Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

You guys, it’s National Doughnut Day!  Who ever decided that this was actually a thing is my new favorite person. Not that I need an excuse to make and eat doughnuts, but an actual legit day on the calendar dedicated to it basically means I’m required to, right?

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Now you for sure could go on down to your local Duncan Donuts, or if you are lucky enough to have one, your local Krispy Kreme and grab a treat (or 12).  Or, and this is clearly the option I am in favor of, you could make these crazy, out of control, delicious Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts.

I’ll warn you in advance, this recipe only makes six donuts. I promise you that you need to double the recipe. My husband and I blew through the first batch of six in about 20 minutes flat, and I’m not even ashamed to admit it. They are just that good.

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Bakes Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

makes 6

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the doughnuts: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a baker’s spray to coat the doughnut pan.

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a mixing bowl.

Whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla extract in a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Fill the wells of the doughnut pans a bit more than three-quarters full with the batter. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the wall of a doughnut comes out clean and the doughnuts are puffed and lightly browned. Let them cool (in the pan) for 5 minutes, then gently invert the doughnuts onto a rimmed baking sheet.

While the doughnuts are cooling, make the topping.

Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

Brush the warm doughnuts with the melted butter, then dip them into the cinnamon-sugar mixture on one or both sides. Serve warm.


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