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Healthier Cinnamon Baked Doughnut Holes

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If you’re craving something sweet, something baked, something like a doughnut… these Healthier Cinnamon Baked Doughnut Holes always satisfy. Dusted with a cinnamon-sugar coating, warm from the oven, they are simply heavenly. Portion controlled, baked instead of fried, they ease the conscience a bit. Perhaps a whole lot.

Pile of doughnut holes on a powdered sugar dusted surface.

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When a doughnut craving hits and you’re unwilling to part with your healthy goals, these Healthier Baked Doughnut Holes are such a treat! Made with a handful of simple ingredients, tossed in cinnamon sugar, before being coated in optional powdered sugar they’re a delicious sweet treat that is a bit better for you than a doughnut..!

I don’t know anyone who does not like a good doughnut (or donut!) and I love how these little doughnut hole bites mean you don’t have to work your way through a whole glazed doughnut. Is it just me or can they sometimes be a bit much?

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these healthier by omitting the butter?

Often when I make these doughnut holes I skip the butter coating step on the Cinnamon-Sugar coating. It’s only a preference because the cinnamon sugar does stick better by first dipping them into the melted butter.

Do I have to own a doughnut hole pan to make these?

No! This recipe will work well in a mini muffin pan instead.

Close up of a pile of sugar coated doughnut holes.

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Healthier Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Doughnut Holes

If you’re craving something sweet, something baked, something like a doughnut… these healthier baked doughnut holes always satisfy.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 30
Author: Stephanie Wilson

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Cinnamon-Sugar Coating

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Optional Coating:

    Powdered Sugar Coating

    • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
    • Prepare a doughnut hole pan or mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
    • Cream together the oil, butter, sugar, brown sugar and egg. Add the vanilla and the milk; stir. Sift together the dry ingredients and add them gradually to the butter mixture. Combine thoroughly.
    • Fill the prepared tins 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

    Cinnamon-Sugar Coating

    • While the doughnuts are baking, melt the butter for the topping and set aside. Add the sugar and cinnamon to a lunch-size paper bag.
    • While the doughnuts are still warm, dip first in the melted butter and then place 4 or 5 at a time in the paper bag with cinnamon-sugar. Shake the doughnuts, and place on a metal rack to cool… if you can wait that long!
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    • Additionally, I like to make a few coated in powdered sugar.

    Powdered Sugar Coating

    • Place 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar in a paper lunch-size bag. While the doughnuts are still warm, place 4-5 in the bag, close the top, and shake.

    Notes

    Often when I make these doughnut holes I skip the butter coating step on the Cinnamon-Sugar coating. It’s only a preference because the cinnamon sugar does stick better by first dipping them into the melted butter.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 40kcal

    Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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    Course: Baking
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: baked donuts, baked doughnuts, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, donut holes, doughnut holes

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