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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

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A simple recipe for baked mini cinnamon sugar donuts. Light and fluffy mini cake donuts tossed in cinnamon sugar. This recipe can be used with a mini donut pan or with a mini donut maker! 

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

I feel like I need to apologize for my sporadic posting lately. I was beginning to worry that I was losing motivation, losing inspiration, or just plain losing *it*. But I am realizing that none of those things are true. My mind is just preoccupied with other big things going on in my life. Just lots of things, all happening very close together. Exciting, scary, sad, joyous, overwhelming things.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

To fill you in a little bit, here is my list of: *Things that are happening in my life that are making it difficult for me to bake but then really want to bake (and eat) dozens of mini donuts the second I have time to do so* (you follow?) Good.

-My husband and I are in the process of moving from Kansas to Philadelphia! Very exciting and stressful. I hate the moving process. I am already an incredibly anxious person and having everything packed in boxes and not knowing where anything is definitely does not help. I will feel so much better once all of our stuff is settled in our new place! Which, by the way, we got an amazing place! I will show pictures once we are settled. We are really excited about it!

-I’m leaving my job at the mental health center. This is obviously because of our move to Philadelphia and is also very sad. I have enjoyed this job very much. My boss is kick ass, my co-workers are amazing, and I have gotten so much fulfillment working with my clients. I have not only learned so much about mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions, but I have also learned a tremendous amount about myself and the world. This job has taught me how to be more compassionate and to see life from various perspectives. So many goodbyes happening this week and I don’t do well with that. Not fun. Not fun at all.

-My grandmother passed away last week. She was such a special lady who took care of me and my sister a lot when we were younger. I have so many amazing memories with her comforting me, doing puzzles with me, teaching me card games, showing me line dances with my grandpa, and teaching me how to bake. The first time I was ever active in the kitchen was with her. She will be greatly missed, but I know she is at peace now. I will always have wonderful memories with her.

-I am saying goodbye to the most amazing group of women I have had in my life in a long time. Over the past year I have built one seriously insane group of friends. I haven’t had close friends that have lived near me is such a long time. And all of a sudden these women showed up in my life when I really needed them. We all just instantly clicked and have been so supportive of each other over these past few months. My heart is breaking to think of being far away from them. I know that I will always have our group texting conversations and skype to help us feel connected, but I am very sad to leave these beautiful women.

-And I know I am not alone in having a difficult time dealing with the other tragic events that happened last week both in Boston and in Texas. Though baking can be very therapeutic, it can also feel very trivial during times like these. I’m standing in my kitchen baking donuts, while other people are mourning the tragic loss of their loved ones? But then I remember, that baking is my art and my creative outlet. And creation is how so many people cope and make sense of the world. It is how we start to move forward.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

And I’m guessing that so many of you are going through even more difficult things than I am. That is something that I have been working on remembering. “We are all fighting a tough battle.” I think I, and probably most of us, lose site of that too easily. It is so much easier to support each other, respect each other, and understand one another with this in mind.

And I hope that you have found your art. I believe we all have something. Something that allows us to be creative and free. Something that allows us to make sense of the world and begin to pick up the pieces after we fight those “battles.” I feel very thankful to have found my art in baking.

If you haven’t found yours yet, keep looking and eat some donuts in the meantime.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Ingredients

    for the donuts
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • for the topping
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF
  2. Lightly oil mini donut pan and set aside (alternatively you can use mini muffin pans)
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar
  4. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until combined (mixture will look curdled)
  5. Mix in the baking powder, then the salt
  6. Mix in the flour just until combined
  7. If using mini donut pan, transfer mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip or into a ziplock baggie with the tip cut off. Pipe into the pan only filling ½ of the way fill. If using the mini muffin pan, fill each well ½ full
  8. Bake at 325ºF for 8-10 minutes. *If using a mini donut maker, bake for 4-5 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool slightly before dipping in topping
  10. Melt the butter for the topping and combine the cinnamon and sugar
  11. Dip each donut lightly in butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar
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Comments 114

  1. Tana Taylor

    I am using the Wilton mini donut pan for the 1st time and am getting frustrated trying to fill the holes with a teaspoon of batter at a time … and especially trying to leave the "peg" uncovered! I was thinking about putting it into a ziploc bag and piping it (just like I fill deviled eggs!), but I'm glad to see you suggested it! The 2nd batch will be done that way!

  2. Doris Beers

    My former MIL gave me a set with mix and the tiny pan. I don't eat donuts, but I could not imagine having the patience to fill each indentation with a single teaspoon of batter.

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      Baker Bettie

      You fill a pastry bag or a baggy with the tip cut off with the batter and it makes it very fast and easy. But to each his own! Don’t make them if you don’t like them. Make some muffins!

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          Baker Bettie

          I have not personally tried it, but other readers have and said it works. They have stated that the bake time is shorter.

  3. Ariel

    These tasted nothing like I had hoped and look nothing like the picture. They almost turned out like little mini buns?? I think thats what they turned out like anyways….

    Overall kinda disappointed and misleading.

  4. Shari Mann Price

    mine too- batter was very thick. didn't taste bad just not like donuts at all. on to the next recipe. this is not a keeper.

  5. Mikki

    In a reply to a reader’s comment above you said “It is very possible that your baking powder is no longer active. Try pouring boiling water over a 1/2 tsp of your baking soda. If it doesn’t start fizzing like crazy than it is no longer good and you will need to buy a new container. If that isn’t the case, I would guess that you might need to cream your batter longer.”

    I would like to clarify whether you did in fact us baking POWDER or SODA. Thanks.

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      Baker Bettie

      Hi Mikki. That is a typo in the COMMENT not the POST. Baking powder was in fact used in the recipe as stated not baking soda. I edited the comment to reflect. A good way to tell is that this recipe does not have an acidic ingredient. If there is nothing acidic to react with baking soda then it would not be very effective in making a baked good rise. Also, baking soda has an indefinite shelf life. You never have to worry about it going bad. Baking POWDER on the other hand does not stay active forever. This is why I asked them to check to see if it was still active with the hot water. Thanks!

  6. BakerBettie

    It is very possible that your baking powder is no longer active. Try pouring boiling water over a 1/2 tsp of your baking powder. If it doesn't start fizzing like crazy than it is no longer good and you will need to buy a new container. If that isn't the case, I would guess that you might need to cream your batter longer.

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  9. Mel

    Thank you for this recipe!! I’ve made these a few times in a cake pop tin (they’re like little donut holes) and they always go down a treat :o)

  10. Tayo

    Hi Bettie, I’ve subscribed to your newsletters for a while now but have never received a post. Not in spam or trash folders either

  11. Cathy Fulton

    I have an idea, place your batter in a squeeze bottle, such as a ketchup/mustard bottle. squeeze the required amount easily into each circle.

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  12. Andrew Dubra

    These are so good and glad I don't have to deep fry them! I used the mini muffin pan and it took about 12-14mins they didn't brown so I wasn't sure if they were done and they were! Loved them. Thanks!!

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  14. BakerBettie

    You could definitely try a regular muffin pan. I just haven't tried it so I'm not sure how it would work. Definitely up the bake time and let me know if you try it and how it works!

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