Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts


I will start this post off by saying I hate cake doughnuts, with a passion.  I will not waste calories on those dry, dense doughnut impostors lol!  So I thought the only way to get those fluffy, melt in your mouth yeast doughnuts was to fry them.  I now stand corrected.

This recipe for Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts yields light and fluffy doughnuts right from your oven.  With only about an hour and half total rise time, these are too easy to make…… dangerously easy!  On top of being simple to make, the ingredients are pantry staples which means you can make these babies whenever the mood hits.  But since they’re baked they are healthy, well healthier, right?

The amazing doughnuts are dipped in a cinnamon sugar mixture when they come out of the oven and are warm and incredibly addicting.

If cinnamon sugar isn’t your thing, I’m sure these would be fabulous with a glaze, or chocolate glaze or sprinkles, the possibilities are endless.

So go preheat your oven, grab your rolling pin and get making these Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts for your family and I promise they will be thanking you!Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts


  • For the doughnuts:
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk, heated to 115 degrees
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ to 3½ cups unbleached flour, divided, plus more for kneading
  • 1 stick butter, 4 ounces, cut into 1" cubes
  • For the cinnamon-sugar coating:
  • 1 stick butter, 4 ounces, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon, mixed together


  1. 1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the egg and sugar on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add in the milk, yeast, salt, and vanilla. Turn the mixer to low, and then add in 2 cups of the flour. Attach the dough hook and then on medium speed, add the butter one piece at a time until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, and then add the rest of the flour until the dough sticks to the hook and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It should be soft and moist, but not sticky.
  2. 2. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in a mixing bowl coated with cooking spray and cover with a damp towel. Let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. 3. Punch down the dough and roll it out to about ½" thickness. With biscuit cutters, cut out 3" circles with 1" holes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the doughnuts 1" apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on top of the preheating oven until almost doubled in size, about 25 minutes.
  4. 4. Bake until light golden in color, 5-8 minutes. Dip the hot doughnuts in the melted butter and then coat with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve immediately; doughnuts are best eaten the same day they are made.
  5. (Recipe adapted from Doughnuts by Lara Ferroni)


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  1. avatar
    Lauren says:
    November 11, 2013

    These look DELISH!!

  2. avatar
    Helen says:
    November 11, 2013

    THESE LOOK AWESOME!! I am so excited right now!! Thank you so much for sharing ;-)

  3. avatar
    November 11, 2013

    I’m with you on the cake doughnuts! I’ve never made homemade doughnuts before, so I’m looking forward to trying out your recipe :) Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. avatar
    November 14, 2013

    Thanks for posting on Showcase your Talent Thursday – these look amazing!

  5. avatar
    November 15, 2013

    Yes, don’t waste your calorie quota I agree with you! These look a treat, I can’t wait to try them for myself! Thanks for sharing on the Weekend Retreat Link Party

  6. avatar
    Britni says:
    November 15, 2013

    These look incredible, especially with the bag of cinnamon sugar! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  7. avatar
    Kelly says:
    November 15, 2013

    Yes, please!! These look delicious… I’ll take a dozen or two (hee-hee). Thanks for sharing at the par-tay. xo

  8. avatar
    November 15, 2013

    That’s awesome! I never knew that you could bake yeast doughnuts. I am so excited to try these out! :)

  9. avatar
    becky says:
    November 16, 2013

    incredible. these are making me sooo hungry right now!

  10. avatar
    Karly says:
    November 16, 2013

    I need a batch of these right now! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  11. avatar
    BeBetsy says:
    November 18, 2013


    We love these baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts. So…. You’ve been featured this week on BeBetsy at the BRAG ABOUT IT No. 30

    Thanks for linking up with us.
    Sharon and Denise ♥

  12. avatar
    Winnie says:
    November 18, 2013

    These are looking fantastic!!

  13. avatar
    November 20, 2013

    Oh my yum! I think the same way, baked is healthier than fried. Just like chocolate, it comes from a bean so chocolate is a veggie/legume and therefore healthy. I’m going to try this recipe soon. :) Stopping by from 36th Ave.

  14. avatar
    Mrs B. says:
    December 2, 2013

    How many donuts do you get from this recipe?

  15. avatar
    alli says:
    January 29, 2014

    I try making them last night and they tasted soooooooo goooooood!!!! Thank you so much!

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