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Cinnamon Sugar Baked Sourdough Donuts Recipe

Enjoy these scrumptious baked sourdough donuts with cinnamon and sugar topping with a big glass of milk any time you want to give your family a special treat. You can have them for breakfast, brunch, a fun snack or a special dessert. You could even invite the neighbors over just for donuts! I’d show up!

Split open sourdough donuts on a plate, close-up view.

Why You’ll Love These Sourdough Doughnuts

Uses sourdough discard. If you, like me, hate to throw the discard out — this recipe is perfect for you! It takes advantage of the wholesome goodness of sourdough discard while also lessening waste.

Easy. You don’t have to let the donuts rise, worry about yeast, wait for hours, or risk burns from deep frying to enjoy these donuts.

Customizable. Change up the flavors easily to give your family variety and fun. Check out our variations for more ideas!

What is Sourdough Discard?

Sourdough discard is an unfed sourdough bread starter. Sourdough starter has to be fed (active) in order to use it to bake sourdough bread recipes. When the starter runs out of the food that makes bread rise, it’s referred to as discard. Keep these Discard recipes handy for when you want to use it.

ingredients: flour, sugar, oil, sourdough discard, eggs, vanilla, milk, baking soda, baking powder, salt.

Ingredients For The Sourdough Donuts Recipe

Sourdough Donut Batter

  • All-Purpose Flour. The perfect light flour for donuts.
  • Baking Powder. For leavening.
  • Baking Soda. For leavening.
  • Salt. Just a little bit of salt is needed for the dough to work.
  • Vegetable Oil. Corn oil or canola oil will also work. Do not use olive oil.
  • Sugar. White sugar.
  • Eggs. You want grade A large eggs for this recipe.
  • Sourdough Discard. Save what you would normally throw away and make donuts. It’s a win-win!
  • Vanilla Extract. I recommend pure vanilla extract.
  • Half and Half. You can also use milk. You can also use a dairy-free substitute if desired.

Donut Topping Mixture

  • Butter. You will melt the butter and mix these ingredients together before tossing the mixture with your cooled donuts.
  • Sugar.
  • Ground Cinnamon. Saigon cinnamon is very nice for this recipe.

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

How To Make Sourdough Donuts

Step One. Preheat your oven and spray your pan so everything is ready to go.

Step Two. Mix the dry ingredients.

Dry ingredients used for making doughnuts in a bowl

Step Three. Mix the oil and sugar.

A bowl filled with eggs, sourdough discard, and vanilla extract.

Step Four. Add the eggs, sourdough discard, and vanilla extract.

Step Five. Slowly add the flour mixture alternating with the half and a half to the egg mixture.

Step Six. Fill the cavities to 2/3 full.

Step Seven. Bake in a preheated oven.

Baked donuts cooling on a cooling rack.

Step Eight. Let them cool.

Step Nine. Mix the topping ingredients.

Step Ten. Roll the donuts in melted butter and then in the topping mixture once cooled. Enjoy!

What to Serve with Your Sourdough Doughnuts

You can make these Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts any time you want to make your family a special treat. If you want to serve them for breakfast, you can pair them with yummy breakfast meats, any egg dish, or fruit salad. Sourdough Doughnuts are the perfect addition to any brunch for a sweet touch. Serve your donuts as a snack with a glass of milk or afternoon tea.

Stacked sourdough donuts on a plate, covered in cinnamon and sugar.

Substitutions & Additions

These donuts can be served with or without toppings. They are light and airy with the sourdough structure so the donut is not doughy at all!

You could serve the donuts with or without toppings and a little bit of jam.

You could add your favorite toppings to the dough, perhaps some cinnamon or chocolate chips.

Use a simple glaze powdered sugar glaze or a flavored glaze for the donuts instead of cinnamon and sugar.

Make a frosting of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and use this in place of the cinnamon and sugar. If frosted or glazed you can add toppings.

Some of my favorite toppings include:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Crushed nuts such as pecans or peanuts
  • SPRINKLES!! Everyone loves sprinkles, right?
Sourdough doughnuts on a cutting board.

How To Reheat & Store Sourdough Donuts

Best Way To Store Sourdough Discard Donuts

The donuts will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days
or in the fridge for up to a week. If placed in an airtight container or a freezer-safe
bag, you can freeze the donuts, baked but with no topping for up to 60 days

How Long Will Sourdough Donuts Last In the Fridge?

You can keep them in a sealed, airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Can I Freeze/Thaw Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts

Yes! Freeze donuts for up to two months as long as you keep them in an airtight container or freezer-quality zipper baggy. Freeze them without toppings. Then, thaw the donuts at room temperature and add toppings as desired. You can also thaw one donut at a time in the microwave for twenty to thirty seconds.

How To Reheat Sourdough Doughnuts

Place refrigerated donuts in the microwave for ten seconds each if you wish to eat them warm. Frozen donuts will take twenty to thirty seconds to thaw in a microwave. Start with smaller increments of time to avoid turning the bread into rubber.

close-up view of one sourdough donut held in hand.

Sourdough Discard Donuts FAQs

Do sourdough donuts taste sour?

Paired with a sweet glaze or topping such as my cinnamon sugar mixture, the sourdough is a subtle but complementary flavor.

Can sourdough donuts be made ahead?

Yes, they can. However, I think they taste the best when fresh.

Hostess Tips to Make the Perfect Sourdough Donuts

If you don’t have a piping bag, use a disposable plastic zipper baggy instead. Just add the batter and snip the corner and fill.

Don’t overmix. It will ruin the texture of the donuts.

If you overfill the donut pan you will get a ridge around the perimeter. It doesn’t affect the taste but if you will not have a perfectly round donut.

You can store sourdough discard in its own container in the refrigerator so you can bake up Sourdough Baked Donuts any time you want.

Other Donut Recipes You’ll Love

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze and toasted Pecans

Cranberry Vanilla Baked Donuts Recipe

Dark Chocolate Baked Donuts Recipe

Baked Lemon Glaze Donuts

Donut Ice Cream Cake

Close-up of one sourdough donut on a counter.

Don’t Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How Your Baked Sourdough Donuts Turned Out!

We love having a delicious homemade breakfast on Sunday morning such as these sourdough donuts. Other favorites are our sourdough pancakes and these amazing blueberry muffins that use sourdough discard. What is your favorite?

A stack of cinnamon sugar donuts.

Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough Donuts Recipe – Baked

Author: Julie Menghini
Enjoy these scrumptious baked sourdough donuts with cinnamon and sugar topping with a big glass of milk any time you want to give your family a special treat.
4.80 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword: Baked Donuts, Donuts
Servings: 18


Donut Batter

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs – Grade A large
  • ½ cup sourdough discard
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup half and half – can also use milk



  • Preheat the oven to 375 °F Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix oil and sugar until combined.
  • Add the eggs, sourdough discard, and vanilla extract. Mix until all combined.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture alternating with the half and a half to the egg mixture. Mix until combined, no more dry flour. Don’t overmix.
  • Place the batter into a piping bag, if you don’t have one, place it in a Ziplock bag. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling the cavities to 2/3 full.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let them cool in the pan for 2 minutes then transfer them to a cooling rack.


  • In a small bowl mix granulated sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Once the donuts are cooled, roll them in melted butter and then roll them into the sugar cinnamon mixture.



Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 153IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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A collage of baked cinnamon and sugar sourdough donuts
Baked Sourdough Donuts
4.80 from 24 votes (14 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Tuesday 30th of January 2024

It’s so moist! Thank you for the recipe!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

Thank you, Kathy!


Monday 21st of August 2023

My family loved these donuts! Perfect texture and flavor. I used extra-light olive oil instead of canola for the batter and couldn’t taste a difference. Can’t wait to make these again!

Julie Menghini

Monday 21st of August 2023

Thank you so much, Courtney! I'm so glad that you enjoyed them and I appreciate the tip using light olive oil.

Kevin Fujita

Sunday 7th of May 2023

This recipe was awesome!!! So I didn't have donut pans or anything similar. I thought that I might be able to slowly pipe onto my griddle & form donuts. Nope! It didn't work, haha. But they made awesome pancakes. The pancakes turned out nice & sweet, but sooooo fluffy. Incredible!!! Thank you for a great recipe, I can't wait to eventually make them as donuts, haha.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 9th of May 2023

I'm so glad you enjoyed them! I'll have to try them as pancakes LOL!


Monday 17th of April 2023

is there an alternative oil that can be used?

Julie Menghini

Monday 17th of April 2023

Hi Christina, the reason we use canola or vegetable oil is because fried pastry will take on the flavor of the oil. However, you can use coconut oil or another oil that can withstand high temperatures. Does that help?


Monday 20th of March 2023

Hi. When does the half n half or milk go in? I don’t see it in the recipe instructions

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 22nd of March 2023

Step 5. You'll alternate it with the flour into the egg mixture.

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