Cinnamon Sugar Baked Doughnuts

I seldom have enticing treats like these Cinnamon Sugar Baked Doughnuts for breakfast, but wow, they were made to be paired with a cup of coffee. Their cake-like texture makes these delectable jewels lighter than regular yeast doughnuts, so you might be tempted to have an extra one or two.

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Doughnuts

10 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare doughnut pans with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, blend butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture, mix until combined. Stir in buttermilk. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans, filling about 2/3 full. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until doughnuts are golden.
For topping: In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. While doughnuts are still warm, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with (or roll in) cinnamon sugar. Makes 12 - 14 regular sized doughnuts.

These new doughnut pans are a treat I bought for myself on my last shopping trip in Little Rock with my sister. She drove up from Texas to meet me, and we enjoyed a week together doing important things like chauffeuring grandchildren to events and shopping. I am certain that weeks like that are what keep both me and the economy going.

These sugar-coated doughnuts are just too enjoyable not to share. I'm afraid if I don't give some away I will keep on enjoying them one at a time until they are gone.


  1. I just made a very similar recipe, but didn't have a donut pan so I turned them into donut muffins! Your donuts look SO delicious!!!!

    1. Thanks, Maria! Your muffins look awesome too, looks like we both had a sweet baking idea today!

  2. I LOVE sugar donuts and I could definitely eat a few of these.

  3. I have a donut pan and I haven't used it in awhile, Anita. Your yummy looking donuts are making me in the mood to dust that pan off and get busy. xo

  4. Baked donuts, I just made some Apple Cider donuts that I blogged but they are fried..........I am so bad..I don't have any of the donut baking sheets.. Maybe I should invest. And they are made with buttermilk my favorite. They look very good. I want one please. Andi

  5. I just knew when I saw this posted on Sunday LinkUp that it had to be you. I, too, broke down and bought some doughnut pans. I just try NOT to use them too often --- for the sake of my waistline:) How are you feeling?

  6. Your donuts look so good! What a yummy treat!

  7. Oh YUMMY! Congratulations on your big win! Your chili looks fabulous and I'm going to have to try it soon!
    What fun to have the TEXAS STAR CHILI COOKOFF WINNER FOR 2013!
    Fun competition!

  8. These lovely donuts look irresistible! Thanks for sharing your simple and lovely recipe!