Cinnamon Donuts

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These delicious baked Cinnamon Donuts are the perfect treat to enjoy any time. It’s a super simple from scratch recipe that anyone can make! With the sweet icing and crumble topping, they’re too good to share.

Cinnamon donuts on a fall themed backgound.

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

A donut is one of my favorite foods. I love that they can be enjoyed at any time! Whether it’s in the morning with a hot cup of coffee or as a sweet treat after dinner, you are going to want to try this cinnamon donut recipe. The crumble topping adds great texture, while the cinnamon icing and vanilla icing add a pop of sugary sweetness.

These cinnamon donuts are perfect for a crowd. I like to make a large batch for special occasions, including family gatherings or get-togethers with friends. You will never have leftovers! My kids ask for them on the weekends often as well. The smell of the cinnamon donuts baking in the oven makes the kitchen smell amazing!

What You’ll Need

The ingredients needed for this donut recipe are very minimal. They are easy to find, and if you like to bake, you likely already have many of the staples stocked in your pantry. 

Ingredients in bowls to make baked Cinnamon Donuts.


  • Flour: All-purpose flour is perfect for this donut recipe.
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Buttermilk: This keeps the donuts moist and fluffy in the middle.
  • Egg 
  • Butter: This will be melted butter. You can place it in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it before combining the ingredients. 

Crumble Topping:

  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour for the crumble topping as well. It will also be heat treated before use.
  • Brown Sugar: You can use light or dark brown sugar. 
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter: This butter will be melted as well.

Cinnamon Icing:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon

Vanilla Icing:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla: I use pure vanilla extract.

How to Make Cinnamon Donuts

These simple step-by-step instructions will help you achieve the best cinnamon donuts you’ve ever had!

Cinnamon Donuts:

  • Step 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and spray the donut trays with nonstick spray.
  • Step 2. Whisk buttermilk, egg, and melted butter in a small mixing bowl.
  • Step 3. In a separate larger bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, and salt.
  • Step 4. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Step 5. Scoop the batter into a piping bag and pipe into the donut trays, filling each until about ⅔ full.
  • Step 6. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the donuts are baked and dry.
  • Step 7. Allow them to cool for 2 minutes in the trays before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Crumble Topping:

  • Step 1. Mix flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  • Step 2. Pour in the melted butter and combine gently until the mixture becomes clumpy.

Cinnamon Icing:

  • Step 1. Combine powdered sugar, milk, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Vanilla Icing:
  • Step 2. Mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl.


  • Step 1. After the doughnuts have cooled for at least 15 minutes, dip each one into the cinnamon icing. 
  • Step 2. Then, dip directly into the crumble topping before the icing sets.
  • Step 3. Use a spoon to drizzle vanilla icing over each donut.
  • Step 4. Allow the donuts to dry and enjoy!
Six crumble topped baked cinnamon donuts on a fall inspired background.

How to Heat-Treat Flour

There is a risk of E. coli or salmonella if you consume raw flour. So, for instances like the crumble topping for these donuts, you will have to heat treat the flour first. This will kill any lingering bacteria.

Prepare a baking sheet and spread the flour evenly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Allow it to cool completely, and it’s ready to go.

A single cinnamon donut held above other cinnamon donuts on a black wire cooling rack.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t have buttermilk? Make your own! Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup regular milk. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, and use it in place of store-bought buttermilk.
  • I recommend using a donut pan for this recipe to get the classic shape and for the donuts to bake evenly.
Half a dozen cinnamon donuts on a wire cooling rack.

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Cinnamon Donuts (Baked)

These delicious baked Cinnamon Donuts are the perfect treat to enjoy any time. It’s a super simple from scratch recipe that anyone can make! With the sweet icing and crumble topping, they’re too good to share.
Servings: 6 Donuts
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 23 minutes








  • Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter 3. In a large bowl mix the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, and salt.
  • Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and mix until smooth.
  • Spray your donut trays with non-stick spray. Using a pastry bag or cut out ziplock bag, pipe the batter into the tray filling the donuts until about 2/3 full.
  • Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes or until donuts are dry. Allow the donuts to rest approximately 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.


  • In a large bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Add in the melted butter and mix until clumpy. Set aside


  • In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar, milk, and cinnamon. Set aside.


  • In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.


  • Allow the donuts to cool for approximately 15 minutes,
  • Then dip the donuts in the cinnamon frosting and dip directly into the crumble topping.
  • With a spoon drizzle the vanilla icing on top of the donuts. Allow donuts to dry before eating.

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If you do not have buttermilk, 1 teaspoon of vinegar can be added to the milk as a substitute.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg


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