Yesterday I managed to go to Ikea and make it out in less than two hours. I’m going to see that as a huge win, especially since it included visits to the kitchen, framing, rug, and outdoor areas. I went to stock up a few items that I’ve been meaning to get forever (like this milk frother- obvi), but the most exciting purchase was our patio furniture! I got us a portion of this sofa, a pinky red lounge chair, and two other outdoor folding chairs for guests. Now all we need is a little outdoor coffee table and we’ll be completely ready to entertain al fresco. Truthfully though, I’m just as excited to hang out there throughout the week, whether we’re just eating a simple weeknight dinner or enjoying our morning coffee on the weekends. These donuts would go perfectly with the latter. So irresistible and light, my only hesitation is that one donut and coffee would likely turn into four donuts and coffee. My advice? Invite friends when you make these guys!

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Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar & Buttermilk Baked Donuts slightly adapted from Ina Garten’s Foolproof
Makes approximately 12 donuts

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (or can use whole milk)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • seeds scraped from one vanilla bean

Preheat your oven to 350°. Spray the donut pan with non cooking spray (or rub with canola oil, which is what I did).

Sift together the dry ingredients for the donut. In a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until just combined. Fill the wells of the donut pan 3/4 of the way with batter (I poured my batter into a large ziploc bag, snipped a corner, and used that method to get the batter in the pan). Bake for 17 minutes until golden brown and a tooth pick or cake tester comes out clean. Let rest in pan for another 5 minutes and gingerly loosen them from the pan.

Set up a bowl for your melted butter, and another for you sugar mixture. For the sugar mixture, combine the sugar and cinnamon first. Then work in the vanilla seeds with the back of a fork. Dip the donut first in the butter on both sides, and then in the cinnamon sugar.

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  2. I’m not a donut person, but you had me at the first four words: vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, buttermilk. And hooray for copious amounts of patio time…we finally got to pull out our furniture & grill this weekend!

    • Clara

      I’m so envious of your grill! One day…

  3. Making donuts at home? Oh no… I don’t think I need to learn to do that, or they will all be gone…and I will then have to chain myself to a treadmill to burn off the calories. :) They look amazing!

    & Ikea has outdoor furniture? I am planning to head there soon to pick up some decor items. I will definitely have to check out the outdoor stuff too.

  4. Gorgeous - I’ve done something very similar to this before. It works a treat. I love my doughnut pan. Perhaps I need to crack it out again. I’ve still never been in IKEA 😀

    • Clara

      Never been to Ikea?? Eeh I think that’s ok :) For a long time I’d never been to Costco and I’ve still only been once!

  5. Look delicious, I must get a donut pan as soon as possible.

  6. Oh my goodness I want to make these!!! I love anything with vanilla extract and I especially love doughnuts!! =)

  7. I love donuts! I can’t resist these! I knew buying a donut pan was good idea! : )

    • Clara

      Best decisione ever!

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  17. RobinL

    What does a donut pan look like? I grew up making donuts but never used a donut pan!

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  19. Mary W

    Just got my valentine’s heart shaped donut pan and have plans to make this donut as gifts that morning!

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  22. Marilyn

    Just made these donuts, did not brown on top and are hardly edible. Don’t taste like donuts.

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