Skip to Content

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Jump to Recipe | Save Recipe

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 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 donuts
Author: Julie Chiou
Save Rate Print


For the donuts

  • cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

For the cinnamon sugar topping

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter

The default measuring system for this website is US Customary. Unit conversions are provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. While we strive to provide accurate unit conversions, please be aware that there may be some discrepancies.



  • Preheat oven to 450 °F. Grease your donut pan and set aside.
  • In a large measuring cup, combine the milk and vinegar and set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, 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 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.

Recipe Notes

Donut base from Southern Pink Lemonade


Serving: 1 donut | Calories: 207 kcal | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 7 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 20 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Donut
Cuisine: American
Keyword: donut recipe

This post contains an affiliate link.

Recipe Rating


Tuesday 10th of January 2017

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.


Tuesday 10th of January 2017

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.


Wednesday 11th of September 2013

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


Thursday 12th of September 2013

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 :)


Monday 26th of November 2012

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 but THANK YOU for the amazing recipe!

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts — Koko Likes

Tuesday 25th of September 2012

[...] Adapted from Table For Two. [...]


Monday 17th of September 2012

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


Tuesday 18th of September 2012

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!