Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Donut Holes

Making donuts without donut pans? No problem! All you need are two glasses to shape these classic donuts and holes. Because they’re oven-baked, they rise up light and fluffy and the light coating of cinnamon sugar gives them a warm sweet flavour no one can resist.



Prep Time
20 minutes 1½ hours rising time
Cook Time
6 to 8 minutes for donut holes 10 to 12 minutes for donuts
Plates of cinnamon-coated donut and donut holes
12 donuts and 36 donut holes
For the dough:
  • 1½ tsp (6 g) active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water, warm (110℉ / 43℃)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • ¼ cup (57 g) butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (54 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1½ tsp (5 g) kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3½ cups (438 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (57 g) butter
For the sprinkling and rolling:
  • 1 cup (200 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp (9 g) ground cinnamon

Step 1

Whisk the active dry yeast and warm water together in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, or in the microwave until just warm.

Step 3

Combine the melted butter, the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve.

Step 4

Add the warm milk to the sugar mix and whisk to blend.

Step 5

Whisk in yeast mixture and the egg.

Step 6

Add the all-purpose flour to the wet ingredients and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a rough dough forms.

Step 7

Knead dough with lightly floured hands on a lightly floured surface until smooth; 4-5 minutes.

Step 8

Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature until doubled; about 1½ hours.

Step 9

Melt butter in a small saucepan.

Step 10

Punch down the dough and roll out into one large sheet, approximately ¾ inch (2 cm) thick.

Step 11

Using two glasses, one large and one small (3½ inches/9 cm and 1½ inches/ 4 cm), begin cutting large donut circles into the dough using the largest glass. Cut each one as close to the other as possible. Once all of the large circles have been pressed, return with the smaller glass pressing it down in the centre of the larger circles to create the holes.

Step 12

Transfer the cut donuts to a lined baking sheet, transfer the cut donut holes to another. Gather all of the scraps of dough, combine them and roll them out and repeat the process until all of the dough is used.

Step 13

Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of each donut and each hole with the melted butter. Loosely cover with plastic and leave the covered dough balls out on the counter to proof for 1 hour.

Step 14

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).

Step 15

Bake donut holes until golden and puffed; 6 to 8 minutes. Bake donuts until golden and puffed; 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 16

Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 2 minutes.

Step 17

Prepare the cinnamon sugar by stirring Redpath® Granulated Sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Pour into a strainer and sift together over a pie plate for rolling and tossing the doughnuts and holes.

Step 18

Lightly brush each side of the donuts and donut holes with butter, then toss in a bowl with the cinnamon sugar mixture, rolling them around until they are evenly coated.

Serve fresh.