printed, copied and sent to everyone I know and I can’t wait to try them! DELICIOUS!


Kate May 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Delish is all I have to say. These donuts look so tasty. How can anything dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar not be good?!


NancyC May 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Yum! I love homemade donuts-I don’t have a donut pan, but I’ll try them in a muffin tin.


Gen May 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

YUM!!!! I looove making donut muffins…this recipe looks pretty close to mine! :D


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

My MIL would go crazy for these! Mmm! Now I just need a donut pan! LOL


sweetlife May 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

love baked donuts!! ahh i longed for my parents to pick up something sweet for us on the, nothing nada!! lol



Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

We’re on the same page as I think cinnamon sugar belongs on most sweets ;p. These look yummmmy!


christine [the sugar apothecary] May 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I love my donut pan! Those look so, so good. Mmm. Cinnamon sugar is one of those things you just can’t help but love!


Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo May 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Beautiful doughnuts! I remember always eating those powdered sugar doughnuts from Entenmann’s; I’m sure yours are so much tastier than those! (Sometimes I question why my parents let me eat those, haha)


Barbara May 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

You naughty girl…and here I am trying to get those last 5 pounds off! I’ve never made donuts at home, but these look very doable. I’ll save the recipe!


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

My hubby would freak if I showed him your donuts. Bookmarking for when I need to blackmail him!


Sunny May 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm

oh my gosh, those look amazing! definitely going to be making those… :)


Pudding Pie Lane May 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

My university are doing free coffee and doughnuts outside the library every day until exams are over. Jeans sizes are out the window, so I think I’ll make these and help myself to two…or ten… :)


Caroline May 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Oh gosh, these doughnuts look and sound fantastic. My roommate actually just mentioned last night that she really wants to make cinnamon sugar doughnuts, so I’m sure I’ll be posting something similar soon!


Nami @ Just One Cookbook May 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Oh my goodness these look so good. TOO good. It’s actually happening now, in my household. When my husband wakes up early, he goes to donuts run. Kids and I are so excited to eat donuts and I make coffee. Such a happy treat on weekends. :-) Your homemade ones look much better. But well I don’t really bake normally and it will probably end with disaster so I just enjoy looking at your gorgeous donuts. :-)


Melissa May 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

Baked doughnuts! Yes! More like a muffin…eat extra.


Alana D May 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Ooh I love this,cinnamon sugar are my favorite kind!


Kay May 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Yum, these look delicious!


Tracy May 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm

These look perfect! I looove cinnamon-sugar!


erin June 3, 2011 at 12:19 am

I know what you mean about special donut mornings. Sometimes my parents would buy Entenmann’s donuts and they were sooo good. I almost bought some not too long ago, but then I looked at the ingredients and quickly changed my mind! Yours look great!


Luz Maria December 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

I made 40 of these doughnuts for a family get togeth of 12 people. They were all gone and they begged for more! AMAZING!


Sarah February 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

I love cinnamon sugar donuts! I modified these to make muffin and mini-muffins, to be more travel friendly:


Courtney March 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Hi, Maris! I finally made these – but I made them into muffins. It turned out great, so thanks for the recipe and inspiration. I gave you credit and linked back. :) ~ Courtney


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