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Simple Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts for Beginner Bakers

easy cinnamon sugar doughnuts beginning bakers | College with Caitlyn

I want to preface this recipe post with one thing: I am not a baker. Never have I ever made something, by myself, that other people actually really liked. But last weekend I made doughnuts, gave one to my roommate, and from just her facial expression alone I knew I scored a rare jackpot.

After biting into one of my own, I quickly decided these are actually some of the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. At least cake doughnut wise. I’m more of a yeast doughnut girl, but I am nowhere near skilled enough to attempt those yet.

So this recipe is super simple and perfect for all my fellow baking newbies. It even gets bonus points for taking only about a half hour.

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Are you drooling yet? I know I am. And I literally just ate one of these doughnuts.

These are seriously so good and so easy to make. The recipe I detail below makes about nine to ten doughnuts. This is perfect because then you have breakfast and snacks for the whole week! (Or three days if you’re like me).

Because these are so simple they are also perfect for a get together when you don’t have much time to put together a dish to bring and don’t want to be that person who brings store-bought cookies. I’m actually debating making these again to bring to my family’s Thanksgiving this year.

easy cinnamon sugar doughnuts beginning bakers | College with Caitlyn

easy cinnamon sugar doughnuts beginning bakers | College with Caitlyn

Dough

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Couple dashes salt
  • Cinnamon to liking
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp vanilla soy yogurt (could easily use any yogurt)
  • ¼ cup almond milk (any milk is okay)
  • Couple drops of vanilla extract

Cinnamon sugar coating

  • ¾ cups (6 oz) vegetable oil spread, melted (or butter)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Cinnamon to liking

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl beat together all the wet ingredients
  4. Pour the wet ingredients in with dry and mix slowly with a spoon
  5. Grease the doughnut pan
  6. Pour the dough into the pan so each mold is about half to three-quarters full
  7. Bake them for about 10 minutes and check the top with your finger to make sure they are firm
  8. Melt butter in a small bowl while doughnuts are baking
  9. Mix together sugar and cinnamon for topping
  10. Let doughnuts cool for five minutes then remove them from the pan
  11. After letting the doughnuts cool for five minutes, dip them one by one into the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar
  12. Once all the doughnuts are covered in cinnamon sugar, enjoy! Store in a closed container to keep them good for up to a week

Nutrition

cinnamon sugar doughnuts nutrition label

I modified this recipe from My San Francisco Kitchen’s doughnut recipe and Baker Bettie’s cinnamon sugar topping.

What’s your favorite type of doughnut?

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  • OMG these look so delicious! I’m no baker and the recipe seems pretty easy, so I actually might give these a try when I go back home. ;)

    • Literally so easy. The hardest part was melting the butter (at least for me hahah). Make sure you let me know if you do make them in the future!

      xo
      Caitlyn

  • I baked these for a tailgate and 20 of them were gone within the hour! They were so easy yet they look like they took hours to make. Definitely my new go to!

    • omg you are my new favorite person. I love that you actually made these!! Thank you so much for sharing this with me because you made my day.

      xo
      Caitlyn