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Friday, November 14, 2014

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

It's Friday and that means another donut post. My obsession with cinnamon flavored things is continued with these cinnamon sugar donuts. Cinnamon sugar can transform any dessert from plain to life changing. The donuts are light in flavor and the topping is just sweet enough to not ruin your appetite if you have one for a mid-day snack. 

Since these donuts are baked they are easy to make and healthier than fried donuts. I also think they taste better since they are baked. You don't have to worry about that greasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. 

A donut memory that sticks out in my mind is when my Uncle used to take my brother and I to get apple fritter donuts late at night. It was like a field trip where we were rewarded at the end. As evidence above, it's okay to indulge in a greasy donut every once in awhile, but baked donuts are good anytime. Less calories and better flavor!

The recipe for these donuts is the same recipe that I used for the baked funfetti donuts.  The only thing that's different is the topping. As stated in my last donut post, no mixer is required for this recipe.

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Yield - 6 donuts


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/4 cup greek yogurt 
1 egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

Yield - coats 6 donuts 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 6 count donut pan with non-stick baking spray.

For the donuts:

1. In a medium sized bowl whisk all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and granulated sugar.  Set aside. 
2. In a separate medium sized bowl whisk milk, greek yogurt, egg, melted unsalted butter, and pure vanilla extract. Set aside.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until combined. Be careful not to overmix.
4. Option 1: Spoon batter into donut cups.
5. Option 2: Place batter in gallon sized ziploc bag and cut bottom tip off. Pipe the batter in each of the donut cups until 3/4 full. 
6. Bake donuts for 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown. 
7. Allow donuts to cool in pan for 10 minutes.
8. Remove donuts from pan and place on cooling rack until almost completely cooled.

For the cinnamon sugar topping:

1.  In a small sized bowl melt butter.
2. Place cinnamon and sugar in a medium sized bowl and stir until combined. Set aside.
3.  Brush tops of donuts with melted butter.
4.  Place donuts in cinnamon sugar bowl until covered with the topping.

I would recommend these donuts be dunked in a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. I myself am a hot chocolate fan so that is my preference. Have a great weekend. Do you have any fun weekend plans?

If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on Instagram or Twitter with #savorthebaking!


You can purchase the donut pan that I used here.

If you want to make a dozen donuts just double the recipe.

Donuts can be stored at room temperature in a container for 2 days. Refrigerate any left overs.

Recipe for donuts adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

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  1. Mmm I could eat half a dozen of these! I'm such a sucker for cinnamon donuts!

  2. I made these today and brought them over to the nursing home where my elderly in-laws live. They were very pleased we met. :) It's amazing how many friends you have when there's new food around. Thanks!

    1. Wow Maureen! That's great and I'm glad that your in-laws enjoyed the donuts. 😊 Have a great Sunday.

  3. I love baked donuts and these cinnamon sugar ones look delicious!

    1. Thanks Jen. I'm a sucker for cinnamon sugar

  4. i have a doughnut pan but haven't used it yet. these look great!

    1. Donuts are so easy and fun to make with the pan. Thanks for stopping by.