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Cinnamon-Sugar Donuts

Cinnamon-Sugar Donuts

Ah, the Cinnamon-Sugar Donut. My favorite at Starbucks until the day came when they stopped selling them and the world wept. I've since dried my eyes having found this super-easy recipe from Ina Garten. There are a gazillion recipes on Pinterest for these little guys, some using yeast, a stand mixer, and most are FRIED, but not these! You simply mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl, fill your donut pan and bake. Once they've cooled, you dip the tops in butter and coat in a yummy, cinnamon-sugar mix.

See recipe below and enjoy! I've also included where you can find the donut pan, vintage milk bottles and the oh-so-festive red and white straws!


Makes 12 Donuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flower
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray your donut pans with cooking spray.
  2. Combine and sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in to large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, milk, 2 tablespoons of melted butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine with the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or baking spatula.
  5. Transfer to large freezer bag and cut the corner (or a pastry bag if you've got one!).
  6. Fill each cavity to 2/3 of the way full. Any more and your donuts will fill in!
  7. Bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Give your pans a good tap then turn upside down to get those bad boys out.
  9. Melt your 1 stick of butter, then dip each donut in the butter, then in the cinnamon-sugar mix. 
  10. Try not to eat all 12 in 1 sitting.

Original recipe from Barefoot Contessa

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