Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Summer’s almost here (9 days, to be exact – but not like teachers are counting or anything).

Summer’s arrival reminds me that the State Fair is almost here.

And that means that my extreme culinary adventure of deep fried candy bars, pronto pups, fresh juicy peaches (to offset all the fried food), Sweet Martha’s cookies, corn on the cob, and deep fried mini donuts is close at hand.

In an attempt to hold myself over for those freshly fried and dipped cinnamon sugar mini donuts (sigh), I thought I would make some of my own.

Besides my craving for mini donuts, it’s been a while since I put my mini donut pan to use.

Yes, I have a mini donut pan.

What, you don’t?

Let me tell you something. You need one. Seriously. If you like donuts (duh) and you want to be able to make donuts in 15 minutes flat (no joke), you need to get a mini donut pan.

Cinnamon sugar mini donuts on a plate.
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Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts


Description

These cinnamon sugar mini donuts are baked, not fried, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Tastes like the state fair at home! SO yummy.


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted (for dipping)
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar (for dipping)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, egg and butter and stir until just combined. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray, and fill each donut cup approximately one-half full.
  2. Bake 4–6 minutes at 350 degrees or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4–5 minutes before removing. Finish the donuts by giving them a quick dip in the melted butter, then cinnamon sugar. Let cool/firm up for about 15-30 minutes, if you can wait that long.

Notes

The most important thing to know is NOT to overfill the mini donut tins! Each little circle should be halfway filled or less. I do this by putting all my batter in a plastic bag and the cutting the tip off so I can neatly squeeze just the amount that I want into each mini donut spot.

Also, compared to other recipes I’ve tried, these mini donuts are very cakey (hence the cake flour). I was a little worried that they were too light for me. But they bulk up a bit when you add the butter and sugar to the outside, obvs. Overall, very tasty!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cinnamon sugar donuts, cinnamon sugar mini donuts, mini donuts recipe

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Not bad for a mini donut that’s half the calories!

But I guess that was before the butter and sugar part.

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    Jakky

    My goddaughter wants me to make these. Might I be able to borrow your donut pan this week? 🙂

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        DeAnthony

        I’ve tried this recipe twice and both times the recipe is very thick, almost has a cookie dough consistency

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    Maria

    My daughter loves these type of donuts ! We go to the fair about every 2 years, and when we do, she goes straight to the donut truck. She just reminded me of this, and she is craving for one, so I looked it up.
    Thanks for the recipe ! I can’t wait to surprise her ! 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    HI! I’ve made these twice now and they are just soooo good(: My batch makes roughly 40…but they’re so yummy!

    Thanks for the recipe.

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    Victoria

    What about if I have 2 regular sized donut pans with 6 donuts each? Any tips would be helpful!! Thanks

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    silvia

    Dear Lindsay,
    Please, could you give me the right weights and measurements in grams and ml?
    Thanks!
    Sílvia.

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    Kaile

    Ewe….I followed recipe to a T and these are so awful my 7 year old even turned up her nose…they taste like butter but very sour not sure why but these are so gross

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    Aariz janif. Mummys baby

    Can I do the recipe with regular milk or do I have to use buttermilk