Baked Cinnamon Roll Mini Donuts

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Delicious Cinnamon Roll Donuts that are baked and SO GOOD while staying healthy! Easy to make, adorable to serve and addicting to eat!

Delicious Cinnamon Roll Mini Donuts that are baked and SO GOOD while staying healthy! Easy to make, adorable to serve and addicting to eat!

These mini donuts also have the distinction of being adorably child sized. My oldest loves donuts based on cartoons having never actually had an actual fried donut. So since I kept getting asked for donuts, I thought I would make some tiny ones. Sure these aren’t fried, so I guess the batter is more reminiscent of a muffin, but in the donut pan they come out soft, tender with a hint of crispy and with the glaze and the shape you will not miss a single calorie you’re saving by choosing these over the normal fried variety! Plus they taste like cinnamon rolls and you know how obsessed with cinnamon rolls I am evidenced by all these previous recipes 🙂

What? Can you blame me, cinnamon rolls are the best!

Donuts aren’t too shabby either! Don’t get me wrong, I could totally go crazy eating donuts if it wouldn’t add 5…10…20 pounds. Especially maple bars, they are by far my favorite! But I don’t really ever have the occasion to eat them since I don’t work in an office setting. Most client’s homes aren’t hotbeds for donuts and I don’t think in all the years I have been a chef I have ever had a client request them since I usually cook when no one is home and donuts are best enjoyed fresh.

So enjoy these baked delicious mini cinnamon roll donuts! They’re fun to eat and perfect with your morning cup of coffee when the Ultimate Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake may be more calories than you are willing to spend!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking spray on a mini donut pan. We are going to use this pan three times, but I only sprayed it once and it was totally fine.  Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Add the egg, brown sugar, milk, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla into a second bowl and whisk until combined.

Whisk the wet and the dry ingredients together.Delicious Cinnamon Roll Donuts that are baked and SO GOOD while staying healthy! Easy to make, adorable to serve and addicting to eat!Add to a large ziploc bag and cut a tiny bit off the bottom corner. Pipe into the donut wells, 1/2 to 2/3 full.
Bake for eight minutes, until it just barely springs back when touched. Let cool on a tray and make the next batch.
Once they are all cooled add the powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk to a small bowl. Mix well.

Separate about 2 tablespoons of the icing and add the cinnamon and add to a small ziploc bag. This cinnamon icing should be a bit thinner, so add in a tiny bit of water/milk if needed. Dip the donut tops into the glaze and put on tray.
When all dipped, add the cinnamon icing over the donuts to make the cinnamon roll effect.

Or if you want to get all fancy you can coat them a bunch of different ways in one, like I did for my dear sweet husband’s office and posted on Instagram! Do you follow me on Instagram? If not you totally should. I post some behind the scenes photos on there and will be doing that a lot more in the coming weeks.

Delicious Cinnamon Roll Donuts that are baked and SO GOOD while staying healthy! Easy to make, adorable to serve and addicting to eat!

Recipe

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Cinnamon Roll Donuts (Baked!)

5 from 8 votes
  • Yield: 36 donuts
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Delicious Cinnamon Roll Donuts that are baked and SO GOOD while staying healthy! Easy to make, adorable to serve and addicting to eat!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour , sifted and spooned into the cup
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons milk , divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray baking spray on a mini donut pan. We are going to use this pan three times, but I only sprayed it once and it was totally fine.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  4. Add the egg, brown sugar, milk, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla into a second bowl and whisk until combined.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Add to a large ziploc bag and cut a tiny bit off the bottom corner.
  7. Pipe into the donut wells, 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for eight minutes, until it just barely springs back when touched.

  9. Let cool on a tray and make the next batch.
  10. Once they are all cooled add the powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk to a small bowl. Mix well.
  11. Separate about 2 tablespoons of the icing and add the cinnamon and add to a small ziploc bag. This cinnamon icing should be a bit thinner, so add in a tiny bit of water/milk if needed.
  12. Dip the donut tops into the glaze and put on tray.
  13. When all dipped, add the cinnamon icing over the donuts to make the cinnamon roll effect.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

Nutrition Information

Yield: 36 donuts, Amount per serving: 88 calories, Calories: 88g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 88mg, Potassium: 49mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 65g, Calcium: 25g, Iron: 0.4g

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Delicious Cinnamon Roll Donuts that are baked and SO GOOD while staying healthy! Easy to make, adorable to serve and addicting to eat!

Delicious Cinnamon Roll Donuts that are baked and SO GOOD while staying healthy! Easy to make, adorable to serve and addicting to eat!

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Oh so yummy! I need these in my life right now. I just had homemade pumpkin spice coffee this morning and was thinking it would go great with a spiced donut or coffee cake.

  2. NOM NOM NOM – Can I have these for breakfast? They look delish, I can skip the smoothie for one day right? LOL

  3. Wow. I need to see if I can make these without messing them up. They look amazing and would really take care of my constant donut craving!

    1. Thanks! I love a good cinnamon roll too! Funnily enough it is one of my favorite recipes and I have posted a ton of cinnamon roll ideas but not my classic cinnamon roll! I need to remedy that, haha.