PostHeaderIcon Maple Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Doughnuts

I finally caved……about a month ago I purchased my first doughnut pan. I just couldn’t take it anymore. After seeing more and more mouth-watering recipes for baked doughnuts all over the blogosphere I knew I needed a doughnut pan. I bought my pan on Amazon but I’ve seen them in craft stores (in the baking section) if you’re interested in buying one. This particular recipe caught my eye for many reasons. First of all, the name itself screams deliciousness, don’t you agree? Also, I love that this recipe makes 6 doughnuts (the exact number my pan holds!). Most recipes I’ve seen yield 20-30 doughnuts. Even if I cut the recipe in half, it’s still way too many doughnuts for anyone to have in their household ………especially if that household includes a woman who is 7 months pregnant and craving sweets. ;)

These doughnuts are delicious in every way, and since they are baked you feel less guilty eating more than one (or in our case, more than two)! Since they are baked they kind of taste similar to a doughnut and a cupcake in one – still very good, but different from the standard fried doughnut. They are nice and sweet due to the maple syrup and cinnamon in/on them with a very light and fluffy texture. They are best eaten the same day they are made. However, my husband and I split the last one for breakfast the next morning and it was still very good.

Maple Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Doughnuts

Yield: 6 doughnuts


1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 (6 oz) container of non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons real maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the cinnamon and sugar together in a shallow dish and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In another bowl stir together oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, egg and yogurt.

Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the hole. Gently fold everything together until combined. The batter will be thick.

Scoop batter into a piping bag or ziploc bag, snip a bottom corner with scissors, and squeeze out the batter evenly into a doughnut pan.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then flip over onto a cooling rack while still warm.

Use a pastry brush, brush the melted butter over your donuts and then dip each doughnut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Serve immediately after coating with cinnamon sugar mixture for best texture.


Source: Handle the Heat, originally from Cooking with my Kid


16 Responses to “Maple Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Doughnuts”

  • This reminds me of a dessert that my mom used to make when I was a kid, but instead of “brushing” the cakes with butter, she rolled them in butter and then cinnamon sugar. It was, needless to say, delicious, and utterly unhealthy. Man, I haven’t had those in years!!!

  • ping says:

    Hello. You can’t imagine how happy I am to see this recipe. Firstly, it makes a small enough amount to finish quickly before it turns stale and 2nd, the fact that it’s baked! You’re so right on the guilt part when it’s deep fried. And congrats on getting top 9! Well deserved!

    • melissagoetsch says:

      I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did! And thanks for letting me know about making the top 9 – it’s the first recipe/blog post I submitted to Foodbuzz!

  • aesh came says:

    I love doughnuts, love cinnamon even morrrrre! i think this combination is perfect~

  • These are beautiful – and I need to bake donuts for a recipe swap this week. So excited to have this recipe as a reference. Trying to figure out how to make them without a donut pan – so mine may be baked in muffin tins, but might cave and have to get one at some point. Gorgeous!

  • Ahhh, drooling now!! I’ve been debating about getting one of these pans and now I think I must!

  • Alli says:

    I caved and got a donut pan too but, mine do not come out like that. Your look amazing.

  • I love baked mini donuts. I love baked donuts. I just love donuts in general. YUM! I love your addition of maple… looks perfect!

  • Monica says:

    I love this recipe! The yogurt and small amount of fat make these so much healthier than other donut recipes I’ve seen. I recently bought my first donut pan, too; this will be the first recipe I try. Thanks!

  • How nice a recipe to bake donuts instead of frying. And also doesn’t make enough donuts to feed an army. Great post today, thanks so much.

  • Jenn says:

    I’m glad you got a donut pan! These sound amazing.

  • charlene says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Baked donuts are never the same as the fried ones so I was always disappointed in making baked ones. However, we tried your recipe the other day and loved it! My kids loved it! The flavor was great with the hint of maple syrup and blended with cinnamon and sugar… mmm… tasty! thanks!

  • Isabella says:

    Ok – so I am a donuts lover but I never dreamed to find a recipe that was good that you actually baked! Imagine my delight to find your recipe and my greater delight to make them and they taste every bit as good (if not better) then the fried version! I’m a happy camper!

  • Sophia says:

    These look lovely and the fact that they are baked makes me feel better about making them and serving them to my family. I would love one of these in the morning with a cup of coffee….yum

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