Oven Baked Cinnamon Sugar Puff Donut Holes

Oven-Baked Cinnamon Sugar Puffs

Ever meet a donut you didn’t like? How about a cinnamon sugar muffin? Or a coffee cake? What’s that—you like all three? Then allow me to introduce you to your new favorite treat: Oven-Baked Cinnamon Sugar Puffs.

Also allow me to warn you: these are dangerous. A donut hole, but better, these puffs are a perfect two-bite treat. The only problem is that it’s exceedingly difficult to stop at just two bites of these crispy-on-the-outside, airy-and-cakey-on-the-inside goodie. If you don’t watch yourself, you’ll be popping them one after the other. They are that tasty (no surprise given the ingredients list!).

Oven Baked Cinnamon Sugar Puffs Donut Holes

I found these gems on Food52 where they recommend serving puffs at breakfast. While I agree that they’d make a lovely addition to a holiday or birthday breakfast (a perfect way to start Easter Sunday!), I think these puffs are better served as a special occasion treat. If you can eat just one, the two heavenly bites make a just-right dessert or after school pick-me-up.

Oven-Baked Cinnamon Sugar Puffs

Makes 12

Recipe by fiveandspice  on Food52


For the puffs

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 larget egg, room temperatuer
  • 1 1/2 cup flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature

For the cinnamon sugar coating

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, hop on over to Food52  for step-by-step directions. Trust me, you’ll be happy you did!


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