Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

On Tuesday, we celebrated my husband’s 27th birthday! And by celebrated, I mean we ate a dinner dish of his choice then he hunkered down to study for a test! BUT he did get a cake…a donut cake!

We had dinner with his family on Monday night where we had not one, but two cakes! He’s a twin (has a twin sister) so they each had their own cake to blow out their own candles. So when I was deciding what to make for his birthday treat, I wasn’t feeling like we needed another cake.

cinnamon sugar donuts 2He loves churros and anything else smothered in the delicious mixture of cinnamon and sugar; I should note that he just loves sugar in general. I needed a recipe that was quick and easy as it was a last minute decision…can I blame it on the mom brain?! I remembered these cinnamon sugar donuts from A Happy Food Dance that I made a long time ago and knew they would make the perfect birthday treat!

These donuts use only basic ingredients so I didn’t need to run off to the store and they bake up so quick that they were done just in time before he got home from school! The first time I made these donuts, I dunked each donut into a bowl of melted butter then tossed them into the cinnamon sugar mixture. After my husband and I each took a bite, we both thought it tasted like way too much butter and there’s nothing yummy about biting into a stick of butter! So this time, I used a pastry brush and brushed on the butter, just enough so the cinnamon sugar would have something to stick to!

Fun fact about donuts: They help with the realization that you are now in your late twenties…waaaa!!

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Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Yields: 12 donuts


1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly grease two 6-cavity donut pans. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat together egg, milk, and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In an electric stand mixer bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add half of the wet ingredients into butter/sugar mixture. Then add in the dry ingredients followed by the remaining wet ingredients. Mix until just combined – do not overmix!
  6. Transfer the dough to a piping bag or a large ziplock baggie with the tip cut off. Pipe into the donut pan, filling only half full.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Remove from the oven and transfer to cooling rack
  8. While the donuts are baking, you can prepare your topping. Melt butter in a small bowl. In another bowl mix together the cinnamon and sugar.
  9. Once donuts have cooled slightly to handle, (working one at a time) brush on the melted butter then roll each donut in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Enjoy!

Recipe slightly adapted from: A Happy Food Dance


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