Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze

Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze  – 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!

Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze - - 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!

I’m writing this baked cinnamon doughnuts recipe 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!

Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze |


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.

Now onto these beautiful Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze.

Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze |

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?!?  


Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze |



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Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze |
Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 157 kcal
For the Doughnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter , softened
For the Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 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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Recipe Notes

WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 7 

Nutrition Facts
Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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123 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. Angela

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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. 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. 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. 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 🙂

  17. 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 !!!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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. 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! 🙂

  22. 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)

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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

  28. 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!

  29. 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!!

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