I have always been a little leery of making baked donuts. I thought there was no way they could actually taste good. I thought that without being fried, they would just be dry little hockey pucks with a hole in the middle. So I avoided them. But the theme for my Celebrating Food group is donuts this month, and I really didn’t want to deal with the mess of frying donuts, so bought a donut pan and decided I’d better give them a try.
Whoa. I should have purchase a donut pan ages ago! I was so wrong about baked donuts. They are simply heavenly!!
These cinnamon sugar donuts are light and fluffy, and they just melt in your mouth. The cinnamon sugar topping gets in every nook and cranny, and I can honestly say I like these better than fried cinnamon sugar donuts. Never thought I’d say that.
I made three different recipes the week my pan arrived, and every one of them was amazing! Can’t wait to share the rest with you. Everyone had a different favorite, but Rachel and I liked these the best. As soon as she picked up her donut, Rachel said: “Mmmm, these smell like Christmas.” Yes they do Rachel, yes they do. And there’s nothing wrong with your house smelling like Christmas in the middle of June. 🙂
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- 3/4 cup flour
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- For topping:
- 3 Tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon (mixed together)
- Whisk together flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Add to the dry mixture and stir till just combined.
- Spoon batter into a ziplock bag and snip off the corner. Squeeze the batter into a well greased donut pan. Divide the batter evenly into the six donut wells so the donuts will bake evenly.
- Bake at 375° for 11-12 minutes. Let cool for a couple minutes, then remove to cooling racks. While still warm, brush all sides of each donut with melted butter, then dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture till well coated.
And as always, my blogging buddies have come up with some rockin’ awesome donut recipes as well. Be sure you check them out!
Homemade Cronuts from Ashlee Marie
Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts from Creations by Kara
Baked Powdered Sugar Donut Holes from Cupcake Diaries
Easy 15- Minute Maple Bars from Butter with a Side of Bread
Easy Chocolate Glazed Donuts from Summer Scraps
Easy Jelly Filled Donuts from Like Mother Like Daughter
Baked Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Donuts from Tried and Tasty
Lightened Up Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Sandwiches from Happy Food Healthy Life
Easy Custard Bismarks from Real Mom Kitchen
Chocolate Glazed Donuts from Jamie Cooks It Up!
And here are a few more donut recipes to check out:
Apple Cider Donuts from Real Mom Kitchen
Smore Donuts from Ashlee Marie
Homemade Glazed Donuts from Jamie Cooks it Up!
Maple Donuts from Like Mother Like Daugher
Apple Fritters from Jamie Cooks it Up!
3 Ingredient Pumpkin Donuts from Real Mom Kitchen
Homemade Donuts from Ashlee Marie