Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts are light and fluffy with a lovely warm sweetness.

Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts from

Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

Today’s high temperature here in Arizona was 96 degrees F. Sadly, in comparison to the previous weeks today was cool. While I’m positively ecstatic to wear cardigans and boots and eat all types of luscious gourds and things sprinkled with endless amounts of cinnamon, it just doesn’t feel appropriate yet. In a vain attempt to coax Phoenix into some semblance of autumn, I thought I’d make a mildly autumn-y treat. When I stumbled upon this recipe for Maple Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Donuts over at Cooking with my Kid I intermediately saved it to my favorites, bought a donut pan at work, and made these not-so-sinful treats the very next day. I’m glad I didn’t let this recipe get lost in the endless list of recipes I have saved to my favorites because it is a keeper. In fact, I’ve already made two batches in one week. Its perfect for the summer-heat reality but fall dreaming state that defines Arizona this time of the year.

Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

Recipe Rundown

Taste: These donuts have a lovely warm sweetness thanks to the cinnamon and maple, unlike some donuts (cough, Krispy Kreme, cough) that just taste sickly sweet.
Texture: Despite being baked from a batter, these donuts still manage to be light and fluffy with small, airy holes.
Ease: VERY simple, much more simple than even the first step of any yeast-based donut recipe that requires deep frying.
Appearance: Who doesn’t love food that is geometrically perfect and sparkling with sugar?
Pros: Way easier, healthier, and just as tasty as fried donuts.
Cons: They are best eaten the day they are baked, so no leftovers. Also, I would have liked the maple flavor to be stronger.
Would I make this again? I’ve already made these donuts twice!


Maple Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 6 oz container of non fat organic vanilla bean yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the cinnamon and sugar together in a shallow dish and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In another bowl stir together oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, egg and yogurt.
Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the hole. Gently fold everything together until combined. The batter will be thick.
Scoop batter into a piping bag or ziploc bag, snip a bottom corner with scissors, and squeeze out the batter evenly into a donut pan (I got mine from Sur la Table).
Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few moments and then flip over onto a cooling rack while still warm.
Use a pastry brush the melted butter over your donuts and then dip each donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Serve immediately after coating with cinnamon sugar mixture for best texture.

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29 Responses to “Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts”

  1. #
    rebecca — September 11, 2010 at 6:30 am

    What a great pic of the donuts. Glad you like them. Don't be afraid to add more maple syrup!

  2. #
    Joudie's Mood Food — September 11, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Doughnuts are an all time favourite. I have never baked them before but they sure do look good. I am bookmarking this fro sure. Lovely post….

  3. #
    The Urban Baker — September 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    in our home, we LOVE doughnuts! and just yesterday, I received two mini doughnut pans. This recipe comes just in time for Sunday morning breakfast!

  4. #
    Heather I. — September 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Oh how I love donuts, especially maple-flavored ones! And I can't agree more about *some* being way too sweet. Gotta make these!

  5. #
    Joanne — September 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    This is reason number ONE why I need a donut pan. To ring in fall with these beautiful donuts! Delicious.

  6. #
    Anonymous — September 12, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Sorry to be the first to give you a bad comment but, cinnamon and maple? Are you insane? You are killing the maple flavor with the cinnamon. Nice photos though.

  7. #
    Cornelius — September 12, 2010 at 3:58 am

    These look really yummy. I had no idea making donuts was so easy! (at least, you make it look easy enough…) We are definitely going to try this. I also love any excuse to buy a new kind of pan. And for the record, maple and cinnamon are a pretty classic, delicious flavor combination…

  8. #
    Tessa — September 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Cornelius- Thank you for your sweet comment :) I agree about the flavor combination! But then again… everyone has different taste preferences!

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed — September 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    These look incredible! Two of my favourite flavours – maple & cinnamon. I love that they're baked – much healthier. Yay! Cant wait to make these :)
    Heidi xo

  10. #
    Amanda Seevers — October 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    mine look awful, looks like a half of a donut

  11. #
    Amanda Seevers — October 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    just tried one and they are really mushy
    is there sugar in the batter and the cinnamon sugar mix?
    i must have done something wrong?

  12. #
    Tessa — October 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Amanda – I just took a look at your blog post about these donuts. It looks like you accidentally overfilled the donut pans. Too much batter could also be the reason why your donuts where mushy. Did you use a ziploc bag to distribute the batter like the recipe suggests? You have to be careful to not overfill and to wipe the edges around the donut pan clean so that there is a distinct donut-hole when they bake. Also, there is no sugar in the donuts themselves since the recipe calls for vanilla yogurt which is already sweetened. Hopefully this helps you out because I really enjoyed my donuts and they were anything but mushy!

  13. #
    Carly — November 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I just discovered your wonderful blog! I happened across it via Tastespotting, looking for baked donut recipes!

    I made these the other day and they came out beautifully! AND didn't last long at all =)

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Carly.

  14. #
    Carrie — January 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Donut pans were on my Christmas list and Santa delivered :)I had been wanting to use them, so I did an online search for a good recipe. I came upon your Blog in my search and tried making these the same night. My 3 1/2 year old helped me and they were quite the hit. We loved them…thanks for sharing!

  15. #
    Kristin.thompson — March 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hi! Found you on tastespotting – I want to make baked donuts for work, but I get to work by 6:30 AM (yay nursing). What do you think about making the donuts the night before, but warming them in the morning/putting the topping on? Will the donuts themselves keep well as long as the topping isn't put on until the last minute?

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    Toni — March 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I just found this recipe through a Google search. I have tried numerous baked donut recipes and have always been disappointed. NOT TODAY! These were truly delicious and acceptable as a fried donut replacement. (obviously not the same, but delicious) I added a little extra maple syrup. They were tender and I think the cinnamon sugar added the perfect texture. Thanks

  17. #
    babsincanada — March 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    i'd love to make these but i don't have a donut pan… do you think the dough is stiff enough to hold it's shape on a baking sheet?

  18. #
    The Capitol Baker — March 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Which donut pan (brand) did you use? I am deciding between buying a norpro or wilton. Your donuts look delicious!

  19. #
    jennifernpatrick — June 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I didn't have a donut pan and did not want to wait so I made them using tin foil donut cups = ) They were not as pretty as these, but still very delicious. I have now added a donut pan to my long list of cooking gear I need!! Thank you for posting these recipes they are wonderful!

  20. #
    Tessa — June 28, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Jennifer – So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! :)

  21. #
    21 — November 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I'm so happy to find your recipe – just bought my Wilton donut pans yesterday and can't wait to try them out! Thx :)

  22. #
    deLadyBex — February 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Ph great! I need to learn how to handle my new convection oven to bake now? Any hints?

  23. #
    Juliana — May 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I'm going to have to make these for my mom. She'll love them!

  24. #
    Jennifer — August 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I love this recipe! Last Christmas I made a huge batch of these and included it in a special gift box of baked goods for my in-laws and my brother and his family. My sister-in-law would not stop raving about these donuts. She couldn’t believe they were baked, thank you so much for this recipe. I plan on making it this evening for dessert.


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