Warm, fresh-baked cinnamon sugar donuts that are soft & tender, packed with cinnamon spice and coated in delicious cinnamon sugar. The perfect fall treat to enjoy with a hot beverage!
Fresh-Baked, Tender ‘n Sweet Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Donut stop believin’… in the dream of delicious baked donuts! Yes, there is such a thing… and yes, I probably could’ve thought of a better pun, but we’ve got donuts, and that’s all we really need to impress… so donut judge me. Heehehe!!
Today, we’re making delicious cinnamon sugar donuts that are tender, packed with cinnamon YUM, and coated in the sweet crunch of cinnamon sugar. Let’s go!
Cinnamon Sugar Donuts: The Key Ingredients
Whenever I share a recipe, I try to use ingredients that you’ll most likely have in your pantry. If you don’t have an ingredient like almond flour—it’s time to invest in some! Here at BB, we use almond flour quite a bit to achieve a delicate, moist crumb. Once you’ve got that ingredient, and a few common others, we’re ready to bake!
- All purpose flour or gluten free oat flour
- Almond flour
- Ground cinnamon + nutmeg
- Butter or coconut oil
- Organic brown sugar
- Maple syrup
How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
The secret to making delicious cinnamon sugar donuts is a bit of patience and a lot of fun. The donut batter takes a little doing to make, then a bit of panache is required to pipe the batter into the donut pan, and finally… the fun part: whacking the donut pan to pop out donuts. And the most fun part? Rolling each donut in beautiful melted butter to entice a cinnamon sugar topping to stay.
To make cinnamon sugar donuts, you’ll first preheat the oven to 350°F, and set out two 6-cavity donut pans.
Then, you’ll whisk together cinnamon and sugar in a shallow, wide bowl—suitable for dipping and rolling donuts.
Next, you’ll make the donut batter. Start by whisking all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. After, whisk together all the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients to create your donut batter. You’ll whisk the two components together in the large mixing bowl until a smooth, not-over-stirred batter forms.
Spoon this donut batter into a reusable piping bag, or a sealable zip bag that you’ll later trim the tip off of.
Hold this bag of batter over the donut pan and carefully pipe the batter into each cavity of the pan. Repeat until all batter is used. Smooth batter into an even layer.
Bake for about 15 minutes.
Cool, then whack the pan vigorously over a cooling rack until donuts pop out. Cool for about 30 minutes. Then, coat in melted butter. Roll in cinnamon sugar. Enjoy the best baked donuts!
Tips for the Best Donuts
While these baked vegan donuts aren’t the trickiest recipe in the world, they still require a bit of finesse and some elbow grease to make just right. Read the tips below for the best donut-making experience!
Practice & Patience Make For Pretty Donuts
The first couple of times you make baked donuts, you might feel like you can skip the whole piping bag technique.
Unfortunately, I can assure you, you’re better off using the piping bag (or a resealable zip bag with the tip trimmed off). Using a piping bag makes the even distribution of donut batter So. Much. Easier. Trust me.
The more you use it, the better pace you’ll set—somewhere between fast and slow. More of a patient, confident pace.
Elbow Grease Required
One specific part of this baked donut recipe calls for elbow grease: once the donuts are baked and they’ve cooled no longer than 5 minutes in the pan.
Go ahead and whack that pan against a countertop protected by a few kitchen towels (no need to dent a counter while making donuts here, folks).
Keep whacking the pan until the donuts pop out—you don’t have to be gentle here. Give it some gumption and voila: the donuts will fall right out.
To Coat the Donuts: Skip the Coconut Oil, Use the Butter
When making the batter for these cinnamon sugar donuts, go ahead and use coconut oil, if you please. But when making coating, make sure to use vegan butter or butter of your choice. I tried, and the coconut oil made the donuts taste too much like coconut and not like cinnamon sugar. On that note…
More On Coating…. Skip the Coconut Sugar, and Use Organic Cane Sugar Instead.
Make sure to use organic cane sugar to make your cinnamon sugar topping. I tried first coating these donuts with coconut oil, then rolling in cinnamon sugar coating made with coconut sugar and the results just weren’t great.
Coconut sugar just produced a drier, wildly less cinnamon-sugar tasting donut that looked kinda burnt. So if you still wanna try, don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉
Soft, Moist Cinnamon Sugar Donuts Coated with the Crunch of Cinnamon Sugar
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