Lighter Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Ingredients

For the doughnuts
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups reduced-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp. light unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the topping
  • 8 tsp. (1 stick) light unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 

For the doughnuts: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a baker’s spray with flour, such as Baker’s Joy, to coat 1 or 2 doughnut pans.

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a mixing bowl.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla extract in a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Fill the wells of the doughnut pans a bit more than three-quarters full with the batter. Bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the wall of a doughnut comes out clean and the doughnuts are puffed and lightly browned. Let them cool (in the pans) for 5 minutes, then gently invert the doughnuts onto a rimmed baking sheet.

While the doughnuts are cooling, make the topping: Melt the butter in a small bowl. Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

Dip the warm doughnuts into the melted butter, then dip them into the cinnamon-sugar mixture on one or both sides.

by The Savvy Kitchen

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