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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 that 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.

Equipment Needed To Make Sourdough Discard Donuts

Whisk: I recommend this Danish Dough Hook.
Donut Pan. The pans from Wilton are fabulous.
Clear Mixing Bowls: These allow you to see how much the dough has risen.

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 recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

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!

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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.

Tips to Make the Perfect Sourdough Donuts

If you don’t have a piping bag, use a disposable plastic zipper baggy instead.

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.

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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!

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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword: Baked Donuts, Donuts
Servings: 18

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

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

Topping

  • ¼ cup butter – melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Topping

  • 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.

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Nutrition

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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Recipe Rating




Terrie S.

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Delicious. Easy to make and not time consuming. The recipe made enough to share some with my neighbor.

Julie Menghini

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Thank you for the thumbs up, Terri!

susan | thewimpyvegetarian

Sunday 19th of June 2022

What a fantastic way to use sour dough!! Your donuts look so soft and mouthwatering. Literally!

Julie Menghini

Monday 20th of June 2022

Thank you, Susan! They're so good!

Ann

Friday 17th of June 2022

I love love love that you put sourdough in your donuts! What an awesome idea.

Julie Menghini

Monday 20th of June 2022

Thank you, Ann!

Michaela Kenkel

Friday 17th of June 2022

These right here are the epitome of the world's most perfect donut!!

Julie Menghini

Monday 20th of June 2022

Thank you, Michaela!

Min

Wednesday 15th of June 2022

Made this over the weekend and everyone loved it! Thank you for an awesome recipe!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 16th of June 2022

Thank you, Min!