Baked Cinnamon Donuts

Baked Cinnamon Donuts that melt in your mouth are so easy to make home. They’re ready in less than 30 minutes and the cinnamon sugar makes them irresistible! 

Cinnamon Donuts on a plate

These Baked Cinnamon Donuts taste like the real deal!

Brushing them with melted butter and then dipping them in the sugar cinnamon mix is what’s makes them taste like a fried donut. Mr. Delish even said that they taste ‘almost’ as good as the amazing mini donuts we had in Pike Place Market in Seattle.

That my friend, tells you that these donuts are worth getting a donut pan for!

Stack of Cinnamon Donuts on a plate
Recipe for Baked Cinnamon Donuts

Baking donuts saves a few calories since they’re not deep fried in oil as traditional donuts are. These donuts are only 97 calories per donut! In comparison, fried donuts are about 190 in average…and that’s without toppings!

Baked Donuts on a white plate

How To Make Baked Cinnamon Donuts

MAKING THE DONUTS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Spray donut pans with the baking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
  • Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined and dissolving all lumps.
  • Add the batter into the donut baking molds, filling each one about three-quaters full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the donuts are lightly browned.
  • Cool for 5 minutes on donut pan before removing them. 

MAKING THE TOPPING

  • In a small saute pan, melt the butter, removing the white foam from the butter with a spoon as it forms.In a small bowl, combine the sugar & cinnamon.
  • Brush each donut (not all at once) with the melted butter or dip each donut first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, on one or both sides. Your choice 😉
Baked dounuts with donut pan

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS

  • The recipe calls for 1 extra large egg. Since I only buy large eggs (and they seem to be getting smaller & smaller), I added 1.5 large eggs instead. How do you do half an egg you may ask? Well, the first egg I add in a bowl, whisk it, then remove half of the mix just by eyeballing it. Just do the best you can and will still turnout alright. 
  • When mixing the melted butter with the egg & milk, make sure the butter is cooled off. If you add it when it’s hot, the egg will turn into custard and you definitely don’t want that! 
  • The best part of this recipe is that there is no electric mixer involved! Clean up is a breeze! 
  • Baking time always vary depending on the oven so start keeping an eye on it starting at the 17 minute mark.  
Cinnamon Donuts on a plate

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten in Foolproof book.

Did you make these Baked Cinnamon Donuts?!? I’d love to know how they turned out! Leave a comment and a rating below? thank you!

Cinnamon Donuts on a plate

Baked Cinnamon Donuts

Servings 22 donuts
Ana Frias
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Baked Cinnamon Donuts that melt in your mouth are so easy to make home. Are ready in less than 30 minutes and the cinnamon sugar makes them irresistible! 

Equipment

  • Donut pan
22 donuts

Ingredients
  

For the donuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 extra-large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

Making the donuts

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray donut pans with the baking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
  • Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined and dissolving all lumps.
  • Add the batter into the donut baking molds, filling each one about three-quaters full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the donuts are lightly browned.
  • Cool for 5 minutes on donut pan before removing them.

Making the topping

  • In a small saute pan, melt the butter, removing the white foam from the butter with a spoon as it forms.In a small bowl, combine the sugar & cinnamon.
  • Brush each donut (not all at once) with the melted butter or dip each donut first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, on one or both sides. Your choice 😉

*Ana’s Notes:

  • The recipe calls for 1 extra large egg. Since I only buy large eggs (and they seem to be getting smaller & smaller), I added 1.5 large eggs instead. How do you do half an egg you may ask? Well, the first egg I add in a bowl, whisk it, then remove half of the mix just by eyeballing it. Just do the best you can and will still turnout alright. 
  • When mixing the melted butter with the egg & milk, make sure the butter is cooled off. If you add it when it’s hot, the egg will turn into custard and you definitely don’t want that! 
  • The best part of this recipe is that there is no electric mixer involved! Clean up is a breeze! 
  • Baking time always vary depending on the oven so start keeping an eye on it starting at the 17 minute mark.  

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1donut | Sodium: 80mg | Calcium: 42mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Sugar: 10g | Potassium: 21mg | Cholesterol: 13mg | Calories: 97kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 2g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 18g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

If you like desserts with cinnamon, may I suggest these Banana Crumb Muffins?

Baked dounuts with donut pan
Recipe for Baked Cinnamon Donuts

I posted this recipe originally in May 2013 and it has been updated with new photos and a few additional notes. Same delicious flavor!

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17 Comments

  1. Love this recipe! I’m 16 and love baking for my family, and they love the recipes I get off your site! Thanks for sharing! 😀

    1. Hi Mandi! Wow you’re 16 and love baking? That’s awesome! You have a bright feature ahead of you my friend 🙂 It makes me happy to hear that you enjoy the recipes here! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 xo ana

  2. These look amazing! I’m picturing them warm out of the oven, with all the crusted cinnamon sugar, and I’m pretty much drooling. Yum!

    1. Hi Chitra! You could use 1/4 cup of vegetable oil instead of the egg or 1/3 cup of applesauce but that may change the flavor slightly. I have no doubt it will still be delicious!! Let me know if you make and and how it worked! Thanks!

    1. Hi Rebecca! Definitely! The baking time will probably be about 17 minutes as well depending on your oven. Enjoy!