Cinnamon Sugar Donuts have a fluffy baked cinnamon donut base and are rolled in cinnamon sugar for a simple but delicious donut.

Looking down on a plate that has been sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and has a cinnamon sugar donut sitting on top

Why Are Baked Donuts Better Than Fried Donuts?

  • They are so easy to make. Baked donuts are so easy to throw together for a fun snack or a delicious breakfast treat.
  • They are quick. From the time you gather all of your ingredients until you are eating these delicious cinnamon sugar donuts is less than thirty minutes.
  • Baked donuts are healthier than fried donuts. You skip all of the oil, making these donuts better for you!
  • No rising time needed. These donuts are made without yeast, so you don’t have to wait around for them to rise.
A closeup of a cinnamon sugar baked donut

Tips for Making Baked Donuts:

  • Use a silicone mold. There a million donut molds out there, but I prefer silicone molds by a long shot. They make it so easy to remove the donuts after baking.
  • Don’t overmix. If you want tender and fluffy donuts make sure you only mix as much as you need to. Overmixing the batter will make the baked donuts tough.
  • Use a piping bag to fill your mold. This is not necessary, but it will give your donuts a much cleaner looked and it’s easier to fill the molds this way.
  • Oil the donut mold. A must! Oiling the mold will make it much easier to remove the donuts and clean the molds.
A pan with a row of baked donuts inside

Ingredients for Cinnamon Sugar Donuts:

Ingredients for Baked Cinnamon Donuts:

  • All-purpose flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
  • Light brown sugar. Brown sugar adds flavor and a softer texture to the final product.
  • Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
  • Baking powder. Baking powder will help the baked donuts to rise.
  • Ground Cinnamon. This will add flavor to the baked donuts.
  • Full-fat sour cream. Sour cream will make the donuts extra moist and fluffy.
  • Unsalted butter.  I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
  • Egg. It will be easier to incorporate the eggs into the batter if they are at room temperature. 

Ingredients for cinnamon sugar topping:

  • Ground Cinnamon. See above note.
  • Granulated Sugar. This will add sweetness to the topping.
All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

How to make Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

BAKED CINNAMON DONUTS

STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray your donut mold with non-stick spray and set it aside.

STEP 2: In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, light brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Be sure there are no lumps.

The dry ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 3: In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients.

The wet ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 4: Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until they are well combined. The batter will be thick.

The wet and dry ingredients combined to make the donut batter

STEP 5: Spoon or pipe the batter into your molds and fill them up about 3/4 of the way to the top.

STEP 6: Place your donuts in the pre-heated oven. They usually take about 15-17 minutes to bake, but I started checking them around 10 minutes to see if the pan needs to be turned. You’ll know they are finished when you lightly press on a donut and it springs back.

STEP 7: Remove from the oven and let the baked cinnamon donuts cool in the molds until cool enough to remove. Then cool the donuts completely before rolling in cinnamon sugar.

CINNAMON SUGAR TOPPING

STEP 1: In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.

The cinnamon sugar topping in a bowl

CINNAMON SUGAR DONUT ASSEMBLY

STEP 1: When the donuts have mostly cooled roll each donut in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat fully.

A closeup of a cinnamon donut in a pan

Can I make baked donuts ahead of time?

I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT. Donuts are best eaten the same day that they are made.

You can, however, make the batter ahead of time, refrigerate it or freeze it (depending on how far ahead of time you are making the donut batter), and then bake the donuts when you are ready to eat them.

Looking down on a cinnamon sugar donut with a bite out of it

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Baked donuts laying in a pan

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  • Banana Donuts– Banana Donuts are moist baked banana donuts topped with a thick brown butter icing. They are a great alternative to banana bread if you are looking for a way to use up your overripe bananas.
  • Brown Butter Donuts– Brown Butter Donuts have a fluffy brown butter donut base dipped in a simple vanilla glaze. An easy twist to make simple baked donuts even more delicious.
  • Churro Donuts– Churro Donuts combines two of my favorite sweet treats: churros and donuts! These fluffy baked donuts are rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with dulce de leche.
  • Cinnamon Roll Donuts– Cinnamon Roll Donuts are the best of both breakfast worlds. These fluffy baked donuts are flavored with cinnamon, topped with a brown sugar cinnamon streusel, and drizzled with cream cheese icing.
Looking down on a plate that has been sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and has a cinnamon sugar donut sitting on top

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Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts have a fluffy baked cinnamon donut base and are rolled in cinnamon sugar for a simple but delicious donut.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked donuts, cinnamon baked donuts, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon sugar donuts, coffee baked donuts
Servings: 8 donuts
Calories: 188kcal

Ingredients

For Cinnamon Donut:

  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (107 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (114 grams) full-fat sour cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (35 grams) unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg

For Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

For Cinnamon Donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray your donut mold with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, light brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients, make sure the melted butter has cooled or it will curdle the sour cream and cook the egg.
  • Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until they are well combined. The dough will be much thicker than you think it will be, so don’t be alarmed. Also, be sure not to overmix your dough or your baked donuts will be tough.
  • Spoon or pipe the batter into your molds and fill them up to the top. If you’re using a silicone mold, place it on a cookie sheet before you put them in the oven, this will make it easier to get them in and out of the oven.
  • Place your donuts in the pre-heated oven. They usually take about 15-17 minutes to bake, but I started checking them around 10 minutes to see if the pan needs to be turned. You’ll know they are finished when you lightly press on a donut and it springs back.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and allow to cool.

For Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.

For Assembly:

  • When the donuts have mostly cooled roll each donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat fully.

Nutrition

Serving: 1donut | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 15.5g | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
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