Cinnamon Sugar Baked Doughnuts
10 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
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.