Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

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

Yield: About 2 Dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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! 


For the Donuts

  • 5 TBSP (71 gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (99 gr) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (113 gr) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (181 gr) all-purpose flour

For the Topping

  • 1/4 cup (57 gr) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50 gr) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Lightly oil mini donut pan and set aside (alternatively you can use an electric mini donut maker or mini muffin pans)
  2. In a medium bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until just combined (mixture will look curdled).
  3. Add in the baking powder and the salt and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the flour just until combined. You don't want to over-mix this batter.
  4. 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 1/2 of the way fill. If using the mini muffin pan, fill each well 1/2 full
  5. Bake at 325ºF for 8-10 minutes. *If using a mini donut maker, bake for 4-5 minutes. Allow to cool just slightly before dipping in topping.
  6. Melt the butter for the topping and set aside. Combine the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Dip each donut lightly in the melted butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 67mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 6g Protein: 1g
A simple recipe for baked mini cinnamon sugar donuts. This recipe can be used with a mini donut pan or with a mini donut maker!

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198 comments on “Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts”

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  2. Hi! I was just wondering if i used a mini muffin pan, how can i get the doughnuts to still have the hole in the middle of each of them? would i take it out while its raw or after it’s cooked?
    Going to make these next week for one of my food technology exams! I’m excited :)!

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  4. This is my first time at your blog! The food and recipes look amazing! Since this recipe was posted in 2013, you are probably well settled in Philly now. And I’m sure you are having a good time and enjoying a new life. These beautiful mini donuts sound incredible! They definitely would cheer up anyone in a sad day. I am pinning for later!

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  8. I have made these before and they tasted amazing and everyone loved it. I tried twice today and the batter was too thick any thoughts as to what I may have done wrong?

  9. could u do this batter ahead of time,would it stay in the refrigerator.

  10. This was the first recipe I’ve used for my mini doughnuts and I don’t even need to continue looking. All I have to say is WOW! These doughnuts were a big hit at my house, and our friends absolutely loved them as well!
    I only changed one ingredient and that was the vanilla. I substituted it with Warm Cinnamon Graham flavor concentrate, and I’m not sure if it even would have made that big of a difference. ( I was just looking for a good reason to use my new flavors).
    So thank you for this recipe! I’m already back to start making another batch. I’ve also copied the recipie for my books! 😉

  11. Baked these today with granddaughter and they are amazing! Works great in the mini muffin pan.

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  13. Would it be possible to substitute something with the butter that is non-dairy?

    • You could definitely try a non-dairy butter substitute, like earth balance. I have not tried it so I can’t say definitively that it will work, but it should be an okay substitute!

  14. I was looking for a mini donut recipe for my donut maker. And this was just so perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this very easy recipe. I liked it so much I got my mum a donut tray and forced her to make it. Now she loves you, your recipe and your writing more than I do. 🙂

  15. Very easy recipe. Try adding cocoa powder for chocolate donuts and top with icing. Very good!

  16. I have a old cast iron doughnut maker thought I would try a few recipes. This made a small batch which is nice .the the flavor is light texture light proceeded with the butter then sugar mix and my son told me I could have done without the butter and I agree it soaked in and gave funny flavor and texture 

    • What a neat piece of equipment you have there! So glad these worked in that. So interesting about the butter adding a funny flavor. I haven’t run into that yet. Did you use real butter or margarine? You could try spraying them lightly with a pan spray before rolling them in cinnamon sugar to lighten up the additional flavor. The fat is needed to help the sugar stick.

  17. Cooking and baking are therapeutic…im always looking for new stuff. But where in the heck do i find a donut maker or donut pan…so cool to have one

  18. These donuts look so amazing!  Might I ask what brand of mini donut pan you use?  So many out there but your donuts look so puffy, not flat like others.

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  20. I haven’t made these yet but I just want to comment that for those of you asking where to get a mini donut maker, check out second hand stores! I found one there and they are always full if kitchen gadgets like this that people buy but don’t use very often. ☺️

  21. Just tried this recipe but I added cinnamon to the mixture, super delicious although I thought it wasn’t right at first after mixing the sugar and butter, since the combination parted and was weird but all was good when I added the flour. Absolutely recommend it especially if you dip the donut in chocolate and sprinkle a little coconut !

  22. Awesome little donuts! My family gobbled them up! Thank you for a fabulous recipe. Just an FYI, I only got 18 donuts using my babycakes donut maker (makes 6 at a time). But oh sooooo yummy!

    Rating: 5
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  24. With mini donut maker do I fill cavity still half full?

  25. Hope all goes well. Just remember that feeling you had while baking doughnuts that your blessed and you could have it worse.

  26. So dangerously delicious, I subbed in some coconut oil to try and cut back on the butter, which is near impossible because of the dipping in butter before sugar coating, and used half a cup of sprouted whole wheat flour. I ended up with 20 donuts and also needed to double up on the butter and sugar cinnamon mix. These are seriously hands down the best donuts I have ever tried

    Rating: 5
  27. I love these donuts, they’re very puffy, and tasty. But the topping is kind of liquid when in the picture it doesn’t look that way.  Still tastes great, but it’s just a thought!

  28. I made this recipe with a mini donut maker. It was delicious! However, I felt it tasted better cooked at 2 1/2 mins instead of 4. Everything else was spot on!

    Rating: 5
  29. We accidentally turned ours into mini muffins 

    Rating: 3
  30. Pleasantly surprised.  These were delicious!  Always thought fried donuts were better tasting than baked ones.  I thought wrong.  Used the donut plates in the Babycakes Multi-treat maker.  Followed  the recipe to a tee.  I brushed the beautifully shaped mini donuts with real butter, and rolled them in the cinnamon-sugar.  They were delicious warm, but I thought they were best after a couple of hours, even days.  They take on an old fashioned donut texture I prefer.  My husband LOVED them.  A real keeper.  

    Thanks Baker Bettie! 

    Rating: 5
  31. Can you make these the day prior to serving?

  32. Hi!
    I’m vegan so I don’t eat eggs. Normally I substitute them with bananas. Do you think the doughnuts will come out good if I do the same trick with your recipe ? 
    Any hints on how to subsitute them will be much appreciated. 
    Kisses !

  33. So amazing!!!! Pairs perfectly with my coffee! 🙂 

    Rating: 5


  34. It tasted really good
    Love the taste

  35. I am making 24 mini baked donuts and only have one 12 cavity pan. Can I just cover the second half of batter and leave on the counter until the first half of the donuts are baked and the pan is ready to use again? Or should I cover it and put it in the fridge? 

  36. I made these today using a mini-muffin pan. About 1 T of batter per muffin. I had to adjust the baking time to 15 minutes on convection to get them bake properly. Tasty! The recipe made 33 “doughnuts.”

    Rating: 4
  37. Can this recipe be adapted for a regular size donut pan Instead of mini?

  38. how many makes a serving

    • Hi Vicki! It looks like the automatic nutrition calculator was not calculating properly. I just updated it. The nutrition facts are based on 1 donut assuming you make 2 dozen with this recipe. Hope that helps!

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