Sweet Weekend Treat Idea ~ Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Doughnuts
I love doughnuts. I mean really, really love doughnuts. When I was pregnant with my son I demanded doughnuts at all hours of the day and night. There were quite a few midnight trips to the Safeway for day old doughnuts when none of the doughnut shops were open. My husband started buying them by the dozen from Doughboys to satiate my constant doughnut need. I guess I shouldn’t have been all that surprised when I gained over 50 pounds with my son (thank goodness I was 22 with an awesome metabolism when I gave birth).
Unfortunately, I don’t have the same sort of doughnut freedom I had as a very young pregnant woman. My body doesn’t respond quite the same way it used to, and hoarding doughnuts with toddlers in the house defies some very basic laws of nature. But every once in a while, for a special treat, I’ll whip up these baked mini doughnuts. They are so light and airy and the cinnamon sugar topping just makes them out of this world. Plus my kids think I’m the best mom ever when I make them mini doughnuts, because let’s face it, doughnuts are awesome.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly oil a mini doughnut pan or mini muffin pan.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add egg and beat until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Reduce speed to medium-low, add flour in three additions alternating with two additions of milk. Beat in vanilla.
- Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a piping tip and fill each cavity of the mini doughnut pan 1/2 full. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool in pan for a couple minutes before turning onto a wire rack.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. While doughnuts are still slightly warm, brush with melted butter then roll in cinnamon sugar.