Cinnamon roll donuts

A decadent breakfast treat

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Craving cinnamon rolls for breakfast but don't have time to make them from scratch? Forget the rolls and turn your favorite gooey cinnamon rolls into donuts with this easy baked recipe!

That's right, these look like donuts but taste like cinnamon rolls. The donuts are baked, not fried, so they are perfectly fluffy and moist, and the tops are topped with a decadent cinnamon glaze and creamy icing. You may never want the normal cinnamon rolls again.

Cinnamon roll donuts

Recipe inspired by Top with Cinnamon

Yields 12 donuts

Cinnamon roll donut accent


For the donut batter:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the cinnamon glaze: 

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and separated
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

For the cinnamon roll glaze: 

  • 1-1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice together. In another bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons of the melted butter with the egg and heavy whipping cream. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with the cinnamon, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and cornstarch in a medium size pan. Whisk until a thick glaze forms. Pour about 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon mixture into the bottom of each donut pan.
  4. Pour the batter over the cinnamon mixture, filling the donut cavity about 2/3 of the way full.
  5. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly in the pan. Then, carefully remove the donuts and place on a wire cooling rack.
  6. To make the glaze, mix the powdered sugar and milk together. Once donuts have cooled slightly, drizzle with icing and garnish with walnuts.

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.