Baked Maple Cinnamon Donuts


by Aug 5th, 2010 // Breakfast, Desserts, Most Popular, Recipes

Baked Maple Cinnamon Donuts

I should really just name this post “Donuts for Dana” because my friend Dana was really the inspiration for this recipe. You see, Dana does not like fruit in anything sweet so when she saw our original Baked Apple Donut post she immediately asked for an alternative recipe.

Dana and I know a little too much about each others food habits because we were pregnant with our sons at the same time. They are only 8 weeks apart and have been playing together since they were just weeks old. Dana’s son likes to look at the blog and then ask Dana (who doesn’t like to cook) to make things. It’s kind of a fun game. Anyway, I liked these donuts even better than the last batch so maybe this post should be called “Thank You Dana.” Either way, these are much healthier that your local donut shop! Now for the recipe…

Baked Maple Cinnamon Donut Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 10 mins

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 butter (melted)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the cinnamon and sugar together 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. Divide batter evenly into a greased donut pan. (I used the cooking spray that has flour in it but I think any kind would work.) The batter will be pretty thick and airy. We found it was easier to scoop it into the donut pan with our hands. Before baking be sure to clean off any stray dough around the circle so there’s a hole in the middle of the donut. 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 to butter your donuts and then dip each donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.  Makes 6 donuts.

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Here’s a link to a donut pan like the one I used: Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan

Update: One of our readers (Juli) had a great idea for this recipe. Here’s what she said “Hey, I bought that very pan at Sur la Table yesterday :) ….and made these donuts this morning. Yum!  I scooped the batter into a ziploc bag and cut the corner off, then piped it into the pan….easy, no mess. Thanks for the recipe!”

Baked Cinnamon Maple Donut

47 Comments on “Baked Maple Cinnamon Donuts”

  1. 1.) Dana
    August 5th, 2010

    You had me at "Donuts for Dana." They look unbelievably good. That is one lucky kid getting to make such amazing food everyday. Now that I've mastered the Baked Ziti, I might have to move on to these.

  2. 2.) Lauren
    August 6th, 2010

    Yum, yum, YUM! These look delectable, and I cannot wait to make them.

  3. 3.) Susan @ SGCC
    August 6th, 2010

    Those look fantastic! I just bought one of those doughnut pans yesterday and now, I can't wait to use it!

  4. 4.) anne
    August 6th, 2010

    i don't even like donuts and i'm making (and eating) these. where does one buy a donut pan? and that pic of whisking while thumb sucking needs to be featured more prominently on your site — it is CLASSIC and says it all. omg.

  5. 5.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 6th, 2010

    Isn't that thumb sucking picture a riot? I've posted a link to the exact donut pan at the bottom of the recipe. Alternatively you can find this pan at Sur la Table, but call first bc they sell out.

  6. 6.) Carolyn Jung
    August 6th, 2010

    I've heard people say how great the donuts are that come out of these pans. Your recipe and pics may have just sold me on buying one now. ;)

  7. 7.) Juliw
    August 6th, 2010

    Hey, I bought that very pan at Sur la Table yesterday :) ….and made these donuts this morning. Yum!

    I scooped the batter into a ziploc bag and cut the corner off, then piped it into the pan….easy, no mess. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 8.) anais
    August 6th, 2010

    The listing for the pan says it's oven-safe up to 325ºF – how does that work with this recipe?
    Just wondering – I'd love to try making these but am cautious about non-stick coatings.

  9. 9.) Nancie
    August 6th, 2010

    Thanks for finally posting a recipe for baked donuts that looks AWESOME! I have had 2 of these pans for quite some time, searching for the right recipe… we are having these Saturday morning for breakfast.

  10. 10.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 6th, 2010

    Hmmm. I think that's a typo. I looked on the manufacturers site and it does not list the 325F limit. That's just crazy that a baking pan would have that low of a limit. But I have this pan and it's great too: <a href="; target="_blank" rel="nofollow"&gt <a href="http://;…” target=”_blank”>;

  11. 11.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 6th, 2010

    Our pleasure. Let us know how they come out!

  12. 12.) Geogeann
    August 6th, 2010

    I plan on making these doughnuts!!!

  13. 13.) Amy
    August 7th, 2010

    I actually bought this same donut pan years ago and gave it to my sister as a gift, oh the regret after seeing how delicious your donuts look! I am buying myself a new pan.
    Thanks for the recipe..

  14. 14.) Sally P
    August 8th, 2010

    Awesome! Are you going to give me a substitute for Krispy Kreme chocolate donuts? Just kidding! I think these will be great. We just got the regular & mini pan at Sur la Table. That store is awesome! My son loved the store as much as I did. I'm excited to use the mini-pan to make healthy treats for his bento lunchbox. He loves almost anything that looks like a donut.

  15. 15.) Renee
    August 9th, 2010

    Is there a substitute you could use for the yogurt? I'm allergic to yogurt but not any other dairy.

  16. 16.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 10th, 2010

    I bet buttermilk would work although I haven't tried it myself. Let me know if you do!

  17. 17.) veterinary technicia
    August 10th, 2010

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  18. 18.) jaime
    August 11th, 2010

    maybe ricotta could work for renee? our sour cream?

  19. 19.) Aimee
    August 14th, 2010

    These look and sound fabulous! I have never really thought of making my own donuts until now, but I will definitely be giving these a try. They will be a perfect fall treat!

  20. 20.) jeri
    August 19th, 2010

    just found your site through one pretty thing and can't wait to get a pan so i can make those donuts, they look yummy!

    the thumbsucker looks so cute, but the animal he is holding is it a puppy? it looks exactly like one that my 3 1/2yo GD holds onto for dear life in the same position! thought it was adoreable!

  21. 21.) Heather
    August 20th, 2010

    These look so good can't wait to get a pan to try them out! I featured them today!

  22. 22.) Natalie
    August 23rd, 2010

    the zip loc piping bag idea was GENIUS!!!!

  23. 23.) Amber at Aunt Peg&#0
    August 30th, 2010

    I just found this awesome post through the closed Me Making Do linky party.
    I love it! I immediately followed your link to the donut pans on Amazon, have ordered them, and can't wait to make these!
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. 24.) Amber at Aunt Peg's
    August 30th, 2010

    I just found this awesome post through the closed Me Making Do linky party.
    I love it! I immediately followed your link to the donut pans on Amazon, have ordered them, and can't wait to make these!
    Thanks for sharing!

  25. 25.) amanda
    October 4th, 2010

    mine had a weird mushy texture am i doing something wrong?

  26. 26.) Anne
    October 28th, 2010

    Any way to do this without a doughnut pan? I probably have enough kitchen gadgets already but I can't wait to try these!

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  29. 29.) shelly (cookies and cups)
    June 14th, 2011

    these sound amazing!!! the melted butter..oh my lord!

  30. 30.) Deborah
    September 7th, 2011

    Looks like I need to get my donut pan out!!!

  31. 31.) Sue
    September 7th, 2011

    These scream “fall!”, and are pretty healthy too! Love the thumb-sucking while whisking:)

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    September 19th, 2011

    The vanilla yogurt that you used – how much sugar does it have in it? I’m just wondering if I can do a straight across sub with the lowfat vanilla yogurt I already have in my fridge, instead of going to buy another kind. If mine is sweeter, I figured I could cut the sugar in the recipe down some.
    These look delicious!

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    Would this work with fat free plain yogurt?

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    Made these twice now, excellent!!! Really, thank you.

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