Cinnamon sugar baked donuts are fluffy, cakey, sweet and oh so good! Much easier and healthier than a traditional fried donut, these ones are baked in a donut pan for an easy homemade treat. See just how easy these donuts are to make below.
Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts
My daughter calls these the “best donuts ever!” But let’s be honest, she says that anytime I bake a donut recipe.
These donuts are also HUGE. Next time I make them I would probably put less batter in each donut because they really puffed up. Eating one is too much for me – I had to save half for later.
The cinnamon and nutmeg will fill your house with the loveliest fragrance as these bake in the oven. Once they’re done, keep things simple by topping with a bit of melted butter and some cinnamon sugar. Now you have a totally delicious treat that the whole family can enjoy.
Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donut Ingredients (and Substitutions):
Here are the ingredients you’ll need including some substitution ideas. If you are looking for the full recipe it’s at the bottom of this post – just scroll down to the bottom:
- All-Purpose Flour – You’ll need 2 cups of all purpose flour. You can also use whole wheat flour or pastry flour. This recipe won’t work for gluten free flours (Note: If you’re looking for a gluten free donut, try my double chocolate donut recipe – they’re delicious).
- Coconut Sugar – I don’t use refined sugar in any of my recipes (it’s just personal preference). So I’m using coconut sugar for this recipe. Coconut sugar tastes nothing like actual coconut! It has a deep caramel flavor that is closer to brown sugar that I LOVE in recipes. If you don’t want to use coconut sugar you can also use brown sugar, cane sugar or regular white sugar.
- Cinnamon – Cinnamon is the star of the show for these donuts – don’t skip it.
- Milk – You can use any kind of milk here – regular dairy, non-dairy (almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk etc) or you can use water. I used oat milk as that’s all that we had.
- Cooking Oil – You can use any kind of cooking oil that you have at home (I used olive oil), or you can use melted butter in substitution.
- Other Bits – You’ll also need baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla extract.
- Coconut Sugar Coating – For the donut topping you’ll need a bit of melted butter, and a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Directions
I love baked donuts because they’re so much easier than a traditional donut that has to be fried in oil, which is also not as healthy. These cinnamon sugar donuts come together in just a few simple steps:
- Dry Ingredients: Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.
- Wet Ingredients: Mix milk, olive oil, eggs and vanilla in another bowl.
- Mix Together: Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with dry ingredients and mix together.
- Add To Donut Pan & Bake: Add batter to donut pan and fill 1/2 full. Bake for 18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Cinnamon Sugar Topping: Brush melted butter on top of the donuts and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
For full instructions, just scroll to the bottom of this post where you can print out the recipe.
More Sweet Treat Recipes To Try
- Double Chocolate Baked Donuts – these donuts are gluten-free, sugar-free, and nut-free. They are my husband’s favorite because he can’t eat gluten!
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – these remind me of the classic cookies my mom used to make but with a healthier upgrade.
- Banana Oatmeal Muffins – the best healthy breakfast muffin filled with delicious gluten-free rolled oats and sweetened with maple syrup and ripe bananas. They’re delicious without a lot of fuss.
- Homemade Oreos with Cream Cheese Icing – These are basically heaven in a cookie. Kids love them, parents can’t stop eating them… they’re totally addictive and worth making from scratch.
- Old Fashioned Date Squares – A blend of oats, brown sugar, butter and sweet dates. They are a classic recipe that many of us remember from when we were young.
Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a donut pan with butter or oil and a paper towel.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix together and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine milk, eggs, olive oil (or melted butter), and vanilla extract.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.
- Fill the batter into the donut pan ½ full (The batter will rise during baking). Bake for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when poked through the center. Remove from oven, let cool 10 minutes then remove from pan and place on a rack to cool.
- In a bowl combine coconut sugar and cinnamon. In a separate small bowl, melt 2 Tbsp of butter in the microwave.
- Brush melted butter onto the baked donuts.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top. Serve immediately or place in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.