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Cinnamon! Sugar! Donuts!

Those are tasty, tasty things. But we’re a gluten-free family, so stopping at your local donut shop is tricky for us. But mama’s are meant to look for solutions, so I did. I found this recipe on Pinterest and love it!

I’ve just tweaked it slightly as I always found myself using more cinnamon and sugar. These are now our favorite special breakfast on holidays. Thanksgiving? Christmas? Yup. Easter? Yup. All of it.

We make it with a gluten-free flour blend and it works perfectly. I’ve also made it for co-workers with regular flour and it’s just as great. When we trying dairy-free, we’ve also made it with almond milk instead of regular milk. Guess what? Also works great!

My boys love it so much that it won’t be long until I’ll have to be doubling the recipe.  It’s a favorite of ours, for sure!

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Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Delicious Donuts for a Special Occassion (Can be Made Gluten-Free)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Donuts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Jayme


For the Mini Donuts:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg or cloves
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (okay to use almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (okay to use a gluten free flour blend)

Cinnamon & Sugar Coating:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease mini muffin tin (cavities and the top). Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar. Add spices and vanilla, whisk well. Add milk and whisk again. Add dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  • Fill the muffin pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 17 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of each muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan for 2 minutes, transfer onto a wire rack.
  • Prepare the coating: melt butter in a small bowl; in another small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. When muffins are completely cool, dunk each one in melted butter and then roll in cinnamon sugar. Return onto wire rack and let cool for few minutes.

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her on Instagram.

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