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

Ingredients:

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
Oil

Directions:

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.