Baked donuts have become our family’s new way of celebrating all of the special occasions in our life and I couldn’t wait to share with you my snickerdoodle donut creation I made this week. These baked snickerdoodle donuts are a fun & frugal family treat that are easy to create with a simple nonstick donut pan ( we have two of these Norpro 6-count Nonstick Donut Pans) and pantry ingredients.
My husband celebrated his birthday this past weekend and I wanted to create something special for his birthday morning. Every year I try to find a snickerdoodle treat for him since it is his favorite cookie in the whole world. We have enjoyed everything from the cookies to snickerdoodle cupcakes to snickerdoodle biscotti in our house. It seems no matter what version of snickerdoodles we are creating, we love them no matter what. Who could resist that cinnamon flavor?
I will admit the first batch of these was a giant fail, although they photographed beautifully. I played with different leavening agents that yielded gummy and heavy donuts. I ended up baking a second round later in the week using cake flour and it helped to yield a much lighter donut and more the consistency I was after. It is proof that sometimes it takes a couple of tries before you get it right when baking.
Each donut was dipped in butter and then dipped in a bowl filled with sugar and cinnamon. The coating adds that crunch and more cinnamon flavor that remind me so much of our favorite snickerdoodle cookie. We all agreed, that these donuts were heavenly and there was not a single one left once I perfected the batch.
- 2 cups cake flour (or 1¾ cup all-purpose flour + ¼ cup cornstarch)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Cinnamon & Sugar Topping: ¼ cup of butter, melted
- ⅓ cup of sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Whisk together the cake flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
- Pour in the milk, eggs, butter and vanilla extract.
- Gently mix the ingredients together. Be careful not to over-mix the batter.
- Lightly grease a doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Carefully spoon the batter into the doughnut pan, filling each one halfway (you should get twelve donuts total)
- Bake the doughnuts at 400 F for eight minutes. The donuts will remain light in color, but should spring back when pressed.
- Allow to cool for five minutes.
- Unmold each donut gently and lightly brush each with the 4 tablespoons of melted butter.
- Dunk in a bowl with the sugar and cinnamon mixed in.
- Shake off excess sugar and serve immediately.
It is too adorable for words.
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What are your favorite ways to celebrate birthdays in your family? We would love to hear your family’s traditions for celebrating!