Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts

Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts

I consider doughnut as an another variety of sweet bread in a different shape which is deep fried and can be prepared in different flavors . And probably because doughnuts are fried, they are widely popular with all age groups of people. So when one of my neighbours came with a request to make doughnuts for her 80 years old mother in law, I suggested her to go for baked cinnamon doughnuts and she happily agreed!!

Well, there will be definitely a change in taste between the baked and fried ones, but if you don’t want to break your resolution to consume less oily food, then these baked cinnamon doughnuts are definitely for you.

Baked Doughnuts

To add a healthy twist here, instead of all purpose flour, you can use wheat flour and just follow the same recipe. Increase milk a little bit more while kneading, as wheat flour absorbs more liquid than maida (all purpose flour).

Do we really need to buy a doughnut cutter to prepare doughnuts?

Not at all.

Any sharp edged steel glass and one small bottle cap are sufficient. Even round shaped cookie cutter and one icing nozzle would do the same work as doughnut cutter.


So, now you have no excuse for not trying these wonderful cinnamon flavoured baked doughnut in your oven!!!

Baked doughnuts

Baked doughnuts


Maida 2 cups
Milk powder 2 tbsp
Instant active yeast 3/4 tsp
Sugar 4 tbsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder 1+1/2 tsp
Butter (melted) 3-4 tbsp
Milk 3/4 cup (add or reduce 1-2 tbsp if required)

Prepare a mix of 1 tbsp cinnamon powder and 4 tbsp powdered and sieved sugar separately.

Some more melted butter would be required after baking.

Points to remember:

  1. All dry ingredients should be on room temperature.

  2. Milk should be slightly warmer than lukewarm but not hot.

  3. Dough would be slightly sticky because of extra sugar, but keep on kneading – it will become smooth with melted butter.

  4. For more tips on kneading the dough, proofing time, temperature control etc, check the following link :

Basics of baking – bread/buns/rolls (Wheat flour buns with pizza spices-2)


Collect all dry ingredients in a big vessel.


Slowly start pouring milk and collect dry ingredients together in the shape of a dough. Don’t worry about loose or tight consistency of dough at this stage.


Now start adding remaining milk 1 tbsp at a time and knead the dough for 15 minutes by adding butter simultaneously.

Initially, kneading will be sticky due to lots of sugar but will soon smoothen.


Place the dough in a butter greased bowl for first proofing (bowl should be big enough to have extra space for doubled up dough). Apply some butter on top of the dough to avoid it drying. Cling wrap the bowl and keep it at a warm place for first proofing. I generally keep my bowl in a switched-off microwave. First proofing takes 1 to 1+1/2 hours, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.



In the meantime, grease baking tin/tray with butter or spread parchment paper.

Mix powdered sugar and cinnamon powder in a separate plate.


Once dough doubles up, sprinkle some flour on clean kitchen counter or grease it with butter. Take out the dough and punch it softly.



Knead the dough very softly and roll it in round shape.


With the help of doughnut cutter/steel glass/cookie cutter cut out as many doughnuts as you can. Knead and roll again the rest of the dough and follow the same process.



Keep all doughnuts in a ready baking tray and apply melted butter on top of them to avoid them drying during second proofing. Proofing will be over in 20-30 minutes depending on the temperature of your kitchen.


Just 10 minutes before proofing time is getting over, preheat oven at 185 degrees for 10 minutes. Give milk wash to all doughnuts and bake them at the same temperature for 25-30 minutes or till the top starts becoming brown. I like slightly crunchy top in doughnuts so I baked them a bit more to get nice brown colour. If you like smooth top then stop baking once they are light brown.

Aren’t you tempted enough to just gobble up one…πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

baked doughnuts

With the help of pastry brush apply melted butter generously on the top of the doughnuts so that sugar cinnamon mix can stick to them nicely.

Baked Doughnuts

Now with the help of a sieve sprinkle sugar cinnamon mix all over the doughnuts.


Now you are ready to give yourself a flavourful treat…!!!

Baked cinnamon doughnuts

I would love to hear from you all about this post…


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Deeksha Pathak

I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, doing some art and craft, cooking, baking and exploring new ideas. Baking is my new passion!!

136 thoughts on “Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts

  1. Doughnuts are awesome tasty I love to eat them so much since I was a child. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. Keep sharing. Hope you too visit my blog very soon.

  2. That looks absolutely delicious Pathak πŸ™‚

    BTW, if you have time, please visit my blog and if you like my posts, please follow my blog. I will #FollowforFollow πŸ™‚

  3. Sigh. Yet another completely irresistible attack on my futile attempts to stay slim… πŸ˜€
    Oh my … it’s good that I read this too late to begin making them today! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Thank you, dear Deeksha! They will be lovely to have when my in-laws come visiting next πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    May your week be full of sweet moments, my friend! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Dear Elena, You are too good with words!!!
      Thank you so much for your sweet appreciation πŸ€—β˜ΊοΈ
      Once in a while we can treat ourselves with good food isn’t it, after all festivals are in the air πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
      I really hope that your in-laws would be enjoying them!!
      With your blessings my week definitely started with a good note. I was expecting that my father in-law might be admitted to the hospital today but we both together came back home 😊😊

      1. Dear Deeksha, I am so happy to know that your father-in-law is all right! And I am overjoyed that maybe my good wishes may have helped a little bit. πŸ™‚
        And thank you so much for your compliments; they lift the spirit and make the day shine brighter. πŸ™‚
        With all my heart I wish for you, dear Deeksha, and all your closed ones – strong health and the most wonderful and happy time! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–β˜€οΈ

  4. yummyπŸ˜‹…I love doughnuts 🍩…but I don’t like the way people prepare them here …I’ll now follow this recipe to make some of my own just like yours Deeksha…hope I don’t mess up😊

    1. Kelvin, thank you so much!
      We all love doughnuts, don’t we!!! But I didn’t want to consume too much oil along with them,so did baked version.
      I am sure you wouldn’t mess up anything Kelvin.Try them with your choice of flavours!!

  5. Yummy πŸ˜‹.. I love doughnuts 🍩..but I don’t like the way people prepare them here..I’ll now follow this recipe Alto make my own just like yours Deeksha.. hope I don’t mess up.:-)

    1. Hi Tanja, sometimes we are too much tempted to satisfy our sweet carvings,but at the same time have to control waist line alsoπŸ˜€πŸ˜ so this baked version fits with the demand!!!

  6. They look so perfect. I have always stayed away from donuts as they are made from flour and deep fried :(. But your recipe has solved both my issues. Thanks a bunch Deeksha for posting this. Will try this soon πŸ™‚

  7. Such a yummilicious beauties…
    I always make fried version with APF but loved your baked version Deeksha.
    Totally guilt-free and can gobble up more than one😁
    Thanks for sharing this recipe😍🌹

      1. True. I never liked the tasteless stuff that MOD and Krispy Kreeme sells. Never tried them anywhere else. I guess homemade ones will be better. But then I have no option to try? πŸ˜‰

      2. Haha. Thanks for the suggestion. You are so kind, Deeksha. Will keep you posted next time I plan a trip to Bangalore.

  8. I usually make Sunday morning blueberry pancakes for my family, think I will surprise them with these donuts instead. I like that you baked them, so better for our hearts. Thank you for the recipe.

  9. Genius, Deeksha! Baked donuts are great (I wonder why I did not think about it!). They are healthier and there are more variations that you can create.
    Great thoughts!

    1. Dear Oscar,
      It is so good to hear from you πŸ’•
      How are things going on. I hope you are feeling much better!!
      Thank you so much πŸ€—β˜ΊοΈ
      I am reaching 50 now, so just trying to do things little bit carefully. If baking is an option for frying, then why not. It is just a matter of developing the taste bud.

      1. Dear Deeksha,
        I am definitely feeing much better. Thank you very much. I am so grateful having you and your hearty recipes! Cooking and creating warmth of food are the best treatment to everything.

        Indeed, the flavor people are familiar with makes food special. I had “American breakfast” — deep-fried potato pancakes– yesterday… although I am a vegetarian, I still enjoy greasy food. ^O^

      2. Oh, good question!
        When I was a child, I did not like eating meat much… I did with family, anyway, but when I was alone, I only ate veggies. When I left my hometown and studied in New York, I felt like it was a good time to have a vegetarian life. Moreover, I am a Buddhist. Through studying the Buddhist teachings, I want to respect all lives… ^o^
        I am so used to it and happy to live like this! (But I do like greasy deep fried food such as French fries, friend tofu and so on… haha).

      3. We can give ourselves a treat of deep fried food. Even I try not to have much fried stuff but sometimes it’s ok. After all we are humans, not saints… haha…

        Buddhism purifies our body and soul. I was doing my Ph.D in Jatak Tales which unfortunately I could not finish.
        Enjoy your weekend Oscar!!!!

  10. You are such an outstanding cook/chef, Deeksha. I wish I could back again but sadly, I have a husband with no self control who will eat anything I bake until it is gone. These donuts had my mouth watering. This said before my breakfast ….. LOL

    1. Dear Amy, thank you very much for your lovely appreciation, means a lot πŸ€— ❀️

      Even my father in law eats everything without self control.But then I teach kids in the evening and share my cooked or baked stuff with them, so very less remains for him. That way, I get opportunity to explore something new once again !!!

      1. You are so very welcome! I’m happy for you that you have found a system so that your father in law does not eat too much. Unfortunately I don’t. When my husband ate a 9×12″ banana cake in under 24 hours, I told him …. I QUIT! I refuse to bake anything else. And I haven’t. (smile)

      2. Have to sacrifice for the health of family members. Deepawali festival is very big festival for us and we prepare lots of sweet dishes and a lot of fried snacks. Because of him, this time I didn’t do anything at all!!
        I guess at some point we both are sailing in the same boat 😊

      3. You have my empathy. It’s too bad that others don’t have self control. Yet I just will not enable a really bad health habit. I hope for your sake something turns up where you can still bake. I know how much I used to love it. (((HUGS)))!!!

  11. These baked doughnuts looks so delicious, Deeksha!!! I’ve never heard that they could be baked instead of fried and think that’s wonderful since we all know that fried food is anything than healthy. πŸ˜‰ I’ll definitely try this out! πŸ˜„

  12. These look divine!! I was looking for one of those doughnut bake pans today and had never thought of baking a yeast dough doughnut. How great is that? Yum!

    1. Thank you very much Chiru!
      I hope all is well with you…
      Food is integral part of our life, so we actually never miss anything..😊.if not today, we cook it after a few days…
      You are a great cook… so any day would be a good time!!

      1. Yes all good now Deeksha.. thanks for asking.. I was away from blogging for couple of months.. yes any day is ours…
        happy blogging!!

    1. Kanwaldeep,thank you very much πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—
      I just try to avoid frying as much as I can, though fried has its own wonderful taste. But then it’s a matter of our habits and developing Healthy Taste Buds.. isn’t it. !!!

  13. These look just as good as friend donuts, but butter since they are healthier! I wonder if they would work out with oat milk instead? I have a cow’s milk allergy.

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