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?
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.
Bakes Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts
- 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.