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Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Donuts have (unofficially) replaced cupcakes as the deleicate and delicious go-to trendy dessert. Luckily for me, I've been a bigger fan of donuts my whole life -- especially because you can just as easily enjoy them for breakfast as you can for dessert.

When it comes to trendy sweets, mini treats are all the rage. Which makes devouring them even easier, and makes me feel better about eating two or three (or half a dozen). 

These baked cinnamon sugar mini donuts are no exception. Each little baked bite is savory and filling enough that you really can stop at just one. But since they are so little, you can induge in a few and not feel as guilty about it.



I made some of these in a mini donut pan for traditional mini donuts, and some in a mini muffin pan for some donut holes. And let me tell you that I could not stop eating them the morning I baked them. Not only do the satisfy your sweet tooth, but they look so nice spread out on a plate dusted with cinnamon and sugar.

So make a big batch for your a Sunday brunch or a bite-sized dessert. They won't disappoint!  


For the donuts:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

For the cinnamon-sugar topping:

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, lightly grease mini donut (or mini muffin) pan.

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. After its mixed, add the egg, milk and vanilla until mixed well.

Mix in the baking powder and the salt. Then mix in the flour little at a time, until combined.

If you're using a mini donut pna, transfer dough into a piping bag or Ziploc bag cut the tip off. Pipe into the pan, making sure to only fill each slot in the pan halfway. (The dough might come out of the bag a little slow, so be prepared to use a knife or spoon to spread the dough in the pan if necessary)

Bake the donuts for 8-10 minutes, or until they start to rise up and turn a golden color.

Meanwhile, place the melted butter into a small dish, shallow enough to dip the donuts. In a separate bowl, mix up the cinnamon and sugar in another bowl shallow enough to dip the donuts

After the donuts cool, dip into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar.

Makes: About 3 dozen mini donuts.

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