Classic Cinnamon-Sugar Mini Donuts

Sometimes classic is best. Since Cinnamon-Sugar Mini Donuts are my favorite, I of course had to make my own. Addictive little things!


Yay for Friday! Are you ready to conclude another work week and enjoy the weekend? Of course you are ;). This week went by super fast for me. Don’t really know why, but when I realized today is Friday, I was sort of stopped in my tracks.

Thinking I had another day, I totally didn’t get around to making what I was going to share with you today. Thinking that I didn’t have a recipe for you today (which I wouldn’t let happen), I discovered that I had never published my go-to Mini Donut Recipe. Noooooo!


Don’t asked how I could’ve missed it, but better late than never! And how fitting that this recipe was hiding until today. What’s better than a bag filled with cinnamon-sugar mini donuts to celebrate the weekend with? I know. I think it was meant to be.

Mini Donuts to the rescue!


The best part is that these little things are baked, which makes them not only healthier, but also much easier to prepare. There’s no measuring of the oil temperature, or babysitting each individual donut until its reached perfect color. It doesn’t get much easier than this recipe.

I did use a mini donut pan, but if you don’t have one, you could totally bake them in a mini muffin pan as well. They’ll still be super cute and perfectly poppable.


Holding a bag of freshly baked mini donuts never ever gets old. I just love serving them that way. Feeling the warmth of the donuts on the outside of the bag and the wonderful smell of cinnamon-sugar in the air, gets me so excited! It’s the one fair food I never leave without and now I don’t even have to leave my home to get my hands on some.

Don’t you just want to reach in and grab one too?


Alrighty, friends. I hope you make yourself some mini donuts this weekend – you deserve it ;).

Classic Cinnamon-Sugar Mini Donuts
Yields 12
Make your own Mini Donuts in a matter of minutes. So easy and so delicious!
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For the Mini Donuts
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  9. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
For the Coating
  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  2. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a donut or mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. 2. In another bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla, melted butter and buttermilk. Stir mixture into the dry ingredients; until fully combined.
  4. 3. Fill each hole about 3/4 full of batter. If you are using a mini donut pan, it might be easier to fill a ziptop bag with the batter and pipe it in. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Be careful not to over bake them or they will become dry. Let stand for a couple minutes (until they're safe to touch) before removing from the pan. While the donuts are getting cool, melt the butter for the coating and mix together the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Dip each warm donut into the butter and then into the cinnamon-sugar. Enjoy while still warm.
  1. Donuts are best when enjoyed on the same day.
Adapted from grandmotherskitchen
Deliciously Yum!

15 thoughts on “Classic Cinnamon-Sugar Mini Donuts

  1. Hey this is great! I have a carton of buttermilk in my fridge leftover and I was vaguely wondering this morning what I might do with it. Now I know what to do with it! Homemade doughnuts are so so good, they beat anything from a bakery anytime. I know what I’ll be serving tomorrow morning! Have a great weekend, Kathi 🙂

  2. If I use salted butter by how much would I cut down on the amount of salt to put in the recipe? I really want to try this but I only have salted butter in the house.

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