Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 30 mins

These homemade Cinnamon Sugar Donuts are fried fresh then rolled in gobs of cinnamon sugar! This recipe is so delicious and they practically melt in your mouth!

Want more donut recipes? Try these Mini Powdered Sugar Doughnuts or these Candied Maple Bacon Donuts!

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar: One Of My Favorite Homemade Donut Flavors

Cinnamon Sugar is my Crack, Cocaine, Heroine…all rolled into one. Growing up instead of syrup on pancakes I would add gobs of butter and a thick layer of cinnamon sugar. Try it if you ever want to go into a sugar coma, I promise it’s like the best high of your life. They even used to sell (not sure if they still do?) actual “Cinnamon Sugar” spice, that was just cinnamon and sugar mixed together so you could be lazy. It was like McCormick was telling me, Hey it’s totally acceptable to do this. But as I got older I realized how bad and inappropriate this was for me. So in come donuts. Because no one will shame you for eating donuts rolled in gobs of cinnamon sugar! On the contrary, they will be jealous! And want the recipe! These were everything I had hoped for them to be and more. When they are still warm they practically melt in your mouth. They also keep pretty well in an airtight container…but nothing beats fresh, hot donuts.

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts Recipe

Yield: 18 Donut Holes

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts | The BEST Homemade Donuts Recipe

These homemade Cinnamon Sugar Donuts are fried fresh then rolled in gobs of cinnamon sugar! They are so delicious and practically melt in your mouth!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Oil


Whisk together the flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

Whisk together the egg, sugar, butter, and milk in a large-sized bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine thoroughly. The batter will be sticky, so either use a spoon or a pastry bag to extrude the dough for frying.

Pour oil into a large, deep skillet for frying. You want the oil to be about 2 inches deep. Heat the oil and keep it between 365°F to 375°F (I use a candy thermomemter to measure the heat). You can test the oil by pouring a drop of water into the pan; if it sizzles across the top, it’s ready.

Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, with floured hands to prevent sticking. Quickly drop the balls into the oil (they will lose their shape if you roll them ahead of time, so work quickly and drop them in as you go).

Cook donut balls for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, flipping as needed. When the donuts are cooked through and golden brown, remove them from the oil and and place them on a paper towel.

While the donuts are still hot, drop them into a bowl with half a cup of sugar and a few sprinklings of cinnamon. Move the donuts around until they are well-coated. The fresher the donuts are out of the oil, the more the cinnamon/sugar coating will stick to them.


Source: Gastronomy Blog

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

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50 Responses
  1. Christmas_of_miracles_is_lulu

    I love this! first time I’ve joined and it’s awesome! (and im a ten yr old, WOW) I hope the next generation learns from this amazing site!

  2. Aya M

    I have never written a recipe review but I couldn’t not do it. I was fantasizing about these and was on the couch with my husband devouring these in 20 minutes. All ingredients every house should always have. I used a cookie dough scoop to drop them into the oil. I made a dipping sauce on the side with 8oz cream cheese microwaved till melted, then I whisked it and added tsp vanilla, pinch salt, 1 cup of powdered sugar, 3tbs milk. It was AMAZING! Think Taco Bell Cinnabon delights but a million times better. THANK YOU!!

    1. Christmas_of_miracles_is_lulu

      Donut rolls have a different substance then donuts, so you will be in a bit of glue there.

  3. Smidge

    They are tasty to be sure! As noted, the dough is VERY sticky. I didn’t like the results using a piping bag, so next time I will use a spoon. Actually, probably a large melon baller so I can make them a tad smaller. Had issues with my oil being to hot, once I sorted that out they came out great. I will probably pipe in jelly or white cream on some of my next batch also. All in all, great flavor, great recipe!

  4. Jenni Giesler

    OMG! These are so good and so easy! I was totally craving cinnamon donuts last weekend and in under 30 minutes, I was noshing on these warm crispy beauties! Thanks for making my weekend! 🙂

  5. Courtney

    These look really delicious 🙂 I have a project for my culinary arts class and i’m definitely making these. But I was wondering what the consistency of the batter was and if I would be able to shape them by hand.

  6. The Cilantropist

    I WANT THESE. Oh wow do I want these… The sparkling cinnamon sugar coating is just calling my name! I will definitely be trying this out. 🙂

  7. Tracy

    I’m totally drooling! I’ve only ever made apple cider doughnut holes, but these look SO good. I can’t wait to give them a try!!

  8. Amy

    Yum, yum, yum. and another Yum.

    These look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them.

    I’m scrolled through the comments, but I’m wondering…I’m a little bit Type A… I’d worry about not getting the donuts in a perfect ‘donut hole’ shape because you’re sort of piping them into the pan. Did you find this to be a problem?

    1. Jessica


      Yes it is difficult. About half of mine came out kind of funny looking. But either way they tasted delicious!

  9. The Teacher Cooks

    I am so tempted to make these today since there is no yeast involved. I’d love to pop some in my mouth right this minute!!!

  10. Vickii

    Yum, yum, yummy yum yum! I’ve never tried to make donuts – I’m not a big fan of the frying process – but I absolutely have to try these!

  11. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Your new site design looks great! Yay for Lindsay!

    I’d eat all of these. Better just drool and observe 🙂

  12. Jim @ Comfort in Crumbs

    These do look amazing and I’m guessing since they’re so small, you could eat a lot more, right? (that’s how I convince myself that these are diet food).

  13. Paula

    Man oh man these look good! I could eat up that entire bowl full. Thanks for posting your recipe, I’m going to bookmark and try these myself!

  14. ErinsFoodFiles

    OMGOMGOMG… Seriously, these look like perfection, and I need you to bring them to ATL. For real. For real for real.

  15. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    OK, so definitely no “ass friendly” label on these little beauties, right? They look AMAZING, Jessica. I could easily pop the whole batch in my mouth without thinking twice!

  16. Joanne

    I used to make cinnamon, sugar, and butter toast when I was a kid. I was fairly sure that I invented it and that I should win some prize for being so smart. Little did I know…

    Donut form sounds good to me! And yes, way more acceptable than just pouring the stuff all over bread and pancakes haha.

  17. Chung-Ah Rhee

    I actually made pumpkin doughnut muffins, which is probably a healthier alternative, and it’s a bit similar to this recipe but deep-frying a donut is so much better!

  18. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    YES! I’m so glad you fried them. Too many baked donut recipes going around. I actually have a McCormick cinnamon/sugar bottle lol I ran out so mixed my own to put back in it but it’s so handy especially for toast. mmm mmm!

  19. Kelly

    Yum! I think we’re on the same wave length as I have some brioche dough in the refrigerator to make donuts for tomorrow’s blogger bake sale. I have to admit, I’m more of a fan of cake donuts than yeast donuts but it seems harder to fry them at home though I love the idea of the pastry bag.

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