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You have never had a baked donut as good as these Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Vanilla Glaze! Spiced with a bit of cinnamon and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze, these donuts are the best I have ever made!

Plate of cinnamon baked donuts.

Easy Baked Donuts

Is your mouth watering while just looking at these Cinnamon Baked Donuts? Or DouGHnuts? Mine sure IS! Beeeecause, these iced donuts are an awesome treat! It took a few batches before I got them right, but, now, they’re definitely winners. Make them as a decadent breakfast, a sweet dessert, or a mid day snack!

Just don’t forget the vanilla glaze. That would be a big…NO… a huge mistake! 👈 Pretty Woman reference. Ob.sessed!

Anywho. The glaze makes the donut, of course, and the whole thing will make your day. Promise.

Plate of vanilla-glazed cinnamon donuts.

What You’ll Need

What do you need to make baked donuts? Here’s the comprehensive list of donut-essential ingredients:

For the Donuts:

  • Flour: I used all-purpose flour for this recipe.
  • Sugar: You’ll need just half a cup of granulated sugar.
  • Baking Powder: To help the donuts rise up nice and tall.
  • Salt: To enhance and balance out the sweetness in these donuts.
  • Cinnamon: Why make plain donuts when you can make cinnamon donuts?
  • Milk: 1% or 2% milk is fine.
  • White Vinegar: A little acid will help your donuts turn out soft and fluffy.
  • Vanilla Extract: For extra sweet flavor.
  • Egg: To bind the batter together.
  • Butter: You can use either salted or unsalted butter.

For the Glaze:

  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar: Spoon this out into the measuring cup so that it doesn’t get too packed.

Cinnamon donuts with vanilla glaze.

How to Make Cinnamon Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

  • You might be thinking: Are baked donuts as good as fried donuts? The answer is a resounding YES! The reviews on these cinnamon donuts prove that you can enjoy BAKED donuts just as any other. AND! They’re healthier, too, because there’s no oil/frying involved.

For the Cinnamon Baked Donuts

  • Preheat Oven to 350: Then, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  • Mix: In a small saucepan bring together the milk, white vinegar, vanilla, egg, and butter. Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly with a whisk until the butter melts, about one minute. Remove from heat.

Dry and wet ingredients for baked donuts.

  • Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients: Add the milk mixture into the flour mixture; mix until combined.
  • Fill the Pans & Bake: Using a large tablespoon, spoon the donut mixture into an ungreased donut pan. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Unbaked pan of cinnamon donuts.

  • Let Donuts Cool: Remove and immediately invert the pan onto a cooling rack. While the donuts are cooling, begin to work on the glaze.

Cooling rack with cinnamon baked donuts.

For the Vanilla Glaze

  • Heat Ingredients: Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly just until combined and no lumps appear. Set the saucepan over a bowl filled with hot water.
  • Dip the Donuts: Dip the donuts into the glaze, one at a time, and set on a rack, glaze side up. Word of advice: put some parchment paper or wax paper underneath the rack because some of that glaze will drip off. Give it a few minutes before you dig in.

Cinnamon baked donuts with vanilla glaze.

Tips for the Best Baked Donuts

Not too difficult of a process, right? Even so, here are a couple of tips that will get you the best results with your cinnamon baked donuts:

  • Filling the Donut Pan: I recommend using a tablespoon, but you could also use a regular spoon or a spatula.
  • If You Don’t have a Donut Pan: You could try making muffins! I bet they would be delicious, and you could top them with cinnamon and sugar instead of the vanilla glaze.
  • Don’t Over-Bake the Donuts: Baked donuts can become dry really easily, so check them with a toothpick a couple minutes early just to make sure you don’t over-bake them.

Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with your donuts? I generally like to enjoy mine with a big glass of cold milk, a hot cup of latte, or a regular black coffee. You could also sprinkle a little extra cinnamon over the glaze to have a super-cinnamony donut experience.

How to Store Glazed Donuts

  • Store these donuts in an airtight container, or in these cute Donut Containers! Keep in the fridge – because of the dairy in the glaze – for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze the donuts without glaze for up to 2 months.

Stacked vanilla-glazed donuts.


5 from 13 votes
Plate of cinnamon baked donuts.

Baked Cinnamon Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

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WW Freestyle: 7
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
You have never had a baked donut as good as these Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Vanilla Glaze! Spiced with a bit of cinnamon, and topped with a sweet vanilla icing, they're the best quick and delicious dessert.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 157


For the Doughnuts

For the Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  • In a small saucepan bring together the milk, white vinegar, vanilla, egg, and butter.
  • Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly with a whisk until the butter melts, about one minute. Remove from heat.
  • Add the milk mixture into the flour mixture; mix until combined.
  • Using a large tablespoon, spoon the doughnut mixture into an ungreased doughnut pan.
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and immediately invert the pan onto a cooling rack.
  • While the doughnuts are cooling, begin to work on the glaze.


  • Place all the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium-heat, whisking constantly just until combined and no lumps appear.
  • Set the saucepan over a bowl filled with hot water.
  • 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.
  • Give it a few minutes before you dig in.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 7 
Nutrition Facts
Baked Cinnamon Donuts with Vanilla Glaze
Amount Per Serving (1 doughnut)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 157IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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148 Responses
  1. Diane

    followed recipe exactly. Only made 9 donuts (used donut pan). Baked for 10 minutes and they were done. Donuts are very small compared to most recipes. Tasted okay and nice and moist but probably will not use this recipe again. Apple Pie baked donuts from Pinterest so far are the best.

  2. Jo

    My husband loves cinnamon and he’s crazy about these doughnuts! My kids love it as well, We’ll be making these again!

    1. nitzia

      Hi, I was wondering how far in advance can you make these without them tasting different. Like a day or two mainly 2 days is as far as I would go but I’m wondering!

      1. Linda

        I love your site but as I am from the UK would it be possible for the ingredients to be in grams and millilitres in addition to cups.

  3. Olivia @ best donuts in sydney

    Wow, This is really looks tasty and delicious. It simple but in a way that you want to eat so much. I want to try this.

  4. Erin

    I made these today with a flax egg and whole wheat pastry flour and coconut oil instead of butter. They were amazing!!!! The amount of cinnamon is perfect. And I loved that there really wasn’t any leftover batter or glaze, the quantities were perfect for one dozen. We added sprinkles and shredded coconut…the glaze dried so fast we had to hustle but it was nice to not wait long for them to cool to enjoy! I did use a non-stick pan but still rubbed a hint of coconut oil in each well, and they popped out easily. Next time I’m just going to double the batch from the start!

  5. Marlene

    Just made these and they are incredible! My donut pan is a cheapie that is not as deep as regular pans. But the donuts were still not as fluffy and high as yours and I was only able to make 9. Not sure what happened but you know what? I don’t care – they are so delicious! My first baked donut….YUM!!! Will be making these a lot.

  6. Rachel

    These are delicious! I’m eating them without the glaze and they’re still plenty sweet and amazing. Popped them in a mini-donut pan and got about 18, still cooked for 12 minutes and they were perfectly done. When I tried to remove them right away they fell apart, but when I waited a couple of minutes they came out whole and beautiful. Definitely getting ready to make another batch!

  7. Cat

    If we dont have a donut pan, wonder if this could be made in an 8×8 square pan as a coffee cake shape? Looks wonderful, would love to try this.

  8. Sarah Moss

    Hi, I was wondering if you could provide weight measurements for ingredients please?
    I normally pay attention to site details better but its getting late so bake them without realising this isn’t metric and it has understandably turned out a disaster. I would love to give these another go with accurate measures, as everyone has raved about them.

  9. googletricks

    BAKED CINNAMON DOUGHNUTS WITH VANILLA GLAZE are my favourite. I cant stay without eating it after seeing it.

  10. J O

    Hi Katerina really want to make these but was just wondering which butter to use salted or unsalted? Thanks can’t wait to make them.

  11. Deb

    I hope you haven’t received this question yet but I’m curios why there is vinegar in the recipe? Can I leave it out? I hate that vinegar tang so very much! Thanks, Debbie

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Deb!! So you can’t taste the vinegar at all, not even one bit! I promise. 😀 But in baked goods, vinegar is used to lift the batter as it bakes. I learned this trick from my aunt who owns a bakery. I hope that helps.

    1. Paul

      I just baked these and half the doughnuts got stucked in the pan. Why does it say in the recipe that the pan should be ungreased? I don’t get it.

      1. Katerina Petrovska

        Hi Paul! Is your doughnut pan nonstick? I thought they all were… my apologies if that’s not the case.
        But, if you look at all the reviews, not one reader has had an issue with the doughnuts. I’m so sorry that they didn’t turn out. 🙁

        1. Katerina Petrovska

          Hi Catie! I’m very sorry that happened. I haven’t had that issue, but maybe it’s because we have 2 different pans. If you want to try them again, I would say to lightly grease AND sprinkle a bit of flour inside every cavity before adding the batter.

  12. heidi

    just saw this on pinterest and i had to make them but i also had to improvise. i had all the ingredients but i was out of eggs so i used water, oil, baking powder substitute. i also dont have a donut pan so i used a muffin pan. baked them 14 min and oh my word they were awesome. so light and airy, not too sweet. definitely will make again. thank you so much.

  13. Nicki

    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!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      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. 🙂

  14. Jennifer

    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!

  15. Pauline

    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.

  16. Angela

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

    1. Katerina Petrovska

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

    1. Kate@Diethood

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

  17. Liz

    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.

  18. Sandra

    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!

  19. Terra

    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

  20. Meghan

    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!

  21. Tiffany

    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!

  22. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

    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 🙂

  23. Dee@ Dee Dee's Delights

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

  24. Hester Casey @ Alchemy in the Kitchen

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

  25. RavieNomNoms

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

  26. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

    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! 🙂

  27. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    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 🙂

  28. Emily @ Life on Food

    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!

  29. Kita

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

  30. briarrose

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

  31. sonia

    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 !!!

  32. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    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.

  33. Juliana

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

  34. Charlie

    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.

  35. spcookiequeen

    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.

  36. Baking Serendipity

    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 🙂

  37. Kim Bee

    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*

    1. Kate@Diethood

      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! 🙂

  38. lisa {smart food and fit}

    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!

  39. Ann

    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)

  40. The Harried Cook

    Ingredientses? LOL 😀 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!

  41. Melissa@EyesBigger

    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!

  42. Happy When Not Hungry

    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….

  43. Elies_Lie

    Ur Doughnuts looks amazing!
    Remain me of my promise for making doughnuts for my son 😀
    Tq for sharing 😉

  44. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

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

  45. Amy

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

  46. Cassie @ Bake Your Day

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

  47. Alida

    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!

  48. Lolly's Sweet Treats

    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!

  49. Dave at eRecipeCards

    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

    1. Kate@Diethood

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

  50. Christi Silbaugh

    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.

  51. Adora's Box

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

  52. sarah

    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!!

  53. Lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    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!

  54. Tina@flourtrader

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

  55. Megan @ Pip and Ebby

    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!

  56. Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie

    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!

  57. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    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!

  58. Steph@stephsbitebybite

    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!!

  59. Lindsey@Lindselicious

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

  60. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)

    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!

  61. Roxana GreenGirl

    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!!

    1. Kate@Diethood

      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. 🙂

  62. Kristy

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

  63. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

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

  64. Parsley Sage

    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.

  65. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    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.

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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