Dive into the world of baking with these delightful cinnamon roll baked donuts. Quick, easy, and irresistibly delicious, these are the perfect treats for every cinnamon lover!
Who can resist the warm, comforting aroma of cinnamon, especially when it's infused into a soft, freshly baked donut? For many of us, that scent brings back memories of cozy mornings, family gatherings, or that favorite bakery down the street. However, what if you could recreate this experience in your kitchen in less than 30 minutes? Enter the Sweet Cinnamon Roll Baked Donuts - your new go-to treat for any occasion, or no occasion at all!
Most donut recipes might seem intimidating with their long list of ingredients, hours of waiting, and the dreaded frying process. However, this particular recipe takes the hassle out of donut-making. No more waiting for dough to rise or handling hot oil. All you need is a few basic ingredients, a little bit of time, and a hearty love for cinnamon.
Ready to impress your friends, family, or just treat yourself to a delectable homemade snack? Let's get baking!
The Perfect Baked Donut Recipe
These Cinnamon Bun Donuts with crumble topping are the perfect way to start a cold autum morning. I like to pour myself a hot cup of coffee, turn on some relaxing tunes, and relish in the sleepy house while I mix, fold, and crumble. If the kids don't wake up to the sweet smells of the cinnamon flavor, I enjoy the warm doughnuts before waking them up with the sweet breakfasts surprise.
Why We Love This Donut Recipe
Quick and Easy-With a total time of 25 minutes, these donuts are a cinch to prepare and bake.
Baked, Not Fried-A healthier twist to traditional donuts without compromising on the taste. No need to input into your fitness pall 500 calories for one donut from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme, these delicious donuts are homemade, healthier, and perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth!
Versatility- Two icing choices and a crumble topping mean you can customize these donuts to your liking.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Cinnamon Donuts with Crumble Topping and Cinnamon Icing:
- All-purpose flour- You can also use cake flour and omit the cornstarch.
- Baking powder
- Teaspoon salt
- Granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Buttermilk (Substitution: ⅓ cup milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar)
- Large Egg
- Butter- melted and softened. I like my sweets with a hint of saltiness so I always use salted butter. However, unsalted butter is the common ingredient.
- Powdered sugar- use a whisk to break up clumps and "sift". This will result in a smooth icing.
- Donut Baking Pan
Making Easy Cinnamon Roll Donuts: Step-by-Step Guide
- Preheat: Set your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare Wet Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine Buttermilk, Egg, and melted butter.
- Prepare Dry Ingredients: In a larger mixing bowl, combine flour, Cornstarch, Baking powder, Cinnamon, Sugar, Salt; whisk until combined.
- Combine: Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Pour batter into a piping bag.
- Fill Donut Trays: Spray the doughnut pan with non-stick spray. Pipe the cinnamon donut batter into each donut molds, filling them ⅔ full.
- Bake: Place in the oven for 7-9 minutes. Once done, allow a 2-minute cool down before transferring to a wire rack.
- Cinnamon Crumble Topping: Mix the following in a bowl All-purpose flour, Brown sugar, Cinnamon and Softened butter. Stir until you get a clumpy/pebble like consistency.
- Cinnamon Icing: In a separate bowl, whisk Powdered sugar, Milk, Cinnamon
- Vanilla Glaze: In another bowl, combine Powdered sugar, Milk Vanilla extract
- Decorate: Once donuts have cooled for 15 minutes, dip them in the cinnamon icing, followed by the crumble topping. Drizzle vanilla icing over the top.
- Serve and Enjoy!
- Piping the Dough: If you don't have a pastry bag, snip the corner off a ziplock bag and use it to pipe the dough. It's a great makeshift solution.
- Testing Doneness: Insert a toothpick into the center of a donut. If it comes out clean or with a few crumbs, the donuts are done.
- Storage: These donuts taste best fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for 1-2 days. You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Warm slightly before serving for the best experience.
Substitutions and Additions
Pumpkin Spice- Turn this recipe into pumpkin spice donuts by adding a bit of the spice blend to the batter.
Skip the glaze- Omit the glaze and icing and roll the hot donuts in sugar for some simple cinnamon sugar donuts.
Add Protein- Add a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon whey protein powder to the batter for a deliciously easy breakfast item.
Vanilla- Add a splash of pure vanilla extract to the cinnamon glaze.
Reader Questions & Answers
Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
Yes, but note that whole wheat flour might make the donuts a tad denser. If you're opting for a healthier twist, you can use half all-purpose and half whole wheat flour.
I'm dairy-free. Can I use almond milk or oat milk for the buttermilk?
Absolutely! Just add a teaspoon of vinegar to your chosen dairy-free milk to mimic the acidity of buttermilk.
Can I make these donuts without a donut tray?
Yes, you can use a muffin pan. The cooking time may vary slightly, so keep an eye on them.
Now that you're equipped with all the know-how, it's time to bring these cinnamon roll baked donuts to life! Happy baking!
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon butter melted
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter softened
- CINNAMON ICING
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter.
In a large bowl mix the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, and salt.
Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and mix until smooth.
Spray your donut trays with non-stick spray. Using a pastry bag or cut out
ziplock bag, pipe the batter into the tray filling the donuts until about ⅔ full.
Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes or until donuts are dry. Allow the donuts to rest approximately 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
CINNAMON CRUMBLE TOPPING
In a large bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add in the melted butter and mix until clumpy. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar, milk, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
ASSEMBLE THE DONUT
Allow the donuts to cool for approximately 15 minutes, then dip the donuts in the cinnamon frosting and dip directly into the crumble topping. With a spoon drizzle the vanilla icing on top of the donuts. Allow donuts to dry before eating.