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It’s Monday, so naturally I’m craving a warm doughnut and a latte to kick off the week. Grab a mug of coffee or hot chocolate, and let’s bake doughnuts! Tender and fluffy, baked and not fried, these baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts are a fab way to get our doughnut fix.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts
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Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, dipped in melted butter and dunked in cinnamon-sugar, these are the way to (baked) doughnut bliss!

Perfect Baked Doughnuts

For easy baked doughnuts, transfer the batter to a large piping bag and fill each doughnut cup about 3/4 full.

Tap the doughnut pan to settle the batter, then bake until golden and the tops spring back to the touch (about 8 minutes).

Turn doughnuts out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once the doughnuts are cool, dip in melted butter and dunk in cinnamon sugar.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

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  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 12 doughnuts
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

Indulge your doughnuts cravings with tender and fluffy baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts, a scrumptious way to get your doughnut fix! Recipe makes 12 doughnuts.


Ingredients

Doughnuts

  • 2 cups cake flour (see note below)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Topping

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and spray a standard doughnut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk together cake flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Combine buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in just until incorporated.
  3. Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and fill each doughnut cup 3/4 full.
  4. Bake about 8 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. Turn doughnuts out on a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter, allowing pan to cool completely and spraying with nonstick spray in between batches.
  5. Set rack with cooled doughnuts over a piece of waxed paper. Heat butter in a microwave-safe bowl until melted. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Dip doughnut tops lightly in melted butter, and dunk in cinnamon sugar; repeat with other side. If you have extra cinnamon sugar, dunk tops again.
  6. Doughnuts taste best the first day – store leftover doughnuts at room temperature or wrap well and freeze up to 2 months.

Notes

To make your own cake flour: place 2 tablespoons cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure, then top up with flour. Sift the mixture several times to evenly distribute the cornstarch.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

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30 Comments

  1. Oh my, these doughnuts look positively divine! Cinnamon sugar doughnuts get me every single time. ????

  2. These doughnuts look irresistibly good, Laura! Love the cinnamon sugar coating, and even better that they’re baked. Swoon!

  3. Ahh what a gorgeous classic donut! My parents used to buy us cinnamon sugar donuts as a treat when we were little.

  4. I can’t imagine any better way to start the week that with warm sugar donuts. Beautiful!

  5. Wow, these look perfect!!! And since they’re not fried, they’re practically guilt free—that’s my rationale for today 🙂 So tempting.

  6. I just finished mopping my kitchen floor but wouldn’t mind making another sweet mess if these sublime doughnuts were involved!

  7. Count me in Laura! Cinnamon sugar donuts are my fave!! I want to grab one of those beauties right off my screen!