Weekend Treat: Light and Fluffy Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts

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We are not big sweet eaters but when I found a doughnut pan for baking doughnuts I thought it would be fun for a weekend treat not to mention it sounded fantastic with coffee for my husband and myself. I thought that if I were going to do this, I would want them to be light and fluffy and not dense or cake like. After a few tries I got it right and these doughnuts are truly dreamy. This recipe can be easily increased for more as needed. Wouldn’t these be great for your next bake sale?

Cinnamon Doughnuts
Image: Courtesy of A Family That Eats Together

Yield: ½ dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes


  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

 For the cinnamon mixture                          

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl or a stand mixer.
  3. Beat the buttermilk, egg, vanilla and butter into another bowl until they are well combined.
  4. Turn on the mixer to low and slowly add the buttermilk/egg mixture until it is well combined.
  5. The trick to making the doughnuts come out looking like doughnuts is to only fill the pan ½ way full.
  6. Bake for 13 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove them from the pan and let them cool on a cooling rack.
  7. To make the cinnamon mixture, thoroughly combine the sugars and the cinnamon in a bowl.
  8. When they are cool enough to touch but still warm, dip them in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon mixture to fully coat them.
  9. Serve warm.

Nicole Cibellis

A family that eats together... from foodie to kid-friendly in one dish




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