A few months ago, my mom gifted me some donut baking pans. I was really excited about them, and immediately baked some banana bread in the shape of donuts for fun. Since then, they’ve hung around in my pile of novelty baking pans waiting patiently to be taken seriously. This week was their time.
These Baked Cinnamon Sugar donuts are moist, cakey, light, and delicious, and best of all– not deep fried! If you don’t have a donut pan, these would be great little cinnamon sugar muffins, and honestly I may even consider them as a base for a snickerdoodle cupcake in the future. They were that good!
To make about 10 donuts, you will need:
5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
And for covering in cinnamon sugar:
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon, depending on personal taste
Pre-heat your oven to 350. Start off by beating together your sugar and butter. Add egg and vanilla and combine completely. Add flour, baking powder, and cinnamon and mix. Pour your milk in and beat until smooth and fluffy.
In a well greased donut pan, add your batter, filling the wells almost to the top– this will let them puff up nicely and maintain a real donut shape 🙂 bake for about 10 minutes, until golden brown on top. Combine your leftover cinnamon and sugar. Once slightly cooled, dip each donut in melted butter, then immediately dip into cinnamon sugar mix. Allow to cool completely, and enjoy!