Baked Cardamom Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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This easy recipe takes classic cinnamon sugar donuts to the next level. The cinnamon is paired with cardamom to make these baked donuts extra flavorful. They are light as air, have a delicate and crunchy sugar shell and make the perfect Holiday breakfast or fall afternoon treat.

A large plate with cinnamon sugar donuts on a wooden table in a late afternoon fall setting with a cup of fresh hot chocolate.

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

Kitchen tools needed:

This recipe is very easy and quick to make and everything is whisked together by hand; no mixer required! You will need:

  • 1 liquid measuring cup
  • 1 pastry brush
  • 1 whisk
  • 4 mixing bowls
  • two 6-cavity donut pans (if you only have one pan, see the recipe tip below)
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
A photo showing all the kitchen tools required to make baked cinnamon sugar donuts.

If you have a large (i.e. 16-inch) piping bag with a large round tip, that will make your life a little easier but it’s not required, you can also fill the batter into the pans with two spoons.

A large piping bag with a metal tip.

Ingredients for this recipe:

For the donut batter:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, melted (to brush the pans)
Ingredients required to make donut batter.

For the cinnamon sugar donut topping:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Ingredients needed to make a cinnamon sugar topping for donuts.

How to make baked cardamom cinnamon sugar donuts step by step:

Step 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F., then generously brush 9 of the donut pan cavities with the melted vegetable shortening. (This recipe makes 8 to 9 donuts).

Two donut pans being brushed with melted vegetable shortening.

Step 2. Whisk together the flour, cardamom, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Dry ingredients for donut batter being whisked together in a large mixing bowl.

Step 3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and the sugar.

Wet ingredients for donut batter being whisked together in a large mixing bowl.

Step 4. Whisk the milk and the melted butter into the egg mix. (Don’t worry if the melted butter solidifies when you whisk it in, that won’t cause any problems.)

Wet ingredients for donut batter being whisked together in a bowl.

Step 5. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Donut batter being whisked together in a bowl.

Step 6. Using either two spoons or a piping bag, divide the batter into 8 or 9 cavities of the donut pans, filling each cavity 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake the donuts for 12 to 15 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Donut batter being piped into the wells of two donut pans.

Step 7. Let the donuts cool completely in the pans. While the donuts are cooling, prepare the topping. Start by whisking together the sugar and the cinnamon.

Sugar and cinnamon being whisked together in a bowl.

Step 8. Carefully unmold the donuts, then brush them on one side with the melted butter.

Baked donuts being brushed with melted butter.

Step 9. Dip the brushed side into the cinnamon sugar to coat.

Baked donuts being dipped into a cinnamon/sugar mix.

Step 10. 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 desserts with cardamom:

A large plate with cinnamon sugar donuts on a wooden table in a late afternoon fall setting with a cup of fresh hot chocolate.
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5 from 8 votes

Baked Cardamom Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

This easy recipe takes classic cinnamon sugar donuts to the next level. The cinnamon is paired with cardamom to make these baked donuts extra flavorful. They are light as air, have a delicate and crunchy sugar shell and make the perfect Holiday breakfast or fall afternoon treat.
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
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening (for the pans)

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.
  • Grease 9 cavities of two 6-cavity donut pans with melted 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 wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Using a piping bag or two spoons, divide the batter into 8 or 9 of the cavities of the donut pans, filling each cavity 1/2 to 3/4 full.
  • Bake the donuts 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 the donuts 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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