Mini Vanilla Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts

September 5, 2011


This is a food trend I have not exactly been on top of.  To be honest, I’m not big on donuts and, in the event that I get a craving for one, I buy my donuts at the store.

But after seeing more than a few mouth watering recipes on various blogs, I worked myself into a donut craving frenzy, got online and ordered this mini donut pan. Simple as that.


It has been a good while since I’ve done a product review. (By the way, I only write reviews for products I like. Sooo, if you sent me a product and never saw a post about it, I probably wasn’t a fan. So it’s best not to ask me about it. Because if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all, right?)  I was a touch skeptical when ordering this pan, but it turned out to be better than expected- sturdy with a solid non-stick coat. I can see it lasting years.


She’s a real beauty, no? And the best part is that she came with recipe instructions. So I made my first batch!

Ingredients: (makes 24 donuts)

1 1/2 cups cake flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted

For the glaze you’ll need 2 Tablespoons melted butter, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray. (Try not to get it all over the edges of the pan like I did.)

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.  Add buttermilk, egg, and butter. Stir until just combined.


Use a plastic sandwich bag (or pastry bag) to pipe the batter into the donut cups. Fill about half way.


This batch was too full and ended up making muffin top donuts. Freaky.


Bake for 4 to 6 minutes, until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Next, make the glaze. Melt the butter in a shallow bowl. In a separate shallow bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar.



Dip one side of each donut in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon and sugar mix.


If you’re feeling crazy, dip both sides! I love that sugary crunch.


Serve piled high with a hot cup of coffee.

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I have both large and small baking pans and LOVE THEM. My first batch was horrid. Over-filled full size one and even my 5 year old son refused to taste since they looked so strange. I used the recipe given on package. YUMMY. I recommend melting chocolate and dipping them into that and sprinkles for kids.

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I have the regular size doughnut pan! I got it from Hobby Lobby for $5 something after using their 40% coupon!

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have the same pan! used it to make lemon donuts.
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What cute mini doughnuts! I’m going to have to get myself a doughnut pan already because I really want to try this recipe.

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