Baked Doughnuts with Cinnamon-Sugar

Today’s post comes from Tracy at Sugarcrafter. Tracy lives in upstate NY with her husband, kitty, and brand new puppy. Her blog, Sugarcrafter, is a baking and cooking blog that features from-scratch recipes using wholesome ingredients with step-by-step directions to give you the confidence you need to conquer any recipe. She also enjoys canning, hiking, camping, and quilting. You can follow Tracy on Twitter @sugarcrafter and become a fan on Facebook.

Recipe, text and photos from Tracy.

As a kid, I loved when my mom and I would stop by our local bakery on special occasions to pick up a box of fresh doughnuts. Upon walking into the bakery, I always delighted in the smell of fresh bread and pastries baking in the oven and the sweet smell of powdered sugar in the air. We usually picked out an assortment of doughnuts – everything from glazed to chocolate to my personal favorite, custard-filled. And of course, nothing could beat the ones that came fresh out of the fryer. Or so I thought.

It wasn’t until I came upon this recipe from Doughnuts by Lara Ferroni that I converted to an oven-baked doughnut lover. I’ve made cake doughnuts in the oven before, and while delicious in their own right, I decided that they still had nothing on fried doughnuts. These doughnuts, however, are not cake-based but are yeasted doughnuts…and though they take a bit longer due the rising time needed, they make for what I feel are the lightest, fluffiest doughnuts you’ll ever taste. Coated with a glaze, a drizzle of chocolate, or a simple cinnamon-sugar mixture like I used, your guests will be scrambling to get their hands on these before they’re all gone!

Yield: 10 to 14 doughnuts

Prep Time: 45 minutes (active) 1 hour 25 minutes (inactive)

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


For the doughnuts:
1 egg
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk, heated to 115 degrees
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2½ to 3½ cups unbleached flour, divided, plus more for kneading
1 stick butter (4 ounces), cut into 1" cubes

For the cinnamon-sugar coating:
1 stick butter (4 ounces), melted
1 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon, mixed together


1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the egg and sugar on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add in the milk, yeast, salt, and vanilla. Turn the mixer to low, and then add in 2 cups of the flour. Attach the dough hook and then on medium speed, add the butter one piece at a time until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, and then add the rest of the flour until the dough sticks to the hook and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It should be soft and moist, but not sticky.

2. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in a mixing bowl coated with cooking spray and cover with a damp towel. Let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

3. Punch down the dough and roll it out to about ½" thickness. With biscuit cutters, cut out 3" circles with 1" holes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the doughnuts 1" apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on top of the preheating oven until almost doubled in size, about 25 minutes.

4. Bake until light golden in color, 5-8 minutes. Dip the hot doughnuts in the melted butter and then coat with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve immediately; doughnuts are best eaten the same day they are made.

(Recipe adapted from Doughnuts by Lara Ferroni)


81 Responses to “Baked Doughnuts with Cinnamon-Sugar”

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  1. Sara on March 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

    This recipe looks divine but I really need to know where you got that adorable coffee mug from?


    • Judy on November 30th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Sara you can get it at hobby lobby for $3.00!!!!


  2. Danielle on March 29, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I’ve been craving doughnut for a while now. All the store brought kind I’ve been getting haven’t been doing it for me. Guess I’ll have to make my own. This recipe is just want I need.


  3. jen @ the baked life on March 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

    these look delicious!

    even better that they are baked. Thanks for sharing :)


  4. Sofia on March 29, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I loved your doughnuts! I’ll be making them for my kids!( …and for me too ;-)…..)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe and congratulations for your fabulous blog!


  5. Ruth on March 29, 2011 at 3:39 am

    These look delicious – never tried making donuts of any kind before, but might have to give these a whirl!


  6. Nisrine M on March 29, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I like these doughnuts because they look airy like the Mediterranean beignets I’m used to. Very nice consistency.


  7. Blog is the New Black on March 29, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Great recipe, Tracey!! :)


  8. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on March 29, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Great recipe, Tracy…I have a sudden and major craving for donuts! :)


  9. Katrina on March 29, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Yum! I love the look of these. I’ve never baked my own doughnuts before, and have been dying to try. Can’t wait!


  10. corinne on March 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

    My roommate and I made, if not this recipe then a very, very similar one recently. They were GOOD!


  11. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on March 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

    These look deeelicious! I recently bought a doughnut pan from King Arthur Flour that I have yet to use, so I think this will be the first recipe I try with it! Thanks!! :)


    • Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on March 29th, 2011 at 7:52 am

      I just read through the recipe entirely (I only glanced at it the first time) and saw it actually doesn’t use a doughnut pan! BUT, I still want to make these. 😀 I am now a fan of Sugarcrafter too – awesome blog you have!


  12. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on March 29, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I’ve made baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts before and they always make me think of Saturdays with my grandma. :) Thanks for the new recipe to try!


  13. Jennifer on March 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

    YUM! I just received this book for my birthday-along with another doughnut book. And two doughnut cutters. :)

    These look fabulous!

    I want that mug! Please tell us where you got it!!!


  14. MonicaB on March 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. I love donuts but hate the greasy mess.


  15. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on March 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    These doughnuts look amazing… I love Tracy. So fun to see her posting here at Brown Eyed Baker today :)


  16. Tracy on March 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Thank you Michelle for having me as a guest on your lovely blog! And, thanks to each of you for your kind comments. :-)

    Oh and for those who are wondering, I got the mug at Starbucks a few years ago. I’m not sure if they are still in stores, but I’ve seen them on eBay and the like!


  17. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on March 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Wowzers! I love Tracy, and I’m so glad you had her guest post. She did NOT disappoint! I’ve just printed the recipe for these. They’re happening on Saturday when I have time to let the dough proof.


  18. Paula on March 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Recipe is a definite keeper. Just home mine turn out as well when I get my donut pan! Thanks for sharing.


  19. Celeste on March 29, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I have seen many doughnut recipes posted today but I have decided that I will make these this weekend. They look perfect. :) Thank you for sharing!


  20. Katherine @ Sensible Lessons on March 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    My mouth is watering! Lovely pictures.


  21. Carol Stevens on March 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

    These yeasted doughnuts look amazing!! And I love that they’re not fried!


  22. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking on March 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Oh, goodness, these look light and heavenly.


  23. Maria63303 on March 29, 2011 at 11:03 am

    These look delish! I’m going to have to give these a try since I’m wild about donuts and looking for a way to cut fried foods out of my diet. Thanks so much!


  24. Kristine on March 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I wish I had one of these doughnuts right now to enjoy with my morning coffee! I think I’ll have to make these this weekend- they look too good!


  25. Jess Wakasugi on March 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Those look so light and fluffy! Yum! I’ve never done donuts before but these seem easy enough for my first go around…hopefully :)


  26. on March 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

    These baked donuts look amazing. Yummy!


  27. Kenni on March 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I think this recipe just got pushed to the top of my “To Bake” list. I have been craving doughnuts for weeks now.


  28. Allyssa on March 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    These look delicious! Now I’m craving a doughnut! I’ll definitely have to make these :)


  29. carolinaheartstrings on March 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    What a wonderful recipe. I cannot wait to try them.


  30. Frank@Homemade Sausage on March 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    That looks outstanding!! I’m going to give them a try. Thanks for posting!!


  31. Cooking Foodie on March 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Lovely pictures..the doughnuts look yum… have to make these soon…


  32. Sam on March 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    They look like heaven on a plate. Really looking forward to trying these after the necessary US-UK conversion! Two question though, is that all-purpose/plain flour or bread flour? And can instant dry yeast be substituted instead of active dry yeast? Any help would be appreciated as I really wanna find a good oven-baked doughnut!!


  33. Christina on March 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Oh. My. God. Doughnuts that I can make!! Thanks so much for this recipe!


  34. bakingaddict on March 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    These look so light and fluffy, I want a bite!


  35. Melanie on March 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I was JUST looking for a baked doughnut recipe! Thanks!


  36. jennifurla on March 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I need to try this, I have yet to make a donut and this looks so good


  37. Happy When Not Hungry on March 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    These donuts look amazing!! I definitely have to try this recipe. I love that it doesn’t use a donut pan either, since I don’t have one!


  38. Liza on March 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Ooh. Yeasty donuts. What a fantastic idea. The only baked donuts I’ve ever eaten were basically cake mix in a donut shape mold– yuck. These, however, look wonderful and far superior.


  39. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen on March 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    That sounds amazing! I always shy away from doughnuts because of the fact that they are fried, they just are too greasy most of the time. I love this oven baked alternative!


  40. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles on March 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look so temptingly tender and delicious! I can only imagine what your kitchen must have smelled like during the process. I need this to be a Saturday morning project with my girls. Thanks!


  41. amanda@seegirlcook on March 30, 2011 at 10:02 am

    loving this baked version on doughnuts. yummm. can’t wait to try it out!:)


  42. Jenny Flake on March 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Really beautiful!! I need these!


  43. Kristen on March 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I love that these are baked. What deliciousness!


  44. Cookin' Canuck on March 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Fantastic post, Tracy! These doughnuts look absolutely irresistible.


  45. Alissa on March 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for a non-fried doughnut recipe for EVER and this is IT!!! I can’t wait to try these this weekend. :)


  46. Tracy on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Sam – I used all-purpose flour. As for the yeast, I don’t think you can substitute instant yeast for active dry directly, but I’m really not sure since I haven’t tried it…if you do, let us know!


    • Sam on April 1st, 2011 at 5:44 am

      Thanks Tracy : ) I’m one step closer to making them now! I had a look and the active dry yeast is not expensive so I’ll probably just go buy some new especially for these little beauties!!


  47. Lori @ RecipeGirl on March 31, 2011 at 1:34 am

    These look wonderful- I’m totally into the healthy-donut thing!


  48. stephchows on March 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    So fun to see you over here Tracy! These look delicious!!


  49. JulieD on March 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm


    These look amazing! Gotta try these!


  50. Raina on March 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Tracy these look beautiful and incredibly delicious. I am so excited that you do not need a donut pan to make them. Cannot wait to taste them for myself:)


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