Cardamom Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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These baked cinnamon sugar donuts are light, fluffy and full of cardamom flavor. They are brushed with melted butter and then dipped in cinnamon sugar for a nicely crunchy shell. Perfect as a fall afternoon treat with a cup of hot chocolate.

cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts

This post was originally published on Dec. 27, 2015.

How to make cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts:

This recipe makes 9 donuts, which means you need two 6-cavity donut pans. (If you only have one donut pan, see the recipe tip below).

Start by greasing the pans with nonstick spray or with vegetable shortening. Set the pans aside, heat the oven to 350 degrees F., then whisk together your dry ingredients (1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt).

how to make cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts step by step

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 egg and 1/3 cup granulated sugar, then add 1/2 cup whole milk and 3 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter. (It’s fine if the melted butter solidifies when you whisk it in, that won’t cause any problems).

how to make cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts step by step
how to make cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts step by step
how to make cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts step by step

Whisk the dry ingredients into the egg/sugar/milk/butter mix.

how to make cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts step by step

Fill the batter into the donut pans and bake the donuts for 12 to 15 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

how to make cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts step by step

Once the donuts have cooled, unmold them and brush with 2 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter, then dip them in a mix of 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup granulated sugar.

Serve the donuts fresh.

Recipe tip:

If you only have one donut pan and don’t want to get a second one, you can cut this recipe in half but you’ll see there is one egg in there. Now, here is what I do when I need to use half an egg: I crack one egg into a small bowl and whisk it lightly with a fork. Then I’ll use one half of that whisked egg for my batter (I usually eyeball it but you can measure it with a spoon measure) and the other half I just quickly fry in a little bit of butter and eat as a snack. I have done this countless times and it works flawlessly!

More delicious desserts with cardamom:

cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts
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Cardamom Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

These baked cinnamon sugar donuts are light, fluffy and full of cardamom flavor. They are brushed with melted butter and then dipped in cinnamon sugar for a nicely crunchy shell.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cardamom donuts, cinnamon sugar donuts
Servings: 9 donuts
Calories: 217kcal

Ingredients:

For the donuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

For the donuts:

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray two 6-cavity donut pans with nonstick spray or grease with vegetable shortening and set aside.
  • Whisk flour, cardamom, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk egg and sugar together in a bowl until well combined.
  • Whisk milk and melted butter into the egg mix.*
  • Whisk the dry ingredients into the egg mix.
  • Using a spoon, divide the batter into the donut pans, filling each cavity 1/2 to 3/4 full and bake for 12 – 15 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let the donuts cool completely, then unmold them.

For the topping:

  • Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow bowl.
  • Brush the donuts with the melted butter, then dip the donuts in sugar/cinnamon mix.
  • Serve fresh.

Notes:

*It’s fine if the melted butter solidifies when you whisk it in, that won’t cause any problems.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.1g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 8.6g | Saturated Fat: 5.2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 22.9g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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29 comments

  1. Jason says:

    Wow. Melted butter with cinnamon sugar. That takes me back to my mom’s cinnamon toast recipe. These look absolutely amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Bam's Kitchen says:

    A stack of delicious snow covered donuts are beautiful These donuts would not have lasted through a photo shoot at my house…with my food stalking teenage boys… Wishing you a very safe and happy New Year.

  3. Rachel Ballard says:

    I’m with everyone else–I’m never tired of donuts. I haven’t gotten a donut pan yet (I usually make yeast) but it’s been on my list for a while! And as usual, great pictures, perfect lighting and sugar sifting perfection there Nicole. ;) Happy New Year to you!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Rachel! Donut pans are great, it’s so much fun to turn them over and watch the donuts toppling out (I should try to photograph that actually). Happy New Year to you too!:)

  4. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    The minute I saw the photo I thought “a dusting of snow”. I guess I was on the right track. The recipe sounds delicious!! I like the idea of not frying the doughnuts and they look as light as a feather. I am so glad you tell us how you took the shot and what you’re thinking. You know, you have the heart of a teacher — and aren’t I happy. Thank you so much for sharing!! Have a Happy New Year!

    • Nicole B. says:

      I’m so glad you enjoy my babbling, Marisa! :) (It’s funny, I actually was a teacher for a few years, I always enjoyed the part of explaining stuff to students but the rest (admin and especially grading) was the worst…).

    • Nicole B. says:

      Haha, just clicked over to see your delicious donut concoction! It’s so fun to make donuts, isn’t it? Hope you had a great Christmas as well and a Happy New Year to you, Rosemary! :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      I actually never tire of sweets either and I’m glad I’m not the only one. These donuts are super light indeed, I loved that about them. As always, thanks so much for coming by, Roxana! :)

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