Cinnamon Sugar Donuts


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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
22 mins

A classic cinnamon sugar donut but baked!

Servings: 6 donuts
Calories: 207 kcal
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
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease your donut pan and set aside.
  2. In a large measuring cup, combine the milk and vinegar and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bow, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. In the meantime, in a small microwave safe bowl, melt 2 tbsp. of butter.
  8. In another small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix together.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 20g
Protein 3g 6%
* 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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Posted on July 09, 2012

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 07/09/2012 at 7:25 am

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

  2. 07/09/2012 at 8:08 am

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

  3. 07/09/2012 at 8:44 am

    Do you deliver? :)

  4. 07/09/2012 at 9:13 am

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

  5. 07/09/2012 at 9:31 am

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

  6. 07/09/2012 at 9:33 am

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

  7. 07/09/2012 at 9:45 am

    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.

  8. 07/09/2012 at 10:15 am

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

  9. 07/09/2012 at 10:18 am

    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.

  10. 07/09/2012 at 11:07 am

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

  11. 07/09/2012 at 11:27 am

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

  12. 07/09/2012 at 11:35 am

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

  13. Addie
    07/09/2012 at 12:09 pm

    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.

  14. 07/09/2012 at 12:19 pm

    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!!

  15. 07/09/2012 at 12:27 pm

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

  16. 07/09/2012 at 12:28 pm

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

  17. 07/09/2012 at 12:57 pm

    These look just darn perfect!

  18. 07/09/2012 at 2:56 pm

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

  19. 07/09/2012 at 4:11 pm

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

  20. 07/09/2012 at 4:27 pm

    Duuuuuude, these look tight!

  21. 07/09/2012 at 4:32 pm

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

  22. 07/09/2012 at 4:33 pm

    I’m loving the cinnamon sugar topping!

  23. 07/09/2012 at 6:13 pm

    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. ;)

  24. 07/09/2012 at 9:35 pm

    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!

  25. lindy
    07/10/2012 at 2:30 am

    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!

    • 07/10/2012 at 7:44 am

      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.

  26. 07/10/2012 at 7:06 am

    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.

  27. 07/10/2012 at 9:00 am

    Man, I need a donut pan so bad!

  28. Ellen B
    07/10/2012 at 10:48 am

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

  29. 07/10/2012 at 12:25 pm

    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!

  30. 07/10/2012 at 2:36 pm

    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!

  31. 07/10/2012 at 7:14 pm

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

  32. 07/11/2012 at 12:35 am

    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:-)

  33. 07/13/2012 at 3:04 am

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

  34. 07/13/2012 at 3:57 am

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

  35. 07/15/2012 at 12:23 pm

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


  36. 07/15/2012 at 4:43 pm

    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.

    • 07/15/2012 at 6:02 pm

      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!

  37. 07/18/2012 at 10:50 am

    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!

  38. Carissa
    07/28/2012 at 1:31 pm

    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!!

  39. Toni
    09/17/2012 at 9:42 pm

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

    • 09/18/2012 at 7:59 am

      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!

  40. Jessica
    11/26/2012 at 8:42 pm

    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!

  41. Tammy
    09/11/2013 at 11:50 am

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

    • 09/12/2013 at 10:06 am

      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 :)

  42. SuzieQ
    01/10/2017 at 4:34 am

    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
      01/10/2017 at 7:53 am

      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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