BAKED CINNAMON DONUTS

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These baked cinnamon donuts with vanilla glaze are golden, fluffy and tender. Filled with fall flavor, these yummy pastries are deeply satisfying. Enjoy the pleasure of bakery-fresh donuts that are baked not fried!

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A fresh batch of baked cinnamon donuts being iced with vanilla glaze.

With this easy recipe there’s no rolling or cutting out dough. No messy deep frying with oil splattering all over the stove. Just combine wet and dry ingredients. Pour into wells of a donut pan and bake. Smells so good!

Baked cinnamon donuts remind me of buttery cinnamon toast my mother would make. It was for special occasions, like the first day of school. Such warm aromatic goodness. It brought feelings of comfort and happiness.

Once the pastries have cooled, drizzle with vanilla glaze as it drips from a spoon. No pastry bag needed. If desired, you can also use a more traditional cinnamon sugar topping, or a bakery-style apple cider glaze.

Freshly baked cinnamon donuts with vanilla glaze cooling on a wire rack.

FOR CINNAMON SUGAR TOPPING: Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a small skillet. Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Dip donuts in warm melted butter, then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

FOR APPLE CIDER GLAZE: Stir together 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons bottled apple cider, and 1 tablespoon heavy cream. This yields 1/2 cup of icing. For a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar.

Baked cinnamon donuts taste best when enjoyed fresh from the oven, or within the first 12 hours. They’re ideal for breakfast, brunch, snack time and dessert. Make a double batch and freeze half for later.

Serve freshly-baked donuts with maple whipped coffee or a warm delicious mug of pumpkin spice hot chocolate.

INGREDIENTS

DONUT BATTER

  • All-purpose flour
  • Light brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Sea salt
  • Large egg
  • Whole milk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Pure vanilla extract
Ingredients for Baked Cinnamon Donuts.

VANILLA GLAZE

  • Powdered sugar
  • Whole milk
  • Vanilla extract
Vanilla glaze ingredients for baked cake donuts.

EASY INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Missing an ingredient for these cinnamon donuts? Don’t put on your shoes and head to the market. Instead, head to your fridge and pantry. Check for these easy ingredient swaps.

It’s convenient and money-saving to use ingredients you already have on hand!

  • ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR: This ingredient gives baked donuts structure. Pastry flour or cake flour can be used as a 1:1 substitute for these baked cake donuts.
  • LIGHT BROWN SUGAR: Use dark brown sugar or granulated sugar.
  • GROUND CINNAMON: Use chai spice, ground nutmeg, or ground mace.
  • WHOLE MILK: This is the main wet ingredient, so it’s very important. Substitute with the type of milk you have on hand, including non-dairy.
  • VEGETABLE OIL: This ingredient keeps the donuts moist. Use melted butter as a 1:1 substitute for oil. After melting the butter, let it cool a bit before using it in this recipe.
  • MAPLE SYRUP: This ingredient adds a beautiful richness to the baked cinnamon donuts. Substitute with honey or agave syrup.
  • VANILLA EXTRACT: This ingredient enhances the cinnamon spice and nutmeg. Sub with maple syrup, bourbon, amber rum, or brandy.
  • POWDERED SUGAR: Make your own powdered sugar from granulated sugar. Process sugar in a blender or food processor until fine and fluffy. One cup granulated sugar yields about 2 cups powdered sugar.
Baked cinnamon donuts with vanilla glaze on a wire rack.

BEST DONUT PAN FOR THIS RECIPE

For tender, perfectly-baked cinnamon donuts, use high-quality bakeware. For this recipe I used 2 non-stick donut pans by the brand USA Pan. Grab a set for yourself through the Amazon affiliate link below.

RECIPE STEPS

RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 350°F. Over the sink, spray 2 donut pans with cooking spray.

  • STEP 1: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • STEP 2: In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: egg, milk, vegetable oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix briefly until no large lumps remain. But don’t over-mix or the pastries will be dense.
  • STEP 3: Divide batter between the 12 wells of 2 donut pans. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until they spring back when you touch them. Insert a cake tester into the center of a donut. It should come out clean.
  • STEP 4: Gently tap donut pan on a work surface to loosen the pastries. Flip over pan on a clean surface. Transfer to a wire rack for cooling.
How to make baked donuts in 4 easy steps.

vanilla glaze for donuts

In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. For thicker icing, add more sugar. For thinner icing add more milk.

Vanilla glaze for baked donuts in a small bowl with spoon.

Drizzle icing over donuts with the back of a spoon. Or spread the glaze over the surface of the pastry. Let icing set before stacking or serving.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions for baked cinnamon donuts, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE WITHOUT A DONUT PAN?

Use a 6-well cupcake pan instead. Grease the pan well with cooking spray. Divide the donut batter between the wells. Adjust cooking time as needed.

CAN FRESH FRUIT BE ADDED TO THE DONUT BATTER?

Yes, it can! A seasonal favorite is diced apples. But you can try blueberries or chopped strawberries too. If desired, add a light sprinkling of lemon zest or lime zest to the batter.

HOW TO REMOVE PASTRIES FROM DONUT PAN?

The easiest way to remove donuts from a nonstick pan is to tap the pan 3 times on a work surface (countertop or wooden board). This loosens things up. Flip the pan over and the donuts should slide right out.

MORE TOPPING IDEAS FOR BAKED DONUTS?

Add chopped walnuts or pecans on top of the glaze. Try drizzling the donuts with chocolate icing. Top with orange, white and green candy sprinkles. For a tropical flare, try shredded sweetened coconut.

HOW TO MAKE THIS A DAIRY-FREE RECIPE?

Substitute almond milk for whole milk in both the batter and glaze. Another option is rice milk.

HOW TO MAKE THIS AN EGG-FREE RECIPE?

Replace the egg in the batter with applesauce.

HOW LONG ARE DONUTS GOOD FOR?

When stored in an airtight container, leftover donuts will stay fresh for 1 day on the countertop in room temperature when not in direct sunlight. In the fridge they can last 3 to 4 days, and 1 month when frozen.

Vanilla glaze being spread on the top of baked cinnamon donuts.

MORE FALL DESSERTS

If you love baked cinnamon donuts, you’ll also enjoy these seasonal favorites. Each fall dessert is a time-tested recipe. Keep them handy. Add them to your recipe arsenal. Pin them to Pinterest or print them out.

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Freshly baked cinnamon donuts with vanilla glaze cooling on a wire rack.

BAKED CINNAMON DONUTS


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x

Description

These baked cinnamon donuts are golden, fluffy and delicious. Drizzled with luscious vanilla glaze, they’re irresistible! Make this easy recipe in 30 minutes. Enjoy for breakfast, snacks or dessert.


Ingredients

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DONUT BATTER

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

VANILLA GLAZE

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

BAKED DONUTS

RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 350°F. Over the sink, spray 2 donut pans with cooking spray.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: egg, milk, vegetable oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix briefly until no large lumps remain. But don’t over-mix or the pastries will be dense.
  3. Divide batter between the 12 wells of 2 donut pans. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until they spring back when you touch them. Insert a cake tester into the center of a donut. It should come out clean. 
  4. Gently tap donut pan on a work surface to loosen the pastries. Flip over pan on a clean surface. Transfer to a wire rack for cooling.

VANILLA GLAZE

  1. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. For thicker icing, add more sugar. For thinner icing add more milk.
  2. Drizzle icing over donuts with the back of a spoon. Or spread the glaze so it covers the entire surface on the top half of the pastry.

Notes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE WITHOUT A DONUT PAN: Use a 6-well cupcake pan instead. Grease the pan well with cooking spray. Divide the donut batter between the wells. Adjust cooking time as needed. 

HOW TO REMOVE PASTRIES FROM DONUT PAN: The easiest way to remove donuts from a nonstick pan is to tap the pan 3 times on a work surface (countertop or wooden board). This will loosen things up. Flip the pan over and the donuts should slide right out.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Baked Cinnamon Donuts, Baked Donuts, Baked Cake Donuts, Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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5 thoughts on “BAKED CINNAMON DONUTS”

  1. These are so delicious. Just looking at them made my mouth water. I ran to the kitchen to make a batch. 30 mins later and they’re done. Yummy!

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  2. Yum these sound perfect for this weekends breakfast when my sister and niece will be here. Adding to the must make list. They’re going to love these!

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  3. This is my new favorite donut recipe! So yummy and easy to make! I’m planning on making a second batch this weekend.

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