Cinnamon Donuts With Vanilla Bean Glaze

You’re going to love these baked Cinnamon Donuts. Not only are they soft, fluffy, and bursting with warm flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg, but they are topped with browned butter vanilla bean glaze!

If you enjoy homemade donuts as much as we do, try my Apple Cider Donuts, Maple and Cinnamon Donuts, Cinnamon and Sugar Donut Muffins and Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins.

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Why We Love Baked Cinnamon Donuts

Some people only crave cinnamon-spiced desserts during the Fall and Winter… I am not one of those people! These homemade cinnamon donuts with vanilla bean glaze are gobbled up in my house during all seasons. I don’t even know what part of the donut my family loves more – the rich, flavorful spiced donut itself, or the perfectly sweet vanilla glaze!

Forget the doughnut shop –if you have a donut pan, you can have homemade donuts at home any day! Don’t have a donut pan yet? A muffin pan will work, they just won’t be donut-shaped. 

No mixer is needed and it takes less than 20 minutes to get your donuts on the table. Not only are they perfect for breakfast, but they make a great after-school snack, too. 😉
These glazed cinnamon donuts are baked, not fried. Score one for the waistline!! But don’t let that fool you, they are every bit as moist and tender, you’d never guess they were baked. Then dunked in a delicious donut glaze that gets all crisp and crackly making these donuts just as perfect as the donut shop glaze….even better in my book!

homemade cinnamon donuts on a cooling rack

Glazed Cinnamon Donut Ingredients

  • all-purpose flour – spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup to measure it correctly. Don’t use the measuring cup to scoop the flour, you’ll use more flour than you should.
  • granulated sugar – also known as white sugar
  • baking powder – Baking powder loses its potency rather quickly, and your donuts won’t rise properly if it’s too old. You can test your baking powder for freshness. Simply, pour a little baking powder into hot water — if it fizzes, it’s still good to use!
  • ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • buttermilk – If you don’t have any buttermilk you can add white vinegar or lemon juice to milk. To make 1 cup of buttermilk substitute measure one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into a liquid measuring cup. Add milk until it reaches the 1 cup line. Stir and let stand 5-10 minutes. For this easy cinnamon donut recipe replace the 6 tablespoons of buttermilk with 5 tablespoons of milk + 1 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Stir and let stand 5-10 minutes. 
  • egg – room temperature is best.  If you forgot to take your egg out of the fridge to warm up, just place the egg in a glass or bowl of warm tap water for 5-10 minutes. Room temperature eggs blend better with other ingredients and will help achieve a lighter, fluffier texture to your recipe.
  • vanilla bean paste – Vanilla bean paste is best when you really want vanilla to be the star of the recipe. You can use vanilla extract if you don’t have the paste.
  • butter, melted – unsalted is best, but salted is fine if that’s all you have

FOR VANILLA BEAN GLAZE

  • unsalted butter
  • powdered sugar
  • milk or heavy cream
  • vanilla bean paste

cinnamon donut with a bite missing over a cup of coffee

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How To Make Cinnamon Donuts With Vanilla Bean Glaze

(full printable recipe at the end of this post)

While some donut recipes can be a bit intimidating, this one really couldn’t be any easier! I like my desserts to be delicious and easy to whip up, which is exactly what these donuts are. Once you see how simple this recipe really is, you’ll be finding reasons to make these cinnamon donuts all the time!

STEP ONE: Preheat your oven to 350F. While you’re waiting for that to heat up, spray a donut pan with non-stick spray and set it aside. 
STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl mix the wet and dry ingredients all together with a wooden spoon until just combined. Do not overmix! Expect the batter to be thick. 
STEP THREE:  Spoon the batter into the donut pan. PRO TIP:  place the donut batter in a large ziplock bag, cut off one corner of the bag, then pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling them about ¾ of the way full. 
Bake the donuts for 9-10 minutes,  then transfer the donuts to a cooling rack.

glazed cinnamon donuts on a cooling rack

While the donuts are cooling, you can make the glaze!

Start by using a small saucepan over low heat to make browned butter. This should take about 8-10 minutes. Carefully pour the butter into a small bowl, leaving sediment behind. 
Add powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla bean paste to the butter. Whisk all of the ingredients together until the mixture is smooth. 
Dip the donut tops, which can be fully cooled or still slightly warm, into the glaze. Donuts are best served immediately, of course! Enjoy!

photo collage of how to make glazed cinnamon donuts in a donut pan

How To Glaze Donuts

Once the cinnamon donuts are cooled, you can glaze them!

Take one donut at-a-time and dip it upside down into the glaze, so it’s evenly coated on half of the donut. You can leave them plain or sprinkle cinnamon or sprinkles over the top.

Leave the glazed donuts at room temperature to set and then store them in an airtight container for up to three days.

a pile of cinnamon donuts on a wood board with a cup of coffee

Homemade Cinnamon Donut Tips

Do NOT overmix the batter. Using a wooden spoon, mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened, about 15 to 20 light strokes. There should be some small lumps remaining in the batter. Overmixing can cause donuts to be tough, bake unevenly, and create holes or tunnels in the baked donuts.

If you want the donuts to be picture-perfect, use the piping bag method to place the thick batter into the donut cups. It’s an easy way to make sure all of the donuts look the same! If you’re not careful, the spoon method of placing the batter can look a bit sloppy.

You can make this donut recipe using muffin pans:

  • yield approximately 8-10 muffins using a regular size muffin pan. Bake 350 for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned
  • yield approximately 20-24 donut holes using a mini muffin pan.  Bake at 350 for  10 minutes or until lightly browned.

hand holding a cinnamon donut with a bite out

Variations

Don’t be afraid to have some fun with this recipe! For example, you could sprinkle Cinnamon Toast cereal on top of the glaze before it dries. It’s a way to add both flavor and texture to these already delicious donuts!

If cinnamon is the flavor you want more of, you can either add it to the glaze mixture or sprinkle it on top of the glazed donut as it’s drying. Either way, that extra little kick of cinnamon is so tasty!

Skip the glaze and make a cinnamon and sugar topping. Place 8 tablespoons of melted butter in a small bowl. Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in the melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, either on one side or both sides.

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a stack of glazed cinnamon donuts

Cinnamon Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Yield: 8-12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

You’re going to love these easy baked Cinnamon Donuts. Not only are they soft, fluffy, and bursting with warm flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg, but they are topped with vanilla bean glaze!

Ingredients

For Cinnamon Donuts

  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter, melted

Vanilla Bean Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the egg,  milk, vanilla, and butter together in another bowl until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be thick.
  4. Spoon the batter into the donut pan OR  place the donut batter in a large zip-top bag,  cut off one corner of the bottom of the bag, and pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling about 3/4 of the way full.  Bake for 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
  5. Allow donuts to cool in the pan for about two minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To Make Glaze:

  1. While the donuts are cooling, using a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Carefully pour the butter into a small bowl, leaving sediment behind.
  2. Add powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla bean paste to butter and whisk until smooth.
  3. Dip the donut tops (cooled or slightly warm) in the glaze.  Donuts are best served immediately.

Notes

TIP: You can make this recipe using muffin pans

  • yield approximately 8-10 muffins using a regular size muffin pan. Bake 350 for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned
  • yield approximately 20-24 donut holes using a mini muffin pan.  Bake at 350 for  10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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stack of 3 glazed donuts