Cinnamon Roll Donuts

Cinnamon Roll Donuts recipe

Cinnamon Roll Donuts recipe
Is it weird to have food dreams?

There is this ridiculous pudding recipe that I developed in my sleep. I haven’t tested it while awake, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be fabulous.

Drinks? I mix drinks like a professional in my sleep.

Cinnamon Roll Donuts recipe

These donuts? I dreamed them.

It’s a good thing that calories don’t count while you’re dreaming. Then again, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just dream exercise? I’d have plenty of time for cardio, weights, and whatever other stupid sweaty things I’m supposed to be doing!

Cinnamon Roll Donuts recipe

But, let’s stop talking about that. Let’s focus on the donuts.

I started with my usual base recipe, but then livened things up a bit with this cinnamon topping I spotted over at Top With Cinnamon. From there I whipped up a thick, sweet, two ingredient glaze that knocks my socks off.

These cinnamon roll baked donuts made for a quick and simple breakfast. Definitely easier than kneading dough and waiting for it to rise!

Cinnamon Roll Donuts recipe

Cinnamon Roll Donuts recipe

Cinnamon Roll Donuts recipe

Cinnamon Roll Donuts recipePrint Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Baked Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


For the donuts:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons tablespoons buttermilk (or regular milk with a teaspoon of white vinegar added)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable or canoloa oil
For the cinnamon topping:
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the glaze:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons heavy cream


To make the cinnamon topping:
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the cinnamon, brown sugar, milk, and cornstarch. Heat just until it begins to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Pour the cinnamon topping evenly into each well of your well greased donut pan.
To make the donuts:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a donut pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
In a small bowl, stir together the butter milk, egg, and oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the donut pan over the cinnamon topping and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for two minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Some of the cinnamon topping will likely be left in your donut pan, but a good portion of it will have transferred to your donuts.
Cool donuts before glazing.
To make the glaze:
Whisk together the powdered sugar and cream until smooth. Spoon into a baggie and cut off a small corner of the bag. Pipe the glaze onto the donuts.

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57 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Donuts”

  1. Autumn February 7, 2014 @ 3:53 pm (#

    Do you think it will work on a baking sheet or do you need to have a donut pan?


    • Karly replied: — February 7th, 2014 @ 5:10 pm


      These won’t work on a baking sheet, but you could turn them into muffins if you don’t want to purchase a donut pan. Just watch your baking time as it will probably need adjusted.


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