Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Donut Holes - Weekend at the Cottage

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Donut Holes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Whisk the active dry yeast and 1/4 cup warm water together in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, or in the microwave until just warm.
  3. Combine ¼ cup melted butter, Redpath Dark Brown Sugar and kosher salt in a large bowl. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve.
  4. Add the warm milk to the sugar mix and whisk to blend.
  5. Whisk in yeast mixture and egg.
  6. Add all-purpose flour to the wet ingredients and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a rough dough forms.
  7. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and with lightly floured hands, knead until smooth, about 4-5 minutes.
  8. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  9. Melt ¼ cup unsalted butter in a small sauce-pan.
  10. Punch down the dough and roll out into one large sheet, approximately 2 cm thick.
  11. Using two glasses, one large and one small (9 cm / 4 cm), begin cutting donut circles into the dough using the largest glass. Cut each one as close to the other as possible. Once all of the large circles have been pressed, return with the smaller glass, pressing it down in the centre of the larger circles to create the holes.
  12. ransfer the donuts to a lined baking sheet and transfer the donut holes to another. Gather the scraps of dough, combine them, then roll them out and repeat the process until all of the dough is used. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of each donut and donut hole with the melted butter.
  13. Loosely cover with plastic and leave them on the counter to proof for 1 hour.
  14. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  15. Bake the the donut holes until golden and puffed, 6 to 8 minutes. Bake the donuts until golden and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes.
  16. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 2 minutes.
  17. Prepare the cinnamon sugar by stirring Redpath Granulated Sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Pour into a strainer and sift together over a pie plate for rolling and tossing the donuts and holes.
  18. Lightly brush each side of the donut holes with melted butter, then toss them in the cinnamon sugar, rolling them around until they are evenly coated.
  19. Be sure to eat these little bites and donuts the day they are made. Leftovers make for perfect bread pudding, so place them in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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Oven-baked donuts and one-bite donut holes rolled in sparkling cinnamon sugar…

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    45 MIN
  • 12 SERVINGS
Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Donut Holes

Hurray! You can make and enjoy these BAKED CINNAMON SUGAR DONUTS & DONUT HOLES anytime. Let’s get baking, shall we?!

We worked with our friends at Redpath Sugar to create this post. Head HERE for more great recipes and tips about culinary tools, techniques and inspiration. 

Making Redpath’s recipe for BAKED CINNAMON SUGAR DONUTS & DONUT HOLES is an absolute joy. A whole bunch of ideas came to mind as I worked my way through the process, and I’ve listed some tips and suggestions a bit further down in this story.

Before I start, a reminder to PIN this to one or more of your favourite boards. This is one of those recipes that also deserves to be shared amongst friends. You can BOOKMARK this page for future reference and easy access too.

This post is the second time I’ve appeared as a guest instructor at The Redpath Baking School. A few weeks back I hosted THIS VIDEO where I showed everyone how to make STRAWBERRY RHUBARB JELLY. Feel free to click and share those links too.

Okay, without further adieu, how about we work through Redpath’s delicious recipe for BAKED CINNAMON SUGAR DONUTS & DONUT HOLES? You are going to love them!

Ingredients for Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Donut Holes

INGREDIENTS

You’ll see two ingredient photos for this recipe, the first being just for the donut dough. If you’ve never made a yeast dough before, here’s your chance to learn. This recipe is super straightforward and you’ll have no problems, I promise.

Two things you should do before you begin: make sure your yeast is still well within its best-before date and bring your egg to room temperature.

The shaggy dough after being stirred together

THE DOUGH

The dough begins with us proofing the yeast in a little warm water. It’s then added to a mixture of warmed milk sweetened with, wait for it, brown sugar. This is such a wonderful trick using Redpath’s Dark Brown Sugar, adding lovely caramel flavour notes and making the donuts and holes extra yummy.

After stirring the ingredients for the dough together, we turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5 minutes. The simple motion of pushing the dough out onto the board, gathering it back up and repeating the process many times is wonderful. Again, if you’ve never made a yeast dough, here’s your chance to practice your kneading.

The donut dough having doubled in size

RISE UP

Once we work the dough to a smooth consistency, it’s time to let the yeast do its work. The dough is covered with a clean dishcloth and placed in a warm location to rise for an hour and a half. 

SPOILER ALERT! It’s going to double in size and rise up to the edge of your bowl, which will make you feel awesome and accomplished, as you should. You just made a stellar dough!

Donuts and holes placed onto baking sheets for a final rise

IN SHAPE

The next step is to cut out the donut ring shapes and the donuts holes at the same time. Make sure to watch the VIDEO attached to this story to get a sense of process. We suggest following our lead and using drinking glasses. We found an old-fashioned glass partnered with a shot glass worked best.

The donuts fresh out of the oven

EASY BAKE

This recipe gets top marks for being an oven-baked donut recipe. There’s no need to pull out a deep fryer and we’re not worried about working with extremely hot oil. Instead, we’re baking the donut holes for 6-8 minutes and the donuts themselves for 10-12 minutes. Because every oven works differently, just watch closely remembering that a golden colour is the goal.

Ingredients for the cinnamon sugar

CINNAMON SUGAR

Here’s the second ingredient photo, as promised. These ingredients are used to give our baked goods a sparkly, lightly spiced finish. Don’t miss the key step of stirring the Redpath Granulated Sugar together with ground cinnamon before passing it through a strainer or sifter. It’s important that these two ingredients are blended together evenly before the finishing step.

donuts rolled in the cinnamon sugar

BUTTER ROLLS

The final step in the recipe is, in my opinion, brilliant. First, we lightly brush the still-warm donuts and donut holes with melted butter, then we roll them around in the cinnamon sugar, giving them a soft hit of cinnamon spice and sweetness. Amazing!

the donut holes after being rolled

ENJOY!

If you’re like us, expect these BAKED CINNAMON SUGAR DONUTS & DONUT HOLES to disappear pretty quickly. They’re wonderful first thing in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee or a tall glass of milk. We also liked them set out as part of a grab-and-go weekend brunch station where we paired them with our QUICHE LORRAINE, our HEALTHY FRUIT SALAD and our GLUTEN-FREE GRANOLA.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

The donut holes are also great travelling companions, but again, they disappear pretty quickly, well before your final destination.

BAKED CINNAMON SUGAR DONUTS & DONUT HOLES are baked goods that are so good!

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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Donut Holes

Ingredients

  • For the dough:
  • 1 ½ teaspoon (4 g) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (56 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (50 g) Redpath Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (4.5 g) kosher salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 3 ½ cups (435 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (56 g) unsalted butter, (for brushing)
  • For the sprinkling and rolling:
  • 1 cup (200 g) Redpath Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Whisk the active dry yeast and 1/4 cup warm water together in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, or in the microwave until just warm.
  3. Combine ¼ cup melted butter, Redpath Dark Brown Sugar and kosher salt in a large bowl. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve.
  4. Add the warm milk to the sugar mix and whisk to blend.
  5. Whisk in yeast mixture and egg.
  6. Add all-purpose flour to the wet ingredients and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a rough dough forms.
  7. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and with lightly floured hands, knead until smooth, about 4-5 minutes.
  8. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  9. Melt ¼ cup unsalted butter in a small sauce-pan.
  10. Punch down the dough and roll out into one large sheet, approximately 2 cm thick.
  11. Using two glasses, one large and one small (9 cm / 4 cm), begin cutting donut circles into the dough using the largest glass. Cut each one as close to the other as possible. Once all of the large circles have been pressed, return with the smaller glass, pressing it down in the centre of the larger circles to create the holes.
  12. ransfer the donuts to a lined baking sheet and transfer the donut holes to another. Gather the scraps of dough, combine them, then roll them out and repeat the process until all of the dough is used. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of each donut and donut hole with the melted butter.
  13. Loosely cover with plastic and leave them on the counter to proof for 1 hour.
  14. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  15. Bake the the donut holes until golden and puffed, 6 to 8 minutes. Bake the donuts until golden and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes.
  16. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 2 minutes.
  17. Prepare the cinnamon sugar by stirring Redpath Granulated Sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Pour into a strainer and sift together over a pie plate for rolling and tossing the donuts and holes.
  18. Lightly brush each side of the donut holes with melted butter, then toss them in the cinnamon sugar, rolling them around until they are evenly coated.
  19. Be sure to eat these little bites and donuts the day they are made. Leftovers make for perfect bread pudding, so place them in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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