Simple Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts Recipe

Snow day again here in VA. It was 7o degrees yesterday and I thought it was crazy we were on a winter weather advisory. Well the forecasters were actually accurate this time. The kids are off from school yet again but feeling some what motivated I decided to treat everyone to some simple cinnamon baked Doughnuts from Ina Garten Foolproof cookbook; Since purchasing a donut pan a few months ago I have really enjoyed making baked doughnuts in many flavors.

cinnamon baked donuts

This is such a simple baked doughnut recipe that you will have warm donuts on your table in less than 45 minutes. Using simple ingredients this recipe is really fool-proof. No mixer needed especially for the halved recipe. We will definitely be heating up this snow day.


The original recipe makes 12 donuts but we halved it so we wouldn’t be tempted to eat donuts all day while we were snowed in. I also did not have any whole milk so used some low-fat buttermilk instead.

baked donut recipe

Sift all your dry ingredients into a bowl. Add to wet ingredients and you have your doughnut batter that quickly. I find it easiest to use an ice cream scoop to add the batter to the donut pan.

baking doughnuts

Bake for 17 minutes, don’t be fooled by the color of the top of the donuts, the bottoms will be browner. Be sure and test them with a toothpick.

baked cinnamon sugar donuts

Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan than dump onto a cooling rack.

baked donuts

Meanwhile melt your butter and combine your cinnamon and sugar mixture.


I decided to dip both sides in the butter and cinnamon sugar mixture to maximize the flavor.

cinnamon sugar donuts

Enjoy warm but they are equally delicious cooled. But there is something about a warm donut that makes you forget the calories you are consuming. They are better than fried donuts though right?


Wow these were the bomb and a great way to “celebrate” our snow day. If celebrating is in order.

easy baked doughnuts

I Bet you can’t resist just one. You probably have all the ingredients at home to enjoy these homemade donuts at home.

easy homemade donuts

Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts Recipe adapted from Ina Garten FoolProof Cookbook


This recipe makes  12 donuts but can be halved.

    • Baking spray with flour, such as Baker’s Joy
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 1/4 cups whole milk or buttermilk
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    For the topping:

    • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 doughnut pans well.
    2. Into a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. (make sure the butter is not too hot or it will cook the egg)
    3. Spoon the batter into the baking pans, filling each one a little more than three-quarters full. Bake for 17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out onto a sheet pan. (I found it easiest to use a ice cream scoop)
    4. For the topping, melt the 8 tablespoons of butter in an 8-inch saute pan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, either on one side or both sides. (we loved having both sides coated

    How do you celebrate a snow day?



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  1. Looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe

  2. Baked doughnuts are definately my favorite homemade doughnut! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Yum, they look so good! Definitely as good as the fried version.

  4. Yummy! I suppose that is better than my frying recipe. Thanks.