Soft and buttery baked donuts that taste just like a giant cinnamon bun! Topped with an easy cinnamon glaze – these donuts are any cinnamon lovers dream.
One of my goals for January 2015: Make more donuts. And I say that (er, type that) with true sincerity. Donuts are just one of my favorite things ever! For dessert… and breakfast… and everywhere in between. I prefer to bake them because, um, eassssy! Also, I fear flying grease. That said, these Bakery Style Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts are worth every-single-grease-flying moment.
Question: What’s your favorite kind of donut? Do you prefer them baked… or fried?
Todays recipe for super simple cinnamon bun donuts is baked, meaning you’ll need a donut pan to make them. If you don’t already own a donut pan, I cannot recommend buying one enough! If you buy a donut pan, your whole donut making life will change! You’ll be able to make glazed coconut donuts, pina colada donuts, chocolate sour cream donuts, and of course – these super simple CINNAMON BUN DONUTS. That last part in caps cause they be so yummy!!!
I’ve inserted a little link at the bottom of this post with the pan I use, abuse, and love dearly. It’s the best 11 bucks I ever spent! Dooo it 😉
So, as the title states, this recipe is SUPER SIMPLE. Wanna know what super simple means?
1) Less than 5 minutes of prep.
2) Less than 12 minutes in the oven.
3) A glaze that takes like 30 seconds to assemble.
4) That’s it! So simple I only have 3 points. Yessa!
These donuts get a double dose of cinnamon —> it’s in the batter and the glaze. This is where the cinnamon bun flavor comes from, so be sure not to skimp. In fact, if you really love cinnamon, feel free to bump up the amount a 1/2 teaspoon or so. I wouldn’t go much more than that though… or it might be cinnamon overkill.
Typically I have a decent amount of self-control around baked goods (I kinda have to given my job…), but with these donuts, I LOST MY FRIGGIN’ MIND!!! You see how every pic only has a few donuts in it? That’s all me. All me! I ate three donuts pre-photo shoot. I think it’s the cinnamon glaze… plus everything else. Basically… we both need to get in the kitchen and bake a batch of these NOW.
Warning: You too may loose all self-control around these sweet, buttery, taste-just-like-a-cinnamon-bun-donuts.
Make a double batch…. seriously 😉 You’ve been warned. xoxo.
Super Simple Cinnamon Bun Donuts
Yield 6 baked donuts
An easy baked donut recipe that tastes just like a cinnamon bun!
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose baking flour
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- For the glaze:
- 2 tablespoons milk (again, here I used vanilla almond milk)
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
- Lightly grease a doughnut pan; set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, melted butter, and egg. Gently fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture - don't over mix!
- Spoon mixture into prepared doughnut pan, and bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the donuts spring back when lightly pressed. Allow doughnuts to cool a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire wrack to cool for a few more minutes.
- For the glaze:
- Combine milk, confectioners' sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl wide enough for dipping the donuts. Mix until the mixture has been fully combined. Add a touch more milk if the glaze seems too thick; add a touch more sugar if the glaze seems too thin.
- Dip the top of each donut in the glaze; repeat with all donuts. Allow glaze to set (about 15 minutes) then dig in!
The batter is very thick! Spoon it into the pan, or pour it into a ziplock bag, snip off the end, and pipe the batter into the molds.
Serving Size 1 donut
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.