Baked Cinnamon Donuts

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This is the part where I’m supposed to tell you some funny, engaging story about these donuts. But I don’t have one. I just made these donuts because I like donuts. They taste good, and I like to eat them. And when those donuts are hot and fresh and dripping with cinnamon glaze, well, who really needs any more of a story than that?

Baked Cinnamon Donuts
Serves: Yield: 12 donuts
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 T. warm water (about 100 F)
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ c. granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt (or a pinch of table salt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 c. vanilla Greek yogurt (fat-free is ok)
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk
  • 1-2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. To make the donuts, preheat oven to 350 F. Spray two (6-count) doughnut pans with a flour-based baking spray, like Baker's Joy. Place a wire cooling rack over a rimmed cookie sheet or a piece of parchment paper
  2. In a small bowl, stir water and yeast together. Let the yeast sit for 5-10 minutes, or until foamy.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the eggs, yogurt, butter, milk, vanilla, and yeast mixture; stir until combined.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared pans, smoothing as needed.
  7. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until set and golden brown.
  8. Let the donuts cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze.
  10. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and desired amount of cinnamon.
  11. Remove donuts to wire rack, and drizzle with glaze.
  12. Donuts are best enjoyed warm.
*If you prefer to use regular (not Greek) yogurt, increase the yogurt to 1 cup and omit the milk.

Baked Cinnamon Donuts Follow Me on Pinterest

donuts adapted from The Kitchn

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  1. says

    Now this is the guilt free way to eat donuts. Baked for health and cinnamon to scrub away the effects of sugar. Cinnamon on the inside and cinnamon on the glaze. Truly fabulous. Kate If you would like a complimentary bag of USDA organic Ceylon Cinnamon, just email us. You deserve it for this really nice recipe.

    • kateheartseating says

      I totally agree – donuts do rock! Thanks for that! I always feel like I need to have some sort of story to go along with the recipe, but a lot of times, I’m just making food that sounds good because I’m hungry! =)

  2. says

    Oh, these look delicious! I love that there’s Greek yogurt in them. I’ll definitely try these!
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