Cinnamon Roll Donuts

These baked donuts have a sweet cinnamon and sugar topping and a powdered sugar glaze, just like your favorite cinnamon roll recipe!

cinnamon roll baked 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. I mean, it’s pudding. What’s not to love?

Drinks? I mix drinks like a professional in my sleep. During the day? Not so much. I’ve never been very good at playing bartender, but it’s fun to dream about!

cinnamon roll baked donuts recipe

These donuts? I dreamed them. And then I ate the heck out of 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 baked donuts recipe

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

You’ll need a donut pan for this recipe, but they’re less than $10 and they are so much fun! I use mine weekly and my kids LOVE it! Check below for links to more donut recipes that will help you put that pan to good use!

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. Powdered sugar glazes are so easy, but they’re so pretty when you make them extra thick and creamy. And my word, nothing is easier!

These cinnamon roll baked donuts made for a quick and simple breakfast. Definitely easier than kneading dough and waiting for it to rise! Did I mention they were even tastier than the ones I ate in my dreams? Because they totally were.

Not quite as calorie-free though, unfortunately. Guess it’s back to the stupid sweaty things I’m supposed to be doing when I eat donuts. Darn it.

cinnamon roll baked donuts recipe

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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.

If you like this baked donut recipe, you’ll love my others! I have a whole section on this site that will put your donut pan to good use! Go check out all of my baked donut recipes (and some fried donuts, too!)

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60 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.


  2. Jonelle March 25, 2015 @ 12:32 pm (#

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  3. Thrifty DIY Diva May 20, 2015 @ 10:39 am (#

    These looked so good that I had to share your post in my National Donut Day roundup! Thank you so much!!


  4. Rosula August 21, 2015 @ 8:39 pm (#

    Use apple cider vinegar..and if you use too much butter and don’t follow the directions…it’s all GUUUD.


  5. PML January 23, 2016 @ 10:11 am (#

    We made these today and followed the directions to a T. They turned out NOTHING like the photo. It took over 20 minutes prep time before they went in the oven. The needed to bake for 15 minutes before they were done. Most of the topping was left in a gel-like substance in the pan when we took them out. The glaze was very runny. Overall my kids loved them because you can’t go wrong with sugar and butter and more sugar. Haha!


    • Karly replied: — January 25th, 2016 @ 8:19 am

      Hi there!

      I’m sorry this one didn’t turn out for you. Everyone cooks at different speeds, so I try my best with the prep times, but I tend to be pretty quick in the kitchen so I can’t always guess how long it will take everyone else.

      As for the topping, it’s normal for a lot of it to be left in the muffin tin, as stated in the recipe. The donuts should have soaked up a lot of it though.

      As for the bake time, I’m not sure why that would be. I make this donut recipe all the time and 10 minutes is perfect in my oven.

      Anyway, I’m sorry you had problems but happy the kiddos still enjoyed them! :)


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