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Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

These Cinnamon Sugar Donuts bake up big, fluffy and bursting with so much warm, cozy flavor! Perfect for a breakfast treat. My favorite donuts!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 -16 donuts


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk*
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • Topping
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, pinch of salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the melted butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in the eggs and vanilla and stir until completely combined. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix or donuts will be tough.
  • Pour the batter into a ziploc bag and cut off one corner. This makes it much easier to pour into the donut wells. Pour batter into prepared pan about 3/4 to the top of each well. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until the tops are firm and spring back slightly when you touch them. Do not over bake or you will have dry donuts.
  • When done, remove donuts from the oven and let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove them carefully and place on a wire rack to cool until they are warm to the touch so you are able to handle them. While they are cooling, get your cinnamon sugar topping ready.
  • In a small bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  • Once donuts are cool enough to be handled, dip the tops into the melted butter and then quickly into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat for the entire batch of donuts.
  • These Cinnamon Sugar Donuts are best served fresh the same day, but will stay soft and fluffy for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container. If they get a bit firm, you can reheat in the microwave for a few seconds to soften them up and they are good as new.


  • You can make your own by adding 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to the milk in this recipe. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes. You want to use 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of milk in any recipe.