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

Cinnamon Roll Baked Donuts

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 mins
Serves 6 donuts     adjust servings


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


  1. To make the cinnamon topping, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the cinnamon, brown sugar, milk, and cornstarch.
  2. Heat just until it begins to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour the cinnamon topping evenly into each well of your well greased donut pan.
  4. To make the donuts. reheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a donut pan.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together the butter milk, egg, and oil.
  7. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Cool donuts before glazing.
  11. 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.
  12. Serve immediately.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 255kcal Calories from fat 68
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Carbohydrate 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 26g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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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