Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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    Classic cinnamon sugar donuts baked instead of fried. So you can eat 2 (or more) and not feel bad.

    Hiiii :) I’m back! My waistline is tighter, my skin is bronze scorched, and I’m so not in the mood to be at work today. However, these donuts may or may not make up for my post-vaca depression. Best $9 investment: a donut pan.

    I’m slightly embarrassed to even admit to y’all what I ate this long weekend. I’d be healthy in the mornings with Chobani and fruit but by mid-day, I’d be snacking on chips, cookies, popcorn, soda, and mixed nuts on the beach. I even ate cereal out of a solo cup. I almost poured milk in too. Have you ever eaten cereal out of a cup? I felt like I was reliving my college days. Let’s face it, I don’t think I can ever eat healthy when I’m vacation. I try so hard to but then my mind automatically goes “hey, you’re on vacation, live it up a lil” so I guess mind over matter.

    Of course coming back from vacation also means I shove these sugar-laden donuts in your face. They are so totally worth getting all up in your face. I made 6 of them and had three. I promised myself I’d give four away after Jason and I ate one but then right before going to bed, I snuck one in, and then ate another in the morning before work. Okay, so I suck at promises to myself. But they’re baked so that totally makes up for it, right?

    You need to get some of these in your life. They aren’t dry and crumbly like you would think baked donuts are, they’re definitely chewy and dense. So unbelievably good with the cinnamon sugar on top. Hands down one of my favorite flavor donuts!

    Peace out Dunkin’ Donuts!

    Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

    A classic cinnamon sugar donut but baked!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 7 mins
    Total Time: 22 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6 donuts
    Calories: 207kcal
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    For the donuts

    • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp. milk
    • 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 2 tbsp cornstarch
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 tbsp butter, melted

    For the cinnamon sugar topping

    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp melted butter


    • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease your donut pan and set aside.
    • In a large measuring cup, combine the milk and vinegar and set aside.
    • In a medium sized bow, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
    • Stir in the egg and melted butter into the milk and vinegar mixture. Then pour the milk mixture over the flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
    • Transfer batter to donut pan. You can use a spoon to spoon the dough into the individual cavities or put it in a ziploc bag, cut the corner of it, and pipe it into the cavities.
    • Bake for 7 minutes. Let cool in pan for 1-2 minutes when done and remove from pan and set on wire rack to cool completely.
    • In the meantime, in a small microwave safe bowl, melt 2 tbsp. of butter.
    • In another small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix together.
    • When donuts are done cooling, brush one half of the donut with the melted butter and dip that side into the cinnamon sugar. Place back on wire rack. Repeat until all donuts have been covered with cinnamon sugar.
    • These donuts taste best the day of but you can still eat them the day after. I wouldn't keep them longer than two days.


    Donut base from Southern Pink Lemonade
    Nutrition Facts
    Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
    Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
    Calories 207 Calories from Fat 63
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 7g11%
    Carbohydrates 33g11%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 20g22%
    Protein 3g6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • RosaLovesDC says:

    I’ll take a dozen please! Love donuts girl!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    I love donuts and my donut pan. These are so pretty! I hear ya on the healthy vacation stuff…nope, I have zero willpower!

  • Maria says:

    Do you deliver? :)

  • These sound amazing! I love my donut pan! I think I may need to go put it to use!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Oooooo, love these Julie! Want some….now :)

  • Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids says:

    Okay, this recipe makes it official – I need a donut pan. Like, right now. I so need these donuts in my life.

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Ahahaha, and here I was going through Instagram and thinking “Wow, I wish I could eat as healthily as she does on vacation!” You totally had me going. :)

    I’ve totally done (read: still do) the cereal in a cup thing. We rock it.

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    My doughnut pan is one of my favorite purchases ever! These look awesome – might have to dig out of my pan later today!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I am in heart, like hard, with my baked donut pan. It’s a little ridiculous. Ben thinks I’ve gone ’round the bend. And cinnamon sugar – are da bomb. Yeah, I said it.

  • Natasha says:

    There are few things I love more than a cinnamon sugar donut! I knew I bought that donut pan for a reason!!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    isn’t the donut pan one of the greatest creations ever? these sound fantastic!

  • Madeleine says:

    I totally eat cereal from a mug. More than I care to admit. Anyways, these look great!

  • Addie says:

    Did you click on the link for the donut pan in the article? There is also a heart shaped donut pan even a few cents cheaper advertised on the right side of the screen. Adorable! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • sally @ sally's baking addiction says:

    So glad you recently made a cinnamon/sugar donut recipe recently too! We must be on the same wavelength Julie! Oh and I cannot for the life of me eat healthy while I’m on vacation. Nothing about oatmeal for breakfast sounds appealing while I’m miles away from my kitchen!!

  • carrian says:

    These look so good!! I’ll take 3 ;)

  • Cassie says:

    I have always adored cinnamon/sugar donuts. These photos are stunning!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    These look just darn perfect!

  • Chelsea says:

    These look so good! I bet they smelled delicious baking!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    My husband has been begging me for a donut pan! I need to get one A.S.A.P. I love these!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Duuuuuude, these look tight!

  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    O. M. G. What are you doing to me Julie?! These look so dang delicious I need five! ;)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I’m loving the cinnamon sugar topping!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    So my Twitter has been blowing up all day about donuts and then you post them! I have all the makings at home, so I think it’s a sign I need to make these tonight! Something to do while I watch The Bachelorette. ;)

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    Solo cups were the perfect cereal vehicle in college! I almost forgot about that! I haven’t used my doughnut pan for so long, but this is definitely the perfect excuse to break it back out again!

  • lindy says:

    HI there! I have been OoOOo’ing and aWWW’ing over the homemade donut recipes for QUITE sometime now, but have been looking for JUUUsT the right one :) … because it is difficult, being that I am #1 vegan (strictly due to the fact that I am lactose intolerant for the dairy aspect of it and have been a veggie since I was 13)
    and point #2. I have celiac (abSOLuTLY NOThinG gluten can cross my path!! and am sensitive to soy)
    . . . SO ;) with all that being said- your recipe intrigued me and I wanted to ask you input,
    What do you think about substituting the milk for almond milk in this recipe? Consistency wise as well as how it will hold together?
    and will using just a regular baking flour (gluten free) do this product justice?? Meaning, do you think I will get the beautiful product you did by these alterations?
    Thank you for your time!
    Look forward to hearing from you!

    • Julie says:

      You’re definitely able to substitute almond milk for this, I’ve done that in some recipes in lieu of regular milk. Regular baking flour (GF) will be ok too.

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    These are beautiful! I want to put my hand through my computer screen and grab a few. I think I’ll have to put my donut pan to use and whip up a batch of these.

  • Kathryn says:

    Man, I need a donut pan so bad!

  • Ellen B says:

    I need to buy a donut pan – on my list now :)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Dude, these look so incredibly airy and fluffy! I thought there’d be yeast in this but to my relief, there isn’t so I’m definitely adding this to my “to-make” list. And you should totally be living it up when on vacation!

  • Lynna says:

    totally agree, a donut pan is a huge investment. i love mine like crazy ♥ this looks oh-so-delicious! i`m always done to try new baked donut recipes!

  • Mercedes says:

    These doughnuts are so perfect looking Julie! I always love new recipes to use in my doughnut pan!

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    The donut pan was one of the best purchases I ever made:-) And donuts with tons of cinnamon and sugar on top…sounds totally awesome!!! I can’t ever eat healthy on vacation…I try, but it usually only lasts for the first day:-)

  • Heidi says:

    donut pan?!?! I HAVE to get one of those. Donuts are one of my (many) weaknesses – these look so good!

  • JulieD says:

    Julie, these look amazing! I have a donut pan and I haven’t christened it yet…it might just have to be these donuts!

  • Linnie (@LinnieatLarge) says:

    loving this recipe!! can’t wait to try it out!


  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    I have no idea how I’m just now coming across your blog. It’s amazing! And these donuts… wow. I love baked donuts but I’ve never tried cinnamon sugar, which is just ridiculous. The cornstarch addition makes me curious! They sound fantastic.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Erin! Thank you for the sweet comment :) I believe the cornstarch addition just makes it softer, but I’m not positive. I know it was definitely a fluffy donut that was delicious!

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking says:

    phew, i was worried I’m the only one who eats while vacationing for an entire month in one week. Munching and finger snacks are becoming a regular around here there days. And these donuts, why don’t they serve them with my breakfast? they look amazing!

  • Carissa says:

    I made these with almond milk, and used splenda. I’m on weight watchers and although these look yummy the 6 points each wasn’t going to be good. I got the recipe down to 2 pts each by changing these items. They were super yummy!!

  • Toni says:

    Oh man, I would love to know the nutritional information on these!!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Toni! I wish I had the time to figure it out, but I can’t imagine them being more than 200-250 calories each cause they’re baked!

  • Jessica says:

    I just made these BUT unfortunately I don’t have a donut pan (yet!) so I made them in a muffin tin…cooked them slightly longer and they came out amazing! They had peaks on them and had the consistency of donuts but kind of looked like muffins. Anyways, they were absolutely delicious and I had more than I care to admit…lol but THANK YOU for the amazing recipe!

  • Tammy says:

    Looks sooo yummy, but I’m kinda scared of the vinegar part….can you taste it?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Tammy! No, you cannot taste the vinegar part at all! The ratio of the rest of the batter to the vinegar is so minimal that you won’t be able to :)

  • SuzieQ says:

    Hi there, I tried baking these but they didn’t brown up at all. The texture and taste were great. It’s just that they were not the least bit brown just white.

    • Julie says:

      Hi, they aren’t supposed to be brown :) if you look at the photos, you’ll see the ring of white around the center. Mine were fairly white too. The brown you see is from the cinnamon sugar mixture that it’s dipped in.

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