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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

These Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts make a quick and easy breakfast or dessert. They are a soft delicious comfort food that are light and fluffy.  

Cinnamon donuts stacked on white plate

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

If you have never made homemade donuts before you may think it's a lot of work. But it's easy when you bake them!

Homemade donuts are just better than store bought and making these will save you a trip to the store or donut shop.

These easy to make Cinnamon Sugar Donuts are topped with a delicious cinnamon sugar coating that will satisfy your sweet tooth. So good!

Three cinnamon sugar donuts laying on red polka dot napkin

Are Baked Donuts Good?

Yes, they are so good that it's hard to eat just one! Homemade baked donuts are fluffy, sweet and delicious. And baking instead of frying them doesn't add any extra calories and fats to the donuts.

You get delicious donuts without all the extra work of having to fry them. Less mess and less clean up!

Why You Should Make These Cinnamon Donuts

  • The are baked and not fried.
  • Uses simple ingredients.
  • Soft, light, airy and delicious.
  • Dipped into a cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Perfect flavor.
  • Easy way to satisfy your donut craving.

These baked donuts are perfect to make for Easter brunch, Mother's Day or anytime you are craving donuts. And I think this is the best baked donut recipe you can make.

Plus this baked donut recipe is so easy to make and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes!

Serve these cinnamon sugar donuts for a quick breakfast with coffee or milk or as a special afternoon treat.

Plate of cinnamon sugar donuts with one cut in half

Ingredient List

  • all purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • baking powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • buttermilk (can use whole milk)
  • egg (at room temperature)
  • vegetable oil

Cinnamon Coating Ingredients

  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • melted unsalted butter
Plate of cinnamon sugar donut next to glass of milk

How To Make Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two donut baking pans with non-stick spray.

*BAKING TIP: I used Wilton donut baking pans.

Whisk together the egg and oil in a medium sized bowl then mix in the buttermilk and vanilla.

Bowl with wet ingredients added

Once you have added all the wet ingredients together you will add in the dry ingredients.

Add in the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt. Mix everything together just until combined. Don't overmix.

Dry Ingredients for Donuts being whisked into wet ingredients in bowl

Spoon the batter into the donut wells in the pan. (The batter will be thin.) Or you can pour batter into a piping bag, cut the tip and squeeze the batter into each well. Fill the wells about ¾ of the way full.

Cinnamon Donuts in Donut Pan ready For Oven

Bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

*BAKING TIP: These donuts do not turn golden brown.

Make the cinnamon sugar mixture while the donuts are baking. In a small bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the coating.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating for Donuts In Bowl

Once donuts are done remove them from the oven and transfer to wire rack. Cool for 10 minutes before topping.

*BAKING TIP: Push a toothpick along the edge of a donut for easy removal from pan.

Brush melted butter over top of donuts, then dunk each one into the cinnamon sugar mixture coating. Be sure to coat all sides.

Coating donuts with cinnamon sugar mixture in Ziploc bag

Best served while warm and fresh.

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts on Cooling Rack

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Do You Know When Baked Donuts Are Done?

To avoid overcooking and drying out your donuts you will want to check your donuts for doneness a minute before the recommended baking time is up by inserting a toothpick into the center of the donut.

How Do You Store Leftovers?

Let them cool completely then you can store the donuts in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days. However, I think they are best the day they are made.

How Do You Keep Baked Donuts Moist?

The best way to keep baked donuts moist is to cover them in plastic wrap, or seal them in a plastic bag or air tight container.

How Do You Reheat Donuts?

Place donut on a microwave-safe plate and reheat in microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Start with minimum time and check it. Be careful not to overheat.

More Easy Baked Donut Recipes To Make

If you love baked donuts then you must try these easy baked pumpkin donuts and these delicious baked chocolate Oreo donuts. Also check out all of our tasty dessert recipes!

White Plate with stacked Cinnamon Donuts
Three Cinnamon Sugar Donuts Stacked on a white plate

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Author: Judy Wilson
These Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts make a quick and easy breakfast or dessert. They are a soft delicious comfort food that are light and fluffy.  
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk, (can use whole milk)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Cinnamon Coating

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two donut baking pans with non-stick spray.
  • Whisk together the egg and oil in a medium sized bowl.
  • Next mix in the buttermilk and vanilla.
  • Then add in the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt. Mix everything together just until combined. Don't overmix.
  • Spoon the batter into the donut wells in the pan. (The batter will be thin.) Fill the wells about ¾ of the way full.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Make the cinnamon sugar mixture while the donuts are baking. 
  • In a small bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the coating and set aside until the donuts are done.
  • Once donuts are done remove from the oven and transfer to wire rack. Cool donuts for 10 minutes before topping.
  • Brush melted butter over top of donuts, then dunk each one in the cinnamon sugar mixture coating. Be sure to coat all sides.
  • Donuts are best served while warm.

Notes

Push a toothpick along the edge of a donut for easy removal from pan.
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