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Baked Donut Holes with Cinnamon Sugar and Vanilla Glaze. The quickest most divine way to enjoy some donut comfort!

Baked Donut Holes with Cinnamon Sugar and Vanilla Glaze

These Baked Donut Holes are made in a mini muffins pan, then brushed with melted butter, rolled in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with a vanilla cream cheese glaze! Pure lush! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword baked donut holes, cinnamon sugar donuts, donut holes with vanilla cream cheese glaze
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 24 donut holes
Calories 133 kcal
Author Mahy


Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter

Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 2 ounces room temperature softened cream cheese full fat, low fat or fat free-your preference
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk any type


For the donuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk them up. In another bowl, whisk all the wet ingredients and then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix them well. Be sure not to over mix the batter. Scoop the batter into a mini muffin pan (24 cavities). 

  3. Bake the donut holes for 9-12 minutes depending on your oven. They will puff up and bounce back when pressed lightly at the center. Allow them to cool for a few minutes and then remove them from the muffin pan.

  4. Mix cinnamon and sugar. Brush the tops of each donut hole with the melted butter and dip it in the cinnamon sugar bowl. Repeat with the remaining donut holes.

For the glaze

  1.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. If the icing feels too thick, add milk a little bit at a time and whisk to make sure it doesn’t thin out. If you feel the icing is too thin, add a tablespoon of cream cheese with a tablespoon of confectioner sugar and whisk it in.

  2. Drizzle the donuts lightly with the vanilla glaze.

Recipe Notes

  • By using a mini muffin pan, these baked donut holes are done in half the baking time. 
  • You can dip the whole donut into butter, but brushing the tops already does the trick. 
  • Feel free to add some ground cloves, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom to the cinnamon sugar for chai spiced donut holes.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Donut Holes with Cinnamon Sugar and Vanilla Glaze
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.