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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Hole Recipe
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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!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar, + 1/2 cup for dusting
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon pure lemon extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 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!
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Amount Per Serving Calories 222Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 63mgSodium 220mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 11gProtein 4g
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Could you bake these in a mini doughnut mould?
They look amazing!
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
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.
Samantha – you definitely can, but they are so so so good when still hot. They will be tasty later, but fresh, they are fantastic!
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!
Rakshasa Queen Shyanne
Do you have to use lemon extract?
Nope, I just like the flavor. If you don’t have any or don’t like lemon, you can use vanilla!
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.
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)
Thats awesome Leah! The cinnamon clove sounds amazing!
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!