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Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

August 21, 2018

Homemade cinnamon sugar donuts make a delicious and easy breakfast treat warm from the oven. This recipe is simple to […]

Homemade cinnamon sugar donuts make a delicious and easy breakfast treat warm from the oven. This recipe is simple to bake in thirty minutes or less with basic pantry ingredients and no frying.

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Say it isn’t so!! The last of the lazy days of summer are upon us and we are all about to be hurled head first into the organized chaos and over-scheduled craziness that marks the fall season. Back to school, the return to routines, endless to-do lists and overbooked calendars are right around the corner and I just want to dig my heels deep into the dirt and pull back hard on the reigns. Real hard. Time stops for no one as we know so I best wrap my head around the fact that our carefree summer days are numbered. While I’m not looking forward to this year’s first day of school send off  {I have a senior this year, there will be many tears} I can say I am maybe a little too excited about all the cozy, comfy things that come with autumn. Spring has always been my favorite season hands down {hello, Easter!}, but fall is fast becoming a not-so-distant runner up. I am easily wooed by fall’s chunky knit sweaters, knee high suede boots, snuggly nights by the fire and pumpkin latte scented anything. Apple pie ala-mode, mile high spice cake and browned butter pecan cinnamon rolls are just a few of my favorite things which will make an appearance here on the blog this fall no doubt.

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But since it IS still August, and in the spirit of embracing the change of seasons, I say we ease into autumn with these Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts. Cinnamon is a quintessential fall flavor and it will get all the recognition it deserves in the months ahead. These donuts, with their thick dusting of cinnamon sugar topping, are a quick and fool-proof way to get your fall baking hat on. And just in time for back to school, your kids will be happy to roll out of bed to get their hands on one of these delicious donuts. It’s these very donuts that get ME out of bed and on my way to an early morning soccer game on a chilly Saturday morning. Hand over a decaf latte and stick a fork in me. I’m done. Best. Breakfast. EVER. Heck, these donuts are the reason for the season! We just polished off a baker’s dozen of these new faves, but I’ll be baking another batch of donuts {or doughnuts if you rather} for my back to school bunch next week.


Let’s get to the details so you can test these out in your own kitchen sooner than later. This recipe is embarrassingly easy to follow and I’ll bet you have all the ingredients you need already in your pantry. I use buttermilk in most of my donut recipes because it lends a soft, dare I say *moist* texture to the cake that is a must for homemade donuts. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, simply add one tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to one cup of milk, let it sit for a hot five minutes and tah-hah…buttermilk!  While this recipe is very simple and requires no fancy baking or frying skills, I cannot stress enough how important it is to avoid over mixing your batter. It will only lead to a tough and dense donut and we are going for soft and fluffy circles of goodness here. Mix your batter until the ingredients are just barely combined for best results. My second pro tip of the day….scoop the batter into a large ziplock bag, snip the corner and pipe the batter into your donut pan. Less mess is best and this tip will get you far. My final tip before I send you off to live your best donut life is to be sure to give these sweet things a generous dunk in the cinnamon sugar mixture. This is definitely a case where more is better. A bit of the cinnamon sugar sprinkle is bound to fall off before these donuts grace your lips, so add a little extra for good measure. Extra sprinkle is always a good idea, am I right?


Love to know if you are loving these donuts bakers! Leave me a comment below or reach out and say hello on Instagram, you can find me @brownedbutterblondie. Nothing makes me happier than to know you are baking up something from the blog. Best of luck with back to school and I’ll see you here next week with more sweet things!

If you love these cinnamon sugar baked donuts, you’ll also love:

Old Fashioned Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze

Coconut Cake Donuts

Chocolate Glazed Pumpkin Donuts


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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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  • Author: Browned Butter Blondie
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast


Homemade cinnamon sugar donuts make a delicious and easy breakfast treat warm from the oven. This recipe is simple to bake in thirty minutes or less with basic pantry ingredients and no frying.



For Donuts

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup buttermilk, stirred to loosen
  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tsp vanilla

For Topping

  • 1 granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, ore more if desired
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour (spooned and leveled), baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, and buttermilk together until smooth
  5. Add melted butter and vanilla, mix until combined
  6. Pour wet ingredients over the flour mixture and mix until just combined
  7. Do not over mix
  8. Spoon batter directly into donut pan holes or alternatively, scoop dough into a ziplock bag to pipe into donut pan
  9. Fill donut holes about 3/4 full
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges of donuts are golden brown
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 3-5 minutes
  12. Transfer to cooling rack and bake remaining batter
  13. For topping, mix cinnamon and sugar together in a shallow bowl
  14. Brush all sides and center of donut with melted butter and dunk the donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture
  15. Turn donut over and cover opposite side
  16. Best served immediately







  • Reply
    February 14, 2024 at 11:42 am

    Can i prepare the dough in advance and maybe put it in the fridge overnight to bake fresh in the morning ?

  • Reply
    Alisa Bazan
    May 27, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Heather, I was wondering if I could prep these out and then bake right after dinner? Warm donuts are so wonderful

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      June 5, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      You can give it a try. I always bake them immediately after mixing the batter but it should work. Warm donuts for dessert does sound heavenly! Maybe even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!!

  • Reply
    January 23, 2019 at 1:33 am

    I don’t have a donut pan. Could these be piped into a circle on a cookie sheet?

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      January 23, 2019 at 3:07 am

      Hi Barb,
      You could certainly try that, although they may not retain the hole in the center. Baked donuts are always a delightful treat so I would certainly pick up a donut pan soon. Let me know how they turn out if you make them!

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