Friday, March 29, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Cinnamon Chip Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Cinnamon Chip Donuts

Cinnamon-sugar.  One of those nostalgic flavor combinations that I could probably eat every day and not tire of it.  Donuts.  I’m pretty sure I cannot eat them everyday without my pants getting too tight.

But seriously, sometimes you just wake up on a snowy Sunday and need a cinnamon sugar donut.  Am I the only one who does that?  And while you are at it, you probably need to go ahead and throw in some cinnamon chips.  Let’s be real: those little morsels make lots of things better.

Cinnamon Sugar Cinnamon Chip Donuts Even though today’s high is 61, last Sunday we had a nice spring-time snow shower and I woke up craving a cinnamon roll.   Like, craving so badly that I didn’t want to wait for dough to rise and then rise again and then bake and then cool.

So I remembered (from a long, long time ago) these cinnamon sugar donut muffins that I absolutely loved.  So I quickly cut down the recipe a bit, heated up the oven and within 20 minutes I was enjoying my new favorite donut!

You won’t believe how soft these are.  The buttery cinnamon-sugar topping and sweet cinnamon chips were just what my Sunday craving was asking for!

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Cinnamon Sugar Cinnamon Chip Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts

Total Time: 20 min

Cinnamon sugar overloaded donuts: moist cake donut with cinnamon chips and a buttery, brown sugar-cinnamon topping.


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup cinnamon chips
4 Tbs. butter, melted
3 Tbs. granulated sugar
2 Tbs. brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Liberally spray a 6-cavity donut pan (or muffin pan) with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk the oil, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla together until blended. Gently pour into the dry ingredients mixing well just until combined. Fold in the cinnamon chips, stirring just until they are fully incorporated.

Divide the mixture evenly among the cavities in the donut (or muffin) pan. Bake in the oven for 10-11 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of a donut comes out clean.

While the donuts cool, melt the butter in one bowl. In another bowl, combine the sugars and cinnamon and mix well. When the donuts have cooled in the pan for about 10 minutes, gently remove one, dip one side in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon/sugars mixture and place on a wire rack. Repeat with the others and serve warm.

If you are a cinnamon-sugar fan like me, check out my Cinnamon-Sugar board on Pinterest.

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Cinnamon Sugar Cinnamon Chip Donuts


47 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Cinnamon Chip Donuts”

  1. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — March 29, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    I could see these becoming my favorite fast! I love those little cinnamon chips…I just wish we could buy them year round!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 29, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    Holy moly do these look amazing. I still haven’t tried my hand at making donuts, but this is yet another excuse for me to pick up a donut pan.

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    tanya — March 29, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    I don’t think I crave these just on snowy days, but everyday! You are right, this is the perfect donut, simple and delicious! I love licking off all the cinnamon sugar left on my fingers!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — March 29, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I will be daydreaming about these all day, Cassie!

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    Tieghan — March 29, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    ok, ok, ok! Seriously, These are awesome! Cinnamon Sugar Chip! Really! Oh I need a donut pan!! yum!

  6. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 29, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Love everything about these donuts, especially that you added cinnamon chips! Have a great Easter weekend, Cassie!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — March 29, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I seriously love homemade baked donuts and I love everything about these. The sugar coating to the cinnamon chips…I’m seriously thinking about getting out my pan again 🙂

  8. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 29, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    These look so perfect and delicious, Cassie! Definitely could use one (or three) with my morning coffee right now. 🙂

  9. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 29, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I really just have to get on the cinnamon chip bandwagon, because YES. these look awesome.

  10. #
    Maria — March 29, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    I will take a dozen!

  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 29, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    these look wonderful!! if maria takes a dozen, i’ll take a dozen, too! i hope you have enough for us 😉

  12. #
    carrian — March 29, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    I WANT!! I seriously could eat the whole box load

  13. #
    Deborah — March 29, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    These look amazing! I adore cinnamon and sugar.

  14. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — March 29, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Yum! I really need to get a donut pan- these sound so good right now.

  15. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 29, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    I love cinnamon sugar!These donuts look fabulous, Cassie!

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    Nanette — March 29, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I stocked up on cinnamon chips during the holidays as they are only available during the holiday here.

    If you love cinnamon as much as I do, my Nanny would make me a cinnamon pie when she was doing her Saturday morning baking. It has taken me years to replace some of her recipes, I could never find a cinnamon pie like she did, what I found the closest was called “finger pie” because you stirred it in the crust with your finger.

    Prepare your pie crust 8 or 9 inch in your pie plate, pour in 3/4 cup white sugar, 2-3 tsp of cinnamon, 2 Tablespoons of flour. Stir this together with your finger, don’t lick yet! Then pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup of milk, stir again to mix well. bake at 350 until filling is set probably about 30-40 minutes. Here is the caveot, Nanny was one of those cooks that never measured, so amounts are approximate. This pie is so delicious, it is kinda like the ooeey gooeey filling in a good cinnamon roll, but with out the bread.

  17. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 29, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Mmm, donuts! I love donuts more than any other dessert. These are mouth-watering!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    I can’t get cinnamon chips in any groc store I try in San Diego. It’s like…impossible. Same with Special Dark Cocoa powder. I go to like 10 stores, nothing. But I can get you some organic burdock root or mizuna greens, many times over. Lol

    Seriously these look awesome and love that you didn’t need to use buttermilk, greek yog or anything else. Just milk. And eveerything else is standard. And it makes SIX donuts, not 9 or 12. We don’t need more than 6!

  19. #
    Joann@The Italian Next Door — March 29, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    These look delicious!! Sugar and cinnamon is one of the best duos around! I’m going to have to try these yummy little circles!

  20. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — March 29, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    I’ve been craving donuts lately, and these look perfect!

  21. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 29, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    Love these, Cassie! A perfect use for cinnamon chips! 🙂

  22. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 29, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    These donuts are brining sexy back! Love this! Happy Easter weekend, friend!

  23. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 29, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    I’ll take a dozen, please!

  24. #
    Tina @ Tina's Chic — March 29, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    There’s such a thing as a donut pan! Oh this is no good for my donut obsession! 😉 I just have to try this delicious looking recipe. 🙂

  25. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 29, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    These donuts look seriously good, Cassie! I also love cinnamon sugar… I pretty much add cinnamon to as many foods as possible!

  26. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 29, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    These look incredible, Cassie! So decadent and delish. Maybe someone will make them for me for Easter breakfast… hah! I’m dreaming again.

  27. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 29, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    Mmm what a wicked recipe! I want these nooooow!

  28. #
    Joanne — March 29, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    I bought a ton of packages of cinnamon chips from amazon last year and have barely used any of them! It’s time to break them out and get baking a batch of these!

  29. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 29, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    Oh man I need to try these!!!

  30. #
    Kiran @ — March 29, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    I need this with a cup of tea, every single day! 🙂

  31. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — March 30, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    Mmmm, these look amazing! Perfect to dunk in my morning coffee!

  32. #
    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — March 30, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    Where do you find cinnamon chips?? Ahh donuts are on my bucket list!

  33. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 30, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    I used to HATE anything cinnamon but now I can’t seem to get enough of it. Love when its combined with sugar.

  34. #
    Tracey — March 30, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    There’s really nothing better than baking on a snowy weekend morning! These are a great alternative to cinnamon rolls, who can resist cinnamon-sugar and donuts combined in one treat??

  35. #
    Jen — March 30, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look heavenly, I love anything with cinnamon in but can just imagine what these taste like when they’re fresh and still warm! Yum!

  36. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 31, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    I wish we had some snowy mornings here in the dessert because I love the thought of curling up with a big plate of these and a cup of coffee!

  37. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — March 31, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    Love these. They look so delicious!

  38. #
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — March 31, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    These sound amazing!! I am a cinnamon and sugar fanatic :).

  39. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — March 31, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Cassie these sound amazing! I love cinnamon-sugar anything… and doughnuts? Forgetaboutit!

  40. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — March 31, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    Oh, these look wonderful. I’m a big fan of cinnamon, so i’d love this 🙂

  41. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — April 1, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    Making a cup of espresso to go with ; )

  42. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — April 1, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    I just happen to have a bag of cinnamon chips in my freezer that I haven’t know what to do with and now I have a great idea, thanks Cassie!

  43. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — April 2, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    Be my neighbor? Swap treats with me?

  44. #
    Meghan — April 2, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    Love these! It’s so chilly here today, I could use one of these with my coffee 🙂

  45. #
    Sandra — March 1, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    These were FABULOUS! I received donut pans for Christmas and have tried several different donut recipes, this is by far the best. I stocked up on Cinnamon chips during the Holidays, so I was thrilled to stumble upon your recipe !

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    Karen Brown — February 14, 2017 @ 4:54 pm

    These are fabulous! Anyone make these into doughnut holes?


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