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

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for the donuts

  • 5 TBSP (2.5 oz, 71 gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (3.5 oz, 99 gr) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 113 gr) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (6.4 oz, 181 gr) all-purpose flour

for the topping

  • 1/4 cup (2 oz, 57 gr) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (1.75 oz, 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 combine the cinnamon and sugar. Dip each donut lightly in butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar.
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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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168 comments on “Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts”

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  3. cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy and becomes a light color, you might also try adding your dry ingredients and milk alternately beginning and ending with flour. mix enough but don't over mix. I do that with a Bakers Edge muffin recipe and they are just like cake.
  4. I don't have a donut pan you put in the oven, but one of those mini donut makers. I'm finding it hard to find recipes for it. Will this batter work for those makers? and if so how long would you leave them in the maker?
  5. DOH! I just asked this question without reading the other replies! THANKS for this post! Do you both find that most recipes are interchangeable for the donut makers that you find for the donut pans? I find a lot of recipes for donut pans you put in the oven, but not fo rthe donut makers. Just wanted to know if most recipes are interchangeable.
    • I honestly have never worked with the donut makers so I couldn't speak for the other recipes. I only know this recipe works because my readers have tried it and told me that it worked!
  6. Hey there.. Sorry abt ur gramma.. Driven to ur site fir the first time looking for baked donuts using a mini donut pan.. I am gonna be trying out ur recipe , but I don't eat eggs...;(( Is there a substitute you could offer to help me bake my first ever donuts ?? Lemme know Tia Kalyani
    • You can always try replacing each egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce or mashed banana. It will alter the flavor a bit but they should still work for you!
  7. These donuts look wonderful! I got a mini-donut pan for my birthday and have been looking for a good recipe so that I can use it. this may be it! Wonderfully written post. It's strange in life that often everything seems to happen at once. Hang in there and the ride will smooth out soon. I've moved a lot, but I've found if you have good friends, they will remain in your life no matter where you are. Thank goodness for Skype!! :)
  8. They tasted like puffy sugar cookies...? Was this supposed to happen
  9. I just finished making these and they were pretty tasty! I added red and green sugar sprinkles into the cinnamon sugar mix to give them some festive color!
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  11. Can I substituted the milk for water?
  12. i dont know what happened to mine... i think i did something wrong. maybe it was too much butterr
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
    • 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
    • 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!
  18. 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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  21. 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)
  22. 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
  23. My daughter had a donut maker, you think that would work better than oven one.
  24. 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.
  25. this batter came out very thick like a coffee cake batter, what consistency should it be?
  26. 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!!
  27. Omg! Have to make these...looks so amazing!
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  29. Great to use in mini donut maker. Excellent, and delicious thanks!
  30. hey there.. I do not have a mini donut pan or a mini muffin pan.. what can I use.. I only have a big muffin pan?? I love to try this..
  31. 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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  35. HEY BETTIE! REALLY QUICK QUESTION AS I AM ABOUT TO MAKE THESE NOW... How many mini donuts would these make, as I have got a 12 cavity Wilton Mini Donut Pan.. Thanks, Anisah! xx
  36. Hi Bettie, thanks for sharing this recipe! This look amazing. Do you mind if I use/repost your donut photos?
  37. Hi, first time i try baked mini donuts and i suspected the fact that you didnt allow the dough to rise at all !! and still i followed the recipe to the letter... donuts came like plain cookies, not at all what i expected looking at the illustration :) wish you luck K
    • Hi K, These are cake donuts. They do not have yeast in them and therefore do not have a rise time. The only time you let a dough or batter rise is when yeast is in the recipe. Baked cake donuts will definitely be a different texture than fried yeast donuts or even fried cake donuts.
  38. Lovely Donuts it tasted so precious and delicous!
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  40. WOW this is a killer Mini Donuts! Looks amazing and gorgeous photos!
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  43. Hey Bettie, Thanks for sharing this recipe! I just tried it out in my mini-doughnut maker.......I added a little nutmeg to the batter...........and they were FANTASTIC!!! Definitely going to save this recipe....Thanks again!!! :)
  44. These came out like butter cookies, nothing like donuts. The predominant taste was definitely butter, and the donuts (baked in a silicone mini donut pan) came out flat and dense. My baking powder is active too, I checked. I had high hopes... they look so cute & yummy in your photos.
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  46. can this recipe use coconut flour instead of white flour and if so how much coconut flour would be used. I know when baking with coconut flour the liquid would have to be greater? Thanks
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  50. These are scrumptious! So quick and easy too :)
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