10 Minute Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes

 Make delicious cinnamon sugar baked donut holes in 10 minutes! #cake #doughnut #recipe

Have you ever had those delicious donut hole treats at a stadium or event center? The warm, crunchy, delicious and sweet, cinnamon tossed pillows of perfection? Well if you haven’t… you either don’t go to games often, or you have the willpower of a God. Because those things are my downfall anytime I see (or smell!!!!) them. These 10 Minute Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes are just as good… and are so easy, my willpower is getting a workout!

Here’s the thing. You’re probably gonna go all “hold up, these aren’t really baked”. And you’re kind of right. They aren’t baked in an oven. I’m a big ole false advertiser.

BUT- before you go all pitchfork wielding crazed mob on me, the recipe will work in a doughnut hole/cakepop pan in the oven. Why do I use a machine then?

1) I really like perfect little doughnut holes with minimal effort. I don’t know if you know this or not, but cake pop machines have tiny little magical fairies inside them. When you close the lid, they sprinkle all sorts of magic dust on your batter and turn it into perfectly formed, crispy on the outside, moist and soft on the inside little balls of amazing. It’s science. Look it up.

2) I am kind of anti-oven, whenever I can be. First off, it heats up the whole darn kitchen and I get hot easily. Also, there was this time my oven exploded and kind of put me off of using it nonstop like I used to. Yes, I said EXPLODED. You’ve never seen an oven explode before? Well friends, things like that happen to me all the time. In case you think most bloggers live some pretty, perfect life right out of Martha Stewart’s pages, you should know that I’m more likely to be profiled in the Onion.

When I was pregnant and on bedrest with my son, my mom and I were baking something. I don’t remember what, but it’s not really important given what was about to happen. Anyways, we are sitting around, waiting for whatever we were cooking, and all of a sudden this huge, enormous BANG! goes off with a bright flash of a fireball. In my oven.

We get all panicked and freaked out- afterall, it seemed like the baked chicken version of an atomic bomb had just exploded two feet from where we were sitting. I’m pretty sure at one point she wanted me to go outside because she was afraid it was dangerous for me as a pregnant woman, to which I pointed out that the oven was pretty good at containing such explosions like a mini bomb absorber (yea, I know, my scientific prowess isn’t probably something we should hold up as exceptional). So I open the oven and out gushes tons of thick, black smoke that smells like an electrical fire mixed with the horrific odor corn mills in Iowa emit in the fall. After letting it sit and giving the smoke time to settle (and re-installing the smoke detectors that were having a heyday), we opened it up to see a large piece of the oven’s coil missing. It literally blew itself up and was now missing half the coil. Whatever we were cooking now smelled like a tire fire, so it went in the trash.

And now I like to buy fancy equipment that outsources the actual need to turn on my new oven- lest it explode- whenever I can. The day I figure out how to bake cookies in a cake pop machine or waffle/panini press I will be set, y’all. (PS- my old oven came with my short sale house, and looked like the previous owner had swapped it out of one of her rental properties and may have actually been older than me- so it probably had it coming, and my oven is probably totally safe from random explosions).


Since none of that actually has to do with cinnamony-delicious little morsels sent directly from heaven, I’ll leave you with the recipe already.

They taste JUST like those amazing mini doughnuts you can get at carnivals and hockey games – only better because you made them and you can totally sneak way more than the 4 or 5 little doughnut holes they give you for $6. I’m not bitter or anything..

PSSSSt!  Need a paleo/diabetic/celiac version? Look no further than my Almond Flour Donut Holes here!!!

10 Minute Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 40+ donut holes
  • For these little bites of heaven, you'll need:
  • -1½ cups flour
  • -1 teaspoon baking soda
  • -1/2 cup butter, softened
  • -2 eggs
  • -1 cup sugar, + ½ cup for dusting
  • -1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • -1/2 tablespoon pure lemon extract
  • -1/2 cup milk
  • -1/4 cup cinnamon, for dusting
  1. Fill a large bowl or paper bag with cinnamon and sugar to top and set aside.
  2. Cream together sugar and butter in a stand mixer.
  3. Add in eggs, mix thoroughly.
  4. Add in vanilla, milk and extracts.
  5. Slowly fold in flour and baking soda- be careful not to overmix.
  6. Pour batter into a squeeze bottle or a ziploc bag with the tip cut off.
  7. Squeeze batter to fill bottom of a well heated and greased cake pop machine.
  8. Cook according to manufacturers directions (about 5 minutes).
  9. While piping hot out of the machine, dump into sugar and cinnamon bag/bowl and toss to evenly coat.
  10. Eat immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 donut holes





10 minute baked cinnamon sugar donut holes- these things are SO good! #recipe #doughnut

Make #doughnut holes at home in minutes- these are totally addicting and just like a concession stand from ! #doughnut #dessert


Who needs those fancy concession carts now??

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48 thoughts on “10 Minute Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes”

  1. Can’t wait to try these!!

    Can these be frozen or made ahead of time? You mention to eat them immediately, but I’m not sure if that just means because they are so good.


  2. I just have read over it, but I can’t find your diabetic version of this recipe, even is type 1s can enjoy a little of this I’m all over it! Can’t wait!

  3. These are good, but not orgasmic. I used buttermilk instead of milk. Next time I would omit the lemon extract. Also as written, the ratio of cinnamon to sugar for the dusting is waaay off. The cinnamon was overpowering. I had to dump more sugar in and even then the cinnamon was still pretty strong and I am a huge cinnamon fan. These are not on the same level as Munchkins.

  4. Lifesaver! My kids wanted doughnuts and this was the perfect way to surprise them in just minutes! They went on and on about how “yummylicious” they were! I made a few flavors- rolled some in powdered sugar and the rest in a cinnamon clove sugar mixture. Thank you so much!!!!!! 🙂 (wish I could post pix- I was so impressed since I’m the person who always burns everything lol)

  5. I made these to go along with Mother’s Day brunch this past weekend and they were a big hit. I ended up making the donut holes ahead of time, so in order to get the toppings to stick, I rolled the holes around in some melted butter (no party foul there), then I added the holes to the brown bag and shook to coat. I left them in the same bag to serve since it brought back memories of childhood when we used to make similar donuts with fried biscuit dough! In addition to the cinnamon sugar, I also did a bag of powdered sugar with a little lemon zest in it. Thanks for this recipe…the reviews it got from my family, I can tell I will be making them again!

  6. In Brazil we call them Rain Cakes, they’re the perfect materialization of a cold rainy afternoon at grandma’s house! But, of course, grandma’s are always fried, so this is a welcome adaptation 🙂

  7. I used to make these all the time only I used grease and biscuits…..I don’t own a cake pop machine even though I want one this would probably be the only thing I would make it in. However, they do look awesome and has my mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh. My. Lord. I’m A D D I C T E D to cinnamon. AND donuts. AND you have just made my breakfast. I will definitely check back here for more recipes!

  9. I made these without the cake pop maker. I used a mini muffin pan baked at 400 degrees for about 9 min. They were very good! I did not use the lemon extract and used about 2 teaspoons of sugar free cheesecake pudding mix. My 4 boys devoured them! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I use this recipe for most of my cake pops because it’s fast, simple, and delicious and it is firm enough to not fall apart when I coat my cake pops. I’ve tried them with cinnamon and sugar and it’s delicious as well!

  11. I tried these today and they weren’t too bad. The lemon extract is WAYYY overpowering in my opinion, and I will never include the lemon again. To me, the lemon mixed with cinnamon is an odd combination. If you do this exact recipe, they would work better glazed – skip the cinnamon.
    Next time I’ll substitute more vanilla for the lemon, and fill them with strawberry jam!! Thanks for the recipe! It’s an excellent base for me to explore with since I’m new to doughnuts but an avid baker. 🙂

  12. I make these a lot and they are delicious! I actually roll mine in melted butter before I toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and they are even better!

      1. It sounds like a lot, but you dont end up using that much. Since You’re shaking it over the donut holes with the sugar, only some of it sticks- but it is helpful to have much more than you will use to be sure it all gets coated and you have enough of an area to roll them around in. You can save the cinnamon sugar mixture for other recipes down the road when done.

  13. Quick question: how much cream am I supposed to use for this recipe? It didn’t say it in the ingredient list but it says it in the directions. I already started making this but I stopped because I don’t have any cream. HELP PLEASE

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