Cinnamon Sugar Donuts*

Cinnamon Sugar is my Crack, Cocaine, Heroine…all rolled into one. Growing up instead of syrup on pancakes I would add gobs of butter and a thick layer of cinnamon sugar. Try it if you ever want to go into a sugar coma, I promise it’s like the best high of your life. They even used to sell (not sure if they still do?) actual “Cinnamon Sugar” spice, that was just cinnamon and sugar mixed together so you could be lazy. It was like McCormick was telling me, Hey it’s totally acceptable to do this. But as I got older I realized how bad and inappropriate this was for me. So in come donuts. Because no one will shame you for eating donuts rolled in gobs of cinnamon sugar! On the contrary, they will be jealous! And want the recipe! These were everything I had hoped for them to be and more. When they are still warm they practically melt in your mouth. They also keep pretty well in an airtight container…but nothing beats fresh, hot donuts.


Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Yield: 18 donut holes


1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 cup milk
Cinnamon and sugar


Whisk together the flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside. Whisk together the egg, sugar, butter, and milk in a large-sized bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine thoroughly. The batter will be sticky, so either use a spoon or a pastry bag to extrude the dough for frying.

Pour two inches of oil into a heavy medium saucepan. When the oil is hot, extrude a ball of dough approximately an inch in diameter into the oil. Fry the donuts until they are golden brown, then remove them and place them on a paper towel. If the oil is too hot, the donuts will brown before they are cooked through, so it is a good idea to sample a couple as you go along and adjust the heat accordingly. While the donuts are still hot, drop them into a bowl with half a cup of sugar and a few sprinklings of cinnamon. Move the donuts around until they are well-coated.

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41 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Donuts”

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    Blog is the New Black — May 13, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    These look great! Love that no yeast is needed

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    Alissa — May 13, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    THANK you for this!!! I’m so trying these tonight!

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    Tessa — May 13, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    I’ve been having a craving for fried donuts for about a week now… might have to make these!

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    Kelly — May 13, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Yum! I think we’re on the same wave length as I have some brioche dough in the refrigerator to make donuts for tomorrow’s blogger bake sale. I have to admit, I’m more of a fan of cake donuts than yeast donuts but it seems harder to fry them at home though I love the idea of the pastry bag.

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    Tina — May 13, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Yowza! I want… no, scratch that… NEED those! :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 13, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    YES! I’m so glad you fried them. Too many baked donut recipes going around. I actually have a McCormick cinnamon/sugar bottle lol I ran out so mixed my own to put back in it but it’s so handy especially for toast. mmm mmm!

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    Chung-Ah Rhee — May 13, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    I actually made pumpkin doughnut muffins, which is probably a healthier alternative, and it’s a bit similar to this recipe but deep-frying a donut is so much better!

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    Eliana — May 13, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Oh yes! Thanks for sharing these today girl. Cuz now I can prepare to make these this weekend. Luv them!

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    Evan Thomas — May 13, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    I think I would be less addicted to crack than I would to these; they look great.

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    Joanne — May 13, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    I used to make cinnamon, sugar, and butter toast when I was a kid. I was fairly sure that I invented it and that I should win some prize for being so smart. Little did I know…

    Donut form sounds good to me! And yes, way more acceptable than just pouring the stuff all over bread and pancakes haha.

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — May 13, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    Oh these looks so good!!!!!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 13, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    OK, so definitely no “ass friendly” label on these little beauties, right? They look AMAZING, Jessica. I could easily pop the whole batch in my mouth without thinking twice!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 13, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Your title made me laugh out loud! These donuts look fantastic!!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — May 13, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    OMGOMGOMG… Seriously, these look like perfection, and I need you to bring them to ATL. For real. For real for real.

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    Paula — May 13, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    Man oh man these look good! I could eat up that entire bowl full. Thanks for posting your recipe, I’m going to bookmark and try these myself!

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    Crys — May 13, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    Ok, I have to try these this weekend! My favorite donut!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — May 14, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    this is so funny, doughnuts AND monkey bread are like crack! :)

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    Kerstin — May 14, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    Crack indeed, talk about addicting! I wish I had a pile of these right now – yum!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — May 15, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    I could most certainly get addicted to these donuts!

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    Jim @ Comfort in Crumbs — May 15, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    These do look amazing and I’m guessing since they’re so small, you could eat a lot more, right? (that’s how I convince myself that these are diet food).

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — May 16, 2011 @ 2:44 am

    Your new site design looks great! Yay for Lindsay!

    I’d eat all of these. Better just drool and observe :)

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    Vickii — May 16, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    Yum, yum, yummy yum yum! I’ve never tried to make donuts – I’m not a big fan of the frying process – but I absolutely have to try these!

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    The Teacher Cooks — May 16, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    I am so tempted to make these today since there is no yeast involved. I’d love to pop some in my mouth right this minute!!!

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    Amy — May 16, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Yum, yum, yum. and another Yum.

    These look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them.

    I’m scrolled through the comments, but I’m wondering…I’m a little bit Type A… I’d worry about not getting the donuts in a perfect ‘donut hole’ shape because you’re sort of piping them into the pan. Did you find this to be a problem?

    • Jessica replied: — May 17th, 2011 @ 12:17 am


      Yes it is difficult. About half of mine came out kind of funny looking. But either way they tasted delicious!

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    Tracy — May 16, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    I’m totally drooling! I’ve only ever made apple cider doughnut holes, but these look SO good. I can’t wait to give them a try!!

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    Shumaila — May 17, 2011 @ 1:24 am

    You had me at cinnamon! These look so good! Thanks for sharing!

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    The Cilantropist — May 17, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    I WANT THESE. Oh wow do I want these… The sparkling cinnamon sugar coating is just calling my name! I will definitely be trying this out. :)

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    sheryl@nevertheless — May 23, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    oh my goodness …you have no idea how much my mouth is watering right now!!

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    Courtney — September 24, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    These look really delicious :) I have a project for my culinary arts class and i’m definitely making these. But I was wondering what the consistency of the batter was and if I would be able to shape them by hand.

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    Anna — July 12, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    I failed miserably at these. When frying they just went flat…

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    Sam — January 31, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    jus made these… they r ah-mazing….. cant stop munching…..

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    Amber — November 23, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    Do you have to put nutmeg in them? I don’t like the taste of nutmeg

    • Jessica replied: — November 23rd, 2015 @ 10:57 pm

      You can skip the nutmeg. :-)

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    Natalie — December 11, 2015 @ 9:03 am

    How long do they keep for?

    • Jessica replied: — January 12th, 2016 @ 10:47 am

      They are best fresh, but you can store them for a few days if you have leftovers!

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