Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze  – Spiced with a bit of cinnamon and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze, these doughnuts are the best I have ever made! – you have never had a baked doughnut as good as this! Spiced with a bit of cinnamon and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze, these doughnuts are the best I have ever made!

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I’m writing this as I am catching up on my RHONJ episodes on DVR.

For those of you that are not as bored as I, RHONJ would be the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Who would have thought that I would be sucked in by such nonsense. But, ‘tis the truth – I really am a Real Housewives of Wherever JUNKIE! And I can’t WAIT for the Beverly Hills beasts to come back!


So as I was watching this tonight, Teresa, one of the New Jersey “housewives” – the one that has a Cookbook out there – while speaking with her publishing team about her cookbook and its recipes, she used the word “ingredientses”. No, not ingredients…it’s ingredientses.

Remember what I just said – she has a COOKBOOK out, yet she doesn’t know how to correctly use the term that describes those things that go into her food.

Lesson learned. Anyone can be anything they desire via Reality TV.

Phewww so glad to get that off my chest. Now onto these beautiful Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze.

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Aren’t they delicious?! I loved these!

It took a few batches before I got it right, but I think these were the winner. And they are baked!! SCORE! Just don’t forget the vanilla glaze. That would be a big… no… a huge mistake! The glaze makes the doughnut. No?!?  


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Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze
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Serves: Makes 12 Doughnuts
For the Doughnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
For the Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan bring together the milk, white vinegar, vanilla, egg, and butter.
  4. Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly with a whisk until the butter melts, about one minute. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the milk mixture into the flour mixture; mix until combined.
  6. Using a large tablespoon, spoon the doughnut mixture into an ungreased doughnut pan.
  7. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Remove and immediately invert the pan onto a cooling rack.
  9. While the doughnuts are cooling, begin to work on the glaze.
  1. Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly just until combined and no lumps appear.
  2. Set the saucepan over a bowl filled with hot water.
  3. Dip the doughnuts into the glaze, one at a time, and set on a rack, glaze side up. Put something underneath the rack because some of that glaze will drip off.
  4. Give it a few minutes before you dig in.

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  1. Lolly Jane September 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM - Reply

    These look incredible!

  2. Connie | URBAN BAKES April 5, 2014 at 9:50 AM - Reply

    These look so good and I like that you made these baked!

  3. Nicki March 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM - Reply

    I just made these and they ate so good! Didn’t have white vinegar so i just mixed 1/2 tsp apple cidar vinegar with 1/4 tsp sugar. And filled mini cupcake pan up. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    • Katerina Petrovska March 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM - Reply

      Hi Nicki! Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed them! And, you are very welcome! :-D

  4. Jina February 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM - Reply

    I don’t have a donut pan do you think a small cupcake pan will work?

    • Katerina Petrovska February 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM - Reply

      Hi Jina! Do you mean like little doughnut holes? The dough can’t be shaped as it’s not as thick as yeast dough, but you could definitely spoon it in there and get little doughnut bites. :)

  5. Nancy February 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM - Reply

    These look so yummy! Could ice them with pink icing just in time for Valentine’s Day!

  6. Jennifer November 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM - Reply

    I just made these and they are very good! Just a hint of cinnamon (I might add more cinnamon next time because I’m a cinnamon freak! ). They didn’t puff up very much so I’ll fill the pans more. Definitely a keeper recipe!

    • Katerina Petrovska November 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM - Reply

      Hi Jennifer!! No better way than to enjoy a Sunday! Lucky girl!! So glad you enjoyed the doughnuts!

      • Jennifer November 25, 2013 at 9:34 PM - Reply

        Thank you, it was a wonderful treat!

  7. Pauline August 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM - Reply

    Saw this recipe and had to try it. Bought 2 doughnut pans last week and baked yesterday. They are sooooo good. Next time I’ll add the glaze.

  8. Angela June 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM - Reply

    Hi I Was Wondering- Do You Have To Use White Vinegar Or Can It Be Any Kind Of Vinegar? Please Respond Promptly! Thanks!

    • Katerina Petrovska June 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM - Reply

      Yes, it has to be white vinegar – you need this because you want that doughnut to be light and fluffy.

  9. Marilyn Bauminger June 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM - Reply

    Can you subscribe me via email? Thanks!

  10. susan April 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM - Reply

    I am going to give these a shot and make them gluten free! afraid I might eat the whole batch!

    • Kate@Diethood October 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM - Reply

      Susan, please let me know if you do make them, and especially if they’re gluten free… I want to try it! :)

  11. Liz September 3, 2011 at 7:13 AM - Reply

    OMG- these doughnuts look amazing! Do not be ashamed. I am a RHO Anything fan, too. Also really looking forward to Beverly Hills!!! I saw when Theresa mispronounced “ingredients.” So funny.

  12. Sandra August 6, 2011 at 6:07 PM - Reply

    I’ll admit I tune in to the Housewives franchise too, they are something else. I’m also going to tune in to these great looking doughnuts!

  13. Terra August 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM - Reply

    The only reality tv I watch these days is NY Ink with Ami James. I love tattoos, but get annoyed with how everyone argues….oh well sometimes we have to sacrifice one thing, for another:-)
    I keep saying I want to get this donut pan, I must do it soon. These look fantastic, and love the addition of cinnamon, my favorite spice! Hugs, Terra

  14. Meghan August 4, 2011 at 3:03 PM - Reply

    I’m addicted to Real Housewives too & I completely agree with what you said about reality shows! Anyway these donuts look fab especially with the glaze!

  15. Tiffany August 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM - Reply

    Yes! The glaze is the best part! And um… I think we food bloggers should have our own reality show. It would be SO much more entertaining than anything Bravo has on TV right now!

  16. Claudia August 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM - Reply

    Ahhh but they are a thing of beauty. Are you sure Diethood is the name of your blog?

  17. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits August 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM - Reply

    Um… there is not a RH that I will NOT watch!! Although NY got almost TOO ridiculous this season?? Anyway – these puppies look insanely addicting! And I agree – the glaze makes the donuts :)

  18. laura August 3, 2011 at 5:50 PM - Reply

    oh goodness, these look amazing. i can’t get enough baked doughnut recipes!

  19. Kenni August 3, 2011 at 5:45 PM - Reply

    These look so good! I want to buy a doughnut pan just to make these.

  20. Sortachef August 3, 2011 at 4:42 PM - Reply

    Another great recipe popping up on the top 9. You go, Kate!

  21. Dee@ Dee Dee's Delights August 3, 2011 at 3:04 PM - Reply

    Congrats on top 9!!!!!!!!!! I always wanted to make donuts, now I think I want too!!!!!!! Great recipe!!!!!!!!!

  22. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit August 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM - Reply

    Wow, nicely done. When are you NOT in FB top 9? Congrats :)

  23. Hester Casey @ Alchemy in the Kitchen August 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM - Reply

    Love all the “ingredientses” you’ve used for these INCREDIBLE doughnuts, Kate. Yes, the glaze totally makes them!

  24. Lin Ann August 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    Congrats on Top 9! They do look fabulous and delicious. Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors.

  25. RavieNomNoms August 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    WOW!!! I have been wanting to try and make donuts for like ever and a day! These look absolutely amazing. Nice work!

  26. Alyce August 3, 2011 at 9:47 AM - Reply

    u crack me up! These donuts sound amazing.

  27. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker August 3, 2011 at 3:35 AM - Reply

    Goodness me, these look more perfect than if you bought them from a bakery :) absolutely gorgeous, and im sure taste even better! Congrats on making the top 9, very deserving i think! :)

  28. Hester aka The Chef Doc August 3, 2011 at 2:18 AM - Reply

    Okay, I had missed those words “donut pan”. I got to the ungreased part and yet, I was puzzled over how you got these perfect donut shapes. I’ve been away from Foodbuzz these past couple of days but as I was going through my Inbox (not reading or commenting but just seeing what was in there), I saved this post to read in the nearby future. And here you are in the Top 9 again, Kate! You’re super awesome :-)

    The donuts look awesome and it’s so nice to see a recipe for one without using yeast and making them that way. Baked! Fabulousness.

    So, you’re a RHO-wherever woman, eh? Did you see the RHONY reunions last week and this week??!?!? Holy cow!!!!!! This season really made me cringe and oy, these reunions! I was telling my friend about what an extreme cacophony each one was. I don’t know why I watch! And NY is my favorite one! And please know that Orange County (since I live here) is NOTHING like those crazy women :-)

  29. marla August 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM - Reply

    I think fall when I see these donuts. That is a very good thing :)

  30. Emily @ Life on Food August 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM - Reply

    Everyone needs a little trashy TV once in a while. I love Keeping up with the Kardashins.

    These donuts look delicious. I love that they are baked and the vanilla glaze is make me drool!

  31. Kita August 2, 2011 at 6:12 PM - Reply

    Girl, you are out to make me gain weight aren’t you? Because Im bound to if you keep this up! These are mouthwatering.

  32. briarrose August 2, 2011 at 6:07 PM - Reply

    They just wouldn’t be right without the glaze. Beautiful job on these. I was surprised by the vinegar in the recipe.

  33. sonia August 2, 2011 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    Hi There, This is looking absolutely delightful. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  34. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM - Reply

    Hehee I used to watch Orange County one years ago… =) It gets addictive! So as this doughnuts. Oh my the thick vanilla glaze is irresistible. Once I eat one bite there is no end. Better not to stick around otherwise I would eat them all. Seriously these look good! Thank god I don’t have baking skills. It can be super dangerous if I can make these treats so easily. LOL.

  35. Feast on the Cheap August 2, 2011 at 4:10 PM - Reply

    Mouth is watering…

  36. Magic of Spice August 2, 2011 at 3:00 PM - Reply

    I have never seen the show, but that sounds hilarious! And the doughnuts look amazing!

  37. Juliana August 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM - Reply

    Wow, these donuts look perfect…now I need to get a donut pan :-)
    Hope you having a fantastic week Kate :-)

  38. Diane {Created by Diane} August 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM - Reply

    These look wonderful!

  39. Charlie August 2, 2011 at 10:20 AM - Reply

    I already have tons of doughnut recipes I want to try the day I finally get a doughnut pan, and yours are definitely on the list! And I would never even think about skipping the glaze :P.

  40. spcookiequeen August 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM - Reply

    I think my husbands is a bigger junkie than you, lol. I like watching every now and then, makes me feel like mom of the year, he he. Love the doughnuts, wish you were my neighbor. We could prance around ordering our servants (children) to bring us another doughnut.

  41. PolaM August 1, 2011 at 11:16 PM - Reply

    They look awesome! And they are baked so we shouldn’t feel guilty, should we?

  42. Baking Serendipity August 1, 2011 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    Don’t you sometimes wonder how reality tv is still so popular? This cracks me up. Your doughnuts look amazing! I love the simple vanilla glaze…it’s perfect :)

  43. kitchenarian August 1, 2011 at 10:38 PM - Reply

    I love these doughnuts with cinnamon. They look beautiful AND delicious!

  44. Firefly August 1, 2011 at 10:37 PM - Reply

    I shouldn’t have seen these at 10:30 pm LOL They look so delicious :D YUM!!!

  45. Jenny @ Savour the Senses August 1, 2011 at 10:16 PM - Reply

    Love the idea of baked doughnuts! These look so delicious!

  46. Kim Bee August 1, 2011 at 9:51 PM - Reply

    These look so delicious. Okay I want to know, how do you stay so thin and cook the way you do? Lol! I am always blown away by your food. This is no exception.
    On another note I am a fellow real housewives junkie. I watch them all and am embarrassed to say I just love them. I watch them all on project free tv. The new season of NJ is wild, Teresa’s brother and sister in law join the fun. I love the Beverly Hills one, the commercial makes me howl with laughter. Okay, okay I could go on all day. I never used to watch this stuff, now I watch those and the Kardashians. *hangs head in shame*

    • Kate@Diethood August 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM - Reply

      HI Kim! :)

      I eat in moderation…that’s the secret. :) I had one of those 12 doughnuts with my coffee and shared the rest. :)

      In as far as the’s my guilty pleasure, and I’m so glad that, judging by everyone’s comments, 99% of us have been sucked in by the housewives! :)

  47. lisa {smart food and fit} August 1, 2011 at 9:42 PM - Reply

    I’ve been wanting a doughnut pan for the longest time. I think I’m going to break down and buy one to make homemade doughnuts for the kids.Great site and glad I found you through sheila’s site!

  48. Ann August 1, 2011 at 8:44 PM - Reply

    The donuts look amazing! I’m allergic to one of your ingredientses. Cinnamon gives me hives, but I love these – they are so perfect. RHONJ – I’ve not seen it…there are some things that just hurt my eyes! :o)

  49. The Harried Cook August 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM - Reply

    Ingredientses? LOL :D That’s hilarious.. I can’t believe she has a cookbook! :) These doughnuts look picture perfect… Just gorgeous… and that glaze is beautiful! I really out to invest in a doughnut pan… Thanks for sharing, Kate!

  50. Melissa@EyesBigger August 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM - Reply

    I am reading this while my dinner is cooking and it’s a mistake because now I’m even hungrier and I want doughnuts (love that you spelled it the Canadian way!).
    I’m a Real Housewives Junkie – it’s my dirty secret! lol. My favourite is the original Orange County but I watch all of them… They just announced that they are going to be filming a Vancouver version this fall. I can’t wait!

  51. Happy When Not Hungry August 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM - Reply

    OMG these doughnuts look amazing! I need to try making my own. And I totally agree about people being able to do anything via reality TV. Ahem… LuAnn from NYC Housewives and her singing???? Right….

  52. Elies_Lie August 1, 2011 at 6:59 PM - Reply

    Ur Doughnuts looks amazing!
    Remain me of my promise for making doughnuts for my son :D
    Tq for sharing ;)

  53. Jared (Random Food Blog) August 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM - Reply

    Well, Sunday breakfast is planned now!

  54. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 1, 2011 at 6:54 PM - Reply

    These donuts look perfect! The glaze just sounds like pure deliciousness! RHO Beverly Hills is my fav!

  55. Amy August 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM - Reply

    Kate, these doughnuts are so picture perfect! They sound delicious with the flavor of cinnamon and that delicious glaze! Simply beautiful :)!

  56. claudia lamascolo August 1, 2011 at 6:06 PM - Reply

    I love my doughnut pan bookmarking to try these!~

  57. Carolyn August 1, 2011 at 5:55 PM - Reply

    Reality TV is scary! These donuts? Not so scary! Lovely, in fact.

  58. Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 1, 2011 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    They look so perfect! Cinnamon/sugar doughnuts are my favorite, I’m pretty sure these would fit the bill!

  59. Alida August 1, 2011 at 4:52 PM - Reply

    I’ve been contemplating getting a doughnut pan for a while and I think this recipe has tipped me over to getting one. These look and sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for another great recipe!

  60. Valerie August 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM - Reply

    Now i wanna make donuts… But not any doughnuts but yours, they look really, really good!!

  61. Lolly's Sweet Treats August 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM - Reply

    Okay I am a total RHONJ junkie. It’s my guilty pleasure (that and RHOOC). These baked donuts looks scrumptious and they are making me hungry!

  62. Dave at eRecipeCards August 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM - Reply

    Greetings… When I saw the name of your blog I was afraid you would try to diet these down… WHoop whoop, I would love one of these with a Starbucks on my way to work… excellent photos.

    And knowing details will hardly get you in the door of a book publisher. It’s all name recognition and how many people will walk by a display and recognize the face on the cover. Hope the RHWof NJ has a good ghost cook

    • Kate@Diethood August 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM - Reply

      Hi Dave! No…no diet food here :))… and these did go great with that first cup of coffee in the morning…we loved ‘em! :)

  63. Christi Silbaugh August 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM - Reply

    I am a real housewife junkie too. Sad, but true. The recipe looks great, I am going to try to make a gluten free version for my daughter.

  64. Sawsan@chef in disguise August 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    I have been looking for a great baked doughnut forever
    Thank you so much for sharing this

  65. Shea August 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM - Reply

    Looks fabulous! I just love your pictures :)

  66. Adora's Box August 1, 2011 at 1:13 PM - Reply

    Aren’t they just so perfect? At least they’re baked and we’ve got an excuse to eat more. So yummy!

  67. sarah August 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM - Reply

    I stumbled across a mini doughnut pan while thrifting this weekend and because I never ignore fate, I’ll be making these ASAP- can’t wait to try!!

  68. Lil @ sweetsbysillianah August 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM - Reply

    O.M.G. i totally just grabbed at my screen – why are these not in my hands and in my tummy? =P aagh! plus, is it weird to call donuts “cute”? these are so cute and fluffy! hehehe

    btw, i never watched ROH but i did randomly catch the show Famous Food – which i think the lady you’re talking about is on too… she’s soo obnoxious!

  69. Tina@flourtrader August 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    Light and airy donuts with vanilla glaze-these are so calling my name! Awesome pictures. Thanks so much for this recipe-bookmarked.

  70. Megan @ Pip and Ebby August 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM - Reply

    Ingredientses?! Uh, wow. Well, the ingredientses in these doughnuts certainly make for a delicious-looking treat. Lovely photos…I could devour a handful of these right now!

  71. Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie August 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM - Reply

    Yum! I saw these when you posted the pic on FB and I totally swooned. :-) I’ve never made doughnuts before and now you’ve got me motivated to try a batch for myself! Yes, the glaze DOES make the doughnut!

  72. Sandra's Easy Cooking August 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM - Reply

    Oh those ladies(not) don’t know one think about homemade meal..really!
    Your doughnuts look so light and tasty! Love the vanilla glaze on top!

  73. Susie August 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    The doughnuts look fantastic. I haven’t watched any Real Housewives lol I hear about it from friends.

  74. Steph@stephsbitebybite August 1, 2011 at 11:09 AM - Reply

    I can’t get enough of the Real Housewives! They all make me feel so much better about my own life ;) LOL!! Actually, right now I could go for some RHO__ vegathon with these donuts and some coffee!!

  75. Lindsey@Lindselicious August 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM - Reply

    Kate your gorgeous pics have reminded me to use my donut pans again!! Yours literally came out picture perfect!

  76. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) August 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM - Reply

    Oh, these look so yummy! A cinnamon base with vanilla glaze sounds perfect to me and yes, I do agree that the glaze is a must! I’ve missed coming over here, Kate. I have so much to catch up on!

    Hope you have a great week!

  77. torviewtoronto August 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM - Reply

    baked cinnamon buns looks fabulous

  78. Angie @ Bigbearswife August 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM - Reply

    they look perfect!

  79. Roxana GreenGirl August 1, 2011 at 8:45 AM - Reply

    Teresa has two cookbooks, not just one :)) I was browsing through one of them a while back and no wonder is sold for under $5 :))

    I just got a mini donuts pan but never tried it, I think it’s high time to use it! Hope mine will turn out as gorgeous looking as yours!!

    • Kate@Diethood August 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM - Reply

      Two?! WOW! I’m telling you, just get on a reality show and you can be whatever you desire without the proper education and/or experience. :)

  80. Kristy August 1, 2011 at 8:30 AM - Reply

    Oh how delicious looking are these?! So cute! I’m sure it’s the ingredientses that make the recipe. LOL!

  81. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos August 1, 2011 at 8:15 AM - Reply

    kate, these donuts look better than dunkin donuts’, krispy kreme’s, and tim hortons’! goodness, your dessert life is divine.

  82. Parsley Sage August 1, 2011 at 8:01 AM - Reply

    Those ARE fabulous! My mini doughtmaker is screaming at me from the cupboard. Excuse me while I go check to see if I have all the ingredientses.

  83. I don’t have a doughnut pan but you’re making me want to go out to get one today! These look fantstic. Yes, doughnuts need glaze! I’m from Krispy Kreme country so I know.

    I’ve never once watched an episode of Housewives; not a single one. I’m hooked on Castle. I love that show.

  84. Blog is the New Black August 1, 2011 at 7:27 AM - Reply

    I’ve only used my donut pan once. ONCE! NEed to try these!

  85. Michelle August 1, 2011 at 7:17 AM - Reply

    I am a RHO – whatever addict too!

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