10 Minute Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes

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Delicious, easy, simple donut holes made in just 10 minutes with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand – either in a cake pop machine, donut hole pan, aebleskiver pan, or even a mini-muffin pan!

These donut holes are light and fluffy, full of warm, vanilla and butter flavor, and rolled in cinnamon and sugar for a perfect, light treat that are totally addictive!

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How to make Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

These donut holes are a reader favorite on my site – this recipe first appeared here on Sweet C’s in 2013. I first made them when I was pregnant, on rest with my second born, using a cake pop machine instead of in an aebleskiver pan (the way I’d normally make them) – so I didn’t have to bend over or hassle with the oven.

They taste just like concession cart donut holes – I hope you love them as much as we do!

You can make these in a cake pop machine, an aebelskiver pan, a mini muffin pan – whatever you have on hand.

picture of donut holes rubbed in cinnamon sugar stacked on a cutting board

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

To make these donut holes, we will need:

  • Flour – this recipe works with all-purpose flour or gluten-free all purpose flour. If you have self-rising flour, omit baking soda.
  • Baking soda – baking soda helps to give lift and rise to donut holes as they bake, so they are light, fluffy, and aren’t dense and thick.
  • Butter – butter helps to give a rich flavor and velvety texture to batters. Using softened (or slightly melted) butter helps to incorporate it into a batter easily, without overworking.
  • Eggs – eggs help to bind our recipe together, add needed fat to keep our donut holes perfectly moist and delicious, and give lift so they are light, airy, and not at all dense.
  • Sugar – sugar has two uses in this recipe – both to sweeten our batter, and to combine with cinnamon to roll donut holes in for cinnamon sugar. If using pre-mixed cinnamon sugar, you can just use the amount for batter and skip the additional tablespoons called for garnishing in the recipe below.
  • Vanilla – vanilla has a warm, earthy, sweet flavor that is classic in baked goods – it has a “home-baked” smell and flavor that everyone loves, and can’t be beat!
  • Lemon extract – I love to add a bit of lemon to batter, as the bittersweet extract highlights the rich butter fat and complex vanilla notes and helps to make breads taste a bit less dense.
  • Milk – milk acts as a binder and helps to thin the batter, as well as giving a rich, creamy flavor that is lightly sweet to our batter.
  • Cinnamon sugar – yes, cinnamon sugar is a thing! Cinnamon sugar is just a blend of granulated sugar and cinnamon, but we use it so often for french toast, buttered toast, cupcakes, muffins, crumbles, crisps, and cakes – I just buy it pre-blended to always have on hand. My kids love to sprinkle a little bit on all kinds of foods – even fruit salad! You can buy pre-mixed cinnamon sugar here.
  • Water – if your batter is thick, you’ll want to thin it with a tablespoon of water at a time until it is about the consistency of pancake batter. I keep a cup of warm water next to my batter as I make it, then add, slowly, as needed.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following method:

  • Mix. Mix donut holes in a stand mixer or by hand – be careful to not over mix.
  • Bake. Bake in a cake pop machine, an aebelvskiever pan or ebelskiever machine
  • Roll in cinnamon sugar.
picture of a hand piping batter into a donut hole pan
Don’t have a cake pop machine? Silicone cake pop pans, muffin pans, or egg bite pan also work!

Tips and Tricks to Perfect Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Bake in a silicone pan. Add to silicone pan and bake 6-8 minutes at 400F, until lightly browned and puffy. Using a wooden skewer or silicone spatula, carefully flip and continue cooking additional 2-4 minutes until browned on all sides and perfectly puffy and round!

Bake in an aebleskiver pan. Bake just like you would an aebleskiver, at 400 degrees, until lightly browned on one side, about 6 minutes, then flip in cast iron and let cook until browned.

Bake in a mini muffin pan. These won’t be round, but they will be just as delicious! Bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 12 minutes.

Use a piping tool. We love using piping bags or handheld piping bulbs – it helps to really quickly fill your cake pop machine or cake pop pan.

Use a nonstick spray with flour. Using a nonstick spray with flour formulated in it really helps to release the baked good, and makes for a perfect release!


When are donut holes done?

Your donut holes are done when they are browned on the outside and a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. If donut holes are a little soft in the middle that is ok – you just don’t want them gooey. Keep baking until middle is more done if they are gooey.

Can I add other flavors?

Add up to a teaspoon of extracts or food-grade oils to flavor your donut holes – almond, lemon, peppermint, and raspberry are all delicious extract additions!

How do I store these donut holes?

Donut holes can be stored in a paper bag for up to two days. If storing in a plastic bag or plastic container, leave a tiny hole open for the best texture.

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Other Easy Desserts You’ll Love

If you love these easy donut holes, be sure to check out some of our other favorite easy desserts like our Easy Pumpkin Crisp, Easy Peach Cobbler, or some chewy, delicious Cowboy Cookies.

Don’t forget to try dunking these donut holes in some Israeli Cardamom Coffee or Stroopwafels Vodka Coffee!

Check out some of our recent favorite dessert recipes here:

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10 Minute Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Delicious vanilla baked donut holes rolled in cinnamon sugar with a rich buttery flavor in just 10 minutes!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, cake pop machine, cinnamon sugar, desserts, donut, donut holes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 50 donut holes
Calories 222kcal
Author Courtney ODell


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar + 1/2 cup for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon pure lemon extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup cinnamon for dusting
  • up to 1/4 cup water added 1 teaspoon at a time, if needed to thin


  • Fill a large bowl or paper bag with cinnamon and sugar to top and set aside.
  • Cream together sugar and butter in a stand mixer.
  • Add in eggs, mix thoroughly.
  • Add in vanilla, milk and extracts.
  • Slowly fold in flour and baking soda- be careful not to overmix. Batter should be pancake-like, a bit runny. Add a teaspoon of water at a time to thin if thick.
  • Pour batter into a squeeze bottle or a ziploc bag with the tip cut off.
  • Squeeze batter to fill bottom of a well heated and greased cake pop machine.
  • Cook according to manufacturers directions (about 5 minutes).
  • While piping hot out of the machine, dump into sugar and cinnamon bag/bowl and toss to evenly coat.
  • Eat immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 5g | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Vickey says:

    Could you bake these in a mini doughnut mould?
    They look amazing!

  2. shelly says:

    Omg your so funny I have a condition called fibromyalgia and live with a lot of pain daily If I can laugh it’s great for my soul so thank you . I have my own cake business but alway love new recipes need to ask can these be cooked in oil as I have no clue what a cake pop machine is .And nor would I buy one is it like an easy bake oven maybe you should try one of those lol sorry had to get that one in