Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Doughnuts

Now, we’re not one to play favorites, especially at work, but if we were – theoretically, of course – ModCloth Interaction Designer Netta would be at the top of our list for bringing homemade cinnamon-sugar doughnuts to the office last week. Glazed with hot melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, these miniature doughnuts disappeared faster than you can say “D’oh!” As an avid baker, Netta says these sort of treats are her favorite to make, because “they’re classics, but have a slightly healthy twist, so you don’t feel bad eating one. Or three.” (Which is good, because we ate four already.)

Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Doughnuts
From 101 Cookbooks. Makes about two dozen doughnuts.

  • 1 â…“ cups warm milk, 95°F – 105°F
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • â…” cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • A pinch or two of nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  1. Place â…“ cup of the warm milk in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in the yeast and set aside for 5 minutes or so. Be sure your milk isn’t too hot or it will kill the yeast. Stir the butter and sugar into the remaining cup of warm milk and add it to the yeast mixture.
  2. With a fork, stir in the eggs, flour, nutmeg, and salt – just until the flour is incorporated. With the dough hook attachment of your mixer beat the dough for a few minutes at medium speed. If your dough is overly sticky, add flour a few tablespoons at a time. Too dry? Add more milk a bit at a time. You want the dough to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl and eventually become supple and smooth. Turn it out onto a floured counter-top, knead a few times (the dough should be barely sticky), and shape into a ball.
  3. Transfer the dough to a buttered (or oiled) bowl, cover, put in a warm place (I turn on the oven at this point and set the bowl on top), and let rise for an hour or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.
  4. Punch down the dough and roll it out ½-inch thick on your floured countertop. Use a 2-3 inch cookie cutter to stamp out circles. Transfer the circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet and stamp out the smaller inner circles using a smaller cutter. If you cut the inner holes out any earlier, they become distorted when you attempt to move them. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes.
  5. Bake in a 375°F oven until the bottoms are just golden, 8 to 10 minutes – start checking around 8. While the doughnuts are baking, place the butter in a medium bowl. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  6. Remove the doughnuts from the oven and let cool for a minute or two. Dip each one in the melted butter and a quick toss in the sugar bowl. Eat immediately if not sooner.

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    Stephanie 08/04/2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Oh my goodness- these sound delicious! I think I’m going to have to try them out. 🙂

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    Brittany 08/04/2010 at 4:22 pm #

    These look soo good!

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    Julie (ModCloth) 08/04/2010 at 4:49 pm #

    These were simply scrumtrulescent!

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    Angela 08/04/2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Um… yum! Will have to try this!

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    Morgan 08/04/2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Sweet! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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    Hannah (ModCloth) 08/04/2010 at 6:49 pm #

    I’m ‘dough-nuts’ about these. They were delicious! Mmm.

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    susan 08/04/2010 at 9:18 pm #

    These look amazing! Now tell me what “the slightly healthy twist is”???

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    Eleanor 08/04/2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Oh my goodness, these sound incredible! I’m so going to make them.


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    Mina (ModCloth) 08/04/2010 at 11:41 pm #

    Um, they were kind of awesome! I had to seriously resist temptation and not eat more than two.

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    Cathy C 08/05/2010 at 12:44 am #

    The recipe is saved, baking them tomorrow with a friend!

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    Cathy C 08/05/2010 at 12:50 am #

    In the ingredients list it says two thirds of a cup of sugar, and then one and a half cups of sugar farther down. Is this a mistake?

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    Mary 08/05/2010 at 5:05 pm #

    Oh great, Now I have a huge craving for donuts. Think about something else Mary…

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    Netta (ModCloth) 08/05/2010 at 6:00 pm #

    @Cathy: The last 3 items in the ingredient list are for the sugar topping!

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    moey 08/05/2010 at 9:12 pm #

    these are amazing! i tried it out and it turned out fabulously!

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    Katharine Ellis Tapley 08/05/2010 at 10:42 pm #

    Dagnabbit, you guys! Now I want them. I guess it’s really my own fault for clicking on it.


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    Ashley 08/07/2010 at 8:35 pm #

    Now I’m upset…I don’t have any yeast. Darn you cinnamon addiction!

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    rockabilly swimsuits 08/09/2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Looks more than delicious, i really wanna bite one right now =) definitely try it home.

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    Kaitlyn 08/10/2010 at 5:53 pm #

    I made this recipe yesterday and it turned out fabulously! a huge hit at my office as well 😉

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    Katelyn 08/12/2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Definitly going to try these 🙂

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    Mel 08/31/2010 at 1:41 pm #

    @susan If I could ponder a guess, I would assume the ‘health twist’ is that they are baked — not fried!

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    caroline 09/05/2010 at 10:00 pm #

    These look so amazing and delicious! Am so going to make these in my free time! 🙂

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    eugenie 09/19/2010 at 4:33 am #

    These were GREAT, though mine turned out more like buns cus I didn’t cut out the hole in the middle; grest for a person with a sugar addiction!(:

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    eugenie 09/19/2010 at 4:34 am #

    oops, i meant ‘great’

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    Layla 10/08/2010 at 8:25 pm #

    i finally made these…they were delicious! thanks modcloth :]

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